Category Archives: New Hires

Julie DeCalonne Named Director of Nursing at Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 22, 2017

MISHAWAKA, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka has hired Julie DeCalonne as their new Director of Nursing.  In this role, she will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Leah Bennett, manage the nursing staff.  DeCalonne, who began in her position on July 17, will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Julie DeCalonne

Julie DeCalonne

DeCalonne is a graduate of Ivy Tech in Madison, IN, and is currently attending Western Governors University in pursuit of a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing.  She has worked in long-term care the majority of her nursing career, but also has experience in psychiatric nursing and in surgical units.

I love seniors, and as soon as I toured Primrose I knew I wanted to be a part of helping these residents live their lives to the fullest,” said DeCalonne.  “I think I bring a caring, servant heart to this amazing team – and I will do whatever to help serve our residents and staff,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka is located at 820 Fulmer Road.  The community consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and eight townhome villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Kevin Spaugh Named Executive Director at Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 22, 2017

ANDERSON, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson has hired Kevin Spaugh to be their new Executive Director. He began his duties on July 10th, and in this capacity, Spaugh will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Kevin Spaugh

Kevin Spaugh

Spaugh is a graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He has experience in skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care environments.

“Primrose is located in my home town, and it has a wonderful reputation as a premier provider of senior living in Madison County,” said Spaugh. “I am honored to serve here, and excited to work with such wonderful residents and staff,” he added.

“We’re very excited to have Kevin in his new role,” said Primrose Regional Operations Manager Hervey Lawrence. “His enthusiasm and drive will help Primrose continue in our mission of providing an amazing experience for our incredible residents. We’re confident that he and his team will do great things for Primrose of Anderson.”

The Primrose of Anderson Community, located at 1118 W. Cross St., consists of 8 townhome villas, 36 independent living apartment homes, and 32 assisted-living apartment homes, and 24 memory-care apartment homes.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Krista Graham Named Sales Director at Primrose Retirement Community of Lancaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 10, 2017

LANCASTER, OH – Primrose of Lancaster has hired Krista Graham to be their new Sales Director.  She began her duties in May, and in this capacity Graham oversees all the marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for Primrose of Lancaster.

Krista Graham

Krista Graham

Graham has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University.  She taught high school English for many years before working for Hawthorn Retirement in Pickerington, where she worked in marketing.

“My own family has struggled with finding care for loved ones as they age,” Graham said.  “I hope I can help to lessen the stress for other families and help them be more proactive rather than reactive,” she added.

The Primrose of Lancaster Community, located at 1481 Wesley Way, consists of 10 townhome villas, 36 independent living apartment homes, 32 assisted-living apartment homes, and 24 memory care apartment homes currently under construction.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose Retirement Community of Newburgh Hires New Memory Care Director of Nursing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 10, 2017

NEWBURGH, IN – Primrose of Newburgh has hired Derek Fox as their memory care Director of Nursing.  He began his duties on May 15 and in this role, Fox will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Carla Grimwood, manage the memory care nursing staff.  He will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Derek Fox

Derek Fox

Fox has obtained degrees from Vincennes University (licensed practical nurse), Wabash Valley College (Associate of Science in Nursing, Registered Nurse), and Purdue University Northwest (Bachelor of Science in Nursing.)  He has experience in skilled care, assisted living, staff development, pediatrics, and emergency room work.

“The beauty of the campus during its construction was what initially drew me to Primrose,” said Fox.  “I soon learned that, beyond the beauty of the campus, Primrose stood apart from other communities sue to their vision.  Their attention to detail shows me that the care about their residents and staff, and I am honored to be working here,” he added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Newburgh is located at 9800 Lincoln Avenue and consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, 24 memory care apartment homes, and ten townhome villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Carrie Elmore Named Sales Director at Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 10, 2017

SHAWNEE, OK – Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee has hired Carrie Elmore to be their new Sales Director.  She began her duties on April 28.  In this capacity, Elmore will oversee all the marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for Primrose of Shawnee.

Carrie Elmore

Carrie Elmore

Elmore is a graduate of the University of Texas.  Before joining Primrose, she was a licensed practical nurse for more 17 years with experience in long term care, assisted living, and mental health care.

“The degree of passion that the staff feel for their residents was evident the moment I walked through the door,” Elmore said.  “I was surrounded by people who love to take care of others, just as I do.  I knew I wanted to be a part of that, to help change peoples’ lives for the better,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Shawnee, located at 1905 N. Bryan Avenue, consists of 36 independent living apartments, 40 assisted living apartments, and four townhome villas. The community opened in 2013.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Lancaster Hires New Executive Director

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 10, 2017

LANCASTER, OH – Primrose Retirement Community of Lancaster has hired Tracy Billingsley to be their Executive Director.  She began her duties on March 22 and in this capacity, Billingsley will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Tracy Billingsley

Tracy Billingsley

Billingsley graduated from Hocking College and brings senior living experience in dietary management, sales, life enrichment, and administration with her to Primrose.  “I always like to look at a company’s core values and mission statement, and I was excited by what Primrose is doing for their residents,” Billingsley said.  “What excites me the most is to see those core values being played out in how we treat our residents and our employees now that I am working here,” she added.

The Primrose of Lancaster Community, located at 1481 Wesley Way, consists of 10 townhome villas, 36 independent living apartment homes, and 32 assisted-living apartment homes. There are also 24 memory care apartments currently under construction that are expected to be open in the spring of 2018.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Gillette Hires New Director of Nursing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 10, 2017

GILLETTE, WY – Primrose Retirement Community of Gillette has hired Dawn Tiegs to be their new Director of Nursing.  Tiegs began her duties on March 1.  In this role, she will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Nancy Mills, manage the nursing staff.  She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Dawn Tiegs

Dawn Tiegs

Tiegs has an associate of science degree in nursing from Casper College and has worked as a nurse in long-term care, memory care, and assisted living settings.  She began at Primrose as a staff nurse in 2015 before becoming Assistant Director of Nursing in 2016 and then Director of Nursing in 2017.

“What excited me most about becoming Director or Nursing is the opportunity to lead such a great team,” Tiegs said.  “The camaraderie that we all share here is uplifting and our residents thrive in that kind of atmosphere,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Gillette, located at 921 Mountain Meadow Lane, consists of 39 Independent Living apartments and 40 Assisted Living apartments.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Marion Hires New Sales Director

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 17, 2017

MARION, OH – Primrose Retirement Community of Marion has hired Miki Ziegler as Sales Director.  In this capacity Ziegler will oversee all sales and marketing efforts, as well as public relations events and professional outreach, for the independent and assisted living community.  She began her duties in March, 2017.

Miki Ziegler

Miki Ziegler

Zeigler brings nine years of healthcare and senior living experience to Primrose with her, beginning in 2008 when she obtained her State Tested Nurse’s Aide license from Starting Place Career Center.  She worked at Altercare of Bucyrus as the Social Service Coordinator for seven years and has spent the last two years at Carlisle Place Senior Living as the Sales and Marketing Manager.

“Miki is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Primrose Executive Director Sandra Rowe.  “She brings with her years of experience in customer service and sales, and has certainly shown a passion and great enthusiasm for our residents,” she added

Primrose Retirement Community of Marion, located at 1550 Wellness Drive, consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 12 Townhome Villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Mishawaka Hires New Director of Nursing

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 17, 2017

MISHAWAKA, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka has hired Terri Smith as their new Director of Nursing.  In this role, she will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Leah Bennett, manage the nursing staff.  Smith, who began in her position on Feb. 8, will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Terri Smith

Terri Smith

Smith is a graduate of Ivy Tech of South Bend and is currently attending Western Governor’s University of Indiana.  She expects to graduate this spring.  Smith was most recently a case manager at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and prior to that, a staff nurse in orthopedics -also at St. Joseph.

“I love working with seniors,” Smith said.  “I am inspired by their stories and the life experiences they have to share.  I look forward to working with the great staff at Primrose and to helping our residents transition to their new lives here,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka is located at 820 Fulmer Road.  The community consists of 36 independent living apartment homes, 40 assisted living apartment homes, and eight townhome villas.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Lima Hires New Sales Director

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 1, 2017

LIMA, OH – Primrose Retirement Community of Lima has hired Ashley Heaphy as their Sales Director.  She began her duties on January 23 and in this capacity Heaphy will oversee all marketing and sales efforts, public relations events, and community outreach for Primrose of Lima.

Ashley Heaphy

Ashley Heaphy

Heaphy attended Rhodes State College and is currently attending Liberty University.  Prior to joining Primrose, she worked at Elmcroft Senior Living.  During her time there she served as the business office coordinator, training and development coordinator, and the dining service director.  She also worked at Otterbein as a marketing administrative assistant.

“I’ve always wanted to work at Primrose,” Heaphy said.  “They are known for being a wonderful place to live, and I wanted to be a part of their team because they care about one another and their residents as if they were all family,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Lima consists of 36 independent living apartments, 32 assisted living apartments and 10 villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C., headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.