Meet Our Family

Like every family, we all make a difference in many unique ways…

… from a hug to celebrate a grandbaby

… to the best birthday cake

… to helping others in a time of need

… because love knows no limits.

Terri Deal
Executive Director
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Terri Deal is the Executive Director at The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Terri earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1986. She did not realize until later in life, after helping provide care to her own mother, that her passion and her calling was to work with seniors. After realizing this as her calling, Terri completed her MBA in Healthcare Management in 2010 at The University of Phoenix, and then entered senior living.

Before joining The Villages of Murfreesboro, Terri served the residents of Rutherford County as a Community Relations Director at a 68 unit assisted living facility and 32 unit memory care community.

Terri is happily married and has two beautiful daughters. She was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for the early years of her children’s lives. Returning to work only after getting both of her girls firmly established in school, Terri remains an active part of her children’s educational experience. Terri and her family are involved in ministry opportunities at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro and enjoy theme parks and hiking.

“Serving seniors is more than my job; it is my passion, my calling. I love because God first loved me. It is my privilege to love those who are a little older than me, those who have weathered the storms of life and grown stronger for it, those who have a story to tell, if only we will listen. Every person is worthy of dignity and respect, and that is what you will find at The Villages of Murfreesboro.” –Terri Deal

Hope Patterson
Community Relations Director
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Hope Patterson is the Community Realtions Director at The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Hope received her Bachelor of Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University. She always knew she wanted to serve the community and help people in some capacity and considered careers in nursing and psychology before pursing her degree in Social Work which has allowed her to have multiple experiences in the field of medicine & psychiatry.

She began what has become a long career in the medical field beginning as early as high school where she began working for a local veterinary office and remained through college. She then became Director of Social Services & Admissions at a local continuing care campus where she remained for 12 years. She then took the opportunity to continue to learn and expand her knowledge in senior health care by accepting a hospital position on a geriatric behavioral health unit as a Social Worker and Discharge Planner. She remained there until recently joining the team at The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Hope was born in Murfreesboro and has lived in Rutherford County all her life. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors, hiking during cool weather through the Stones River Battlefield with her best buddy, Maggie Mae. Hope is an avid animal lover and in addition to Maggie Mae, she has two rescue cats. She also loves home renovations and remodeling something old into something new.

“I have a true passion for helping others in whatever capacity I am called to do so, without judgement or pretense to their situation or past. I live by the Golden Rule and encourage others to do so as we never know what is in store for us from one day to the next. I am honored to join the Villages & be a part of a family & community that desires to serve and improve the lives of others while maintaining a high customer service standard.”

Linda Lerchenfeld
Activities Director
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Linda Lerchenfeld is the Activities Director at The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Linda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a commercial art emphasis from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Later in her career, she received her TN Teacher Certification, K-12 Art Education after participating in the Master of Education/ Instructional Leadership program at Lipscomb University.

Linda’s professional background began in graphic design and advertising, but took a turn when her youngest was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of four. Round-the-clock care of her child at school and at home, led her to discover a love and passion for making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Linda enjoyed nearly 10 years serving both special and regular education students in a variety of assistive and teaching capacities. The care of both her husband’s and her own parents opened still another world for her. More recently, Linda served the senior community at The Fountains of Franklin where she served in a variety of capacities and as a Vision Therapist at a private practice in Franklin where she strived to make a difference in the lives of young and old who suffered from vision-related learning disabilities, concussion and even stroke.

Linda and her husband, John, moved to the Murfreesboro area four years ago. Her daughter, Lauren, is a soon-to-be graduate at MTSU and her son, Christian, lives and works in nearby Nashville. The couple feel truly blessed to still have their children close by. Now Linda looks forward to being a part of yet another larger family as she assists in launching The Villages of Murfreesboro community in her hometown.

“It is my desire to help place a ray of sunshine in the life of every resident each and every day as we build a “true community family.” I look forward to learning each person’s “story” and assisting in efforts to create a uniquely fun, loving and creative environment that will become “home” to all!” –Linda Lerchenfeld

Sandy Patterson
Clinical Director
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Sandy Patterson is the Director of Clinical Services at the Villages of Murfreesboro.

Sandy obtained her Nursing education at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Murfreesboro where she graduated in December of 2006. Sandy had a desire to become a nurse at an early age; she entered the healthcare field at the age of 15, receiving her CNA license, then entering Nursing school. Sandy has always had a passion for helping the senior population, maintaining a career in this field for more than 18 years.

Sandy gained her experience first as a nurse on a Skilled Unit, then she became the Director of Wellness at a 60 bed Assisted Living and 20 bed Memory Care Community in Rutherford County, where she spent more than 10 years of her career before joining The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Sandy has two wonderful children, Brice and Addison. Sandy enjoys spending all her free time with her children. They are always looking forward to their next adventure. They enjoy nature, hiking, theme parks, the beach, and going to movies together. Sandy and her children attend World Outreach Church.

I’ve spent my career dedicating my time to helping and serving the senior population. I feel honored and privileged to have such a rewarding career. This is more than a job, it is a blessing to be able to impact the lives of seniors. I love every moment and could not think of anything I enjoy doing more.”

Bobby Reed
Property Manager
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Bobby Reed is the Maintenance Director at The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Bobby went to Smyrna High School and worked in construction for years. Bobby was later hired at a local long-term care company where he gained his experience in the senior industry. Bobby felt blessed that his skills and knowledge allowed him to care for the residents and keep them safe. Now, Bobby brings his experience to The Villages where he is excited to lead the maintenance department.

Bobby lives locally, is engaged to his fiancé, and has a daughter and two step children.

“It`s an honor for me to be able to take care of your loved ones. Anyone that works or is living at The Villages is a part of my family.” -Bobby Reed

Ellen Jones
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Ellen Jones is the Chef at The Villages of Murfreesboro.

Flora Ellen (Ellen) Jones has been in the food service/restaurant business for more than 30 years.  She began her career with Shoney’s then lent her considerable skills to Copeland’s – New Orleans then Santa Fe Cantina and Cattle Company before venturing out on her own to assist with running a family owned restaurant here in Murfreesboro, Mike’s Catfish Cafe for several years.  For the past 10+ years she has worked tirelessly to provide great dining experiences for our Veterans at the TN Veterans Home before joining our team this month.

Ellen is originally from Brownsville, KY but has lived in the Murfreesboro area for the last 17 years.  Her daughter, Sarah, is the light of her life. Sarah recently graduated from Riverdale High School and is headed to study and join the Volleyball Team at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.  Ellen has many passions but truly loves making new friends and helping her friends make unforgettable memories, be it through laughter or the meals she makes for them.