Meet the Team
Rebecca Mills has over 15 years of experience in the senior living industry. An East Tennessee native, Rebecca was raised in Kingsport, Tenn. Her mother was the director of nursing at a local nursing home, which is where Mills initially discovered her passion for working with seniors. She attended East Tennessee State University, and earned a degree in health care administration. Prior to joining The Pointe at Lifespring community, she held the executive director role for a skilled nursing home for 14 years. She has also served as the activity and social service director for a senior living community.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Julie Sharp is our director of Sales and Marketing here at The Pointe at Lifespring. Julie brings more than 18 years of marketing and sales experience to this position, including five years in the health care industry. A passionate, motivated individual who is eager to make a difference in every life she touches.
She has served on the board of directors for the Halls Community, has volunteered for Alzheimer’s Tennessee and is a member of Akima in Knoxville, as well as an active member of Fellowship Church in Knoxville. However, her favorite role is being a mother. Her favorite people call her “Momma Jules”! She has two children who live in the area, both of whom are happily married. Julie is an enthusiastic traveler, fun-seeker, cheerleader, lake-lover and Volunteer who yells, “Go, Vols!” louder than anyone in Neyland Stadium!
Resident Care Director
Lisa Conner-Crisp joined Integral Senior Living in May of 2019 as our Resident Care director. She began her career in the medical field in 1995 as an in-home certified nurse assistant (CNA). Lisa’s love for the senior population continued to grow as she was able to use her skills to serve others. She has worked as an activity assistant, an activity director, a CNA II and medication assistant all in North Carolina. In May of 2010, she finished college and was pinned as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Lisa moved to Knoxville in September 2010 and worked for the next eight and a half years as a Memory Care director.
Lisa is married to Mark and they have six children and eight grandchildren. Number nine’s arrival is expected in March 2021. Lisa is a Christian and her faith in God is a very important part of her life. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading, crocheting and spending quality time with her family.
Vibrant Life Director
Whitney Benge joined Integral Senior Living in August 2017, as the Generations Vibrant Life coordinator. In April 2019, Whitney transitioned to the Vibrant Life director at The Pointe at Lifespring. Whitney was born and raised in Knoxville, and has a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from the University of Tennessee, she found her love and passion for working specifically with the senior population.
Whitney and her fiancé, Matt, have been together four years and are proud parents to Aspen, their Siberian husky. She also worships at Faith Promise Church and enjoys spending time with family, being adventurous and cheering on the Vols!
Generations Program Director
Nikki Lowe joined The Pointe at Lifespring in January 2020. Born and raised in East Tennessee, Nikki comes from a long line of nurses and is a fifth-generation registered nurse. She began her career as a pulmonary nurse before transferring to hospice care, where she found her passion for providing care for families affect by dementia. Shortly after, Nikki completed her trainings to become a certified dementia practitioner.
Nikki and her husband, Rick, have five children and are always on the go. They are active members of the community, and you can often find them at church functions or a sports practice for one of their children.
Business Office Director
Generations Program Director
Jonathan Martin joins our team at The Pointe at Lifespring with years of dementia experience, and a passion for the hurting. With nursing degrees and fine arts degrees, he makes a wonderful asset as our Generations program director.
He is a father of three wonderful kids and the caretaker of too few animals. His passions include anything outdoors, laughing with his wonderful wife and working with tools from a time lost to many. Outside of work, you can find Jonathan and his family wandering through the mountains of East Tennessee or seeking out new and innovative ways to address the devastating effects that dementia has affected our lives.
Jonathan says, “There are three things in my life that have given me ultimate purpose. The moment I said “I do,” the moment I held my child’s little hand for the first time and the moment I walked hand in hand with a little lady suffering from dementia.”
Vibrant Life® Director
Ashley Kerr was born and raised in Maryville, Tennessee, and has always known that she wanted to find a way to connect with and help others for a living. After completing her degree in therapeutic recreation at the University of Tennessee, she discovered her love for the senior population. Ashley understands the importance of establishing a sincere connection with each resident based on their specific needs and interests. She loves hearing their stories and finding new and fun ways to shine a light on who they are.
Ashley lives in Maryville with her dog, Rufus. She loves being outdoors, traveling and singing along to every song on the radio.
Culinary Services Director
Andrew White joined The Pointe at Lifespring in October 2019 as the culinary services director. Originally from Stratford, Ontario, Andrew moved to the United States in 1995 to begin his culinary career. He has a wide variety of culinary experience as he has worked in resort dining, health care dining and senior dining. Andrew is known for his specialty salads and desserts.
Andrew and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and two grandchildren. They enjoy going to the movies, fishing and caring for their two dogs.
Building Services Director
Steven Newman brings to The Pointe at Lifespring more than 11 years’ experience in building maintenance and HVAC, and a love for helping people. He is servant-minded, has been a volunteer firefighter for the last 10 years and enjoys giving back to his community.
When he is not working, Steven loves spending time with his family. He has a new precious baby girl named Presley, whom he adores! Steven’s favorite quote is “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!”