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 CAMARGO EXECUTIVE TEAM
Executive Director: Brian R. Wurster
Brian comes to Camargo with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. He is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with over four years experience in Senior Care Management including Memory Care and Activities. He grew up in Cincinnati and has a dedicated life of service with 26 years as a Firefighter, and demonstrated leadership as a Fire Captain.
He points to a favorite quote on dementia care from Dr. Alice Howland as inspiration: "I am not suffering. I am struggling, to stay connected to who I once was. So live in the moment I tell myself. It's really all I can do. Live in the moment."
Brian believes that social engagement, protection of dignity, choices, and ‘living in their moment’ are the keys to a higher quality of life.
Community Relations Director: Stephanie Stoll
Stephanie comes to Traditions at Camargo with more than 20 years experience with various healthcare organizations. She chose a career serving the public, and finds it extremely rewarding to help seniors transition to community style living.
“A big part of my job is building relationships with future residents. I love learning about people and their families. I genuinely care about connecting with the people that I’m trying to help. When someone moves in, we haven’t just gained a resident we’ve gained a new friend.”
Stephanie resides in Blue Ash with her husband and children. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling in her spare time.
Move-in Coordinator: Douglas Brengle, Jr.
Douglas was born in Boston, MA and raised for most of his life in Cincinnati. He is a graduate of Lawrence University, is a SAIDO Learning Chief Lead Supporter and Trainer, a non-pharmacological treatment which has been shown to slow the symptoms of dementia among seniors. Douglas is also trained and certified in Opening Minds Through Art and essentialALZ, a program created by the Alzheimer's Association in harmony with the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.
"I decided to pursue a career in aging services after having a job in the interior design field. I wanted a career that had a deeper impact and brought happiness to others. I have always been, and remain, very close with my maternal grandparents, Eric and Suzanne, and volunteered at retirement communities during high school. I knew a transition to a career of service was a better fit for me. Everyone here is special, with their own background, experiences and views. I enjoy customizing new residents' transitions into our community and making everyone feel appreciated." Douglas also enjoys spending time outdoors with his dachshund, Eloise, his parents, grandparents, siblings and their families.
Wellness Director: Charlene Lane
Charlene comes to Traditions with an Associate’s Degree in Science and more than 25 years nursing experience. She began her nursing career as an LPN, and later continued her education at Beckfield College due to the influence of her youngest daughter. As a nurse, Charlene provides residents with the highest level of care. But she also knows how important kind, purposeful interactions are with residents and their families.
“The Traditions Community is filled with professional staff who work together to support dignity and empowerment, and encouraging our residents to enjoy a healthier, happier life."
Memory Care Activity Director: Aubrey Griego
Aubrey was born in Dayton, Ohio and was raised in Hillsboro, Ohio. She graduated from Hillsboro in 2010. Soon after she was volunteering with her nana at a retirement community where she was the activities director and she fell in love with it. Her mom is a retired RN so this type of work involving helping people runs in the family.
She knew she wanted to pursue this career because she wanted to be able to do something that involved helping people and making them smile in their everyday life. “With having over six years of experience working with people that have Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and volunteering before that, I knew I was meant to do this, as I am very close with both sets of my grandparents, so I definitely consider the residents a part of my family. I love getting to know each and everyone of them, and they hold a special place in my heart."
She currently lives in Hillsboro and loves spending time with her family and her 16 year old Dachshund named Mia. "I am happy to be a part of the Traditions at Camargo team!"
Activity Director: Leigh Liebert
Leigh attended The Summit Country Day School and then went on to DePauw University where she graduated with a religious studies major. She began volunteering at a retirement community and was soon hired as part of their activity team. Leigh took a break from working full time to raise her two children, Louis and Charlie Mac. Now that her boys are older and becoming more independent, she is excited to get back to work! She lives in Indian Hill and her children attend Indian Hill Elementary School. Leigh has also completed her certified dementia training.
"I absolutely love coming to work everyday and being able to spend time with our residents! I want each resident to have fun and partake in whatever activities they enjoy. When a resident lets me know what their interests are, I will make sure we have a program to accommodate. Traditions is their home and I want to provide them with choices. I consider each resident to be a part of my extended family and care about their well-being and livelihood."
Executive Chef: Marcus Johnson
Marcus was born in Cincinnati and raised in North Avondale. He is a classically trained chef from Scarlet Oaks and Sullivan University. Marcus donated his time as a chef in Las Vegas after college, just to immerse himself in the craft, and he cooked for the American Olympians at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"I love seeing people commune over a meal you've created. It brings real joy and satisfaction. Good food makes people eager to come together, and our people are very expressive about how good it is compared to other communities. Plus, women love guys who can cook! Especially one of our residents who told me if I ever leave, she would find me and bring me back." Marcus has three children, all girls--he asks us to pray for him.
Business Officer Manager: Kathy Yorio
Kathy comes to Traditions at Camargo with office management, bookkeeping, human resources, and payroll knowledge that includes 20+ years at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as an Administrative Supervisor, as well as experience as an Accounting Liaison for a local company.
"Working at Traditions has given me the opportunity to make friends in a close-knit community where residents, families and staff dine, play and engage in multiple activities together. I have developed even more compassion and empathy while watching residents transition to new stages of life and learning about values, perspectives, history and culture from different generations."
Kathy grew up in Madeira, where she chose to raise her six children. She and her husband, Matt enjoying playing golf and spending lots of time with their children and grandchildren.