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.
CJ began working as a CNA in high school, graduated from Ivy Tech, served as an LPN for more than 15 years and is a licensed Residential Care Administrator. Prior to this position, he served as Reagan Park's Wellness Director, then as a Regional Clinical Specialist and was recently welcomed back to Reagan Park as our Executive Director.
"I began working in the industry from a young age and have always enjoyed serving seniors. I am thankful to work for a company and community that truly cares about the population we serve."
CJ lives in Brownsburg with his wife and three kids.
Emily holds a BA in Psychology from Franklin College, has experience working with adults and children with special needs and as a Social Worker in a skilled nursing community.
Emily believes that each resident who has moved to Reagan Park over the years has a story and she can recall so many. "I have so many touching moments with my residents and their families, but one that stands out is a gentleman who was looking for Memory Care options for his wife since he was her caregiver at home. After many visits and conversations, he made the decision to move to Reagan Park with his wife. We worked through all of the emotions and decisions that come with that kind of transition and he was very happy he could stay with his wife in a wonderful place. We truly open our hearts to everyone who comes through our doors." Emily was recently married (her husband is a hospice nurse) and is proud to have two stepchildren, Ava and Carter.
LaShai was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana and is an LPN, with an Associate's Degree in Nursing. She's been a nurse for six years, and with Traditions for three, serving first as our Memory Care Coordinator.
"I am a natural nurturer and love talking with my elders--they have so much wisdom. Some of my most rewarding experiences are the ones between the normal routine of the day, when we dance with residents or sit to chat about their lives. That's the good stuff, the reason we're all here." Lashai and her husband have three children, and she considers herself lucky to be a twin.
Angela holds her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from MedTech college, is a certified Alzheimer's and Dementia practitioner, licensed in Qualified Medication Administration and is certified in the management of chronic wounds. She began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant, served as an LPN Charge Nurse and has had more than 27 years experience in healthcare.
"I began working with Reagan Park when I visited with their attending Medical Director. I absolutely loved the community and staff. That's when I learned about their Memory Care BBET programs, which were a big reason why I chose to come on board full-time when my employer retired. Resident care never comes from one person or one specialty, it comes from all of us working together with purpose." Angela married her childhood sweetheart and together they have raised eight children.
Andrew was born and raised in Lafayette and began working in assisted living when he was just 16 years old. He began his career as a server in high school and worked in many different departments across a community. But he always gravitated back to the kitchen.
"Traditions allows me to be creative with recipes, to interface with my residents and get to know them so that I can create and serve them meals they love. That feels like something substantial to me, making a difference in someone's life and having the ability to make them happy." Andrew and his partner moved to Indianapolis four years ago.