The seniors and families we serve find it reassuring to know that so many of our managers and staff have been at 10 Wilmington Place for a number of years—something that is a rarity in many other senior living communities. This level of expertise and continuity allows us to provide the very best senior living experience for our residents and the peace of mind their family members desire.
Michele Brooke is a dedicated, long-term care professional with more than 25 years of service to the older adult population in the Miami Valley. Michele earned her Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Miami University in 1992 and has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1993. In addition, she attained her certification as an Assisted Living Executive in 2013. Michele has a heart for our seniors and approaches each day with a compassionate spirit for her team, families, and front-line staff. She has been at 10 Wilmington Place since January of 2021 and is thankful to be part of such a great community. Michele was selected as one of the 2022 Dayton Business Journal’s editorial board honorees for the Power 50—the 50 most influential women in the region who are driving business, government, economic development and change—and she is honored to celebrate this recognition. Michele is active in the community and supports many organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Evelyn began her tenure with 10 Wilmington Place as our Assistant Director of Nursing in November of 2020. She hit the ground running and quickly connected with residents, team members, and families. Evelyn was promoted to Director of Nursing in June of 2022 and is growing into her new role. Evelyn has the heart and compassion for older adults and she has demonstrated her ability to lead her team in ensuring the highest quality of care and services for our residents. Evelyn has twenty-one years in the health care field with Hospital, Home Care and Assisted Living experience.
Tammy joins the 10 Wilmington Place team with more than 20 years of development and fundraising experience, complemented by eight years in senior living and health care. Her fundraising experience helped raise money for Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Center for Grieving Children. Her work through the Bethesda Foundation supported large hospital projects and initiatives for Cincinnati health system TriHealth. Fundraising experience as a development officer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave her the opportunity to involve her son, Evan, by sharing his wish with companies and individuals interested in supporting wishes throughout the tri-state area. Tammy is an Ohio native who attended the University of Dayton, playing college basketball with her twin sister. After raising her two sons in Cincinnati, Tammy and Evan have returned to the Dayton area. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys running, lifting weights, cooking, volunteering, spending time with friends and family and savoring time with her adorable dog, Gracie.
Myra Lowden has been a friendly face at 10 Wilmington Place for the past 10 years in her roles as a Senior Living Counselor and Director of Sales & Marketing. While caring for her own parents before they passed, Myra gained a good deal of insight into the struggles families can go through when trying to navigate senior living and care options for their loved ones. She shares, “Having been in their shoes, I try to comfort stressed families with my knowledge of the senior living industry so they can find a solution, not only for the senior but for the entire family as well.” When it came time for her own father-in-law to transition from his home into a senior living community, of course, there was only one choice; 10 Wilmington Place was his home for several years. Coming from a close-knit family with five siblings, Myra really values the family-owned difference at 10 Wilmington Place. “I love that not only is 10 Wilmington Place family-owned, but the relationships between the staff and residents also have a true family feel,” she says. Myra is very proud of her five children and nine grandchildren (and counting)! When not with their children, she and her husband, Kevin, enjoy dining out with friends, playing golf, and the occasional trip to the casino.
After working as a legal secretary for 14 years and a stay-at-home mom for four years, Dolores Kramer decided to join 10 Wilmington Place as a part-time evening receptionist. She quickly fell in love with the residents and community, was promoted to Move-In Coordinator, and now is a Senior Living Counselor. “I enjoy helping seniors and their families discover the benefits of a community and options that best fit their lifestyle,” she says. In her spare time, Dolores enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and gardening.
Keith Davis didn’t envision that he’d use his Culinary Arts degree at a senior living community when he graduated from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University. However, when a national recruiter reached out to him to discuss the Certified Executive Chef position at 10 Wilmington Place over 23 years ago, he decided the time was right to make a move & take on a new challenge. He shares, “It stood out to me that it's family owned. They have always had a certain reputation in the Dayton area that it’s not your typical retirement community.” Today, Chef Keith is as committed as ever to providing the very best dining experience for the residents of 10 Wilmington Place. In addition to leading the culinary team in daily meal and events preparation, Keith makes a point to meet with residents regularly, not only for feedback, but to incorporate some of their favorite dishes into the menu. “The homestyle meals are some of the most requested, like our fried chicken, meatloaf, and spaghetti with meatballs—a lot of comfort food,” he says. The Culinary Program was recognized with an Achievement of Excellence Award, from the American Culinary Federation. One of a few Retirement communities to receive this recognition, in the country. In his spare time Chef Davis spends time with his family and teaches as an adjunct culinary arts instructor at Sinclair Community College.
Chris Shelley has been a health care professional for more than 32 years. He started his career as a state tested nurse aide (STNA) in a long-term care setting and at Miami Valley Hospital before becoming an Activity Assistant. After just a year, he was promoted to Activity Director, a position where he fell in love with his work. Chris has worked in long-term care, assisted living and independent living communities, serving as an Activity Director, Memory Care Director, Assisted Living Director and Corporate Activity and Memory Care Director. He has been involved with opening new memory care and behavior units in several buildings and built activity departments from the ground up in newly established communities. He is active in the Ohio Health Care Association Activity Council and teaches at seminars and Activity Director Boot Camp with the Educational Foundation of Ohio Health Care Association, mentoring new Activity Directors. Outside of work, Chris enjoys the theater, traveling with his partner and spending time with their three dogs.
Karen Haverland, arguably, may have the very best management position at 10 Wilmington Place. After all, her job is to have fun! As the Director of Activities for the past 11 years, she leads a team of six whose sole task is to ensure every resident has daily opportunities to have fun, learn something new, stay active, and engage with their peers in meaningful ways. Karen shares, “My position allows me to see so many seniors really embrace their lives and reinvent themselves with new friends and activities. I’m so inspired by our seniors. This community truly cares about each other and the other residents’ success here.” As if she’s not busy enough planning and running activities, she oversees the Transportation team and manages other resident services. Karen stays active outside of 10 Wilmington Place by traveling, enjoying yoga and hikes with her dog, Harrison!