If you ask Keri Edwards what her typical day is like, she’ll have a lot of different things to describe. She wears multiple hats and has to keep many plates spinning to keep things running smoothly. And she manages this pace all while taking the time to build relationships with residents.
Keri was hired as the accounting assistant in October 2011 and was promoted to human resources director, while continuing to handle the accounts payable and receivable. In April 2014 she was promoted to marketing director, while keeping all previous duties. Her title changed in May 2016 to administrative services director.
“I currently have an administrative assistant who does the accounts payable, so I can focus more on marketing,” said Keri. “I love my job, and the only thing that’s hard is when we don’t have enough room to take someone. I wish we could make this a home for all seniors!”
Keri graduated from Fulton High School. She attended Sullivan University online and received an associate of science degree bin business management. Before Fulton Presbyterian Manor, she worked at All-Temp Refrigeration in Madisonville, Louisiana, for four years, working her way up from receptionist to sales administrator.
“That was a fun place to work. I gained so much knowledge, made lots of friends, and have amazing memories,” said Keri.
When asked about her favorite aspect of her role at Fulton Presbyterian Manor, she had this to say: “My favorite part of my job is the residents. I enjoy helping seniors retain as much of their independence as they can while receiving the amenities and services that Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s community has to offer. Knowing that I am making a difference in not only the senior’s life but the life of their adult children and families is a wonderful feeling. It’s a big burden and stress relief off them,” said Keri.
Not only does Keri enjoy helping residents find a home at Fulton Presbyterian Manor, she also enjoys getting to know them once they’re part of the family.
“All of our residents and potential residents have a story. It’s amazing to hear what they have been through in their lives. They love sharing their stories. The residents also ask me about my family and kids. Over the past six years they have heard so many stories about my kids,” said Keri.
Keri and her husband have four kids between them, boys ranging in age from 10 through 13.
“Our home is very, very busy with school, sports and extracurricular activities. It seems like we are always on the move. I’ve learned to stay on my toes and handle many gross things that boys do, whether it’s letting frogs loose in the house, bringing mud in the house from playing outside, or needing to get stitches. Even though my kids keep me very busy, I love them and I don’t know what I’d do without them. The good Lord knew what he was doing when he gave me all boys,” said Keri.
“I enjoy riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes with my sons and husband. I enjoy watching my kids play sports and helping to coach them. I like to be outside in my garden and flower beds, although I’m not a very good gardener. Almost everything dies on me! I enjoy reading and snuggling with my dogs and cat when I have spare time.”
From the sounds of it, Keri rarely has spare time on her hands, but we’re glad she finds the time to be an exceptional administrative services director.
“Another favorite part of my job is explaining Fulton Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan program to current and potential residents and their families. Our Good Samaritan program will help supplement the resident’s income so they can stay with us, stay in their home, even if they run out of funds through no fault of their own. There is no greater feeling than knowing that we, through the Good Samaritan program, are making a difference in the lives of our residents,” said Keri.