Our Staff

Our Staff

Debra Murrey, Executive Director
(269) 372-6100 EXT. 6882 | dmurrey@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Even before joining New Friends, Debra lived the Vibrant Life philosophy. As her mother’s primary care provider for the last several years of her life, Debra made it her mission to ensure that her mother enjoyed a full, rich life as a woman living with Alzheimer’s Disease rather than as an “Alzheimer’s patient”. Debra is passionate about sharing the Vibrant Life philosophy with other families who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other Dementia conditions. Debra’s nursing experience taught her to care for patients; her management background made her a strong leader; but it is her compassion, her firsthand experience and her passion for helping people live life to its fullest potential that make Debra such an effective advocate for New Friends’ Vibrant Life philosophy. Debra brings more than 30 plus years of healthcare, and leadership to her position. A Nurse, A Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, a member of NCAL & HCAM and Professional Business Women’s Assoc. A devoted advocate leading our New Friends Team, insuring they too care from the heart, not only focusing on quality, compassionate care, but enjoying the day to day journey with our residents.


Corie Shireman, Vibrant Life Manager

(269) 372-6100, ext. 6886 | cshireman@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Corie is full of life and loves creating stimulating activities! She knows that in great dementia care not everything is always planned and structured. Often the best activities are those that capture a great moment, like telling a funny joke or having an impromptu session in composing a group poem. Corie, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, has 25 years experience working with seniors and dementia care.


Erin Kuhse, Human Resources Manager

(269)372-6100 ext. 6884 | ekuhse@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Erin brings over 10 years of Human Resources experience and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, majoring in Human Resource Management.  Erin started her Human Resources career in the automotive field, moved into Non-Profit, and then found her passion in health care.  Erin not only enjoys her time with the employees but with the residents as well.  Stepping in whenever needed to be the helping hand or a smiling face.  Erin is the positivity bus driver for the New Friends family!


Tige Walkinhood, Operations Manager

(269) 372-6100 ext. 6883 | twalkinhood@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Tige is an East Lansing native and a Spartan fan.  He has over 23 years of experience in long term care facilities management, he feels right at home at New Friends. He enjoys trying to make our residents’ stay here a pleasant one,  whether it be in maintenance, a Vibrant Life project, grilling for a party, or just spending some one on one time with residents.  When not working, Tige enjoys “do it yourself” projects on his home, biking, cooking and spending time with family & friends.   He is a member of the Kalamazoo Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross. Tige has also completed New Friends Dementia Training courses providing him the appropriate approach and knowledge to support our team.      


Rebecca Carver, LPN, CDP, Nurse Manager

(269) 372-6100 ext. 6885 | rcarver@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Rebecca is passionate about senior care with over 20 years of experience.  Her mission is insuring outstanding, comfortable, safe, and dignified memory care by meticulously following any new developments and breakthroughs of the various types of Dementias and corresponding diseases.  She has continued her education by becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner.   Rebecca embraces New Friends philosophy of person centered care from the heart.  She plays a vital role coaching and supervising our dynamic care team in our individualized approach.