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.
Meghan attended USC-Coastal Carolina and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Toledo. She began at West Park Place as the Community Relations Director.
“I never imagined how helping someone make a difficult decision to move into a community could also change my life. This community feels like home. Knowing that we are serving a generation that contributed so much to the world is really special. It is so important to be fully present in my role. My door is always open and I love having visitors in my office, or stopping by a group of card players to say hello. I want to be there to celebrate successes and address concerns, fully immersed in our community. We want our residents and families to have the comfort of knowing their every need will be met.” Meghan lives in Sylvania, OH with her three children, her pride and joy: Avery recently graduated from Kent State University, Peyton just started with Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Ann Arbor, and Finley is a sophomore at Sylvania Northview.
Vicki holds her Activities Director Certification, is a graduate of Teepa Snow's Positive Approach for Dementia Care program, CARES specialist in dementia care, Certified Dementia Practitioner and speaker and educator for the Ohio Health Care Association.
"I have always worked with and volunteered with the elderly since my mom worked in long-term care. My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and I took every course and certification I could find so I could be his voice and ensure he received care with dignity and respect. Because I have personally experienced the journey of dementia as a family member and caregiver, I knew this is where I needed to be, helping family and team members communicate, connect and have meaningful moments, even and especially where dementia is concerned."
Vicki is married to her best friend, Rick and they have two sons, two 'bonus daughters,' one grandson, Zane (7) and a 'bonus grandson,' Xavier (9).
Carol started as a Program Director in 1987 and worked in skilled nursing and nursing homes. She has been the Program Director at West Park Place since 1989. Carol has been Employee of the Year and regularly recognized for exemplary service. She is a certified instructor of Zumba Gold, Laughter Yoga and YMCA Silver Sneakers.
“I have been here for 31 wonderful years and I know this community and every resident by name. I want every senior and family to know that I set up buddies for every new resident when they move in. I do a little background work to match them with other residents with similar history and interests. It’s really been special to watch people get involved and be engaged and happy. I make it a habit of recognizing special days and love to see the joy in our residents’ eyes.” Carol has been married to her husband, Mike, since 1987 and they live just a mile from West Park Place with their dog, Lucy. They have two beautiful grown daughters and two granddaughters.
Matt graduated from Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts in 1999 and has always worked in kitchens. He was recruited by West Park Place for his culinary talents.
“I was lucky enough to be recruited by West Park Place and I love making a difference in the lives of our residents. I’m proud of our Dining Program and the delicious choices it offers our residents throughout the day. We are honored to serve each and every one of them and love that they become part of our family.” Matt is the eldest sibling in his family, and his parents still live in a small town just outside of Toledo.
Debbie has her Certificate of Business Administration from Owens Community College and is certified in medical transcription and medical office procedures. She has more than 30 years experience as a District Manager and Human Resource Specialist.
“After working in our community for two years, I wish I would have changed careers 30 years ago because I love it so much. One of the first residents I met when I started was Don. I was nervous and he was so kind and reminded me of my husband and the way he would reassure me. To this day, when Don sees me, he breaks out in song with ‘Hello, Debbie, well hello, Debbie!’ I love seeing the residents smile and love to get to know them and their stories. Our residents need to know that we are here for them no matter what and I assure them I will be.” Debbie grew up with the old-fashioned values of honesty and respect and likes to share a lot of time with her mother and brother.