Category Archives: New Hires

Keli Causey Named Director of Nursing at Primrose Retirement Community of Decatur

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 4, 2017

DECATUR, IL – Primrose Retirement Community of Decatur has hired Keli Causey to be their new Director of Nursing.  Causey began her duties on August 16th.  In this role, she will guide and oversee the overall care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Leslie Strohl, manage the nursing staff.  She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Keli Causey

Keli Causey

A graduate of Richland Community College, Causey previously worked as the Employee Health Services Coordinator at Decatur Memorial Hospital and the Director of Nursing at Evergreen Senior Living before joining Primrose.

“I immediately fell in love with the residents and staff at Primrose,” said Causey.  I look forward to my future here at Primrose, and am excited to coordinate the best care possible for our residents and their families,” she added.

“We’re very lucky to have Keli,” said Primrose Executive Director Leslie Strohl.  “She has a true passion for people and will be a great addition to our Primrose Team.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Decatur, located at 1145 West Arbor 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.

Karen Pehrson Named Executive Director at Primrose Retirement Community of Mankato

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

MANKATO, MN – Primrose Retirement Community of Mankato has promoted former Sales Director Karen Pehrson to be their new Executive Director.  Former Executive Director Carol Armendariz is now a Primrose Regional Operations Manager.  In her new role, Pehrson will oversee the day-to-day operations of the community.

Karen Pehrson

Karen Pehrson

Pehrson is a graduate of South Central College and holds a life, health and long term care license.  Prior to joining Primrose in 2014, she spent five years at DuPont Pioneer handling administrative and project coordination for the sales leadership team in Southern MN, and before that, seven years in client services.

“Coming to Primrose helps me to expand on my passion to help others,” Pehrson said.  “I want to help individuals find the best way through their life journey, and to share in their happiness,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Mankato, located at 1360 Adams Street, consists of 34 independent living apartments and 23 assisted-living apartments.

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

Tammy Barker Named Memory Care Director of Nursing at Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

ANDERSON, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Anderson has hired Tammy Barker to be Director of Nursing for their memory care services.  She began her duties on July 17th.  In this role, Barker will guide and oversee the care of residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Kevin Spaugh, manage the nursing staff.  She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Tammy Barker

Tammy Barker

Barker brings extensive nursing experience with her to Primrose.  “I am excited to help provide person centered care for memory care residents here, and  I look forward to putting my experience and passion to work here as we strive to provide the best experience for our residents and their families,” Baker said.

“We are excited to have Tammy on board,” said Executive Director Kevin Spaugh.  “She is already an asset to our team and we look forward to accomplishing great things together,” he added.

The Primrose of Anderson Memory Care Community, located at 2101 N. Madison Avenue, consists of 24 memory care suites.  It features a number of amenities including an enclosed exterior courtyard, numerous flower beds, walking paths, a coffee bar, train depot, beauty salon, and devotional chapel to name a few.

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

Jennifer Liggitt Named Sales Director at Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2017

MISHAWAKA, IN – Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka has hired Jennifer Liggitt to be their Sales Director.  She began her duties on July 26.  In this capacity Liggitt will oversee all the marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for the retirement community.

Jennifer Liggitt

Jennifer Liggitt

Liggitt brings 20 years of healthcare experience with her to Primrose.  She has worked in long term care, assisted living, independent living, social services, marketing, and activities settings during that time.  “I am looking forward to meeting new residents, future residents, and their families,” said Liggitt.  “I love to build relationships with people and look forward to serving the seniors in our community,” she added.

“We are excited to have Jennifer on the team,” said Executive Director Leah Bennett.  “Her experience in the industry is very much appreciated and we are very excited about what the future holds,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Mishawaka is located at 820 Fulmer Road.  It 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.

Autumn Edgington Named Memory Care Director of Nursing at Primrose Retirement Community of Rogers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 24, 2017

ROGERS, AR – Primrose Retirement Community of Rogers has hired Autumn Edgington to be the Director of Nursing for their memory care services.  She began in July, and in this role, Edgington will guide and oversee the overall care of memory care residents and, in conjunction with Executive Director Chris Clifton, manage the nursing staff.  She will also ensure compliance with all necessary regulations.

Autumn Edgington

Autumn Edgington

Edgington has a degree in nursing from Merrac College in San Diego, CA.  The United States Army veteran brings with her experience working in surgical settings, obstetrics and gynecology, labor and delivery, geriatrics, obstetrics, and memory care.

“I came to Primrose, in part, because I wanted to be a part of the new culture being created here,” Edgington said.  “Opening a new community is exciting, and I very much looking forward to serving our residents and staff in my new position,” she added.

“We are excited to have Autumn on board,” said Executive Director Chris Clifton.  “She is already an asset to our team and we look forward to accomplishing great things together,” he added.

Primrose of Rogers, located at 650 Dodson Road, consists of 50 assisted living apartments, 24 memory care apartments, and 24 townhome villas.

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

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.