Get to know us!

We know that the decision to come to a nursing facility for rehab OR a long term stay can be a taxing time on ones emotions.  That's why we want you to take a moment to read up on the management staff at Wesley Woods Rehabilitation and Care Center.  Having a face to put to a name is always a great place to start!

Chris Johnson, LNFA



Chris Johnson was born in Rochester, Minnesota.  His family moved to Georgetown, Texas in 1980.  After finishing high school, Chris attended Baylor University and has lived in Waco ever since.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1992.

Mr. Johnson worked at the Methodist Children’s home in Waco until 2001.  During that time, he commuted to Austin and obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas in 1995.  In graduate school, Chris maintained a 4.0 grade point average, was a part of the Pi Beta Phi national honor fraternity, and was nominated by the School of Social Work as the graduate student of the year.   After graduation, Mr. Johnson obtained his Child Care Administrator’s license and worked in administrative roles at Methodist Children’s Home for six years.  Mr. Johnson has also worked as a social worker in the fields of education and working with victims of domestic violence.

In 2007, Mr. Johnson began his transition into long-term care as the marketing director at Regent Care in Waco.  He began training to be an administrator in 2008 and completed the program in 2010.  He was licensed as a Nursing Facility Administrator in February of 2011.  Mr. Johnson has served as Administrator in two previous buildings before joining the Wesley Woods team in July of 2013. 

While at Wesley Woods, Mr. Johnson has  completed the training from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and has assisted Wesley Woods with the expansion of their rehab program, with the introduction of the nationally renowned Music and Memory program, and with being recognized as a 5-star facility in 2015 and 2016.  Mr. Johnson and his team are confident that they will achieve that status again in 2019!

Karen Jupe, RN

Director of Nurses


Karen Jupe grew up on a ranch in Eastern Wyoming and attended a small, country school (38 in her graduating class).  She always knew that she wanted to be in a helping profession and considered medical school, veterinary school, and nursing.  She chose nursing and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Creighton University in 1991.  Her nursing experience includes hospital nursing, home health nursing, acute psychiatric nursing and finally, long term care.

Ms. Jupe worked as a floor nurse and ADON in Wyoming nursing homes for eight years before moving to Texas in 2005.  In 2003, Karen was selected to a nationwide panel of RN’s to assist in preparing national standards for CNA certification.  She spent a week in Chicago with RN’s from all over the country at the Natl. Board of Nursing Convention.

Ms. Jupe was the Director of Nursing at St. Catherine’s in Waco for 2 years before moving into that role at Wesley Woods in June of 2008.  During her tenure, Ms. Jupe has personally interviewed every licensed nurse prior to their hire.  Having a staff that is dedicated to patient care and customer service is very important to her. 

It is rare for a nursing facility to have the same Director of Nurses for ten consecutive years, and Ms. Jupe considers Wesley Woods to be her second home.  “Wesley Woods ‘feels’ different than any nursing home I have been a part of”, Karen says, “part of it is having four individualized units, but the bigger part is the teamwork and genuine compassion from the entire team”.  Wesley Woods is grateful that she is a big part of this team.