Like every family, we all make a difference in many unique ways…
…from a hug to the blessing of a newborn grandchild
…to the celebration of a birthday or anniversary
…to assisting others in a time of need
…to showing unlimited love to all
Laurie Evans Ross
Community Relations Director
Laurie Evans Ross serves as the Community Relations Director at the Fountains of Franklin. Laurie’s career in Senior Living Communities began 15 years ago. She has worked in Community Relations and Programming Director roles in Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities. Being involved with the community has always been important to Laurie. She served on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for several years and chaired the Government Relations Committee. Laurie’s training with the Alzheimer’s Association provides her with opportunities to facilitate Caregiver Support Groups. She participates in homeless ministries, Geriatric Council meetings, mission trips, church and community events. With a professional music career background, Laurie enjoys directing the newly formed “Fountains Family Singers”, a choir consisting of staff and residents who love to sing! Her daughter, Olivia and husband, Kyle live in Nashville. Laurie and her husband, Gary love traveling, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with family and friends! Laurie says that she is “inspired every day by the residents and is grateful for the Fountains family.
Dietrich Cooper serves as the Executive Chef at the Fountains of Franklin. Dietrich has been in the restaurant business since he was sixteen years old, opening six restaurants and managing several others. As the Fountain’s Executive Chef, he really appreciates the family atmosphere that pervades the Fountains – among the residents as well as the staff. It gives him great pleasure to serve the residents and to make their dining experience as enjoyable as possible.
Dietrich and Sarah live in Nashville and have two beautiful children, Crosby and Wilder. A surefire way to create a huge smile on Dietrich’s face is to mention his children!
Brenda Rummell serves as the Fountains’ Activity Director. With over 15 years of experience serving at senior living communities, she loves working with and ministering to the residents. She considers herself to be the “cheerleader” at the Fountains. Brenda loves to see her residents try new experiences and join in the many activities that are offered. Their quality of life is very important to her.
Brenda grew up in Michigan but has lived in Tennessee for 26 years. She truly considers herself a southerner now. Brenda and her husband have two grown sons and have recently added a new granddaughter to the family.
Jim Bradley serves as the Property Manager at the Fountains of Franklin. Jim has worked in the construction business for many years and has performed residential maintenance for apartments and condominiums. He also previously provided maintenance at another local assisted living facility. After that experience, Jim realized that he had found his “niche!”
While Jim loves what he does at the Fountains, he is extremely proud of his five children and seven grandchildren. He also loves to fish and work in his yard.