DaySpring Staff

Corey Vaillant

Executive Director

Celebrating 10 years of service!

Corey first joined the DaySpring team in March of 2002. At that time, she handled resident medication. Corey was promoted to Assistant Executive Director and functioned in that role for some time before leaving DaySpring in October of 2006. Corey was excited to return to DaySpring in March 2011 in the role of Executive Director.

Corey earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Gerontology in 2003 from the University of North Texas. She completed an internship and is now a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Corey has one son and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, shopping, and visiting with friends. Corey truly loves caring for the elderly and finds fulfillment in helping residents and family members get the help, support and care they need.

Gertrude Mauwa

Director of Resident Care

Celebrating 16 years of service!

Gertrude has been employed with DaySpring since February of 2001!

Gertrude started at DaySpring as a caregiver and was promoted to the Director of Resident Care in October of 2006.

Gertrude has two daughters. Gertrude likes to listen to disco and gospel music and enjoys cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. She loves to laugh and have fun and enjoys the company of good friends and family.

Shane Wheeler

Director of Plant Operations/Director of Dining Services

Celebrating 16 years of service!

Shane joined the DaySpring team in October 2001. Shane has been married to his wife Shawna for 21 years. He enjoys spending time with Shauna and their family which includes four children.

Shane graduated from the University of North Texas. His heart for serving others has led him to being able to go on mission trips to Haiti and Mexico. Caring for people has become his passion.

Joyce McCann

Family Liaison

Celebrating 12 years of service!

Joyce serves every part of DaySpring with her entire heart and has since the day God led her to DaySpring! Joyce moved to Texas from Arizona and found DaySpring after moving to the Plano area.

Joyce loves helping others. She has a passion for serving both residents and their family members. In fact, Joyce loves to care for the entire team at DaySpring! Joyce sees her job as a ministry and she puts her whole heart into all that she does.

When she is not working, Joyce enjoys reading, watching movies, and cross stitching. Joyce has two daughters, Lori Anne and Mindy. She also has a sweet puppy named “Mollie Malone”.

LaCrecia Whirl

Family Liaison

Celebrating 3 years of service!

LaCrecia Whirl started out by serving the residents of DaySpring as a volunteer. For several years, LaCrecia dedicated time each week enhancing the lives of DaySpring residents.

LaCrecia has been a member of SENT Church, formerly known as Collin Creek Community Church, for more than 10 years and this is how she learned about the opportunity to serve and minister to DaySpring residents. Wanting to donate her time in a Church-related ministry, LaCrecia says DaySpring was a calling and she felt moved by God to serve.
She discovered that the residents were blessing her with so much more than she ever imagined. As she faithfully poured love into them, they poured love back into her, at a very difficult time in her life. She says that the residents were her medicine and that serving them aided her healing.

After 10 years of volunteering, LaCrecia joined the DaySpring team as an Activities Director. Shortly after becoming involved through the resident activity program, LaCrecia transitioned into a role as a Family Liaison, helping families who need to find assisted living for their loved one.
LaCrecia says, “I am humbled to be a part of the LOVE of God lived out daily within DaySpring.”

LaCrecia has been a blessing to the DaySpring team and to DaySpring residents and family members. She enjoys fashion, dancing, painting, and rollerblading in her time away from work.

Emma Wanjiru

Assistant Director of Resident Care

Celebrating 14 years of service!

Emma has been a part of the DaySpring family since April of 2003.

Emma has a kind and happy spirit and her passion for caring for our residents is evident.

Emma enjoys Soul and Gospel music and watching movies, especially comedies.
Her favorite color is red. Emma is a happy person and loves to have fun!

Elaine Reid

Assistant Activity Director

Celebrating 2 years of service!

Elaine Reid is a servant leader with more than a decade of experience in activity facilitation and coordination.   Elaine earned her Master’s degree in both Christian Education and Ministry Based Evangelism.

Elaine joined the DaySpring team in February of 2015.  She brings so much joy and laughter to the resident activity program and her laugh is contagious!