Meet the Team

Lorie Lyons

Executive Director

Lorie Lyons joins our team at Knox High Senior Living as Executive Director, bringing with her more than 15 years’ experience working in both long-term care and assisted living. Her background is in physical therapy, and she has served in leadership roles for the past 10 years. She has always been passionate about working with seniors and being a driving force for positive change.

Lorie was born and raised in Knoxville and enjoys spending time baking, going to the lake and loving on her family. "I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of such an amazing community. I am very excited for this new journey and season of life!"

Patricia Damm

Director of Sales and Marketing

Patricia Damm joins our team at Knoxville High Senior Living with over 25 years’ experience working in senior living. She has worked in independent, assisted and long- term care communities as a director of Recreation and director of Sales and Marketing. She has had a passion for working with seniors since she worked in a nursing home in high school. A graduate of State University of New York College at Cortland, Patricia received a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a minor in social gerontology.

Originally from the Northeast, Patricia moved to the Knoxville area to be closer to her family. She enjoys spending time traveling, watercolor painting, gardening and baking. Patricia is excited to explore Tennessee!

Becky Williams

Vibrant Life® Director

Becky Williams found her calling in senior living after losing her mother. She has worked in senior living since 2016 and joined our team at Knoxville High Senior Living in 2018. She enjoys making our residents’ days as fun and enjoyable as possible.

Originally from Illinois, Becky spent much of her life in south Florida before moving to Tennessee more than 10 years ago.

Jeff Godfrey

Culinary Services Director

Jeff Godfrey (known at Knoxville High Senior Living as Chef Dino) has more than 15 years’ experience cooking across five continents. He has worked as both a private and executive chef and has created and operated several restaurants.

“Cause joy” is the premise he thrives on when working with all customers, and now Chef Dino is with us to “cause joy” for all our residents!

David Alani

Building Services Director

David Alani joins the team at Knoxville High Senior Living with more than 25 years’ experience in engineering, project management, and maintenance and repair. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

David and his family moved to Knoxville in 2016. He enjoys sports, traveling, and collecting stamps and coins.

Emily Wyrick


Emily Wyrick joined the Knoxville High Senior Living family in April 2020. She looks forward to helping make our residents feel that they are part of a family in her role as concierge.

Emily has lived in Knoxville since 2000 and is proud to call it her home. She is an active volunteer and believes in taking care of her community. Family is incredibly important to Emily, and she loves to spend time with her husband, Jessie, and her daughter, Ida.