Janet Brister-Frazier is back at the job she loves – taking care of people.
“I feel like I am in a position in my life where I can give back to others,” she said. “This is why I love my job. It gives me the opportunity to reciprocate everything that has been done for me.”
Brister-Frazier is the manager at two Mark Dana properties: Hillcrest Manor in Buena Vista and Green Hills Apartments in Lexington. She has been back at the job for a little more than a year after taking some time off. She spent four years managing the properties before that.
Brister-Frazier handles the day-to-day activities of both complexes including paperwork, rent, move-ins and move-outs, as well as keeping up the grounds and planning activities.
“It’s a 24-7 job,” she said, “but I love it.”
Brister-Frazier says she can relate to what some of the tenants are going through, referring to the income-based properties.
“I know what it is like to struggle,” she said. “I also know what it is like when someone helps you, and it can make all the difference in the world.”
Brister-Frazier raised her son, John Eric Brister, now 32, as a single mom. She credits the many friends and family that helped her all those years. As a result of the outpouring of support, Brister-Frazier says her son is now a strategy consultant and senior associate in Washington D.C. as well as a Psychological Operations Officer for the Department of Defense in the reserves.
“I know the difference between a hand out and a hand up,” she said. “That’s what I want to do for our residents – the same thing that was done for me.”
Brister-Frazier says her attitude of gratitude goes a long way. Even after remarrying, getting on her feet and seeing her son grow up successfully, she still wants to help others.
“This is how I pay it forward,” she said. “I love being part of people’s lives like this.”
When Brister-Frazier isn’t busy at the two complexes she can be found spending time with her animals. She runs a small hobby farm and rescue at her home with her husband, Perry. They have a dog, cat, pig, three goats, several chickens and a steer.
“I’m ultimately a homebody,” she said. “I love being with the animals and spending time taking care of them.”
No matter where Brister-Frazier is found, she is definitely doing what she does best – taking care of others.