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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: Julia Monroe, CDAL, PCHA, LPN

Julia has worked in senior living and healthcare for nearly 20 years, first as a state-tested nursing Assistant, then licensed nurse, Certified Director of Assisted Living and Personal Care Home Administrator. She is a native of Champaign County, Ohio, where she met her husband, Keith and lives in Urbana, Ohio with their five daughters (ages 3-19) and two Scottish Terriers.

Caregiving comes naturally for Julia, something she’s always been interested in. “I am struck over and over by how much the folks we care for teach us every day. I’m blessed to know them. And I understand that making the transition from home to a senior living community is challenging. Sometimes the circumstances are heartbreaking with residents losing a spouse and caregiver. But what every resident who lives in our communities will tell you is that their lives are better for having made this choice. The most rewarding part of my job is getting to know and love these people.”

Assistant Executive Director/Community Relations Director: Emily Hemminger

Emily has her degree in Communications and Women’s Studies from the University of Toledo. She is experienced in the senior community environment, and has served as both an Activities Director and in Human Resources and talent acquisition. She credits her relationship with her grandparents as a primary reason for choosing her career.

“Growing up, I always preferred to be in my grandparents’ company. We were extremely close, and I realized I felt the same passion for spending time with and serving other seniors. I truly want every resident to love where they live. So, I come to work every day energetic and ready to make them smile and feel special.” Emily and her fiancé, Vanessa, live in Columbus with their three dogs (Dino, Chief and Ellie) and one cat (Mooey).

Business Office Manager: Santana Sawyer

Santana is a licensed phlebotomist, STNA and notary, and has served in assisted living communities, rehabilitation facilities, home health and and OSU Hospital as a PCA. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s of Science in healthcare administration.

“I have been in the healthcare field for the past 10 years and I love it. I can make a difference just by being here for my residents, knowing they depend on me each and every day, rain or shine. This is my passion.” Santana and her husband, George live in Columbus, Ohio with their two daughters and son.