Meet Our Respected Team Members
Pembroke, North Carolina native Tim Brooks is the President of HealthKeeperz, a family-owned business since its founding as Pembroke Drug Center in 1967. After earning his bachelor’s degree in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, Tim joined the family business, re-christened as HealthKeeperz by his father, founder Howard Brooks, to reflect the company’s expanded mission to provide home-based health services for the people of southeastern North Carolina.
Serving as the company’s Home Health Director from 2000 to 2004, Tim managed the company’s day-to-day operations of the HealthKeeperz home health and private duty home care lines. In 2004, Tim assumed the role of President of HealthKeeperz, further developing the company as a community-based health care organization featuring a spectrum of services to include home health, hospice, home medical equipment, private duty services, and the original pharmacy that has now served Pembroke and surrounding communities for 50 years.
Currently, the growing organization cares for a range of communities, from urban areas like Fayetteville to small towns dotting rural southeastern North Carolina, with a service footprint encompassing 12 counties. Tim focuses his day-to-day work on developing an organization defined by its values, as he develops leadership across the organization. During Tim’s tenure, the company has continuously improved while providing exceptional customer service and excellence in clinical quality, while achieving financial goals of growing into new markets and earning greater market share.
The not-so-hidden secret to the company’s success under founder Howard Brooks and now through the leadership of Tim Brooks is the unwavering commitment to develop HealthKeeperz as a mission-based organization defined by its “Barnabas Culture,” a way of living the Gospel by celebrating its caregivers for their excellence in caring for patients, selflessness, and humility, as well as encouraging their colleagues daily.
Love of God. Love of family. Love of community. These are the defining values of the life of our founder, Howard Brooks.
After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina’s School of Pharmacy in 1966, Howard Brooks came home to become one of the Pembroke area’s first licensed pharmacists. The following year, he established Pembroke Drug Center to care for his hometown community.
Over the last 50 years, as Pembroke Drug Center has grown and morphed into the full-service home health agency known today as HealthKeeperz, Mr. Brooks has provided help, care, and support to the families of Pembroke and surrounding communities as a pharmacist. And during that time, he has often helped families receive needed medication, even when they little or no ability to pay.
Today, the lifelong commitment of Mr. Brooks to his native southeastern North Carolina region continues to bear fruit, as HealthKeeperz remains focused on caring for all people for the glory of God.
A true community servant, Mr. Brooks has held leadership roles in multiple community organizations, including Pembroke Gospel Chapel, Lumbee Guaranty Bank, and the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Known for his generosity to all, he established the Brenda B. Brooks Distinguished Professorship at UNC-Pembroke in honor of his late wife, as well as the Howard Brooks Endowed Scholarship at Medical University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy.
In recognition of a lifetime of commitment to the betterment of his community and the scores of citizens who have benefitted from his loving care, Mr. Brooks was given North Carolina’s greatest individual distinction, induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He was honored to be the Order’s first inductee appointed by Governor Roy Cooper, in the spring of 2017.
Howard Brooks continues to advise and mentor the current President of HealthKeeperz and one of his five beloved children, Tim Brooks, as the younger Brooks takes the company to new levels of innovation and excellence in clinical quality.
Human Resources Director Dennis Lowry joined HealthKeeperz in 2016. In this role, Mr. Lowry’s top goal is to attract and retain elite caregivers who will live the company’s Barnabas culture. Mr. Lowry partners with the leadership team to align and enable business strategy. He also partners with employees to champion HR-related changes that will empower them for excellence.
One of the reasons Mr. Lowry was attracted to HealthKeeperz is that he believes the company’s mission statement connects with his own personal mission. He enjoys working for a company that encourages its employees to reach out to colleagues and customers alike with the love of Christ.
Prior to joining HealthKeeperz, Mr. Lowry worked 30 years in pharmaceutical manufacturing roles ranging from supervisor to global executive director. Mr. Lowry earned his bachelor of science in environmental health science from East Carolina University, and is a native of the Pembroke, NC community.
Jon Locklear is Vice President of Business Development for HealthKeeperz and has worked with the company for 10 years. In this role, he works with internal and external customers to meet their needs, solve problems, and create mutually beneficial outcomes.
Mr. Locklear says that what he loves most about working with HealthKeeperz is the opportunity to share his faith with both internal and external customers. He says HealthKeeperz gives him the freedom to encourage and pray for his fellow coworkers as well as external customers.
Prior to joining HealthKeeperz, Mr. Locklear worked in the mental health field, with Community Innovations and Southeastern United, where he served as a program director. A native of Pembroke, Mr. Locklear earned his bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Uinta Tipton is Vice President of Finance for HealthKeeperz and has been with the company for 12 years. As a person who loves working with numbers, she appreciates the opportunity to share with others the data and tools necessary to make key business decisions.
What Ms. Tipton enjoys most about working for HealthKeeperz is that the company makes a difference, both physically and spiritually, in the lives of so many: patients, coworkers, families, and the community. She says the job challenges her not only as an individual but as a leader as well, making her job extremely rewarding.
Ms. Tipton has spent her entire career in accounting and finance after earning her B.S. in accounting and MBA from Brigham Young University. Like many on the HealthKeeperz leadership team, Ms. Tipton is a native of Pembroke, NC.
Corporate Chaplain James Chavis came to HealthKeeperz in 2014 to serve with the Hospice team as a hospice chaplain. In February 2015 “Chaplain Chavis”, as he came be called by many hospice families and staff at HealthKeeperz, stepped into a dual chaplaincy role and added corporate chaplaincy care to his responsibilities. This has primarily consisted of providing spiritual care to HealthKeeperz employees and their immediate households when requested and overseeing the Barnabas Caring Team. In 2021 Chaplain Chavis stepped away from the hospice chaplaincy responsibilities so that he could give all his time to employee spiritual care, organizational culture leadership and development, and community engagement.
Chaplain Chavis’ says that his passion is caring for people and his desire is that everyone who is touched by HealthKeeperz would have the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and that through faith in Christ, live a flourishing life now and forevermore. One way Chaplain Chavis says he does this is by championing the HealthKeeperz mission, ‘Caring for all people for the glory of God.’
Prior to joining the HealthKeeperz family, Chaplain Chavis taught Carpentry in the Workforce Development Program at Robeson Community College and was a NC licensed general contractor and small business owner.
Chaplain Chavis is a life-long Pembroke community member and serves as one of the church Elders at CrossWay of Pembroke Church as well as the music ministry leader. He studied music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.