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Memory Care in St. Louis, MO

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Leadership Team

Dolan Memory Care Homes’ leadership team is comprised of highly experienced professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality of life for our Residents and their families.

Tim Dolan – Owner/President

Tim Dolan – Owner/President

Started team in 1993

Tim Dolan saw a challenge that needed to be addressed: care for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease – Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s which is currently the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. The numbers are staggering and at present there is no cure. As an innovator, Tim has been involved in memory care for over 25 years. He has had significant influence in changing the perception of the disease along with fostering vast improvement in resources that are now available to families.

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Dolan Memory Care Homes (DMCH) specializes in the care of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders. DMCH are not a wing or a floor in a skilled facility, or a new building on a large campus; but rather small households within residential communities accommodating ten or fewer residents. When Tim built his first home in 1993 there were very few placement options available for families. As a consumer himself, he was shocked by the limited long term care choices available to families struggling with the disease which at the time were merely locked down wards within conventional nursing homes.


Evolution of an Idea
Tim began reading everything he could find on environmental design and different care techniques that he could incorporate in a new model of care. He had heard of other ideas that were similar to his that were beginning to take shape in other parts of the country. He traveled to these facilities to see how their approach might help with his design. Tim learned that a family member in New York had donated funds to a research center in Ohio; the Corrine Dolan Alzheimer’s Research Center (CDARC) which he collaborated with in the development of his new care design. While CDARC was not his exact vision, it proved to be a wealth of knowledge that he could use in the developing his own program. In fact, every place he visited he learned something that he could use.


Vision Takes Hold
The journey was a definite struggle; but he did have some successes along the way. Tim did not anticipate the lack of social awareness and the overall stigmatism that existed with the illness. When you couple that with the state’s various licensure categories that ran counter to his style of care; he soon learned that he would be in for a long campaign. In 1999 Dolan Residential Care, as his young company was known, was chosen as one of only 2 facilities in the St. Louis area to participate in the State’s Alzheimer’s Pilot Program to investigate and develop new environments and care techniques for Missourians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He developed 3 state-of-the-art households that included numerous environmental design features that addressed the cognitively impaired along with several new innovative building techniques. In 2006 Tim’s effort in the field was instrumental in helping to change the licensure regulations in Missouri. Senate Bill 616 was introduced, passed and later signed by the Governor providing Missouri families with an array of long term care choices never before available to Missourians. In 2010 Tim was chosen by the Governor to be a member of the Missouri State Alzheimer’s Task Force representing the long term care in the state. Other Task Force members included Dr. John Morris, Margret Donnelly, Director of Missouri Health and Senior Services, Senator Bill Stouffer sponsor of Senate Bill 616, Carol Rodriguez from the Alzheimer’s Association. The Task Force’s duties were to identify how the disease was affecting Missourians, what resources were available and how the state could better serve those families affected with the disease.


Vision Becomes a Reality
Currently, Dolan Memory Care Homes has 12 households in the St. Louis area. In 2014 Tim completed Les Maison a memory neighborhood. Les Maison is the first of its kind green development consisting of four homes specifically built to accommodate those suffering from various forms of memory impairment. It is a true patient centered, social model in every sense of the word. Residents are encouraged to participate in their own care as well as to be involved in the day to day operation of the home. Residents have the freedom to go outside in an enclosed yard and to socialize by visiting other residents within the neighborhood. To date, there is no other development like it in the country, making it a true “feather in the cap” for St. Louis Based on Les Masons’ success, in 2018, Tim began developing his second memory neighborhood, Waterford Crossing.


Vision for the Future
While Tim’s mission of care for persons living with dementias and their families; he also contributes to a world without Alzheimer’s by working closely with and donating to the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Memory Care Home Solutions.

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Steve Vicalvi LNHA – Director of Operations

Joined team in 2020

Dolan Memory Care Homes “unique and innovative approach to dementia care” guided Steve to join the team in 2020. Steve leads his peers through example. Steve is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help out in any way—from offering guidance and leadership to nurses and care partners to providing direct care with residents. During college, Steve was instrumental in taking care of his grandmother in her home, who suffered from dementia.

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His hands-on-care for his family member sparked his interest to pursue health care. He started in medical records and shortly after, he began an administrator in training program. Steve has a wide range of experience working in assisted living, intermediate care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. He is originally from Illinois and moved to St. Louis about 10 years ago. While he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family and daughter, reading, and playing golf.

Allison Dolan-Boschert, AGPCNP, BSN, RN – Nurse Consultant

Allison Dolan-Boschert, NP-BC – Nurse Consultant and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

Joined team in 2004

Allison has been with the company over 15 years. She was a Care Partner, an Activities Director, a Nurse Manager, and now works primarily in admissions as Nurse Consultant. “Some days I’m Allison, other days Angie, occasionally a daughter or an old neighbor, and it’s all okay.” With a little imagination and flexibility, Allison highlights the importance of stepping into a resident’s reality.

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She recalls a time with a resident who, almost every afternoon around the same time, wanted to pick up her children off the school bus. “We would tidy the house by sweeping the floor and folding towels, and prepare a snack for the children. By the time we were finished, Betty was not concerned with picking up her children. What sets Dolan apart from other memory care centers are the little things: We want to know how our residents prefer their coffee, what time do they rise in the morning, what are they proud of, and what makes them smile. Ultimately, it’s the details, which makes Dolan successful in memory care. “Living at Dolan is the ultimate customer service experience, we are wrong, and the folks that live here are always right. We create a safe environment, so we can take away the No’s. It is empowering for the residents to be independent again.” Allison obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Chemistry at University of Missouri-Columbia. Additionally, she received her Bachelor of Nursing and her Masters of Nursing as an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College, where she achieved an Academic Excellence Award. In 2018, she was recognized in Jewish Light as a Woman in Business.

Toni Dewhirst, RN, LNHA – Resident Care Coordinator

Toni Dewhirst – Resident Care Coordinator

Joined team in 2006
Even in nursing school, Toni “always gravitated toward the older people, because they appreciate you so much”. After stints as Director of Nursing at conventional nursing facilities, she learned about Tim Dolan’s cozy, nonclinical approach, with 6 to 11 Residents per home.

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“When you know your patient that well – you know what they need.” At Dolan Memory Care Homes Toni oversees care for Residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia related disorders. The “Dolan Difference” is that the residents enjoy a restrain-free environment that is considerate of their wants and needs. By removing limits, restrictions and the word “NO”, residents feel more comfortable and exhibit less negative behaviors. It’s about what they can do, not what they can’t do. It’s amazing too, when we open up all the possibilities, what you can actually do with folks who have dementia. Who else would take 90 folks with dementia to a Prom! Life with Dementia can be meaningful and enjoyable. Families can stay intact and still have relationships as time goes on. This is what I enjoy most about my work at Dolan.2014 Award Recipient– Senior Division

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Kim Carnal – Resident Care Coordinator at Waterford Crossing

Joined team in 2020

I have worked in the nursing field for over 30 years. While most of my friends were working at fast food jobs, I was working in a long term care facility as a certified nurse assistant. I then spent several years working in a hospital before going to nursing school. My nursing experience has been primarily acute medicine, cardiology, and the ICU.

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After 20+ years I worked my way back to geriatric care. My last job was as an Assistant Director of Nursing at a rehab facility and long term memory care unit. My grandfather had Parkinson’s Dementia, and I quickly learned what doesn’t work for residents with dementia. After learning about the model of care that Dolan offers, and seeing the beautiful neighborhoods and homey atmosphere, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I’ve always worked for large healthcare systems, and I wanted the more personal experience that Dolan provides. Memory care is where my heart is, and Dolan does it the best way possible.

I was born and raised in St. Louis. I have been married to my husband Pete for over 20 years, and I have a beautiful daughter named Claire. I love dogs, and I have two crazy boxers, Stanley and Maggie; they definitely helped with the empty nest. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and crafting. My family jokes that I can turn anything into a craft project. Family is very important to me, and I look forward to growing my family by building meaningful relationships with my residents, their families, and my co-workers.

Sandi Antalick, ADC – Activities Director

Sandi Antalick, ADC – Activities Director

Joined team in 2013

Sandi came to the role of activities in long-term care through community service projects with the Girl Scout troops she led. While working as a Legal Secretary she went back to school to take classes in the field of activities. She started her career in 2001 as an Activity Assistant. Three years later she was promoted to Activity Director. Sandi joined Dolan Memory Care Homes in 2013 as Activities Director.

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She is responsible for planning and implementing activities at each of the households. She schedules monthly events and entertainers for each house and composes a newsletter of activities for the Residents’ families. She is part of the team implementing and leading the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) program in the houses. Sandi has an Associate degree in Human Services from St. Louis Community College. She is a Missouri Certified Activity Director and a National Certified Activity Director.
“Whenever I visit the Residents at their homes, they are always so welcoming and so appreciative that I have come to visit them. I love the stories they tell me and learning so much about them. I love working on new projects with them and going out to lunch with them. Every day is always a new day!! Although I am supposed to be going to visit to make their day special, they always end up making my day special too!”
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Kendra Shelton, RN – Administrator Les Maisons

Joined team in 2022

Kendra has been a nurse for over 15 years mainly in geriatrics. She has worked in pediatrics too. She feels, “nursing is my purpose in life.” Kendra takes care of people like how she would treat her own family. When compared to other long term communities, she loves the intimacy at Dolan, “working at nursing homes you may have over 100 residents in a facility, but you do not know them as well as you do at Dolan.” In her free time, she enjoys spending quiet time alone and watching her grandson. She proudly shares, “Being a grandparent is the best thing in the world.” She hopes to travel to Europe and cruise around to different cities.

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Angi Pettis, LPN – Administrator at Waterford Crossing

Joined team in 2022

Angi comes to us with many years of experience in the long term care setting. She began her journey at the age of sixteen working in the dietary department of a nursing home in her hometown of Washington, MO. Two years later she began her nursing career as a certified nursing assistant. While her family was still very young, she decided to go to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
She worked as an LPN in a long-term care community in Washington, MO from 2003-2016 then took a job as a Clinical Nurse Leader in a community in St. Louis County. Soon after starting this new job, she was quickly promoted to the Director of Health Services for the Assisted Living and the Assisted Living Memory Care neighborhoods.

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Only three years later, Angi became a LNHA (Licensed Nursing Home Administrator).

During her career, she has been on numerous Leadership Committees and was recognized with the very prestigious Voyce award for her leadership skills.

Angi has a well- balanced life between her career and raising her five children, two dogs and two cats. She enjoys: hanging out with her kids, hiking in state parks, visiting places with animals (Grant’s farm, the zoo), and spending as much time as possible vacationing in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Kelsey Fox – Family Support Coordinator

Joined team in 2020

Kelsey began her caregiver career as a part time job in high school. She pivoted to being a receptionist at a nursing home and jokes, “I was so bad it, because I always wanted to hang out with the residents.” She started at Dolan as a care partner at the Limerick house and was promoted to Activities. While in Activities, she obtained a Dementia Practitioner certification. She is currently enrolled in social work field with a geriatric focus. She is also a professional make-up artist. She enjoys art, reading and snowboarding. She hopes one day to travel to Japan. A fun fact about Kelsey is most of her family lives in Ireland and she has visited the motherland five times.

Barb Dumeyer – Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Little – Les Maisons Family Support Coordinator

Joined team in 2019

Stephanie’s experience with Dolan started in 2013 when her grandmother moved in as a resident, leading her to decide to dedicate her career path to memory care and chose Dolan as the site of her internship in 2015. She spent the summer of 2016 as a care partner, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Human and Family Development and a minor in Psychology in 2017. She spent two years as Memory Care Coordinator at another facility, but decided to return to Dolan due to missing the person-centered model and work environment that Dolan exhibited. She spent the last two years as the Assistant Director of the Activities Department, and is now excited to have started her journey as the Family Support Coordinator of the Les Mansion neighborhood.
Brenda Akers, BSW – Family Support Coordinator at Waterford Crossing

Brenda Akers, BSW – Family Support Coordinator at Waterford Crossing

Joined team in 2020

Brenda Akers has dedicated her entire professional career to serving and enriching lives of older adults. She possess a plethora of experience as a social worker at the Jewish Center for the Aged and at Lutheran Senior Services. At both long term care communities, Brenda was instrumental in their assisted living and memory care programs. She is proud of facilitating Cardinals reminisce group. She also served as a vice president for a home health company.

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In her free time, she volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association as a support group facilitator for spouses and adult children. Brenda has also dedicated her time as an organizer for Alzheimer’s walk and a fundraiser leader. She demonstrates leadership throughout the community as a guest panelist and speaker for Alzheimer’s Association, Missouri League of Nursing, and Activity Directors Across Missouri. Her topics range from “Intimacy, Sexuality and Dementia”, “Lewy Bodies Disease”, “Sleep and Dementia” and “How to Have the Difficult Talk with Your Parents.” To top it off, Brenda also holds specialized certifications as a Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and Montessori Dementia Care Professional (CMDCP).

Over her professional career, Brenda learned about Dolan Memory Care Homes and continued to follow our progress. Dolan is humbled and honored that Brenda began working in 2020 as Waterford Family Support Coordinator. She shares, “I am totally committed to helping individuals with memory impairments, their families, through research and experience.” Brenda truly appreciates and understands the importance of caring for the complex dynamic of respective family members along with the individual with dementia. Brenda values her family—Rick, husband of over 40 years, 3 adult sons, 1 daughter in law, and a small 3-legged therapy dog named Sia. Brenda illustrates compassion and empathy to all that she graces her presence. Dolan Memory Care Homes is fortunate to have Brenda as a part of the leadership team.
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Brigit Spruill – Family Support Coordinator at Waterford Crossing

Joined team in 2022

Brigit has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years working as a charge CMT most of the time. Before then, I was a Manager at Rally’s for 4 years. Supervising a crew of 6 staff members. I love that the owner of Dolan Tim had a vision, and went with the plan to help others. Sacrificing for others is not easy. I also share the same vision. He is involved! All the years I have worked, I never experienced the owner being so involved. Great way of Leading. I have an Associate of Science Degree in Business, Social Service Designee in Long-Term Care Facilities. Manager Certificate, Mentor and Leadership Certificate.I like to volunteer, read, clean, and learn new things in my free time. I collect items for the homeless, church pantries and shelters. I mentor children, young adults, women and men. I lead a prayer group every week. A fun fact to me is paying for someone’s meal behind you in a drive-thru. I would like to travel to Italy. I have never been on a plane.
Ranada Conners – Staffing Coordinator

Ranada Conners – Dementia Trainer

Joined team in 2009

Ranada has been with Dolan Memory Care Homes for over 10 years. She was a CarePartner, a Night Supervisor, Staffing Coordinator and most recently stepped into the role as our Assistant House Manager. Ranada loves to go above and beyond in providing excellent care for our Residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. With a caring, compassionate heart she has always been available to train and develop the new CarePartners to the Dolan mission for caring for the Residents in a home like setting. Ranada’s success is boiled down to her mantra: “Team work makes the Dream work.”
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Tina Frost – Dementia Trainer

Joined team in 2013

Tina has had the pleasure of working several roles at Dolan as a care partner, Big SIS, and night supervisor. She leads the team by example, positive attitude and has a contagious smile. She shares, “I love helping, making people smile and being happy.” Caring for others runs in her family. Her grandmother, who was always helping others, inspired her to begin a career in health care. She opens up about her philosophy on care: “I always put myself in their shoes when I enter Dolan and ask myself: If it was you, how would you want to be treated, how would you like your house to be and how would you want your food to look and taste.” She expands further saying, “To me, they are not just residents. They are family. I love and treat them as my family. I am willing to go above and beyond to make them smile.” Dolan is fortunate to have Tina on leadership.
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Natasha Raines, CMT – Dementia Trainer

Joined team in 2003

Natasha has been a part of Dolan’s team as a care partner since 2003. She has worked at several Dolan homes and has informally been a mentor to new care partners. At Dolan, she has worked at 3 different homes. A previous supervisor encouraged her to apply to Dolan in 2003. Her favorite aspect of Dolan is the ability to spend one on one with residents, noting she wouldn’t have this luxury at other long term care communities. She appreciates the time to build relationships through hand holding and asking about their past. She understands this investment builds trust. Natasha also loves the family oriented feel. Natasha is originally from Illinois. Her family and friends describe her as “a go-getter with a big heart.” Natasha enjoys a challenge and often does for others before herself. She has two sons and is also a foster parent to many fortunate children. In her her free time, she enjoys spending time outside in nature, walking in state parks, and shopping.
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Cyndi McWhorter – Director of Education

Joined team in 2012

Cyndi has been in the nursing field for over 25 years in rehab, as a MDS, Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Supervisor, and Admissions/Discharges. Cyndi joined Dolan in 2012 as a Nurse Manager at Clermont. During her career at Dolan, she has also worked as a Weekend Nurse and has recently become a Nurse Manager Trainer. What she loves most about Dolan is the small atmosphere, and having “one on one time with families and residents.” She points out this is a big difference between bigger facilities and appreciates “the extra time to help out a resident or family member.” Cyndi’s extensive experience and management skills makes her a great fit as an educator for new nurses. Cyndi’s light-hearted personality and great sense of humor create a fun work environment. Cyndi is flexible and rolls with the punches! Cyndi is originally from Michigan and moved to St. Louis for family. She has one son and four grandchildren–Daymion, Justice, Rylee, and Jaxon. Her grandchildren love coming to work to visit residents and conduct activities. In her free time, you may find Cyndi on a cruise or traveling. With her adventurous spirit, it is no surprise, she loves attending festivals and hiking.

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Yolonda Fisher – Nurse Manager Trainer

Joined team in 2019

Yolonda has over 25 years of experience in the health care field in various roles from: nurse’s aid, certified nurse’s assistant, medical assistant, certified medical technician, dialysis, and phlebotomy. She has truly worked her way up the career ladder. She has been a nurse for over 15 years working in long term care and management. Yolanda joined Dolan in 2018 during the Waterford Crossing development. What brought her to Dolan is the small size and family oriented atmosphere. She understands that long term care is driven by nursing and feels comforted that working at Dolan, “I am able to intimately know and understand the residents and their family members. It is truly rewarding.” The residents and families appreciate Yolonda’s attention to detail. She is organized and on top of it! You may also find Yolonda in the kitchen baking or preparing a tasty snack. Yolonda is originally from St. Louis and has two children. Her son lives in Kentucky with his two children and her daughter lives in Colorado. Both children work in the military! In her free time, she enjoys relaxing and watching TV with her dog, Hailey.

 

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Amanda DeClue – Staffing Coordinator

Joined team in 2020
Amanda has only had two employers her entire life! She began at Marymount Nursing Home for 22 years. First 15 years, she served as a certified nurse’s aid and was promoted to human resources for almost 8 years. She has been proudly nominated for the extraordinary caregiver award through Voyce. Her mom suffers from dementia allowing her to appreciate the disease on a personal level.  At Dolan, she trained and worked as a care partner at the Galway home before her promotion as Staffing Coordinator. Amanda goes the extra mile with providing care, like applying lipstick for the ladies! Amanda is a proud mom of three children: 2 at home and 1 in heaven. Her oldest will become a dietician soon and her youngest son graduates this year. She has two dogs. She hopes one day to travel to Niagara Falls.

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Max Ferrugia – Food Service Supervisor

Joined team in 2021
Max has spent a majority of his career in the restaurant industry and hospitality management. He has a culinary degree and further obtained a BS in education. He initially became acquainted with Dolan for an internship through UMSL. Through his internship, he was surprised how much he enjoyed interacting with the residents. He felt he had more of a sense of purpose than when he was a chef. He worked in activities after he graduated. You could always find Max taking a resident for a walk! The best part about Max is he is always looking to grow and learn more. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors fishing and hiking. He has plan to travel to the National Parks. A fun fact about Max is he has seen Phish in concert 29 times!

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Mindy Schmittgens, MSW – Human Resources

Joined team in 2020

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) at Saint Louis University with a specialization in Gerontology.

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I graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I didn’t know when I began my social work education where it would lead me until both of my grandmothers were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s only a couple years apart. While it had quite a toll on my family and myself, I stepped up and was the main point of contact and very involved in their care; this is where I found my passion. I spent so much time in their assisted living facilities that I was on first name bases with staff, residents, and other family members, often planning and engaging in activities and events with them. Although these were some of the most trying times for me and my family, they were also some of the most rewarding and memorable.

When I first came to Dolan as a student in January of 2020, I took all the tools of person-centered care that I had accumulated home to my grandmothers, and it made all the difference. I was overwhelmed by the strengths-based model of care that Dolan provides and remember thinking to myself “this is what is missing.” My favorite aspect of Dolan is the patient environment that allows for staff to get to know each resident and form meaningful, trusting relationships. I felt so welcomed by residents, families and staff that it was like a home away from home. When students were asked to work remotely due to COVID-19 in early March, I felt unfinished in my Dolan journey. I am eager to pick up where I left off and immerse myself in the individualistic care of others’ loved ones. Mindy pivoted from a family support coordinator role into Human Resources in December 2022.

In my free time I enjoy watching movies, long walks, reading, spending time with my family, and my pets (cat, dog and guinea pigs).

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Ellen Cowick – Business Office Manager

Joined team in 2019

Ellen Cowick is the Business Office Manager at Dolan Memory Care Homes; she started at Dolan in 2019 as an Accounting Assistant. She currently lives in St. Ann, Missouri with her ten year old daughter Remi and their cat Sunny.

She grew up in St. Peters and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting from ITT- Technical Institute. She comes from a large family as one of five children and, interestingly, she is also a twin!

Ellen is close with her immediate and extended family. She looks forward to times when they can all get together and enjoy a holiday meal or family outings to the zoo or the Butterfly House.

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Ellen spends much of her time caring for her aging mother but in her free time she enjoys crafting, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She loves helping people and makes that a priority in her life. Her motto is “Today is a good day for a good day”, and she always tries to convey that sentiment to everyone she meets. Ellen is proud to be a member of the Dolan team and looks forward to building on the Dolan Memory Care mission of improve quality of life not only for individuals with dementia, but for their families as well.
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Justin Brown – Director of Maintenance

Joined team in 2021

I started with Dolan Memory Care Homes in November of 2021. I have been in healthcare for a little over 5 years now and I absolutely love working with and for our residents. I currently reside in Freeburg, Illinois with my wife Carrie and kids, Nicholas and Ella and our dog Tabasco.

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I was in Residential HVAC from 2000-2008. I got into maintenance in 2009 with Duke Realty out here in St. Louis. Then in 2017, I started in healthcare and never looked back. When I’m not at work, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and playing golf. I also enjoy St. Louis Cardinal baseball. Go Cards!!

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