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Our staff of professionals is trained in everything from the latest medical care and therapies to healthy and delicious meal preparation. Yet we make room for compassionate connection with residents to take precedence over the necessities of our job descriptions.

We are skilled professionals, yes. And we are here to connect with you in the spontaneous moments that make your life (and ours) more meaningful.

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Executive Director: Maya Kaczmarek-Palevich, HFA

Maya sets the tone at Park Place with a mix of healthcare experience and one-on-one resident engagement. She holds a BS from Indiana University,  EMT certification from Ivy Tech and an MBA and MSM from Indiana Tech. Maya is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Social Service Designee (SSD).

“I believe strongly in the Traditions Core Value of ‘important vs. necessary.’ We know what our jobs entail, but it’s the small, personal things we do to help our residents achieve independence, to live with joy and dignity, that are most important. We are guests in their homes and we learn so much from them every day.” Maya and her husband, Chris live in Fort Wayne with their sons, Rylee and Beckett and their dog, Braxton.

Community Relations Director: Kristin Townsley
Kristin was born and raised in Fort Wayne where she graduated with a BS in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Management. She is a Licensed Residential Care Administrator, a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease Care trainer who has served residents  with dementia (and their families) for more than 10 years.

Kristin’s goal is not only to help people during the transition from their home to Park Place, but to help them thrive here. “My days are full of special moments with our residents, but by far the most rewarding is to see someone thriving and loving their new friends and surroundings. We have a very social and compassionate community and I’m very proud of how family oriented we are.” When not at Traditions, Kristin enjoys spending time with her family, friends and daughter.

Wellness Director: Mimi Newman
Mimi began her career in healthcare as a volunteer candy striper at Parkview Health when she was just 13 years old. After graduating with her LPN, she worked at Parkview in the spinal surgery unit, then moved to Park Place. Mimi has been a nurse for more than 33 years.

“When I came to Park Place, I fell in love with my residents. I really did! They are my favorite part of working here. I’m always focused on being supportive of their needs, and their families’ needs and making them feel that this is their home. ”

Memory Care Director: Shannon Lynn Roe
Shannon has worked in the medical field most of her life, as a CNA, nursing scheduler, in human resources, medical records and as a nurse. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

“I am so proud to have created the Memory Care program at Park Place and am proud of the way we care for our residents and their families. Our residents experience different health and cognitive challenges, but it seems their humor remains intact. So we pay attention to what makes them happy, because laughter is some of the best medicine.” Shannon is the proud mom to two adult daughters.

Executive Chef: Ericka Holman

Ericka was born and raised in Fort Wayne, has more than 15 years of food service experience and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is also ServSafe certified.

The intersection of caregiver and kitchen experience gives Ericka a unique perspective as Dietary Manager. “I’m tuned into my residents’ personal preferences–the things they like and why they like them–how to communicate thoughtfully and how to find choices that keep them in good spirits. I love pleasing my residents.” Ericka and her husband have four sons and one daughter.

Activity Director: Bettye George
Bettye is a Fort Wayne native who graduated from the Rowlett & Laker Activity Director program.

“I am here to engage our residents and keep them happy. It starts in the activity room, but I channel my energy and love into creating fun everywhere, like on bus outings, during Happy Hour or Prom, where everyone got dressed up. There’s a lot of singing, laughing and having fun, just the way I like it.” Bettye has been married for four years to husband, Nick and takes care of her mom and two brothers.

Maintenance Director: Merle Steller
Merle was born and raised in Indiana and has been a self-employed contractor. He holds a variety of contractor licenses and certifications.

“I’m not just here to fix what’s broken, but to create and maintain a safe and beautiful environment. I spend time getting to know about the life and family history of our residents, so I care about their comfort and well being. We have high standards and I believe in setting a example for my entire staff to follow.” Merle is married with four children.

Business Office Manager: Kris Peters
Kris was born and raised in Fort Wayne, has a degree in Business Administration from the International Business College and more than 15 years experience as a business office manager.

“I am so fortunate to have the chance to work with Maya and her team in this beautiful setting. I’ve always loved working with people, but getting to know our residents and their families is truly a privilege.” Kris and her husband are the proud parents of a beautiful 17-year-old daughter who keeps them on their toes.

Resident Coordinator: Maureen Denihan

Maureen has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Development and Management from the University of Saint Francis. Her geriatric healthcare experience also includes a position as an Anatomy and Physiology teaching assistant and Rehabilitation Technician at a senior living community, as well as five years serving the elderly in a Geriatric Psychiatric Unit.

“Over time, I’ve developed a real passion for the geriatric healthcare field. This is my chance to give back to the elderly community and to offer the care and support they need.” Maureen lives in downtown Fort Wayne with her husband, Scott and their cat Harlan.

Lead Receptionist: Amanda Stahl

Amanda received her Medical Office Assistant Certificate from Harrison College and did a two-month externship at Park Place before joining the community full time.

She was convinced early on that this was much more than a job for her. “It’s something special when residents trust you. That’s an honor and it warms my heart. I come in every day and let everyone know I am here for them and that I have plenty of love and laughter to share.” Amanda and her husband Tony live in Fort Wayne with their chocolate lab, Noel.