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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.

Kristen Kelly Executive Director: Kristen Kelly

Kristen is an experienced Senior Living and healthcare professional with over 20 years of experience in operating senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities. Kristen’s strengths include census development, resident and staff relations, establishing strong teams, new community start-ups, turnaround situations, as well as regulatory survey preparedness.

After being a homemaker for the past decade, Kristen is excited to jump into her new role at Traditions of Deerfield, continuing the tradition of Deerfield being an exceptional place for seniors to live and thrive.

“I am so excited to join the team at Traditions of Deerfield!” Kristen said. “I look forward to continuing to develop the staff and build a strong team to serve our residents. I cannot wait to meet and serve the residents and families at Traditions of Deerfield!”

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.