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 connections 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.
Alexis earned her Associate degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio, her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management and her Master of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.
"I love my residents and treat them like my own grandparents. I've learned about them, their families, friends and life stories. One resident, in particular, was extremely apprehensive about trusting people. She had faced a lot of loss in her life, so the idea of getting close to another person scared her. We took our time getting to know each other, and eventually she opened to me and others in the community. I am here to listen, comfort and care for you or your loved ones, especially when it takes a little time to warm up." Alexis and her high school sweetheart have a one-year-old Lab/Golden puppy who keeps them busy. They also love to travel and cheer on Ohio State, the Browns, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves.
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.
Kaylynn was looking for a career and not just a job when she came to West Park Place.
"The culture and the community here are incredible. I love working with the older generation and hearing their life stories. Many of them stop by my office just to say hello. There are many residents who make my days special, and I'm so happy to be here to do the same for them." Kaylynn is engaged to marry her best friend, Tony, and they have two beautiful children, Sebastian (3) and Maisie (6mos).
Dawn has worked with the YMCA and the active older community for more than 15 years and is Silver Sneaker Certified. She has created travel, fitness/health, social, recreational, inter-generational and educational services, programs and opportunities for seniors to keep growing.
"I have been coming to West Park Place to teach Silver Sneakers for more than three years and was instrumental in West Park Place's affiliation with the Toledo YMCA. It was always one of my favorite days when I would come to teach. So when a position for Move-in Coordinator was proposed, I was thrilled and feel blessed for the opportunity. I just love the social aspect of the job, talking, learning and giving to each person." Dawn and her husband, Mike, have been married for 21 years. They have one daughter, Brooke, who is a freshman at Miami of Ohio in Oxford, and three cats, Asia, Miles and Oliver.
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.
Jeff is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has a Bachelor's degree in education. He began a 25-year career in the developmental disabilities field managing group homes, institutional settings, supportive housing and case management. Jeff transitioned to working in homelessness services with the YMCA of Columbus for more than 12 years. He became more involved with facilities management and operations, eventually moving to San Diego where he served as Maintenance Director for a senior apartment community in La Jolla.
"I really enjoy being a part of Traditions at West Park Place because we are genuinely dedicated to our core values and to providing our residents with a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live."
Jeff has one daughter (30) who is an artist and lives in Chicago. Both of his parents are in their 90s and continue to travel between Ohio and Florida. He is an avid rider of his 1993 Harley Davidson Softail and has ridden cross country three times.
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.