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
Started team in 1993
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.
Steve Vicalvi LNHA – Director of Operations
Joined team in 2020
Allison Dolan-Boschert, NP-BC – Nurse Consultant and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Joined team in 2004
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.
Sandi Antalick, ADC – Activities Director
Joined team in 2013
“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!”
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Little – Les Maisons Family Support Coordinator
Joined team in 2019
Brenda Akers, BSW – Dementia Trainer
Joined team in 2020
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.
Brigit Spruill – Administrative Assistant
Joined team in 2022
Shannon Sobeck – Family Support Coordinator at Original 5
Joined team in 2023
I grew up in Saint Louis and I graduated from Lindbergh High School. Following that, I attended Southeast Missouri State University and graduated with a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Work. Soon after graduating from college, I wanted to take a break from the Midwest and moved to California. Unsure of the career I wanted to pursue but knowing I wanted to be in the helping/social services profession, I entered the field as a case manager working with individuals struggling with being unhoused, substance use, and reentry. Once COVID-19 hit, I was uncertain of what was to come so I returned to my hometown of Saint Louis. Upon returning, I worked with youth as a behavioral therapist for about 3 years. I have an appreciation and passion for working with/helping individuals of all ages and walks of life, so when I came across the opportunity to work with Dolan Memory Care it seemed like a great fit.
Outside of work and school, I enjoy spending my time engaging in self-care like Pilates, yoga, taking my dog for walks/hikes, and spending time with family and friends.
In my time at Dolan Memory Care, I love the person-centered care Dolan Memory Care provides to its residents. I appreciate getting to know my residents on a personal level, getting to know their history and life stories, and getting to spend time with them. I have experience working in various different residential settings, and none of them have felt quite like “home” like Dolan has.
Ranada Conners – Dementia Trainer
Joined team in 2009
Natasha Raines, CMT – Family Support Coordinator at Waterford
Joined team in 2003
Cierra Stewart – Dementia Trainer
Joined team in 2018
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.
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.
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.
Max Ferrugia – Family Support Coordinator at Waterford
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!
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.
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).
Justin Brown – Director of Maintenance
Joined team in 2021