Christy Hull fell in love with Ardenwoods the moment she arrived on campus. Arriving to work each day surrounded by 48 acres of lush woodlands, overlooking sweeping mountain views, the new human resources director calls her job “a dream.”
“I’m serious!” Hull reiterated, laughing. “I’m a sap when it comes to this. I had no idea I was going to like working here so much, but I fell in love with everything from the start — with the residents, the other employees, my boss, the beautiful mountain location. It’s the honest truth.”
Though Hull is new to her role as the head of HR, she’s not new to Ardenwoods entirely. After moving to the area from Atlanta, she worked as a staffing coordinator for the community’s home healthcare vendor, working on campus to help facilitate any care that residents may need.
More than four years later, when the HR position at Ardenwoods opened up, Hull jumped at the chance to officially join the team.
“It’s exciting for me, because I get to do orientations for all the new employees — and I also get to see them on the job and check in on a regular basis,” she explained. “I like having those connections with people and to see them helping others, and to be able to help myself too.”
Since starting her new role on Aug. 15, Hull said she’s learned so much, both about the job and about the community, and she’s excited to continue learning more each day.
“I’m settling in now, and I have a great team around me who are so helpful,” she said. “There’s a really good support system at Ardenwoods, and I’m incredibly happy to be here.”
In addition to working alongside the rest of the staff, “what I love about this job is seeing the residents in a different capacity than before,” Hull continued. “I even get to help out with events — like [in October], we [had] a murder mystery party, and we all [helped] out in some capacity. Everyone gets to have fun with the activities, even if it’s not part of our official job descriptions. I love being around the residents as much as I can.”
When asked if she hopes to live at Ardenwoods one day in the future, Hull gave an enthusiastic “absolutely!”
“Honestly, it’s kind of a joke we have around here,” she continued. “We’re always asking [Executive Director] Pam Pate: ‘When can we put our names on the list?’”
In her spare time, Hull enjoys theater, film and music — her favorite movie is 1967’s “The Graduate.” She has a psychology degree from Wofford College and a 21-year-old son in Georgia, who is now in college himself.
If you see Christy on your next walk around Ardenwoods, don’t hesitate to say hello!