Nicole McGowan Smith believes in the importance and strength of families. She enjoys spending time with her own family, especially her sister’s five children. Her other family can be found at Legacy Village of Jacksonville.

Smith was hired July 14 to fill the new role of director of community relations at the facility.

Executive director Clint Holyfield said that with Smith’s appointment, the facility is expanding its capacity to serve as a leading resource to Jacksonville and the entire northeast Alabama area on issues related to senior care and for those who are planning ahead for that stage of life.

“Nicole will be instrumental in helping us carry out that mission,” he said. “We are honored to be entrusted with the care of so many special loved ones in the larger Jacksonville region.”

Smith said that she is family-oriented and already has the feeling of being a part of a huge family at Legacy Village.

“Legacy Village is a great community for those who are at a transitional point in their life,” she said. “I’m very excited to be working with such a caring and welcoming community. I look forward to helping new residents transition into their new home at Legacy Village of Jacksonville.”

Smith was born in Gadsden, grew up in Southside and is a 2006 graduate of Southside High School. She received a degree in marketing from Jacksonville State University in 2010. She is the daughter of Richard and Sharon McGowan of Southside. She and her husband, John, who works as a laser operator at a machine shop in Alexandria, have been married two years. They live in Southside.

“I have a love of interaction with people, and my degree from JSU and my job at Legacy Village will allow me to enjoy that opportunity,” she said. “The reason I chose to go into assisted living and health care of because the job is so rewarding.”

Holyfield said that Smith will lead Legacy Village of Jacksonville’s efforts to develop partnerships with local organizations that are focused on serving seniors, their families and the community.

He said the facility is committed to being an active contributor to the Jacksonville community.

“We’re very excited to be a key sponsor of the first ever Walk to End Alzheimer’s in our area,” he said.

The communitywide event set for Sept. 27 coincides with Legacy Village’s new campaign to help families understand the impact of life-changing decisions when caring for an older loved one.

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