Buckner Names Charles Childress Executive Director of Community in Dallas

DALLAS — Buckner Retirement Services has named Charles “Chuck” Childress executive director of Ventana by Buckner, a two-building, high-rise seniors housing community scheduled to open this year in Dallas.

Childress, a 20-year veteran of the senior living industry, began his career at Buckner Parkway Place in Houston for 11 years, where he served as executive director. Following his work with Buckner, Childress spent nine years with Methodist Retirement Communities, serving first as the executive director for MRC PineCrest in Lufkin, Texas, and more recently as chief operating officer for the organization. Childress also branched out and worked as the COO at Mueller Environmental Designs the past year and a half.

Childress holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s degree in social work from University of Houston and a long-term care administration post-master’s certificate from University of Texas Health Science Center.

Childress’ appointment comes one month after the sudden passing of Ventana’s executive director Rick Pruett due to a heart attack.

Ventana’s adjacent 12-story towers will house 189 independent apartment homes, ranging from 950 to 2,000 square feet. Ventana also includes the full continuum of care for senior adults with assisted living, nursing care, memory care and a rehabilitation component.