Senior living community Buckner Westminster Place named Crystal Muniz as its new executive director, effective Sept. 7. A 25-year veteran of the senior living industry, Muniz most recently served as the health care administrator for Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo, which is also operated by Buckner Retirement Services.
“Since joining the Buckner family in 2018, Crystal has continually demonstrated service and leadership excellence,” said Buckner Retirement Services Vice President and COO Brian Robbins. “I believe her experience, compassion and drive will create a seamless transition for residents and associates at Westminster Place.”
Earlier this year, Westminster Place celebrated its 25th anniversary, which is the same amount of time Muniz has served seniors.
“I started working with senior adults as a dietary aide while I was still in high school in Minnesota,” Muniz said. “Even though I was only a teenager, I knew it was my calling. And the fact Westminster Place opened the same year makes this new role seem even more like God’s plan.”
Prior to her role as the health care administrator for Baptist Retirement Community’s Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center, Muniz’s senior living experience included business office manager, human resources and certified nursing assistant. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University and her Long Term Care Administration certificate from Tarrant County Community College.
“My immediate goal as the executive director is to really get to know my new work family and spend time learning the wants and needs of the residents,” Muniz said. “From there, I want to work on a plan that embraces the Buckner faith-based mission and values to lead Westminster Place into its next 25 years of serving East Texas senior adults.”
Muniz will take over as executive director following David Sim’s 3 1/2-year tenure leading the community. Sims is now working as the administrator at Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan, Texas, to be closer to his family.