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 joins us with more than 20 years experience in 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: Tera Mitchell
Tera was born and raised in Ohio and comes from a tight-knit family with strong ties to the healthcare field. She attended the Butler Tech Nursing School in Hamilton, Ohio and is a licensed CPR, First Aid and STNA instructor, former Staffing Director and Assistant Director of Nursing, and has over 25 years experience in healthcare. Tera's focus has been on memory and cognitive care.
"I bring experience in memory care with me to Traditions, but also genuine compassion and understanding. This is a family atmosphere, and we're privileged to share our residents' homes. I will be making daily rounds, speaking with as many residents, families and caregivers as I can each day. I look forward to building loving relationships in our community." Tera and Brandon live in Fairfield, Ohio and have six children.
Memory Care Director: Kelly Allen
Kelly was born in Hamilton, Ohio and was raised for most of her life in Trenton, Ohio. She attended Butler Tech's Allied Health Program for Nursing and graduated high school with her STNA certification. During this time, she also worked as an Activities Assistant in a Memory Care Unit. Kelly graduated from Butler Tech's Nursing program in 2015 and went on to work in Skilled Care, Rehab, Home Health, Assisted Living and Memory Care. She is certified in BBET (Behavior-based Ergonomics Therapy) and currently working on becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
"Working with Memory Care residents is my passion. I feel blessed to have a career that doesn't feel like 'work.' It's so important to meet each resident where they're at in their journey, talking with them about their life, respecting their experiences and our conversations. I really do find beauty in the simplicity of our day-to-day, each interaction and how it helps us get to know each other." Kelly has two children, Madelynn and Logan and enjoys spending most of her free time with them hiking, fishing, boating, camping and traveling.
Memory Care Activity Director: Aubrey Griego
Aubrey was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Hillsboro. She began volunteering at a retirement community with her nana, where she fell in love with the environment. She has had more than six years experience working in different roles with people who have dementia and Alzheimer's.
“I know I was meant to do this. My mom is a retired RN and I am very close to both sets of my grandparents. My residents definitely feel like family to me. I love getting to know each and every one of them, and they hold a special place in my heart. I am thrilled to be a part of the Traditions team!" Aubrey currently lives in Hillsboro and loves spending time with her family and her 16 year old Dachshund, Mia.
Activity Director: Leigh Liebert
Leigh graduated from DePauw University with a degree in religious studies. During her time there, she volunteered at a retirement community and was eventually hired as part of their activity team. Leigh is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
"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." Leigh lives in Indian Hill with her husband and two boys, Louis and Charlie Mac.
Executive Chef: Arik Messerschmidt
Arik was born in Brainard, Minnesota and moved to Cincinnati as a young boy. He grew up immersed in the culinary world, and has been perfecting his skill in some of the finest restaurants in the city. Arik has been in the business for more than 25 years and has been honored to serve as chef for many charity events, including One Night/12 Kitchens, Zoofari, The Key Event and an international Cancer Awareness tour.
"I am thrilled to cook for the fine residents of Camargo, in a place that has a culture of service. Being here is about more than a job, it transcends the individual. We are a team created to care for and serve our residents." Arik and his fiancé have three beautiful girls.
Maintenance Director: Jerry Alexander
Jerry was born and raised in Mason, Ohio with his seven brothers and sisters. He is a graduate of Mason High School and is Automotive Service Excellence certified. Jerry is also experienced in senior living maintenance management, including general repairs, mechanics and community-style living, and has always had a love for working with his hands and finding solutions to problems.
"I love the culture of Traditions and am eager to start every morning, taking on whatever the day has in store. There is so much care and respect shown for our residents and I am honored to be a part of such a great team." Jerry lives in Mt. Healthy with his wife, Brenda and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is also an avid New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds fan.
Business Officer Manager: Kathy Yorio
Kathy comes to Traditions at Camargo with experienced in office management, bookkeeping, human resources, and payroll, including 20+ years as an Administrative Supervisor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
"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 raised her six children. She and her husband, Matt enjoying playing golf and spending lots of time with their children and grandchildren.