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: Andrea Noe
Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology from California State University, San Marcos. She has been in senior care for more than 25 years, serving as a social worker in Long-term Care and Skilled Nursing, a community liaison for Hospice Care, as well as a director in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.
"I knew I wanted to work with seniors from a young age. My girl scout troop would color pictures for residents of a local assisted living community. One of the women took my drawing and threw it to the floor. Her sadness and anger stuck with me, and I visited her each month with my mother until she passed two years later. I like to think those visits added value to her life. I know they added it to mine. My promise to our residents and families is to live our mission, and care for our residents and friends as if they were our own families." Andrea is married with five children and one grandchild and is very close with her extended family in the Dayton/Cincinnati area.
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.
Wellness Director: Sara Winkler
Sara graduated from the LPN program at Butler Tech in 2005, has been in healthcare for 20 years and worked as a geriatric nurse for 15 years.
"I knew at a young age I wanted to be a nurse. Almost all moments are rewarding, especially when you do your job with compassion and love. I share this approach and experience with my team and encourage everyone to take the time to go in-depth with residents and families to learn their likes/dislikes and what makes them happy. They are our extended family." Sara has two children, Lucy (6) and Jacob (2).
Memory Care Coordinator: Sarah Clear
Sarah graduated from Butler Tech in 2005 with a certification from the Medical and Legal Secretarial program. She has close to 14 years experience in the healthcare field, nine of which were spent working with adults with disabilities. She also cared for grandfather who suffered from Alzheimer's disease in the evenings and on the weekends.
"Once my grandfather passed away, I knew I needed to change my focus to working with Alzheimer and dementia patients. My role is special. I get to work closely with residents and their families. I believe in being my residents' advocate when they can't advocate for themselves. I absolutely adore them and walking in first thing in the morning when many of them greet me with a hug." Sarah is a dedicated single mother to her 17-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, and they are very close to her brothers, niece, nephew, mother and grandmother.
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.
Maintenance Director: Darrell Smith
Darrel was born and raised in Xenia, OH and attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN majoring in pastoral ministries and American history. He spent 30 years of his career in the construction and maintenance field, owning and operating his own business for 18 of those years.
"I joined Traditions because I asked God if there was something else he wanted me to do, even though I was content running my own business. Within two weeks, someone from Traditions called me to ask if I was interested in the Maintenance Director position. I must admit, I never pictured myself working in this exact field, but it has been great thus far. I truly enjoy the residents. I have been having breakfast with a few of them for several months now and the wisdom I am gleaning from them is remarkable. I would not change a thing." Darrell has three children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Business Office Manager: Jessica Green
Jessica was born in Cincinnati, OH where her family has been for generations. She has a degree in Gerontology from Miami University and a minor in Business Administration.
"I have always enjoyed working with and engaging with older adults. They all have a great story to tell. The best part of my day is when one of them stops in for a hello or chat, or I join them for an activity. It is so important for them to see friendly faces, people they can talk to and trust. We are an extended family and make each others' days brighter." Jessica is married with two boys and they love to travel the country together conquering new amusement parks.
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."