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Our People

Our days are filled with important duties and routines. Yet human connection takes precedence over the necessities of our job descriptions every time. You are why we're here.

We bring varied backgrounds and skills to our roles, but we are all here to love and support you.

Gil Heckel Community Relations Director : Gil Heckel

Gil Heckel comes to Traditions at Deerfield with 13 years of experience in the senior living industry. "I love seniors. They deserve our respect and assistance at this very critical crossroads in their lives.”  In his personal life, Gil is proud to be an ordained minister and associate pastor.

Dementia Certified Practitioner LogoThe Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) represents those health care and front line staff who have an in-depth knowledge in dementia care. They have received specialized training, met certain requirements, and applied for certification through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). The CDP® program recognizes the need for standards in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia education, and it helps improve the services provided by health care professionals and frontline staff.