Come Join our Team!

Mars Hill Retirement Community is a wonderful place to live, and it is a rewarding place to work. Please consider joining our team. Stop by the Front Desk to pick up an application.



Gail Blankenship

Rick Pridgen

Executive Director


Welcome! I am delighted you are interested in Mars Hill Retirement Community! We have much to offer your family.


I was born and raised in Wilson, NC a small town very much like Mars Hill. I reside in the town of Mars Hill and feel very fortunate to be a part of a college community environment. I am the proud father of a son John who resides in Sanford, NC.

Gail Blankenship

Teresa K. Hammack

Marketing Director


Coming from the islands of Aloha – I learned at a very early age, the value of hospitality, presentation and quality.The last 30 years, I have traveled extensively throughout the Southern US, including California and Mexico. I have worked with some of the most gifted professionals in the country.

I was led to Madison County by its beauty and Majestic Mountains. What I found was family!

I have been with Mars Hill Retirement Community since it opened in 2000 serving as the Dietary Manager and now also as the Marketing Director.


The Ammons’ family, the staff, and the residents have all made me feel so special and so cared for that I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I am glad you are visiting our web site and I hope you visit Madison County and Mars Hill Retirement Community soon, so you can feel the love as well!

Gail Blankenship

Tina Pridgen

Director of Nursing


I joined the team here at Mars Hill Retirement Community in October of 2007. I brought with me 26 years of nursing experience. Most of my career was spent at Mission Hospital where I worked in a variety of areas and worked with all age groups. I also worked in home health care and office work.

I am a native of Madison County and currently live just over the Madison County line. I truly enjoy my job here at Mars Hill Retirement Community. The staff is terrific and has made me feel very welcomed and at home. The residents are great and I feel fortunate to work here.

Gail Blankenship

Crystal Hensley

Resident Care Coordinator


I reside here in Madison County with my husband and two children. I became a part of the MHRC family in 2009. I came here with 7 years of experience as a CNA, working in a skilled facility and in home care. I moved on to become a certified Med Tech and relief supervisor. I am honored to sit in my new role as Resident Care Director. I am thrilled that you have considered Mars Hill Retirement Community for your, or your loved ones care needs. Come visit us and take a tour. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Gail Blankenship

Edward Redden

Dietary Production Manager


Everybody calls me Bud. I have been in the Food Service Industry for 30 years and have had the pleasure of working with some Great Chefs of Western North Carolina.


The past 15 years my focus has been in the Health Care Kitchen. I can help you with special treats you may need from the kitchen to make you feel good and feel healthy.


I just recently Married (February 14, 2004), my Bride and I reside right next door in Yancey County with three children.

We have a great staff hear at Mars Hill Retirement Community, and we are looking forward to that little something special from the kitchen that makes you feel special!

Gail Blankenship

Donna Cole

Activities Director


After having a career in management, I became acquainted with the assisted living industry when I started working as an Activities Assistant for Mars Hill Retirement Community. I enjoyed it so much; I decided to pursue this career path further. I became a certified Activities Director at Asheville Buncombe Technical College.


I assumed the role of Activities Director for Mars Hill Retirement Community. I find my career very rewarding and self- gratifying.

Gail Blankenship

Phillip Garrison

Buildings and Maintence Director


I am a lifelong resident of Madison County, and began my career at Mars Hill Retirement community in March, 2000 just before the facility opened. My responsibilities at MHRC include all aspects of building and grounds maintenance, housekeeping, transportation, and general facility upkeep.


Jennifer and I have been married for 25 years, we have 3 sons. I enjoy coaching my son’s baseball teams, Masonic duties/activities, fishing and spending time with my family.

Gail Blankenship

Gail Blankenship

Office/Human Resource Manager


I came to Mars Hill Retirement Community in April of 2002. I brought with me 6 years of experience in the field of office management and human resources.


George and I have been married for 45 years and we reside in the Laurel Community of Madison County. We have 2 adult children Jackie Dale and Cathy.


I soon discovered that working with the elderly is far different from working with the highway construction industry! In the past 12 years, I have found that the employees here at MHRC are some of the most caring people I have ever met. Our staff are truly “angels of mercy”.


I am very happy to be a part of the team here at Mars Hill Retirement Community. If I can be of any assistance to you or your family please call me (828.689.7981).