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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: Deborah Lynn Katsetos

Deborah sets the tone at Deerfield with a distinguished mix of education, healthcare experience and compassion. She holds a BS in Psychology and Human Resources from Marshall University and Ball State University, a nursing degree from Hondros College of Nursing and is Board Certified in Geriatrics. She has deep recruiting and human resource experience, as well as healthcare experience as an RN and geriatric resource nurse in long term care, hospital emergency and trauma and skilled nursing and rehabilitation. She is also the proud recipient of the Nurse Scholar Award from Hondros.

Above all, Deborah has a personal connection to nursing and senior care that she credits to the remarkable care her mother received in Hospice. It was an experience that inspired her to attend nursing school.

“I find it very rewarding to be able to relieve the burden of care from family members without them having to resort to the traditional nursing home route. Each member of my team cares for our residents with genuine  compassion. We provide the care that suits individual needs with dignity and respect.” Deborah lives in Mason, OH with her husband and four children.


Community Relations Director: Karly (Karla) Sargent

Karla was born in Olney, IL and relocated with her family to Cincinnati where she attended the University of Cincinnati. She holds a BS in Education.

Karla believes in the importance of her role in creating a positive first and lasting impression at Deerfield. “I’m amazed regularly at how highly rewarding it is to help turn what could be a really difficult decision and transition for someone into one of the best, most welcoming feelings. I am honored to be a part of these people’s lives.” Karla lives in Cincinnati with her sons Logan and Braden.


Wellness Director: Kim Sample

Kim earned her nursing degree from the University of Kentucky and has been an RN for more than 20 years. She has experience in a variety of areas, including medical surgery, telemetry, emergency room care and care in a home setting.

“I totally love my career and love to come to work every day. When not at work, I enjoy lake life, boating, camping and zip lining.” Kim was married for 20 years and has been a widow for the past 9, has two adult children (Emily, who holds a Master’s in Recreation and lives in Nashville, TN and Frankie, who holds a Doctorate in PT and lives in Abilene, TX) and one granddaughter, Abby.


Memory Care Director: Shauna L. McGee

Shauna was born and raised in Cincinnati, holds her LPN from Hondros College of Nursing and has been in the healthcare field for close to 20 years. She began her career as a support care and medication aid in a group home for developmentally disabled adults. She also has experience as an STNA in long term care and skilled nursing facilities. She’s learned through experience that her heart is in dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

“I am a natural born caregiver and love seeing how happy residents can feel in our care. I have met no strangers since joining the Traditions team. We are a family. And seeing residents’ faces light up when we smile and hug is the best part of my day. Family members know we treat their loved ones as our own.” Shauna is the proud mother of a blended family of eight, as well as three grandchildren and another on the way.


Executive Chef: Stephen Spyrou

Stephen graduated from the Cincinnati State Midwest Culinary Institute and is an active board member for the American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati. He was voted the 2016 Chef of the Year and received the 2014 Chef Professionalism Award by the American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati.

“Food is the center of our daily lives, and I love that Traditions puts an emphasis on freshly prepared meals. Eating is not just about nourishing our bodies, but about coming together around the table to break bread with family and friends. I cherish the opportunity to help others create fond memories together over our meals.” Stephen has been married to his wife Emily for 12 years and they are the proud uncle/aunt to five nieces and nephews and their own cat, Colby and dog, Athena.