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.
THE ASHTON GROVE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Executive Director: Davonna Saier
Davonna earned her BA in Communications from Georgetown College and her Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women Leading Kentucky, the Lexington Forum and is a graduate of Leadership Lexington. Davonna has also co-chaired an Adult Children of Aging Parents support group for a large Lexington hospital and founded a geriatric care consulting business called Eldercare Ease. She was previously the Community Relations Director for Highgrove at Tates Creek, a nearby Traditions community.
Excited to be back in Georgetown, Davonna frequently speaks at her alma mater about marketing, leadership, and personal branding. She is the VP of the Scott County Chamber's Women in Business committee. She is also on the board for Georgetown's United Fine Arts Academy. "I began my career as a Patient Advocate for a large hospital and that's when I realized I could make a difference for patients and families, especially those facing the challenges of aging. I consider it an honor to support seniors and their families in any way I can." Davonna loves living in Central Kentucky with her husband, David and two cats.
Community Relations Director: Melissa Hauke
Melissa earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky. She is a lifelong learner and her 10+ years working in education has allowed her to become very experienced in navigating through difficult decisions with families. She also has a Master of Literacy and Master of Educational Leadership. She was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky and is an avid UK football and basketball fan. She brings a lot of passion and energy to our team!
“I love getting to visit with seniors. Learning about their lives, hearing stories from their past, meeting their families, and cultivating friendships is the best part of my day,” she says. Melissa lives in Georgetown with her husband, Aaron. Together they enjoy spending time with family and friends, completing home improvement projects, and finding fun events around Kentucky to attend, including plenty of UK basketball!
Wellness Director: Shannon Long
Shannon is a graduate of Midway College of Nursing and has been a nurse for over 26 years, with 13 of those specializing in senior care. At the young age of 10, she would watch her mom care for her grandmother, who required intensive wound care. She knew then she wanted to be a compassionate and calm presence for people just as her mother (whom she considered her hero) had years ago. Shannon's passion for keeping seniors safe and well aligns perfectly with the Ashton Grove culture.
"I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my days with our residents who become like family to me. I learn a great deal from their wisdom and life journeys." Shannon is a small-town girl and lives in Harrodsburg with her husband, Chris and two sons, Chase and Eli.
Memory Care Director: Jennifer Miller
Jennifer holds a degree in Business Management from Ashworth College. She is a state-registered restorative nursing assistant, served as a member of the Security Police in the United States Air Force and is CPR certified. Jennifer also served as Director of Social Services at a local skilled nursing facility and has more than eight years experience in Memory Care.
"After our children graduated high school, my husband and I both resigned our positions at Toyota to pursue careers in elder care. We find it incredibly rewarding to make sure our elders live their best lives and are treated with dignity and respect. I can be the voice and advocate for residents, and I like to start off our days together with love and positivity." Jennifer and her husband, Troy (a Dietary Manager at a skilled nursing facility) have two daughters. Ashley is an Alumni Coach for Teach for America, and Christyn is a NICU nurse."
Activities Director: Kathy McCracken
Kathy is a graduate of of Ashland Community and Technical College, with an Associate degree in Business and Medical Administration. She is a certified Administrative Medical Assistant (AMA), State Registered Nurses Aide (SRNA) and is a Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities trained Activity Director.
"My grandparents were always my inspiration. I have wonderful memories of quality time spent with them in the country. I always wanted to be the helper if they needed anything. My upbringing instilled a sense of respect for my elders. I have taken care of my Mother with cancer and my Father with Alzheimer's disease. I understand how important it is to get to know my residents on a personal level, and to listen and make them feel special." Kathy and her husband, Ralph, have two children, Tyler and Kaera.
Business Office Manager: Teresa Wolfe
Teresa holds an Associate degree in Business Administration from Marysville Community and Technical College. It was as the Director of Operations in another Assisted Living community that she realized working with seniors was something she loved to to.
"Seniors are a blessing in so many ways, especially with the knowledge and wisdom they are willing to share when someone is willing to listen. It brings such joy to my heart to show them love and compassion. I worked with our Activities Director to bring a busload of residents to my house for a cookout and lunch one day. It was wonderful and everyone had a great time. I realized how a small gesture can mean treasured memories for someone. I know it did for me." Teresa and her husband, Jack life in Lawrenceburg with their two fur babies, Brittnee and Charlie.
Executive Chef: Sarah DiFabio
Chef Sarah grew up in Madisonville, KY and creating delicious food is in her blood! Her parents opened an Italian restaurant when she was just nine years old, so Sarah grew up in the family business and loved every moment. She earned her Associates in Culinary Arts and Business from Sullivan University, and her first job was as Executive Chef for Actor's Theatre in Louisville. Sarah was also the first female Chef de Cuisine at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville.
"When I am able to recreate a dish that reminds someone of their childhood, or takes them to a happy place, that is what I love most. The best part of my workday is when I can socialize and discuss what my residents like and dislike." When she's not making magic in the kitchen, you'll find Sarah with her three German Shepherds, Guinness, Bianca and Carly.