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: Angela Martinez
Angela studied Healthcare Administration at Success Development in Indianapolis and is a Licensed Residential Care Administrator in the state of Indiana. Her prior community was awarded a deficiency-free state survey for 2020, the highest rating available in accordance with strict guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"I am actively involved in this community and spend as little time as possible behind my desk. This is a team effort, and together we take every opportunity to be among our residents visiting in their apartments, at meal time, during outings and activities.
One experience I treasure includes one of my previous residents who had recently lost his wife ('his bride.') They would go to a steakhouse on Friday nights for dinner and dancing. Our Activity Director and I planned a night out with him and a few other residents. The restaurant rolled out the red carpet for us, and we enjoyed a wonderful night of dinner, dancing and a standing ovation for the restaurant's special guest. This is why we're here, to build these relationships and experiences with residents, families and each other." Angela is married to her husband, Wyatt and they have three children, Brennen, Addison and David, plus a spoiled Aussiedoodle named Wrigley.
Community Relations Director: Emily Goforth
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.
Move-in Coordinator: Kylie Reynolds
Kylie has a Bachelor's of Science from Indiana State University and began working at an assisted living community when she was 16, an experience that led her to pursue her passion for working with seniors.
"I am here to make sure our residents feel welcome and at home. I've organized a calendar of activities, including Happy Hour, movie nights, cookouts and Meet & Mingles because moving in isn't just about moving your belongings, it's about feeling comfortable and happy in your new home. I truly enjoy seeing our residents smile and enjoy the experience."
Wellness Director: LaShai Mitchell
LaShai was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana and is an LPN, with an Associates 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.
Culinary Director: Andrew Ardapple
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.
Indianapolis Oasis is part of a national nonprofit educational organization designed to enhance the quality of life for adults 50+. Oasis promotes healthy aging through lifelong learning, health and wellness and volunteer engagement. Our programs create opportunities for our members that encourage personal growth and meaningful service to the community.