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 connections 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.
Executive Director: Mauree Priest
Mauree is a Licensed Practical Nurse, has a Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Management, recently earned her MBA from Western Governors University (WGU) and was the recipient of the 2019 WGU Academic Excellence Award.
"I have a servant's heart and want to lead a team who believes in making a difference in the lives of our residents. Traditions core values are built around these important versus necessary choices we make every day with residents, the kind designed to maximize their quality of life and happiness. We are guests in their homes, so I want them to feel comfortable, well cared for and loved." Mauree and her husband, Brent, have two boys (Dylan and Drake) and a St. Bernard, Brutus.
Community Relations Director: Jessica Wheeler
Jessica holds her CNA certification, studied business management at Wesleyan University and has led national customer service training. Prior to coming to Meadow Brook, she worked in the non-profit world, first for the YMCA, then the American Cancer Society.
"Being able to assist others is what feeds my soul. I love the feel-good moments when I am able to help others, even if it is helping them to choose another community that is a better fit. My role is centered on relationships and helping those who seek love and care in a new home. Especially for people like Ada and Joyce. Ada's husband had just passed from Covid, and he was the caregiver of Ada, who had dementia, and Joyce, who had disabilities. Over the past year, I have watched Joyce flourish in assisted living, embracing a huge family of residents and staff. She has her independence, but is able to visit her mother every day in memory care and has a built-in support system to love and care for her." Jessica lives in Fishers with her three daughters, an old cat and two small dogs. Her oldest is pursuing her nursing degree and works as a CNA at Meadow Brook, her middle daughter loves to travel with her mom and her youngest is the family's basketball star.
Director of Nursing: Brown Ziwawo
Brown was born in Lilongwe, Malawi in Central Africa, studied Information Technology in Pune, India, moved to Carmel for the school system and received his LPN from Kaplan College Nursing School. He is certified in CPR and First Aid.
"What I want residents and families to know most of all is that I'm here to be an advocate for each and every person. I have a natural connection with our residents and love to see them smile." Brown is married to a nurse and has two children. Their daughter is a 2nd year medical student at the IU School of Medicine and their son is at IU Bloomington and interested in pursuing a law degree.
Activities Director: Penny Jones
Penny has an Associate Degree in Nursing and has a genuine love of people, especially her residents.
"The stories and wisdom our residents share is amazing. Seeing their faces each morning blesses each day. I've been here for more than six years, and it's such a special gift to follow residents and families through life's changes, to listen and help however we can. I keep the Golden Rule in mind each day: treat others the way you would like to be treated." Penny and her husband have one daughter, she has two stepsons and they have two grandchildren.
Director of Culinary Services: Migdalia Catalan
Migdalia earned her teaching degree in Guatemala, is Servsafe Certified and bi-lingual.
"The dining experience is so important to our residents. I bring cleanliness and organization to our kitchen, and love to see the residents smile when they know they can enjoy a delicious meal." Migdalia has one daughter who just graduated from high school.
Director of Maintenance: Sam Wasila
Sam was born and studied in Egypt. He also holds his HVAC certification.
"I enjoy fixing things for our residents and bringing a sense of humor to every situation. We are a good team and we are here to make our residents comfortable and happy. " Sam and his wife, Dalia have two children, Heaven and Grace.