Guiding the Mission and Vision of Friends Homes

The Friends Homes leadership team guides the organization to meet today’s needs and prepare for the future.

Friends Homes, Inc., is blessed to have an experienced management team that provides stable leadership for our community and operates with the highest standards of integrity. The talents and expertise of our leadership team — combined with the skills of our more than 400 employees — create a community in which residents can live to their highest potential.

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Meet our Team
Wellness Director

Teresa Cox

Wellness Director

teresacox@friendshomes.org

Teresa has been with Friends Homes since the wellness center and pool opened in 2000, and has many years of experience in senior fitness. Teresa started college late in life, first attending the New York Cooking School. She then earned undergraduate degrees in exercise and sport science, and one degree in nutrition. She went on to earn a master’s in gerontology and a master’s in sociology from Appalachian State University. She obtained her doctorate in education-kinesiology from UNC-Greensboro.

Teresa loves people and enjoys all of her roles at Friends Homes.

Teresa and her husband, Bob, have three Corgis. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and learning about new places and things.

Director of Facility Services

Rick Hatch

Director of Facility Services

rhatch@friendshomes.org

Rick earned his associate degree in business management from Rutledge College in 1980. He began his career working in the construction industry and handled production management in casework manufacturing for a family-owned custom cabinet shop. He has also been involved in commercial construction project management.

Rick is married and enjoys rebuilding and using antique aluminum campers. One of his favorite places to visit is Floyd, VA.

Director of Nursing, Guilford Campus

Shukriyyah Jones

Director of Nursing, Guilford Campus

sjones@friendshomes.org

Shukriyyah started her nursing career as a CNA here at Friends Homes. She worked in healthcare while continuing her education — first becoming an LPN, then an RN, and then completing her bachelor’s in nursing. Shukriyyah worked part-time at Friends Homes for two years while she took a position in the emergency room at Randolph Hospital. The experience and knowledge she gained in the ER have been a benefit to the residents under her care at Friends Homes.

Shukriyyah enjoys spending time listening to music, being with her family, cooking and traveling. Of course, her most favorite companion is her Malti-Poo, Gizzie, who makes an occasional appearance here at Friends Homes — to the delight of both residents and staff.

Director of Dining Services, West Campus

Carly Kirkman

Director of Dining Services

ckirkman@friendshomes.org

Carly graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics. She also received a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a nutrition concentration from North Carolina Central University. Carly is a Registered Dietitian and is Board Certified as a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition. Carly is a native of Greensboro and now lives in Climax, NC with her husband and son. She enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Director of Hospitality Services

Alex Perez

Director of Hospitality Services

aperez@friendshomes.org

Alex graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Alex has been part of the Friends Homes family since February 2018 and brings with him over 17 years in the Food Service industry and 7 years in the Environmental Services industry. His current role oversees and supports Dining and Environmental Service programs at both campuses.

In his down time, Alex enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Wanda, and son, Nicholas, and their extended family and friends. Alex also enjoys trying new restaurants and loves to play ice hockey and sailing on cruises. Fun fact: Alex played minor professional hockey in Georgia and has cruised 36 times in 33 years.

Director of Nursing, West Campus

Freda Robinson

Director of Nursing, West Campus

freda@friendshomes.org

Freda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro with a B.S. in nursing and a master’s in nursing administration. She has worked in the field of long-term care since 1974.

A native of High Point, NC, Freda has three children, including a set of twins, and a “fur-baby” named Gizzie. Her hobbies include crocheting, coastal fishing, and traveling to the mountains.

Director of Environmental Services

Daryl Shores

Director of Environmental Services

dshores@friendshomes.org

Daryl graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and Turf Management. Daryl joined Friends Homes in 2020 and brings with him over 10 years of leadership and management experience primarily within the horticulture industry in both the public and private sectors.

Originally from State Road, North Carolina, he now resides in Burlington with his wife Jenna, his son Harrison, and their two Great Pyrenees dogs Asher and Magnolia. In his spare time, Daryl enjoys spending time with his family, photography, traveling, spectating aviation shows and being outdoors.

He is very excited to be a part of Friends Homes and looks forward to enhancing and advancing the services provided to our residents.

Director of Sales

Patrick Tillman

Director of Sales

ptillman@friendshomes.org

Patrick Tillman joined the Friends Homes family in 2021. Prior to joining Friends Homes, Patrick enjoyed a 21 year career in the marketing and advertising industry for a wide spectrum of business and industry.

Originally from Randolph County, Patrick graduated from Appalachian State University and served in the US Marines for 14 years. Patrick lives in Greensboro with his wife, three children, and their Black Lab (Coco). An outdoor enthusiast, Patrick enjoys any outdoor activities, hunting, exercising and reading. As a life-long Quaker, Patrick looks forward to building on the Friends Homes legacy of wellness, wholeness and enrichment for its current and future residents.

Associate Executive Director, West Campus

Donna Sprinkle

Associate Executive Director, West Campus

dsprinkle@friendshomes.org

Donna received her undergraduate degree from Guilford College and a master’s degree in public policy and public administration from Purdue University. After graduating from Guilford College, she had a three-year internship at Kendal-Crosslands, a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Donna is a certified paralegal in North Carolina and is a licensed nursing home administrator in Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio.

Donna is a birthright Quaker and attends Archdale Friends Meeting where her brother-in-law is the pastor.

Executive Director

Arnold R. “Arnie” Thompson

Executive Director

athompson@friendshomes.org

Arnie Thompson has been executive director for Friends Homes since August 2016. He previously worked as the Associate Director for River Landing at Sandy Ridge for 11 years and as the Controller for The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. corporate office for 5 years.​

Arnie is a graduate of Appalachian State University where he earned a B.S.B.A. in accounting. He holds his Certified Public Accounting certificate in the state of North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Arnie is a licensed nursing home administrator.​

Prior to his affiliation with Friends Homes and the Presbyterian Homes, Arnie was a manager with the public accounting firm McGladrey & Pullen in Greensboro, NC.