We are a compassionate, visionary, thoughtful, inspired, analytical, and knowledgeable, group of individuals who share the same passion to pursue the art and science of memory care in a day program setting.
How We Got Started
Founder and Executive Director, Susan Bill has personal experience with a family member’s dementia and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Geriatric Care Manager. Her professional background, along with a loving nudge from God, was the catalyst to forming this faith-based care program. In fact, it was her faith and the belief in this mission that compelled Susan to resign from her respected career in October 2018 in order to commit all of her energy to the Program’s success.
To partner with caregivers of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia by providing a holistic care model delivering vital resources, support, and services to improve their quality of life.
The Magnolia Memory Care Day Program will be a safe-space in Fort Mill where people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses, along with their caregivers, can come for compassionate care and support.
Dementia Day Care
Encouraging, stimulating, and enjoyable programs designed and proven to enhance quality of life will fill the space.
Support for Caregivers
Support groups, essential training and resource assistance for caregivers providing care to loved ones with dementia.
Education and awareness campaign to help community members identify warning signs of dementia and gain an understanding of care.
Susan is a Geriatric Care Manager and Dementia Practitioner. She has held leadership positions in Assisted Living Communities, P.A.C.E. facilities, Skilled Nursing Homes, and Continuum Care Retirement Communities. In her most recent position at The Cypress of Charlotte, she started a Pilot Day Program for Memory Care. Susan brings her passion for the elderly, along with years of experience in the senior living industry to serve in this position.
Secretary and Counsel
Walt is an International tax practitioner in Charlotte, North Carolina and an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He retired as an International Tax Partner with a 34-year history of working in the accounting, legal and manufacturing industries.
Soraya Martial-Wright is The Founder & Managing Attorney at The Autonomy Group Legacy Planning, PC., an Estate Planning Law Firm in Rock Hill, SC, specializing an Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. Soraya is passionate about helping seniors, individuals, & families with special needs, because she’s been a witness to the stress associated with inadequate planning.
Dr. Jonathan Marx has been a Professor at Winthrop University for more than 30 years. He is currently the Director of the Gerontology Program. He has sustained an active research agenda that includes over 30 publications in prestigious journals including: The Journal of Gerontology, Teaching Gerontology, Academy of Management Review, Applied Nursing Research and The American Sociologist. He has written on a variety of topics related to senior populations.
Paul is an experienced Marketing and Business Development Executive with the passion to help revitalize and build revenue growth organizations. He currently works for Veterans Bridge Home, assisting Veterans and spouses with their next purpose and mission in life through employment. Paul is a 30-year retired Commander, US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, serving on numerous naval vessels and deploying in support of Persian Gulf war 1&2 and 9/11 operations.
Kirk is active in the business community in South Charlotte and the Fort Mill/Rock Hill areas. Kirk created and hosts the Carolina Business Referral group. Kirk is also active in the veteran community. He has partnered with Veterans Bridge Home and is a Captain for the Fort Mill Chapter. VBH reaches out to veterans looking for employment, networking opportunities, socialization and volunteering.
Mark is a registered professional engineer in South Carolina and North Carolina. He has 20 years experience in civil and environmental fields, including land development, hydrology & hydraulics, and solid waste containment systems. He is currently Senior Project Manager for KCI’s growning land development practice in Rock Hill, SC. Mark has served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve since 2003.
Raquel is the CEO & Chief Advisor of Tillman Insurance Advisors, a full service insurance agency with two locations. She has participated as a board member and President of CPCU Society Charlotte Chapter, a board member of Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, Inc. and a committee member for the Boston Adult Literacy Fund (now First Literacy). She is a proud graduate of Spelman College and Emory University.
Bill is an experienced Financial Advisor with a demonstrated history of helping individuals, families, and small businesses manage their money to meet their financial needs and goals. Primary practice areas include college planning, retirement planning, and investment management. Additional certifications for Long-term Care Planning and College Education Funding. Bill is also an ordained Episcopal Priest and involved with church ministries in York County.