Buckner Retirement Services, the operator of Buckner Calder Woods, announced Feb. 4 that it has named Shane Gabis as the new executive director of the Southeast Texas senior living community, effective Feb. 15. Gabis brings nearly 25 years of senior living industry experience and leadership to the role.
Gabis previously worked for senior living provider Life Care Services in various capacities, including the past ten years as a community executive director. He also served as a team leader in operational reviews and as a health care administrator. He comes to Beaumont from North Carolina.
“I was attracted to Calder Woods because of the rich history of ministry Buckner Retirement Services offers to senior Texans,” said Gabis. “The mission, vision and values of Buckner ring true to my own beliefs and the way I lead senior living community associates and serve residents.”
Located in Beaumont’s growing West End, Calder Woods is a 17-acre community providing affordable senior living. As Beaumont’s only faith-based, nonprofit Life Plan Community, Calder Woods offers a full continuum of senior living and care on site, so residents can have the peace of mind knowing their address can remain the same despite changing medical needs.
When asked about his short-term and long-term goals for the community, Gabis noted he wants to continue to build on the community’s rich traditions in Southeast Texas. “I believe serving others comes with great reasonability, transparency and integrity – all attributes the Calder Woods team demonstrated throughout the pandemic. My goal is to continue this level of service excellence that drives resident satisfaction and employee engagement because together, and with the support of God, anything is possible.”
Gabis grew up in the rural area of Northern Michigan. He received his degree in Health Care Administration from Davenport University and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in North Carolina with previous licenses in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. Gabis is relocating to Southeast Texas with his wife, Lisa, and their three pets, a dog and two cats.
“We are excited about the knowledge, experience, and leadership style Shane brings to the position of executive director at Calder Woods,” said Brian Robbins, vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. “The end of the pandemic is in sight, and I believe Shane’s passion and faith will be invaluable as we work to return to normal while also looking to a future of innovation in senior living.”
For more information about Buckner Calder Woods, visit BucknerCalderWoods.org.