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: Jennifer Michael Gibbs
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, CEAL certification, her Nursing Home Administrators License and experience in both the pharmaceutical industry and senior living. In cooperation with two physicians at Kettering Health, Jennifer created innovative health and wellness programming made available to senior living residents as well as the general public.
"My experience in senior living and through the pandemic especially has been to communicate often and in multiple ways. The Traditions team took the time to learn about my experience and my personality and to make sure I was a good fit with the senior leadership team. They wanted me to know I had their full support. And my residents, families and entire team can count on mine. We are partners in the day-to-day experience of helping families and their loved ones thrive and enjoy life."
Jennifer and her husband, Travis, have a blended family, including her three boys, Grant (21), Chad (17) and Anton (14) and Travis' two children, Makayla (21) and Tyus (17), with two of their children born on the same day and year! They also have two dogs, a 7lb mix and a 125lb American Bulldog.
Community Relations Director: Julie Lesley
Julie is a graduate of UCLA and Santa Monica College and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She has worked in senior living for 12 years, eight in a retirement community, two in hospice care and two in a senior care consulting firm.
"I returned to the Dayton area when my mother was diagnosed with a cognitive impairment, and she needed assistance. I left the Los Angeles area and moved in with her as caregiver. This was a huge role reversal, but also an honor to provide the same kind of loving care she provided me when I was young. I truly have a heart for seniors. My mother helped to deepen my resolve that every senior I encounter is treated with the utmost respect and dignity."
Julie is the mother of three adult children, two rescued cats and a rescued dog.
Memory Care Director: William E. Crabtree
Will graduated from Wright State University with a degree in Communication Studies. He has 12 years of experience as an Aide, Counselor and Director for kids ages 4-22 who have cognitive issues, behavior struggles and developmental disorders.
"I'm excited to be here at Traditions of Beavercreek and serve as the Memory Care Director. I want to be a comfort for families and bring them peace of mind that their loved one will be cared for just like they were a member of my own family. I look forward to leading the Memory Care Team and providing the highest quality care and comfort every day for our residents. We are here to help them thrive and enjoy life."
Will grew up in Troy and has lived in Dayton for 12 years. He has a daughter Nellie (6) and a son Vernon (3) who are his world, and a black lab named Lewie. He enjoys playing and watching golf, as well as reading, horses, hiking and fishing.
Activities Director: Terry Rybicki
Terry was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. She has been a cook for Assisted Living, owned her own business and has been educated in Alzheimer's disease and care.
"I am here to bring our residents' ideas to life. I recently helped one resident start a singing group called The Last Chord. They perform at all of our special events. We've gone to Dragons games and explored crafts, games and other activities. I want people to know the team and residents at Beavercreek have big hearts and we are here for you. We love to listen and have fun!"
Terry is blessed to have her mother, Cora, who is 88 years old, as well as two daughters, eight grandchildren and a cat named Diamond.
Maintenance Director: Mike DiNofa
Mike is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, loves to spend time with his elderly residents and fixing things come naturally.
"I'm not beneath telling a corny joke to make them smile. Our residents are so grateful for the smallest job and I actually get hugs just for doing my job. I also have the privilege of meeting other veterans and thanking them for their service."
Mike and his wife Deb have been together for 21 years and have five children (he had two from a previous marriage, she had one and they have two together). They love to ride their Harley Davidsons and take road trips in their spare time.
Business Office Manager: Angie Thomas
Angie's mom was in a nursing facility when she lost her in 2002, and she never imagined she would work in one herself.
"I didn't think I'd step foot in this environment again, but I felt welcome and at home the instant I came inside. We see each other at our best and worst here, like a family. And the appreciation our residents have for the little things amazes me, like when we help to get their iPad working so they can play their favorite game or they have another outstanding meal prepared in the kitchen. Getting and giving hugs is the biggest bonus."
Angie and her husband, Brian Thomas, have been married for more than 20 years and have five children (Brooke, Doug, twins Emily and Evan and Carly), two granddaughters (Gabby and Lilly) and two bonus granddaughters (Addy and Ally).