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Long-time Receptionists at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Clinton share 20 years of service

photo of Alavene Templin and Maxine Wilson, receptionists at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Clinton

The Lantern at Morning Pointe, a memory care community in Clinton, Tennessee, is home to dozens of residents. It is also like a home to many associates, including its two receptionists.

Alavene Templin, head receptionist, has been at The Lantern for 12 years, and part-time receptionist, Maxine Wilson, joined the community 8 years ago. Together, they represent 20 years of service to the residents at The Lantern… and their families.

Receptionists not only answer the phone for the community but also monitor the doors, greet visitors, give tours and assist with other tasks that come up.


Alavene came to The Lantern after a 33-year career as a school teacher. She was drawn to the receptionist role because she is a people person.

“I saw that they were advertising for jobs, and I knew that I could talk,” Alavene joked. “I enjoy meeting new people, and I enjoy the residents.”

But it’s not just Alavene’s people-centered job duties that have kept her at The Lantern for more than a decade – it’s also the positive working environment.

“Everyone is very helpful here,” she said. “It’s a family environment, and everyone is here for the good of the residents. We strive to keep the residents as active and happy as we can.”


Maxine came to The Lantern after a 30-year career at the hospital. The campus was close to home for her and allowed her a chance to continue to serve others with the flexibility to also pursue duties as an ambassador for the National Association of Healthcare Access Management.

“I’ve always had a heart for people in this position – the residents and their families,” Maxine shared. “I was brought up to heal, and I love trying to help the residents, to make their lives just a little bit better.”

For example, Maxine is known to sing to the residents and especially loves to entertain them with a rousing rendition of “Rocky Top”!

“I am very passionate about these residents,” Maxine said. “I always tell families on tours that the residents are safe here. We have door security and a nurse here 24/7. We take care of the residents and anything else that needs taking care of.”

Both women have found their niche here as part of the Morning Pointe family. Their years of service speak volumes about their own hearts and the place they work.

To see how you can be part the Morning Pointe team, visit our Career site here: https://morningpointe.com/careers/

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