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.
Executive Director: Cheryl Withrow
Cheryl holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a Master's degree in Hospital Health Administration (MHA) from Xavier University. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional (CMDCP) and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She began her career in senior living as an Activities Director right out of college, and she still occasionally leads scrapbooking activities with residents.
"My philosophy of care is centered on holistic wellness and caters to the unique needs of each resident. I knew early on that I wanted to serve the elderly and travel the long-term journey with them, so I chose this profession to set a higher standard in senior care. People are trusting me with their loved one's or their own health and happiness. I get to put my heart and soul into what I do for them every day. Without a doubt, our residents come first."
Cheryl and her husband, Mark, have been married for 37 years and have one daughter, Jennifer, who is pursuing a Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati.
Regional Sales Specialist: Mark Sharp
Mark has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Healthcare Concentration from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2017, he was awarded a spot on the Dayton Business Journal 'Top 40 Under 40,' for young professionals who go above the norm in their career and community. Mark is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
"I want residents and families to feel welcome here, listened to and cared for with the compassion of a family member. We are blessed to feel like a family here, and family members are flexible and accommodating to each others' needs and concerns. Our residents are parents, grandparents, spouses and friends and they are special! I work to make their transition to their new home smooth and joyful, and individualize their experience. Each day here will be spent doing what they enjoy, indulging in meals that they love and feeling a sense of belonging, care and kindness."
Mark and his husband, Brian live in Butler Township with their full-blooded Persian rescue kitty, Rusty.
Move-in Coordinator: Roxane Harting
Roxane attended Wright State University in Dayton, and began her career at the American Red Cross as a Volunteer Services/Facilities Manager and Disaster Action Team (DAT) member. For the last seven years, she has focused her career in Residential Care.
"One of the greatest moments of my life was when I was deployed to Orlando, Florida during Hurricane Irma, where I assisted residents who were evacuated from their Assisted Living Communities. I was able to use what I had learned with the American Red Cross to keep our residents safe from harm. A once in a life-time experience that led me to this position.”
Roxane lives in the Centerville area. She enjoys traveling, stays busy with her rescued greyhound, Villain and with Team Greyhound Adoption of Ohio.
Memory Care Director: Kellie Dempsey
Kellie has an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Development, is receiving her designation as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has been working alongside seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's her entire adult life. She has worked in both memory care communities and as a home health aid and was one of two primary caregivers for her father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2013.
"After my father passed, it became by focus to be an advocate for those who are often not seen as a person, but a disease. I wanted to ensure these people had a voice, their dignity and the respect they deserve. I absolutely love my residents and that we get to start fresh every morning. My personal experience with dementia helps me empathize and understand what family members are going through. I am here to see them through it all."
Kellie has two grown sons, three granddaughters, four nieces, one nephew and three great nieces who are very special to her.
Activities Director: Mary Jordan
Mary attended the University of Cincinnati Raymond Walters Community College and has been a part of the Traditions of Deerfield culinary team for two years.
"I've always had a soft spot for seniors, especially since I didn't have my grandparents with us here in the States. Now I feel like I have been blessed with a house full of grandparents whom I get to see and spend time with every day. I am passionate about my work because I love what I do and who I do it with, and I want to make every resident happy and comfortable in their home."
Mary's parents were born and raised in Amman, Jordan and immigrated to the United States in the early Seventies. She has four sisters who are all born and raised, first-generation Americans. Mary has been married for 18 years and has one 16-year-old daughter.
Wellness Director: Romaine Robinson
Romaine joined the Air Force at the age of 17. She earned her first degree in accounting, but after several years, her passion for helping people led her to nursing. She earned her Nursing degree from Fortis College and has served as a Charge Nurse, Nurse Manager and Director of Nursing.
“I believe that I was meant to help others, whether it be physically or mentally. I’m a listener and doer who brings compassion and understanding to every situation.”
Romaine was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has three amazing children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time on her front porch with a cup of tea and my thoughts.
Lead Nurse: Tina Isome
Tina attended Fortis College-Cincinnati Campus for Nursing and graduated in September of 2010. Prior to becoming a nurse, she worked as a nurse’s aide for seven years.
“I’ve always been a caregiver, the oldest of 9 children. You become accustomed to taking care of people and making sure things get done. I am passionate about my work, because I love what I do. There is nothing more satisfying to me than being able to help someone feel better. Health and wellness are the most important aspects of life, in my opinion. I enjoy being able to explain/educate my patients and their families on any and everything medical.”
Tina was born and raised in Cincinnati. She has a 24-year-old son who’s a journeyman electrician, 22-year-old daughter who attends UC Blue Ash Campus and one newborn granddaughter.
Executive Chef: John Hagerman
John earned his Associate of Occupational Sciences and Bachelor of Professional Studies from the Culinary Institute of America. He is a Certified Executive Chef, Corporate Chef, Teaching Assistant, has completed in-depth training and is certified in Indian and Asian cuisines.
"I am here to make people happy. This is deeply satisfying to me, especially when we have such a kindhearted and caring dietary staff. It's a pleasure to be a part of this team and to cater to our residents as unique individuals."
Maintenance Director: Larry Roark
Larry served in the U.S. Army for seven years and earned two Army Achievement Medals, as well as the Governor's Letter of Commendation. He also has a background in residential construction.
"The whole team here has such great energy and all work together to help each other. It is amazing to me to see the appreciation our residents show when we repair things. I always take time to talk with them and stay positive in passing and while we work. Their happiness is a priority." Larry was born and raised in Cincinnati and has three kids, Cameron (20), Haylie (18) and Kenzie (16).
Business Office Manager: Melisa 'Lisa' McMullen
Lisa majored in Systems Analysis at Miami University where she earned her Bachelor of Applied Science. She continued her education at Cincinnati State where she studied the IBM AS/400 operating system and CL programming. She also has more than 14 years experience in the accounting field.
"I really enjoy all the people I work with and appreciate how we each bring something unique to the table. But the best part of my day is seeing the way residents are involved with each other and our staff. My favorite part is the moments spent talking with a resident. I think it keeps us grounded and reminds us of the real reason why we're here."
Lisa and her husband have been married almost 30 years and have two sons, one a recent graduate of Miami University, and the other an Apple Specialist with Apple.