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Kevin Knopf CEO The Oaks CCRCKevin Knopf
CEO – The Oaks

Kevin Knopf is the Chief Executive Officer for The Oaks in Orangeburg, South Carolina. With a career spanning 36 years in senior living and prior to The Oaks, he was the Regional Operations Director for Lifespace Communities with leadership over five Entry Fee Continuing Life Care Retirement Communities in Florida. Prior to Lifespace, Kevin was the Executive Director of Freedom Plaza at Sun City Center, Florida from 2013-2016. From 2007-2013 he served as the Executive Director of two large continuing care retirement communities –The Fountains of Lake Pointe Woods, a Watermark Retirement Community in Sarasota, Florida and Eagle’s Trace, an Erickson Living Community in Houston, Texas. From 1998 through 2007, Kevin worked for Sunrise Senior Living, leading community operations and development in the Southeastern Pennsylvania market as a Senior Executive Director for the first five years of his tenure and the remaining four years as the Director of Process Innovation and Policy in addition to the Director of IT Client Services at the Sunrise International Headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Kevin earned his Executive Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management from East Stroudsburg University of PA. He is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Kevin is married to Sheryl and has four children and five rescue dogs. His interests include family, the beach, being on the water, travel, cooking and classic cars.

Andy Cox Liaison to the Board of Trustees The Oaks CCRCAndy Cox
Liaison to the Board of Trustees

Prior to becoming the Liaison to the Board of Trustees, Andy served as CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer as well as The Oaks Director of Development. Prior to coming on staff in 2012, he served on The Oaks Board of Trustees for six years and was Chairman for his last two years. His time on the board provided him with an in-depth understanding of The Oaks mission and operation. An honor graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Andy has a strong record of accomplishment in finance and management. He was Chief Executive Officer and Manager of the South Carolina Methodist Conference Credit Union for nearly ten years and was the Chief Financial Officer of Epworth Children's Home in Columbia, SC for five years. The son of a United Methodist minister, Andy is committed to the mission and future of The Oaks.

April Parler VP Independent Living and Executive ManagerApril B. Parler
VP of Independent Living & Executive Manager

April is a lifelong resident of the Orangeburg area. She brings an abundance of leadership knowledge and operational management experience to our team. She worked over 15 years in the Community Healthcare industry, prior to joining The Oaks.

April holds associate degrees in both public service and healthcare. She also graduated from Claflin University, Magna Cum Laude with both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with 18 graduate hours in Finance.

April is married to Jay Parler and they have four children, Chandler, Harrison, Gracin, and Cael. She has a positive attitude, dynamic energy, and a desire to give back to our community. She brings a warm smile and loving approach to the residents of The Oaks.