Meet the Amazing Care Team
Here at New Generations, we have some of the most wonderful people on our staff who make sure that everything runs smoothly day in and day out. Learn a little more about what each of our members does and how they got into the world of adult day care.
Gail has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and 35 years of nursing experience in coronary care, dialysis, and medical-surgical nursing in Florence. Gail was one of the original founders of Home Health, Inc. which later was sold to McLeod Regional Medical Center and she has over 20 years experience in both nursing management and home and community-based services. Gail has been listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (the National Honor Society for Nursing). She served as the administrator for New Generations Adult Day Center for twelve years and still lends her expertise as a consultant.
Karen Belissary is the Assistant Administrator for New Generations Adult Day Care. She is involved in numerous civic and community organizations, sitting on the boards of both Pee Dee Mental Health and Limestone College. She’s always ready to speak with any group or organization in the area to extol the merits of adult day care. Karen has been instrumental in developing “Gary’s Gang” and has specialized study in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Illinois State and University of Missouri. Karen also serves on the Florence Area Garden Council, Building Bridges Council and Karen is listed in ‘Who’s Who in America’.
John Belissary serves as Administrator. He currently serves on the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Board of Directors where he serves on the Finance Committee and is also Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Congressman Tom Rice. He serves as a member of the Implementation Leadership Council that was convened by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health to create lasting improvements in South Carolina’s system of Long-Term Care Services. He has also served as President of the South Carolina Adult Day Services Association and currently serves on the South Carolina Adult Day Care Coalition. He served, at the request of South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; on the Blue Ribbon panel for a federal initiative called Money Follows the Person and as a panelist on the Dual Eligible (DuE) grant that established PRIME. John collaborated with the University of South Carolina’s Office for the Study of Aging in the implementation of an innovative grant called Home Care +.
Ann Belissary, John’s wife, is the office manager of New Generations. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Converse College and a Master’s in Educational Counseling from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Ann uses her training daily in dealing with families, clients and staff under stress. Ann serves as the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee for the South Carolina Association of Personal Care Providers. She is actively involved in educating state legislators on the value of home and community based services for the elderly and disabled citizens of South Carolina. A native of Ridgeland, SC Ann is very involved with the Bluffton Home Care office and NGADC of Ridgeland. She is very proud to give back to the community in which she grew up. Being in the Low Country brings back many fond memories for her.
Lou Hart, RN, DON
Lou Hart, RN, is the Director of Nursing at New Generations Adult Day Center. She graduated from Winthrop College where she received a BA degree in psychology. She is also a graduate of Florence-Darlington Technical College where she received an associate degree in nursing. Lou has six years of experience as a cardiac nurse and two years of experience in chemo IV therapy. She enjoys spending time family and friends. She loves working with her clients and listening to their stories.
Ophelia Holmes is Program Aide Coordinator for our ‘Up Front Gang’. Ophelia worked at the Disability and Special Needs for 12 years. She began working for New Generations in 2003. Ophelia was nominated and won the SCAPCP Personal Care Aide of the Year in 2005. She joined New Generations Adult Day Center in 2007 and continues to work with individuals there.
Stacey Flowers is Program Aide Coordinator in Gary’s Gang. She has been working with special need individuals for 5 years in the Darlington County Public School systems and has been employed with New Generations Adult Day Center since 2009. She has obtained 3 certificates in Autism and two in sign language from University of Missouri, Illinois State University, Poyner and Florence Darlington Technical School. She enjoys being part of the New Generations team.
Shekeitha Simon, is Transportation Director for New Generations Adult Day Center. She had been employed with New Generations for 11 years and is also a certified Red Cross CPR & First Aid Instructor. She is responsible for all of the transportation routes at all three New Generation locations. Keitha also works in the Home Care Division caring for our home bound clients. She has a daughter named Trinity.
Kathy Rushing is the bookkeeper for New Generations Adult Day Center and New Generations Home Care. A graduate of West Florence High School, she studied accounting at Florence-Darlington Technical College. She and her husband Keith reside in Florence. Besides music Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 grandchildren. She follows SEC football as a lifelong, diehard fan of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
Pamela “Pam” Erwin is the Administrative Assistant for New Generations Adult Day Center. Pam was born and raised in Florence, S.C. She graduated from West Florence High School and attended North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. She comes to us with 15 years of Human Resource Management experience as well as experience in recruiting for small companies to large medical centers. Pam has four beautiful grandchildren and also loves Clemson football.
Michelle Bailey, is Client Coordinator and Director of the Alzheimer Care for New Generations Adult Day Center. Born and raised in California, she recently relocated to South Carolina to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She has worked in the elder care/dementia field for over 20 years with assisted living facilities. “I’m proud to say I work at New Generations for they truly make you feel like family. Growing up I always wanted to ‘hang out with the older crowd’ and now have the opportunity to do just that! I have always enjoyed working with seniors and am proud to be part of a great team.”