We call the Kemper leadership team our “Kemper Resource Team” as we are a resource to all aspect of our Kemper community. Even though we pride ourselves on great leadership skills and work hard towards illuminating the best leader within ourselves, we call ourselves as a Resource Team. When you think about the traditional leadership pyramid with the leaders being at the top of the pyramid, at Kemper House, we flip that model on it’s head and our Resource Team is at the bottom there to serve the needs of our residents, their families and our entire care team. As a Resource Team member, our responsibilities take on many forms, from direct care support to helping staff with personal needs. As a Kemper Resource Team member, there is no task to big or too small, we do whatever it takes to allow our Kemper care team best their best for residents and each other. Having our care teams best interest in mind allow our care team to have our residents best interest in mind. We look forward to you meeting our Resource Team in-person.
Sara Stewart is the Health & Wellness Director at Kemper House Worthington, Sara’s journey in Dementia Care started when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and her mother helped care for him. She began nursing school shortly after her grandfather’s passing and specialized in Memory Care after obtaining her LPN License. She has worked in Assisted living and Memory care for six years. She hopes a cure comes, but until then, she is committed to bettering the lives of those affected by dementia.
Tammy Meyers is the Executive Director of Kemper House Worthington. Her love for the elderly began when she was a teenager caring for her grandfather. Tammy began her healthcare profession as a nursing assistant in a nursing home and decided early on that "every grandma and grandpa" needs their environment filled with love and compassion. After years of helping seniors’ rehab to go home, Tammy realized she wanted her focus to be on helping those that couldn't go home live their best life. While working in Assisted Living and Dementia Care for the last several years, Tammy has prayed for a cure and is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with dementia and memory loss by embracing them wherever they are in their journey.
Rebecca King is a Kemper Ambassador & Administrative Assistant at Kemper House Worthington; she came to us with 5+ years of business administration experience. Rebecca is a Certified Dementia Care professional and loves working with the elderly. She is actively pursuing a master’s in social work and hopes to become geriatric or hospice LISW. She currently runs our employee peer support group and is very active in the community, including advocating for more research related to aging. She is excited to use her experience and education to enhance the Kemper House experience and the larger Memory Care community.
Casie Gilson is the Inreach Director at Kemper House Worthington, Casie’s journey in Dementia Care started because she enjoys taking care of others. Her mother taught her when she was very young that it is important to take care of those who need it, especially those in their last days. Casie learned elder care from the best teacher, her mother, she helped care for her great grandmother. Over the years Casie has cared for children and elders alike, with love and compassion. After 22 years in a sales coordinator position for a sign business, it was time for a change. She joined the Kemper team as an aide in 2020 just before the pandemic and has found her way as a part of the Resource Team, making sure once the residents move in they have what they need while they are here and until they no longer need us. Casie feels that each day is another day to learn something new from those she works with and those she cares for, “my residents teach me my most beneficial lessons”. She loves what she does and hopes its’s enough to help.
Amy McCray is our Executive Chef and has been a chef for the last 15 years, but has spent a lifetime cooking, canning, and gardening. In Amy’s world, everyone gets to enjoy the food that she makes from scratch. She believes in food bringing family and friends together and even making solitary moments more enjoyable. Chef Amy has worked in a variety of settings including her own restaurant, universities, rehabilitation centers, and senior communities. As Chef Amy says, “Food is where it all begins.”
Wendy Garcia is the Director of House Affairs and Controller at Kemper House Worthington (KHW). Although Wendy didn’t begin working in Dementia Care until 2021, her first volunteer position as a teenager was visiting the residents of the local community retirement home. One of her last volunteer positions was working with Store-to-Door, a service for the elderly who are unable to go out to shop for themselves. She began working with KHW after a move to Columbus, OH after a lifetime of living in the Pacific Northwest. During her interview, she was inspired by Greg’s and Don’s obvious passion for providing the best care possible for residents in Demenita Care. Her instincts proved correct, and she has been delighted and proud to work with the residents of KHW.
Hillary Blackstock is our Nurse Manager for Kemper House Worthington. Hillary became an LNP in 2016 and finished her RN in 2021. She started with Kemper in 2019 after being referred by our Health and wellness director Sara Stewart and close friend. She has found a new passion in this field and wants to continue improving the best quality of life in residents who all live with dementia. Hillary believes strongly that “Until there’s a cure there’s Kemper house” and Hillary, along with the whole Kemper team, believe we are the best and will provide the best to our residents until we find a cure for this horrible disease.
Bob Doherty, Maintenance Director, has worked in the senior living field since 1988. Bob has experienced all different levels of senior living and has worked with Memory Care residents since 2010. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, being outdoors, tinkering with his old (1968) truck and going to concerts. He notes that working with seniors fighting dementia has been the most rewarding experience of his career.
My name is Aleks Siano and I am the Outreach Director here at Kemper House Worthington. I have been with the company for almost 2 years but have had the pleasure of being a family friend and watch the community being built. Prior to Kemper House, I worked as a STAT nurse at The James Cancer Hospital where I found my love for taking care of people. It fills my cup to be a resource for families and make a difference in the lives of our residents in the last season of their life. It is truly a privilege to be a part of that.
Greg Cini is the Co-owner of Kemper House Central Ohio and has worked with many of the top senior living organizations as a consultant for more than 20 years. His experience with Dementia Care models around the world helped shape his view on what the industry was missing. However, his most relevant experience came when his family cared for his grandmother-in-law and most recently his mother, making sure they were safe, healthy and living their best life in spite of the disease. As the founder, President and most importantly Culture Curate, Greg aims to change the way the industry cares for those living with dementia by leveraging the latest in nutrition, fitness, research and technologies bolstered by hiring and leading the right-hearted people with a deep passion for this work.
Kimberly Gumble is a Life Enrichment Manager at Kemper House Worthington; she assists with many aspects of our Life Enrichment department. Kimberly is currently finishing her Environmental Science degree. Her job at Kemper House consist of many leadership roles but most importantly to her is the quality time spent with our residents helping them to live their best lives. One interesting fact of what brought Kim to Kemper House was her grandpa. She had to find a place that would meet all of his needs and, of course, had to be the best. After touring several communities in Central Ohio, Kemper House Worthington was the obvious answers. Kim knew from the moment they moved grandpa into Kemper House that she wanted to be part of the Kemper Krew, and here she is almost two years later helping to lead our amazing Life Enrichment team. We are proud of Kim and her accomplishments and influence on our care.
Chelsea Anderson is the Associate Executive Director of Kemper House Worthington where she educates staff, families, and the public about dementia, oversees life enrichment programming and quality control around the building. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in psychology with a minor in gerontology as well as a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Gerontology. She has also worked in assisted living and interned with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio. Her passion for this work came from her experiences with her grandparents, who played a large role in sending her on the path she is on today.
Don Kenney Jr.
Don Kenney Jr. is a second-generation real-estate developer and one of the founders of Kemper House Central Ohio. Born and raised in Central Ohio, he has a passion to give back to the community that raised him. Don had a vision of bringing first class Dementia Care that would be locally owned and operated and not corporate or Wall St owned. He knew that there was a better way. He gives credit for this vision and inspiration to his wife, who is a doctor and works with children with autism, to bring care and joy to the lives of others.