Meet the Team
Jim Strom is a proud graduate of the University of Kentucky and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked in the senior care industry for more than 30 years as both an executive director and a regional director of operations. He’s also worked about 20 years in skilled nursing, with the last 10 years specifically working with assisted and independent living residents.
“I love having daily contact with our residents and families,” Jim says. “I especially love working with Maple Court’s caring staff to help make difficult days a little better for our residents. I also enjoy the challenge of successfully operating an efficiently run business."
In his free time, Jim enjoys a good game of golf, leading the free food ministry through his church, and spending time with his family, which includes his wife, Karen, three children and six grandchildren.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Byrd comes to Maple Court with more than four years of experience in the health care industry. He also served as the caretaker for his grandmother, who lived with Alzheimer’s disease, for about eight years. He says his main goal is to teach families about the relevant skills to process the progression of their loved ones living with diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“Caring for my Nana made me extremely passionate about helping seniors,” Byrd said. “I am excited to be working at Maple Court, and I hope to make a difference in the lives of our residents.”
Generations Care Director
Linda Knight, LPN, joined Maple Court Senior Living in 2016 as the Memory Care director. She oversees the care and well-being of all of our amazing residents and works diligently to bring peace of mind to their families. Linda takes great pride in her position on the Maple Court team and truly enjoys it. She brings 32 years of nursing experience to the team, as well as experience as director of Nursing and Office Management. Linda is passionate about spending time with her children and grandchildren, shopping, and caring for loved ones.
Culinary Services Director
Kevin Fields joined Maple Court Senior Living as the Culinary Services director in March 2019. He learned to cook from his mother and nana and received his first chef coat at the age of 10. He brings more than 15 years of excellence in culinary service, with five of those years dedicated specifically to seniors in the Knoxville area. As a graduate of The Culinary Arts Program at Walters State, he is highly qualified and eager to bring an elevated dining experience to the residents at Maple Court. Kevin and his wife, Alicia, have three children, Hayden, Grayson and Charleigh Kate. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking and restoring classic cars.
Business Office Director
Vonda Minnich joined the Maple Court Senior Living team in 2015 in the care department. She now serves as the Business Office director. Vonda worked the majority of her career in the banking industry and has extensive experience in administrative and office management. She has been married to her husband, Anthony, for 32 years and has a son, Lucas. Her heart is with her four grandchildren, with whom she spends a lot of her time outside of work. Vonda is passionate about worshipping at her church, shopping, walking, cooking and traveling!