“You hear laughing here every day. People planning their day, where they’re going. That’s living!”
In 1990, Epworth Villa opened its doors, and we’ve been flourishing ever since. Our residents include singles and couples from all walks of life. Retired teachers, ministers, military, veterans, physicians, lawyers, small business owners, full-time homemakers, and more, all united by an enthusiasm for life and each other. True, deep friendships are made among those who live here, and the result is a sense of community you’ll not likely find anywhere else.
Epworth Villa was founded by and is affiliated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. However, you’ll find people of many denominations living here. Welcoming people of all backgrounds and faiths is one of the reasons our community has such vitality and strength.
As a locally owned not-for-profit Life Plan Community, we reinvest our revenue after expenses back into the community to maintain staff and our beautiful environment and to keep enhancing services and amenities.
As the senior population continues to grow, we will continue to adjust to meet their expanding needs and their desire to embrace all that life has to offer.
To make an appointment for lunch and a private tour, just call 405‑752‑1200, or send us an email here.
Formerly of Frisco, Texas, Ron joined Epworth Villa as its new president and CEO in October 2017.
Prior to joining Epworth, Ron was executive director of Presbyterian Village North in Dallas, which serves over 500 senior residents. He was also with United Methodist-affiliated Wesley Manor in Frankfort, Indiana, for 17 years, serving as its president and CEO, and previously as chief financial officer. While there, Ron led a $12 million expansion and renovation project.
Ron believes that it is a privilege to serve older adults and to support the caregivers and service professionals who meet their needs. He also hopes that the way he leads and serves others will bring glory to God.
Chief Financial Officer
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Ken holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Towson State University, an Accounting Certificate from the University of Baltimore, and a CPA certification from the State of Maryland.
Prior affiliations include Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Edenwald Retirement Community (2003-2018), Corporate Controller for the Episcopal Ministries to the Aging (1998-2003), Director of Accounting for Adventist Home Health (1996-1998) and Accounting Manager for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (1993-1996).
Ken and his wife, Gretchen, have three dogs and enjoy exploring Oklahoma.
Lauren Cantu, NHA, MPH
Chief Operating Officer
Lauren holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Epworth Villa, she worked at a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Overland Park, Kansas, and did regional consulting in Missouri and Kansas for a provider of long-term care management services.
Lauren is a Nursing Home Administrator with licenses in multiple states and, in 2019, received a Health Services Executive (HSE) credential.
Lauren joined Epworth Villa in 2011 at the beginning of a 3 year, 78-million-dollar construction and renovation project that impacted the entire campus. She values the ability to work in a faith-based community that encourages praying with each other and those we serve.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Kathy joined Epworth Villa as Director of Sales and Marketing in February 2017. A native of Kansas, she has made Oklahoma her home since 1981. She is a wife and mother, with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Kathy’s journey in Senior Living began in 1989 as part of Epworth Villa’s original team of sales counselors and the management team taking pre-construction reservations. In 1990, after Epworth opened its doors, Kathy remained for another year until occupancy was met.
Her career has included local real estate development, sales and marketing, and then, in 2011, Sales and Marketing Director of a Senior Living community in Edmond. Under Kathy’s leadership, the community saw increased sales for 7 consecutive years. In 2017, she rejoined Epworth Villa as Director of Sales and Marketing.
Jennifer Cushman RN, BSN, RAC-CT
Director of Clinical Compliance
Jennifer has been in geriatric healthcare for the last 28 years. She started as a nursing assistant during high school working the night shift. Upon graduation, she attended Seminole State College and completed her associate degree in nursing and received her licensure as a registered nurse in 2001. She went on to complete her bachelor’s in nursing education at Southern Nazarene University.
She has served the last 20 years in nursing leadership roles as well as corporate consultation including Long Term Care, Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Rehabilitation Hospitals.
Human Resources Manager
Karri has a passion for continuing education and pouring what she’s learned into others. She has an Associate’s degree in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology focusing in mental health, and will complete her MBA in December of 2021.
Growing up in various environments gave Karri a special interest in promoting diversity. She was born in Southern California, but primarily grew up in Wisconsin. She took a position in West Virginia where after 5 years, she transferred to Oklahoma. That was 18 years ago, so it is safe to say Oklahoma has become her home.
Meaningful work in the Senior Living industry supports Karri’s mission in life, a mission which follows Epworth’s heart of “Enhancing Lives so People Thrive”. She hopes to learn something today that she didn’t know yesterday. In doing so, she endeavors to pass along this wisdom to others, much like Epworth’s residents have done for her.
Board of Directors
Rev. Derrek Belase
Dr. Steve Ford
Dr. Glen Jonson
Rev. Tish Malloy
Dr. Bob Spinks
Rev. Valerie Steele