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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: Janet Turner

Janet began her journey in healthcare as a candy striper in Indianapolis. Over time and after going back to Purdue, she served as a nursing assistant, LPN, RN and eventually received her license as a Health Facility Administrator.

After a stint in long-term care, Janet found assisted living her true passion.

“I don’t just want to facilitate care for our residents, I want to get to know them and make them happy. That’s why I believe strongly in providing opportunities for my staff to continue training and growing, because feeling fulfilled and energized is contagious. Our residents feel that and how much we care about them. ” Janet and her husband, Dale live in Fort Wayne and are close with their two sons, daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.

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: Heather McElderry

Heather was born in Fort Wayne, grew up in New Port Richey, FL and moved back to Fort Wayne to finish college. She graduated in 2007 from Indiana University in Fort Wayne with her BS in Business and Accounting.

“I’m blessed to call myself an employee of such an excellent community, something I don’t take for granted. You can learn so much just by listening to our residents and their family members’ histories. Being around a friendly and caring staff is very encouraging.” Heather and her husband, Keith live in Fort Wayne with their Bichon, Oz.