Meet Our Family

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

Annita Peeler
Executive Director

Annita Peeler is the Executive Director at Hickory Woods Senior Living in Murray, KY. Annita has served as the Executive Director of Hickory Woods Senior Living Community since its opening in 1998. Annita started her career as a medical transcriptionist at Murray Calloway County Hospital. During that time, she received her Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). Five years later, Annita went to work as the office manager and secretary for two busy internists in Murray, Dr. Russell Howard and Dr. John R. Quertermous. She was selected as “Secretary of the Year” by the Murray Chapter of Professional Secretaries International along with her boss, Dr. Howard, who was chosen “Boss of the Year.”

Annita’s next career move was at Marshall County Hospital where she started as the Medical Record Director but was later promoted to include, not just Medical Records, but the Business Office and Registration Director. She recalls the first day of her promotion when her boss fired all of the business office staff except two with accounts receivable at over 100 days! The “clean up” of the business office was an “eye opener,” but before the year was up, they had dropped days in accounts receivable to 38. Because of the success of the business office clean-up, Lourdes Hospital hired Annita to their staff where she managed 80 employees in their Medical Records, Business Office, and Registration Departments. During this time, Annita received her Certification in Patient Accounts Management.

Annita felt despite the success in her career, it just seemed like “a job.” Hickory Woods Retirement Center was being built in Murray and Annita interviewed for the Executive Director position. During this time she was living in Paducah but when she received the phone call saying she had the position, her husband was visiting the former owners of their home and sold their home back to them the same morning Annita got the job. Annita said, “That’s when you know the Lord is in.” Annita says so much of her time over the years has been educating the community on what assisted living is – NOT A NURSING HOME. After 18 years, Annita says she still is educating but now includes educating the community on the benefits of their new memory care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

I never have a day that I don’t KNOW this is where the Lord wants me, and I strive to give Him and Hickory Woods the best I have every day.”– Anita Peeler

Annita has been married to the love of her life, Charlie for 36 years who supports her and Hickory Woods 100%.

Lana Cannon, LPN
Clinical Director

Lana Cannon is the Clinical Director at The Gardens at Hickory Woods Senior Living. For over 20 years, Lana has worked in the healthcare industry. In 1990, she began her career at Spring Creek Health Care (formerly known as Westview), where she became a certified nursing assistant. Tending to the elderly gave Lana a feeling of joy and significance. After a few months, she went to work at Murray-Calloway County Hospital, where she worked for 15 ½ years in various areas of the hospital such as, the long term care unit, home health, hospice, med/surg.

While working at the hospital, Lana gained experience in various positions related to the nursing field, as well as the business office. This allowed Lana to gain a broad perspective on various aspects of the healthcare field and become well-rounded in the healthcare industry. In 2007, she started working at Hickory Woods Senior Living, where she gained insight of the assisted living part of health care. Lana continued on to nursing school, while working full-time at Hickory Woods. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in 2009. Lana graduated at the top of her class and earned the Practical Nursing Achievement Award. She also obtained an Associate Degree in Applied Science from West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She received recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and College. After obtaining her nursing license, Lana went to work at Lakeway Nursing and Rehab (formerly known as Britthaven) in Benton, KY. She then went on to work at Marshall County Hospital in order to gain even more experience in nursing. She worked in acute care, ICU and ER. She became PALS, ACLS, and BLS certified.

I take pride in my job and truly enjoy helping others. I can honestly say that I feel like I am doing what I was called to do.”– Lana Cannon

lindaortenLinda Orten
Executive Assistant

Linda Orten is the Executive Assistant at Hickory Woods Senior Living.  Linda has been with Hickory Woods for 18 years, and she was even one of the first team members hired.  She has been involved in all aspects at Hickory Woods, including resident assistant, housekeeping, cooking, and ordering all the food to the office as secretary.  You may even spot her mowing the yard or coming in with her husband, the maintenance man, in the middle of the night when sprinkler or alarm problems occur.

“I guess you could say I wear many hats.  I love this job, and Hickory Woods is a great place to work.  You grow to love everyone that comes through the Hickory Woods door.” – Linda Orten

jeniseJenise Howard
Activity Director

Jenise Howard is the Activity Director at Hickory Woods Senior Living and The Gardens at Hickory Woods. She and her husband, whom she has been married to for 30 years, are Murray natives. They have one son who is a Murray State University student and advent golfer. Jenise says she has been fortunate enough to be associated with Hickory Woods since 2001 when her mother in-law lived here and later, her Grandfather moved in. Jenise loved Hickory Woods so much that she officially came to work in 2008.

“I feel as if I have 46 grandparents now and love each and every one of them. I hope someday when my time comes I to can move here and live out my golden years. I truly feel blessed to work in a Christian based company and look forward to coming to work every day. Where else can you go and get paid to play.” – Jenise Howard

mitziMitzi Parrish-Sebben
Assistant Activity Director

Mitzi Parrish-Sebben is the Assistant Activity Director at Hickory Woods Senior Living Community and The Gardens at Hickory Woods in beautiful Murray, Ky. Mitzi is a life resident of Murray and Calloway County. She has been employed at Hickory Woods Senior Living Community since May 2001 and in the activities department since 2009. She was named Hickory Woods Employee of the Year in 2009. She married Alan Sebben right here at Hickory Woods under our front canopy in June of 2013. Mitzi knew all her Hickory Woods family could not travel to her wedding so she brought the wedding to them. Together, she and her husband have four children. Mitzi is a Girl Scout leader, very active in her children’s school, a sports mom, loves to piece quilts, and enjoys may other crafts.

“I have been very fortunate over the years to have a career at Hickory Woods. Our residents and their families become our family, and families take care of each other. I have the biggest and best family of them all.”– Mitzi Parrish-Sebben