Mr. Tanton was appointed Administrator of Carriage House Manor in July 1992. Prior to becoming a nursing home administrator, Mr. Tanton worked for State agencies having regulatory authority over nursing homes. Early in his career he fell in love with nursing home residents and developed a deep interest in their care. In October of 2000, Arvis and his wife Sheila purchased Carriage House Manor. Over the last twenty-one years, Carriage House has grown to be the number one rehab and long term care facility in Sulphur Springs. In 2012 a dream came true when we opened the cottages. The Tantons were the first independent owners in Texas to build small home-like nursing and rehab facilities. We are proud to offer Sulphur Springs such a unique long term care setting. Mr. Tanton says, “We are grateful for everyone we have had the privilege to care for. Carriage House Manor has been a blessing to our family, and we hope it has been to those who have stayed with us, or may stay with us in the future.”
Sharla developed a love for serving the elderly as she grew up around long term care. In high school, she worked her summer breaks as the receptionist at Carriage House. She began working full-time here as the business office manager in 2005 following her graduation from Ouachita Baptist University. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While in college Sharla enjoyed volunteering at the local skilled nursing facilities in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Since then she has earned an MBA with an emphasis in healthcare administration from the University of North Texas and a nursing home administrator license. Sharla is proud to work with her family at Carriage House Manor.
Charlotte joined Carriage House Manor in September 2002. She brings exceptional customer service to our facility having worked previously in commercial and retail banking. She is an Ambassador with the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and a past director on the Chamber’s Board. She also is a member of the Pilot Club and has served as past president and secretary of the Hopkins County Marketers Association. Charlotte is a member of our facility’s Quality Assurance and Peer Review committees. She has received several awards, including First Convenience Bank Manager of the Year and Sales Promo of the Year, 2009 Ambassador of the Year, and 2003 Employee of the Year at Carriage House. However, Charlotte’s most proud of her family. She is married with two sons, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Regarding her job, Charlotte said, “Marketing for the preferred nursing facility in this area makes my job enjoyable. It is my goal to make every admission into our facility feel special and to make every family member know that they have made the right choice for their loved ones.”
Keith has lived in Sulphur Springs since 1980. His three sons, Lane, Zachary, and Triston, all attend school in the Sulphur Springs School District. In addition, his wife, Marcie, works for SSISD. Keith earned his Associate Degree in Science from Paris Junior College in 2009. He then earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing in 2012. Keith came to Carriage House in October 2008. While at Carriage House, he has worked his way from a Certified Nurse Aide, to an LVN, to a Treatment Nurse, to an RN, and now he is our Director of Nurses. He said, “I truly love my residents, and I feel it is my calling to help others. I am proud to work at Carriage House Manor.”
As a licensed social worker for 20 years, Melissa brings knowledgeable, compassionate counseling to our facility. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Texas State University. Melissa has spent 18 years of her career in health care, including hospital, home health, and skilled nursing settings. She is a native of Hopkins County, and we are proud to have her join our family at Carriage House.
Melissa came to Carriage House in November 2010 as an assistant in the Activity Department. In May 2011 she completed the course for National Certification for Activity Professionals. At that time Melissa was promoted to Director of the Activity Department. She has received additional training in working with dementia and Alzheimer’s. With the activity department in the fore-front of culture change or person-centered care, Melissa’s role extends beyond the ever-popular Bingo game. Her goal is to enhance the quality of life for each resident and to build relationships while doing so.
Janet Cox has over thirty years experience in the food service business. At the beginning of 2015, she brought that experience with her to Carriage House Manor. She began working in nursing facilities in 2002 as a cook. As a result, Janet fell in love with the elderly and found her calling. She obtained her Food Management certification in 2004 from Kilgore College to advance her career. Now she ensures that our residents receive well-rounded meals that they enjoy. Janet is also a proud mother of two daughters and an even prouder grandmother of two grandchildren.
Dora Saldivar joined the Carriage House family in 2009 following her move from North Carolina to Sulphur Springs. Her family of five has now made Sulphur Springs their home. Dora’s conscientious and thorough work helped her advance from a laundry employee at Carriage House to Housekeeping/Laundry Supervisor in 2013. Dora is particular in cleaning her own house so she is driven to provide the same cleanliness for our residents in their home. She said, “The residents make me laugh a lot and help me forget my troubles every day. It’s a joy to work with them.” When Dora first started working here, she could not speak English. However, she was determined to interact with the residents and learned English to do so. We believe that is a testament to her caring heart.
Terika V. Wright works as a professional in human resources and operations for Carriage House Manor. In her role at Carriage House, Terika manages her work with dignity, prudence, and, above all, love. Her aspiration and purpose stand on the importance of delivering the highest levels of customer service towards employees and residents. Terika’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Arts in Management, both from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In addition to her baccalaureate degrees, she holds various certifications and has continued to pursue her education on the graduate level. Outside of Terika’s work, her service, her growth, and her learning continues. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and helping within her church and the community.