It is not uncommon to meet a department manager or team member at Givens Estates who has earned their 15, 20, 25, or 30 year service pin. Our dedicated staff is passionate about serving the residents of Givens Estates each and every day. Our corporate values of caring, compassion, collaboration, and courage are aligned with our personal values. We strive to build a team with those values in mind.

Senior Management Team

Givens Estates management consists of the Executive Director, Health Services Director and thirteen Department Directors primarily responsible for the daily operations.

Executive Director

John Cowan, Jr.

Mr. Cowan has been Executive Director since October 2014, served as Chief Operating Officer from 1999 – 2014 and Health Care Administrator from 1988 – 1999. As Health Care Administrator he had primary responsibility for opening and operating the first licensed and certified nursing care facility for the Corporation. Mr. Cowan was significantly involved in the 1999-2001 construction of a replacement nursing facility, and renovation of the previous nursing facility to residential assisted living. Also, he was involved in the repositioning of the existing campus during the 2003-2005 expansion and reorganization of the operation which included enhanced wellness, dining, programming and social services. He is a licensed Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administrator, and is responsible for the Givens Estates independent, assisted living and health services operations. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Blue Ridge District of the WNC Conference of the United Methodist Church and past Board Member of LeadingAge North Carolina and Memory Care. Prior to coming to Givens Estates, Mr. Cowan was employed as Administrator for a for-profit firm in Reidsville, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Wofford College and has a Master of Science degree in Public Health, with a concentration in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.


Scott Farkas

Mr. Farkas has been Controller for Givens Estates since November 2014 and was Controller for Givens Highland Farms from September 2012 to November 2014. He previously worked as a Senior Associate with Dixon Hughes Goodman, an accounting firm. With Dixon Hughes Goodman, he previously provided oversight of the annual audits of The Givens Estates, Inc. and the previous ownership of Givens Highland Farms. A graduate of Appalachian State University with B.S.B.A. in Accounting, he has participated in the audits of CCRCs and other healthcare facilities throughout four southern states.

Health Services Director

Robin Suddreth

Ms. Suddreth has been Health Services Director since 2016 and was Health Care Administrator from 1998 - 2016. She is responsible for the ongoing operation and management of Givens Health Center, Wood Assisted Living, and Environmental Services. She is the Privacy Officer for Givens Estates. Prior to coming to Givens Estates, Ms. Suddreth served as the Assistant Director of a non-profit firm serving autistic persons in Asheville, North Carolina; and Nursing Home Administrator for for-profit firms in Canton, Clyde and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She has served on several community Boards of Directors, including, The Council on Aging. She is a 1985 graduate from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a degree in Health Services Management.