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Always at your service.

Meet our caring and devoted staff.

The goal of our well-trained staff is to deliver the best possible experience in senior living. Our courteous and attentive staff members listen thoughtfully and make every effort to understand your unique wishes and needs. Everyone on our staff strives to attain the highest standards of professionalism and service.

Our emphasis is on hospitality and personal attention. We sum up our service mission in the acronym TEDS:

  • Establishing Trust.
  • Maintaining an uncompromising commitment to Excellence.
  • Treating every resident and associate with Dignity.
  • Taking joy in Service.

Come meet our people and see for yourself.

Nate Weyand
Executive Director

Nate comes to Querencia from The Cliffs Communities in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, where he was a director for one of the largest master-planned developments and country clubs in the U.S. He was previously an administrator at Westchester Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, a 120-bed Skilled Nursing Facility in Palm Harbor, Fl. He bagan his career with Life Care Centers of America in Cleveland, TN, where he served as Nursing Home Adminstrator at Darcy Hall of Life Care, a 220-bed Skilled Nursing Facility in West Palm Beach, Fl. Nate studied for his MBA at North Greenville University and received his B.S. in health care administration from Carson-Newman University.

Tim Stuteville
Associate Executive Director

Tim joins us from The Wesleyan at Scenic in Georgetown Texas, where he served as Administrator for the Skilled Nursing Facility. He previously held that position at skilled nursing centers in Belton, Kingsland and Bertram, Texas. Tim is on the Board of Directors of Leading Age Texas, the independent association of not-for-profit senior living communities, which named him its 2012 Administrator of the Year. Tim holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions from Texas State University, where he also received his designation as a Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator.

Joan Ford
Director of Sales and Marketing

Joan joined Querencia in 2004 as the Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager, before construction of our community had even begun. She went on to be the Senior Living Counselor for Assisted Living and Memory Support in The Plaza, then served as the Senior Living Counselor for Independent Living for seven years. Her previous experience at Querencia has helped to prepare her for her current role as Director of Sales and Marketing. Previously, Joan handled marketing and outside sales for the 38th St. Pharmacy where she was also a certified pharmacy technician. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Phillip Taylor
Senior Living Sales Counselor

Phillip comes to Querencia from Ft Worth, TX, where his role was Area Director for Marathon Medical, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business distributor of medical devices and supplies to VA Medical Centers.  He has 25 plus years in the medical sales field, 13 of which Phillip worked for manufacturers of adult disposable hygienic products allowing him the opportunity to work with seniors, their families, and clinicians in long term care and skilled nursing communities.  He has a passion for volunteer work where he participated at the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Serendipity Equine Haven before moving to Austin in 2015.  Phillip has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University at College Station.

Jill Conant
Marketing/Move-in Coordinator

Jill’s passion for helping others, coupled with her marketing background, make her an excellent fit for our Marketing/Move-in coordinator position. A native Austinite, she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. Jill held marketing management positions for both CompuAdd and Dell Computer Corporation and served as a leader for numerous volunteer and philanthropic projects over the past 20 years. When you are ready to make the move to Querencia, Jill will be here to help you manage all the details and ensure your transition is a positive experience.

Marcia Lang
Outreach Coordinator

Marcia comes to Querencia from The Summit at Lakeway, where she was Admissions Coordinator.  She brings a wide range of business and health care experience to her position. Marcia has served as a medical billing specialist at IDTC, a facility for mentally disabled children in Indianapolis, Indiana; as office manager at the Voita Citrus brokerage firm in Noblesville, Indiana; as office manager at Beverly Enterprises, a nursing home and rehab center in Indianapolis; and as office manager at the Village Christian Park nursing home.

Lauren Struby
Plaza Marketing Manager

Lauren comes to Querencia with a wealth of experience including sales & marketing with Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital in Austin, and their parent company, Kindred Hospital, in Dallas. She also served as Marketing Director for a 300-bed community in Dallas that included Assisted Living, Memory Support and Nursing.  Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University and has completed all coursework in Long Term Care Administration. 

Julie Latson
Resident Care Manager

Julie first joined Querencia when the community was founded in 2007, serving as senior living counselor and community relations coordinator. She returns to us from The Summit at Lakeway, where she was Director of Sales and Marketing. She previously worked at Heritage Park Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing as Marketing & Admissions Director, and at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as patient advocate & representative. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Julie was a member of the Gold Key National Honors Society. Julie recently completed her Masters of Healthcare Administration at Texas State University and is also a certified Powerful Tools for Caregivers trainer.

Tiffany Tello
Healthcare Administrator

Tiffany joins Querencia after serving almost 21 years at C.C. Young, a not for profit Methodist affiliated Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Dallas. She started her career as an Activity Director and held several positions including Assisted Living Administrator, Director of Risk Management/Human Resources, and Healthcare Administrator. During her tenure at C.C. Young, Tiffany enjoyed working with many levels of care including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Nursing Care, Adult Day Care, Home Health and Hospice. In addition to her duties as Healthcare Administrator, she was responsible for leading the design and construction of C.C. Young's master plan, which included a new state of the art Healthcare facility. Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas State University and her Master of Arts degree in Long Term Care Administration from the University of North Texas. She received her Nursing Facility Administrator License (LNFA) in 2008.

Marcella Briseno
Assisted Living Manager

Marcella joined The Plaza at Querencia with more than 16 years’ experience in nursing, including more than ten years’ experience in the long-term care industry. Her extensive nursing background includes family practice, internal medicine, geriatrics, utilization review, hospital and rehab. Marcella received her LVN license from Austin Community College and also attended CBM Education Center.

Dr. Liam Fry
MD, FACP, CMD, Medical Director

Dr. Liam Fry attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate school and received a BA in the Plan II Honors Program. After college she attended Oxford University in England before starting medical school in Dallas. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 2002, followed by an Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. After finishing residency, she completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, HI. She is board certified in Internal medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Pallative Medicine. She also teaches geriatrics to the internal medicine and family practice residencies in Austin and is the current chairman of the geriatric committee of the Travis County Medical Society. She is married and has 3 wonderful children and enjoys playing tennis and helping coach her son's soccer team in her spare time.

Ashley Brorby
Director of Social Services

Ashley joined Querencia in 2010 as Director of Social Services and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has worked in the fields of mental health, community health and healthcare for over 25 years, and has served in numerous settings including hospice and long-term care, women’s health, non-profit program management, community mental health, and public health education and research.  She holds Master of Education degrees in Counseling from Southwest Texas State University and in Health Education and Promotion from UT Austin.

Marci Protsman
Director of Human Resources

Marci brings extensive experience in hiring, training, coaching, accounting operations and office management to Querencia. Before joining us in 2010, she was human resources manager for the Austin Marriott South. Her career includes experience at Holiday Inn Northwest as front office manager, Fairfield Inn by Marriott as operations manager, and Residence Inn by Marriott as front desk supervisor, all through White Lodging Services. Marci earned her BA in Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University.

Nelda Rivas
Director of Housekeeping Services

Nelda’s specialty is grand openings; she has served as the director of housekeeping services at Querencia since our debut in 2007. She is responsible for keeping all our homes and common areas clean and inviting, as well as all community and personal laundry services. With more than 20 years of experience working in upscale hotels and guest services, she has earned high guest and resident satisfaction results for her superb work. Intercontinental Hotel awarded Nelda its national “Best of the Best” award for superior leadership and work performance. Nelda Rivas was awarded the 2011 Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (TASHA) Environmental Service Award. Nelda was selected among literally hundreds of nominees throughout Texas that fill the role of Director for Environmental Services.

Nadia Sharp
Lifestyles Director

Nadia joined Querencia in 2007 as Lifestyles Coordinator and has served as Acting Lifestyles Director since 2012. In 2011, she co-chaired our Memory Walk committee and raised a record-setting amount of donations. Nadia is a graduate of Purdue University in Indiana with a major in communications, emphasizing public relations. She previously worked for Landes Bio-science in Austin as managing editor of its scientific journals. She has been director of communications at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church and a public relations representative at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Indiana. Her background includes a creative services internship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fran Werner
Masterpiece Living/Wellness Manager

A fitness and wellness professional for over 35 years and a popular TV and radio guest, Fran has authored two books and many articles on healthy living. She is certified as a health fitness specialist, a health coach, a cancer exercise specialist, a Silver Sneakers instructor and a water fitness instructor. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Chicago. She joined Querencia in 2008.

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2500 Barton Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78735
Phone 512-610-9400
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