Morristown Retirement Community Executive Director
Seniors have always played an important role in Executive Director Trudy Darnell’s life. In sixth grade, she began volunteering at a local nursing home. Through her weekly visits, Trudy developed a friendship with Ms. White, a 92 year old retired school teacher. The time spent with Ms. White and the other residents shaped Trudy’s life and helped her to develop a love for seniors.
At age 17, she began working in a local physician’s office caring for geriatric patients and continued to work for Dr. W.K. Alexander for 8 years while completing nursing school. Upon completing nursing school, Trudy worked for various area hospitals and as an area operations manager before joining the Regency team in March of 1998. “I still love it here as much or even more than I did in 1998. It’s a very rewarding field and the seniors are absolutely wonderful.”
Trudy was born and raised in Morristown. She plays an active role in her church, teaching a class of 17 teenagers each Wednesday evening. She also enjoys her weekly visits with her 4 grandchildren. On weekends, Trudy enjoys 12-15 mile hikes through the Smokey Mountains.