Business and Professional
August 31, 2015
It is often said that the harder you work, the luckier you get. That saying is especially true in the life of Parkway Place's new executive director, Sunny Chatagnier. She has worked her way up in the senior living community, starting out as an intern as she pursued her master's degree, then holding other positions in her seven-year tenure at the nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC), including social worker, assistant administrator, administrator and assistant executive director. Chatagnier is committed to the faith-based mission of the senior living community. She believes in providing seniors and staff members the best environment to thrive in, and she is always focused on being the best leader possible. She received the calling to help seniors at a young age when her grandmother entered a nursing home and was not cared for in a way her family thought she deserved. Chatagnier vowed to make a difference in long-term care and prevent anyone else's grandparents from being treated poorly at the end of their lives. This compassion fueled her collegiate studies at the University of Houston, where she received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in social work, specializing in geriatrics in order to pursue a career in long-term care.
"Parkway Place is like no other CCRC in Houston," said Chatagnier. "Our faith-based heritage is in everything we do, which matches my personal values and beliefs. I'm proud to work in an environment where I can serve the Lord and speak about my faith with residents and staff."
Chatagnier is a Port Arthur native and has lived in the Houston area for more than 35 years. She currently resides in Waller. She values her family and enjoys spending time with her parents, siblings and niece. Earlier this year, Chatagnier was selected to be a Fellow of the LeadingAge Leadership Academy, a year-long leadership program designed to enhance the leadership skills and core competencies of nonprofit leaders. She was the only Texas representative selected for this distinguished and well-respected training program.
"I want to serve Parkway Place residents and staff to the best of my abilities," said Chatagnier. "I know I will continue to learn and grow in this position and become the best leader I can be. I look forward to continuing to invest in the lives of the residents, families and staff members I encounter at Parkway Place."
"Sunny is an outstanding, compassionate leader," said Charlie Wilson, senior vice president of Buckner Retirement Services. "She cares deeply about the residents and employees at Parkway Place. Both are in good hands under her leadership."