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.
Community Relations Director: Ted Brooks
Ted has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington and operational experience in the pharmaceutical, home health, hospice and wound care fields.
"I love being able to provide service and support that positively impacts people's health, happiness, safety and overall lives. There is so much camaraderie here with the Traditions team and in the way we take great care to make our residents feel at home. I hope you'll say hello and let me know how I can help. I am very approachable and here to provide residents and families with the very best experience." Ted moved around the country as a child and settled in Cincinnati where his dad worked with Procter and Gamble. His sister runs an art school in Hawaii and his mom retired to Arizona, which gives him beautiful places to visit.
Move-in Coordinator: Karen Austin
Karen has her Bachelor's of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Cincinnati, a Master's in Marketing from Xavier University and more than 20 years experience working in healthcare with the senior population.
"I enjoy the elderly population and feel they are the greatest generation. Sharing my personal experience with my own parents makes me even more empathetic and connected with our residents. I enjoy getting to know them better, and I think they enjoy getting to know me, too!" Karen has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
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.
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."