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: Debbie Kamer
Debbie was born and raised in Georgia and moved to Cincinnati in 2016 to be closer to family. She is a graduate of Brown College in Atlanta, GA and has been in the senior living field for 10 years.
"I volunteered in nursing homes when I was growing up. When I moved away from home, I went to a nursing home to find someone who didn't have a family and I 'adopted' them, became their friend and visited. This was truly rewarding for me. I talk with a resident daily, now, who is sitting in the lobby every day when I come to work. He and I have gotten to know each other over our morning discussions. The other day, he told me I was the sunshine in his morning. He certainly is mine. My purpose in being here is to treat each resident with respect, kindness and a genuine concern. That is what each resident so deserves." Debbie has been married to Rick for 14 years, has one grown daughter and an Australian Shepherd, Bailey.
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.
Memory Care Director: Jody Hall
Jody received her LPN Associate degree from Miami University Middletown and her Nursing degree from Hondros College of Nursing. She was third in her LPN class, received four service learning awards and an Excellence in Achievement award while attending Miami. Jody also has a personal connection and unique approach to caring for residents with dementia and Alzheimer's.
"After my daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of two, the care she received from her nurses, along with the medical knowledge I gained by learning to take care of her inspired me to become a nurse. My experience with my daughter who has special needs has helped me be extra sensitive to the unspoken needs of people who may not be able to communicate their thoughts. I bring a lot of love and empathy with me every day, along with my faith in God and my love of people." Jody is the proud mom of four children, Anthony (23), Lysette (21) Abigaile (15) and Sam (10) and loves to spend time outdoors with them.
Activities Director: Angela Dolby
Angela is a state-certified Nurse's Assistant and nationally certified Phlebotomist. As the daughter of a pastor, she was raised in church and among a congregation of elders, so she found that she has a special place in her heart for seniors in her community.
"We just celebrated a resident's 101st birthday, and we gathered friends and family from Traditions of Deerfield and Camargo. She was surrounded by smiles and support and people who cared about her, a great thing to witness." Angela is married with four boys and two girls.
Wellness Director: Charles Krabbe
Charles attended both Queen City School of Nursing for his LPN and UC College of Nursing for his BSN and has more than 20 years experience in healthcare.
He empathizes with the changes residents and families can go through when they consider transition to a senior living community. "I cared for my father at home for six years before moving him to a community and it was one of the hardest things we went through together. It's another chapter in life, and it takes adjustment. But when you embrace the change, engage with others in the community, your life is rich and rewarding. In my current role, when I learn something interesting about a resident--a talent, story or special interest-- I send an email to our directors so we can share with our staff and make people feel seen and appreciated." Charles and his wife live in Cincinnati and have a daughter at home and two grown sons.
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."