Experienced Professionals, Dedicated Friends

Today there are more than 190 caring individuals who work at Marbridge. From instructors and counselors to the drivers, trainers, cooks, custodians, administrative support, maintenance and medical teams, and coaches, we all get great satisfaction helping our residents achieve their maximum potential. We’re proud to be a part of a community that we find to be so much more meaningful than an ordinary workplace. Given our staff’s experience, education, and enthusiasm, it’s not surprising that Marbridge is able to attract and retain some of the top professionals in the field.



James Stacey


James, a native of Houston, arrived in Austin in 1967 to attend the University of Texas and graduated with a BA in Sociology. He attended Southern Illinois University and Purdue University with studies in affirmative action, multi-disabilities in the workplace, and business as it relates to individuals with multi-disabilities. James comes to Marbridge with a strong background in financial planning and organizational skills, having held positions such as Director of Commercial Sales at McCoy's Corporation, Vice President at Vaughan & Sons and Stripling Blake Lumber Company, as well as Director of Long Term Care with Texas Department of Human Services.

Scott McAvoy

Vice President of Operations

Born and raised in Maine, Scott has lived in Austin since 1995. Scott holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Maine and an MBA from the University of New Orleans. Scott began his professional career as a psychiatric counsellor at River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in New Orleans. He later became the CEO of CPC Coliseum Medical Center, Assistant Managing Director of River Oaks Hospital, and moved to Austin to assume the CEO position at Meridell Achievement Center. Prior to joining Marbridge in 2004, Scott was Program Manager for Empowerment Options, a home and community services company providing residential alternatives to people with mental retardation. In 2012, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Scott to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.  Mr. McAvoy and Marbridge are founding members of the Texas Culture Change Coalition and are members of LeadingAge and the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Scott has been happily married to Catherine for over 24 years and is the proud father of Sydney and Seth.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys watching and participating in sports, travelling, listening to music, and spending quality time with his wife and two children.


Laurie Annear

Director of Development

Laurie is a native Austinite and has worked in nonprofit management for almost 15 years. Prior to joining Marbridge, Laurie oversaw small business education and training for the nonprofit PeopleFund. In addition to her training and educaiton background, Laurie has experience in event planning, program management and volunteer recruitment. Laurie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas State University and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Austin affiliate of Dress for Success.


James Brandon

Director, The Ranch at Marbridge

James is a native Texan, born in McCamey. He was raised on a cattle ranch in West Texas and calls Big Lake his hometown.  After graduating from Reagan Co. High, he attended Lubbock Christian University receiving his BA Degree in Bible.  James began working with children at risk while in college and continued that passion for the next 30 years working with children of substance abuse, domestic violence and children with learning disabilities.  He earned his MS Degree in Childcare Administration.  James moved to Austin in 2005 and began working with Marbridge in December that year as a week end supervisor.  He also served as an evening supervisor and an instructor in the Training and Education Dept..  James is a Certified Assisted Living Administrator.  James has served as the Assistant Director of the Village since 2009.  James enjoys bow hunting or fishing the wild game of Texas in his spare time.

Duncan Murray

Director, The Villa at Marbridge

Born in Washington DC, Duncan moved to North Carolina as a teenager where he first realized his passion for long-term care as he assisted his family throughout the care of his grandmother who lived in a skilled nursing facility nearby. This first-hand experience led him to pursue a degree in Social Work at North Carolina State University. Upon completion, Duncan moved to Austin in 2005 where he continued his studies, graduating with a Master’s Certificate from Texas State University in Long-Term Care Administration. Duncan draws from his experience as the Director of Duke University Hospice and Hospice Austin’s PARTners program to provide specialized leadership in long-term care and end-of-life care. Duncan brings to The Villa a commitment to culture change and a focus on quality clinical care and quality of life for residents.  He and his wife, Michelle, a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, share a love of the Austin music scene and travel. And their love of life expands to all life where, at home, you’ll find the couple caring for their four dogs and horse. Duncan is passing on his love of life to Luke, one of the four, who will be at Marbridge most days, helping to ensure things run smoothly while providing cuddles and companionship to the sweet residents of the Villa.

Michael O'Shieles

Director of Facilities

Michael brings extensive experience in facilities maintenance and construction management to his position as director of facilities. His prior experience includes maintenance of retail and kitchen faciliteis for a national seller of nutritious ready-to-eat meals as well as supervisory experience with the Texas Facilities Commission. Michael also brings purchasing and estimating experience gained with a national home construction company. He has managed multiple million dollar projects, with responsibility for organizing and implementing all aspects of the projects, including marketing and accounting. He holds a bachelor of science in political science from Texas A&M University and an associate of arts from Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas. Michael is a native of Rosenburg, Texas. He and his family have resided in Austin since 2002.

David S. Erps

Vice President of Finance

David Erps joined Marbridge in June 2015. With over twenty-five years of healthcare experience in both public accounting and private industry, he is a respected member of the healthcare industry. His due diligence related work with lenders and other capital providers, and his work with various national healthcare systems and medical groups contributed to his expertise in the areas of strategic planning, revenue cycle management, mergers and acquisitions, operational planning, project management and financial reporting. Prior to joining Marbridge, David worked as the Director of Finance for Humana, Inc., Manager of McGladrey and Pullen's National Healthcare Group, CEO/CFO of ProMedCo of Temple, and the Manager of the McGladrey and Pullen's Phoenix office. In addition, David founded MediSun Consulting, a highly succuessful aged healthcare insurance recovery company, which he sold in November 2006.

Michelle Levy

Vice President of Development

Born in a small West Texas town, Michelle has called Austin home since 1992. Michelle has her certification in Gerontology and started her career in the nonprofit world through West Austin Caregivers, where she served as Executive Director. Prior to joining Marbridge, Michelle was the Marketing Coordinator for Susman Tisdale Gayle.

She considers herself fortunate to have 5 special guys in her life – her husband, two sons and two Labrador retrievers. Both she and her husband enjoy spending their spare time outdoors and share many of the same interests, which include long distance running, swimming, water skiing, traveling and watching football.

Barbara Bush

Director of Admissions

Barbara was born in Reno, Nevada, and has called Austin "home" since 1966. As a Certified Senior Advisor, Barbara brings a broad base of experience in planning for and meeting the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Barbara helps families navigate the complex government benefits of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, and works to maximize these benefits for their loved ones. With a background in estate planning and probate, Barbara applies extensive knowledge of both legal and medical considerations required in the process of long-term planning. Active in the community, Barbara served as a Board of Director for the Buda Chamber of Commerce and as Chairman of the Finance Committee. She assists families locally, nationally and internationally, with developing life options for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jana Kay

Director of Training & Education

Jana is a native Texan who received her BS in Journalism with a double minor in Political Science and English from the University of North Texas. She has been involved with training and development for the past 12 years in the United States, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East. At Marbridge, Jana focuses on improving and expanding our Abilities Centered Training (ACT) program. Adding additional training opportunities, increasing recreational activities, updating the current Individual Program Plan process, and adding new off-campus employers to the current program are just a few of Jana’s short-term goals.

Will Hoermann

Director, The Village at Marbridge

From Breckenridge, Texas, Will has his BA in Gerontology from Stephen F. Austin State University. Before joining Marbridge in October, 2000, he was Admissions and Marketing Director & Human Resources Director for Fountain View, Inc., a skilled nursing facility, and Assisted Living Manager for HCR-Manor Care, an assisted living and skilled nursing facility. At Marbridge, Will served as director of admissions for 11 years before assuming the role of director of The Village.

Will brings a genuine compassion to his job. He sincerely cares about the families who come to Marbridge looking for long-term care for a loved one with special needs. Will also genuinely cares for the adults that he places in our care, and he strives to make sure that Marbridge is the best match for them. Few can equal his boundless enthusiasm for Marbridge. Will is a true believer in our mission, and he strives to live our mission.

Outside of work, Will enjoys gourmet cuisine, basketball, football, and his collection of blues records.

Janis Bennett

Director of Human Resources

Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Janis is a graduate from New Mexico State University where she received her BA in Finance and her MBA in Human Resources. She recently moved to Austin from Dallas where she worked for a leading retail company as a Human Resource Executive. Her passion to help people combined with the drive to deliver results is what she enjoys most about being a professional in Human Resources.