About Us

For 50 years, University Village has been one of the leading senior living communities in Tulsa. Our excellent reputation is a result of a professional and caring staff and a legacy of committed ownership. University Village is owned by a group of local, Christian business leaders who understand the responsibility they have in shepherding the community through its next 50 years and beyond in service to Tulsa seniors and their families.

University Village is locally owned and managed and key staff members have been in place longer than any other lifecare community in Tulsa. We believe the longevity of our staff demonstrates the excellent working environment of “servant leaders” we seek to employ at University Village. We realize today’s senior has an increasing number of housing options. Therefore, everything we do, from the Executive Director to on-site staff, is to make certain our residents’ needs are met with a warm and compassionate service.

Our Mission

It is our mission that all who enter our retirement community feel the love, strength, and blessing of a safe, happy, healthy, Christian home.

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Our Team

Vanessa Neal

Vanessa Neal

Executive Director
Vanessa Neal has been with University Village for over 35 years now. Starting as part of the wait staff at 15, Vanessa continued to serve at UV in various roles, from Social Services Manager to Health Center Administrator to CEO and to Executive Director, which is the position she still holds. Vanessa brings a lot of professionalism and credibility to her role with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Counselor. Her niche is in geriatrics and she says she is the one "blessed by her experience of serving the seniors at UV."
John Sames

John Sames

Controller
John Sames comes from a background of Accounting and Business Development. Graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting and a Master's of Business Administration from both NSU and OCU, John has had a varied experience of employment leading up to working at University Village. He has worked in various departments and administrative positions for Tulsa companies and is the owner of Encore Marketing Group. He has been the Controller and Director of IT at UV for over 7 years.
Annette Arington

Annette Arington

Resident Services
Annette Arrington is a retired teacher of 32 years with a Master's Degree in Special Education. She loves working with this generation and feels like she is right where she belongs. Annette first joined UV as the Cottage Concierge and is now serving as the Resident Services Manager for University Village. Annette is a native Tulsan and loves reading, gardening, and family time.
Ryan D. Alsup, NHA

Ryan D. Alsup, NHA

Administrator – Skilled Nursing
Ryan came to University Village as an administrator-in-training in August of 2015. Soon thereafter he was hired as the Admission Coordinator for Skilled Nursing and Rehab. After receiving his Nursing Home Administrator license in March of 2016, he became the Assistant Administrator of the Health Center. In 2019, he stepped into the Assisted Living Administrator position. Ryan led University Village’s Assisted Living team until he was promoted to be the Administrator of the Health Center in October of 2021. Ryan attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in both health care administration and corporate communication. He serves as a board member of the Green Country Healthcare Association, a non-profit organization that represents long term care providers. Ryan lives in Tulsa with his wife Alice and sons Grant and Truman.
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Wynter Hill-Ferrell

Human Resources Director
Wynter joined the University Village team in early 2020. She brings over a decade of progressive experience in human resource management, including executive level management, training/employee development, resource and budget forecasting, organizational development and employee relations. Wynter graduated from University of Tulsa and has obtained credentials in various aspects of the HR field including SHRM – Senior Certified Professional.
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Pamela Boone, NHA

Administrator – Assisted Living
Pam’s passion is serving others by helping them to live life to the fullest. She has been part of the healthcare industry for more than 16 years. Pam joined the University Village team in November 2021. Her accomplishments include a Master’s Degree in Human Relations through the University of Oklahoma in 2006 and attending Administrator University in 2019. Pam says what she loves about being part of University Village is the sense of “home” felt by both staff and residents. Although UV is a big community, it feels very intimate. And Pam is honored to be part of creating this inviting, caring atmosphere for our residents.
Trish Behrens

Trish Behrens

Marketing Director
With over 20 years of experience from multiple corners of the senior living industry, Trish is committed to helping seniors transition into retirement living. She believes strongly in empowering and educating seniors and their families, so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and/or their loved ones. She is proud to be part of a team that not only provides exceptional care for seniors but also enhances the quality of life of every resident University Village serves.
Morris Finley

Morris Finley

Dining Services
Morris Finley brings more than 30 years of professional service in the Food Industry to his current position as Director of Dining Services here at University Village. He not only has certifications in Dietary Management, CDM and CFFP, but is one of the most enthusiastic, positive and intentional staff members here at UV. With residents spending much of their day in the Dining Hall, Morris has the personality and the qualifications to make residents' meal time a great experience.
Merle Newton

Merle Newton

Chaplain
Merle Newton has been the Chaplain at University Village since 1999. Born and raised in Tulsa, Merle graduated from East Central and was an Eagle Scout. He went on to graduate from Ozark Christian College with two degrees and thus began his experience in ministering, caring and encouraging others through various organizations. Merle has served as a minister,hospice chaplain, Scoutmaster and been on committees within this field for decades. He says he "cherishes each opportunityhe spends with the residents and employees at UV."

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