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.
Executive Director: Deb Oaks
Deb attended Ohio University and Northern Kentucky University graduating with a degree in social work and a minor in education. She has spent over 20 years working with seniors.
"My career has provided me with a vast knowledge and understanding of the needs of our seniors. I also rely on my experience with the Council on Aging, skilled nursing, hospice, geriatric psych and leadership roles within senior living communities. My goal is to treat every resident as I would my parents and to provide families with support. After the death of my parents, being part of a senior living community fills a void in my heart and gives me true joy."
Deb lives with her husband, David and her two dogs, Cricket and Parker. Parker is a registered therapy dog who often accompanies her to work. Deb's hobbies include travel, painting landscapes and exercise.
Community Relations Director: Paul Kidwell
Paul was born and raised in Cincinnati and is certified in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, a type of physical therapy for the brain of individuals with dementia. Paul has a diverse healthcare background, with experience in a variety of roles within skilled home care and senior living communities.
"I saw the need for passionate, caring people in this field when my grandmother was in the end stage of her life. There were a few people who really made her transitions easier for everyone, and I really wanted to be that help for others. I take great pride in being part of the solution for whatever challenge we're confronting. I want residents to be happy in their new homes!" Paul and his husband, Ricky were married this January and adopted their daughter, Rylee in March. They purchased their first home shortly after and care for Paul's father who has Parkinson's, as well as their two dogs, Polo and Zues.
Executive Chef: Brian M. Sauerland
Brian was born and raised in Ross, Ohio and lives on a farm that has been in his family for 94 years--the one his great-great grandfather bought after moving here from Germany. He has an Associate's degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Ohio. Chef John was one of Brian's instructors and mentors, and was responsible for recruiting him to Traditions of Deerfield as a cook until Brian's promotion to Executive Chef at North Bend.
"When I left Deerfield, Flo was so I upset I was leaving she tried to start a petition to get me to stay. She always made a point of talking to me about every meal, and I miss our discussions about bourbon. Did I mention, Flo is a 101-year-old resident? I miss her. For this reason and so many others, I made a new policy with my staff that they sit with a resident in the dining room or after room trays are delivered to have a conversation. This kind of connection and attention is so important in showing how much we care." Brian is a single father who is very proud of his two children who help with the farm work between baseball, basketball, acting and show choir. His mother and father also live on the farm and enjoy being a part of everyone's daily lives.
Wellness Director: Kathleen Kraft
Kathleen earned her LPN from the Cincinnati Public School of Nursing (Bethesda School of Nursing), her Associate's degree in Nursing from Cincinnati State and has more than 34 years experience in the nursing field. She is trained in pain management, palliative care and healing touch.
"I pursued this career because I wanted to take care of and help people when they need it most. Traditions is known for its family feeling and I wanted to be a part of that. I am honored to care for our residents as if they were my own family." Kathleen was born and raised in Cincinnati and has three children (two sons and a daughter) and one grandson.
Memory Care Director: Angela Cowans
Angela earned her nursing degree from the Heat Oaks School of Practical Nursing and has had more than 15 years experience in the field. She has been dedicated to memory care for the past eight years.
"I love the homey atmosphere here and that our staff is friendly, caring and here for every level of comfort and support. We bring genuine compassion to what we do and treat our residents as beloved family members." Angela has been happily married for 23 years and is a proud mother to her stepdaughter and stepson and proud grandmother of three.
Move-in Coordinator: Alexandra Eilers
Alexandra has a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Northern Kentucky University and graduated Cum Laude in 2016. She has spent most of her working career serving seniors, beginning as a Life Enrichment Coordinator.
"I've always wanted to work in a career that felt fulfilling. Relationships are so important at every stage of life and I am thrilled when I am able to create a friendship and bond with one of our residents. I approach every resident and family member with good cheer, optimism and empathy, because you never know what people are going through. I am here to do everything in my power to help." Alexandra's mom, Patty, is the Business Office Manager at North Bend and Alexandra has one sister, Ashley, whom she calls her best friend and role model.
Activities Director: Robin Hoffman
Robin has a Bachelor's of Science in Recreational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University and has worked with seniors for more than 20 years.
"North Bend is filled with laughter, smiles and great stories our residents tell. I am here for these reasons, as well as our BBET behavioral therapy program for memory care and our wonderful team. We believe in making eye contact with our residents, smiling and listening. Simple, but so important and worthwhile. I recently watched a 102-year-old resident FaceTime with her daughter, and to see the amazement on her face was really something special." Robin and her husband, Fred have been married for 12 years.
Maintenance Director: Steven Doth, Jr.
Steven was born and raised in Cincinnati and has an extensive background in the construction and repair fields. He has participated in multiple on-site safety and OSHA Training courses over five years in maintenance.
"I am so humbled by the residents, who I consider family. I am here to do whatever I can to make them satisfied and happy. One of my resident's moving companies broke an old, but cherished dresser recently. I just so happened to know a virtually identical granite piece I could recycle and retrofit to make the repair. The piece and the personal attention was priceless to her, and her reaction was priceless to me. I believe this type of thing is what I was made to do." Steven's family is his life, including his wife and blended family of five wonderful kids.
Business Officer Manager: Patricia Eilers
Patricia was born and raised in Cheviot, a small town just west of Cincinnati. She was promoted to Business Office Manager with another community more than five years ago and feels it is her calling.
"The decision to come to Traditions was an easy one. I feel our Memory Care program is the best in the country and I enjoy working with seniors and love to hear their stories. I have an open-door policy for team members and residents, including one of my residents who often came to my office to sit and talk. She would arrive very anxious, but leave calmer and able to continue her day with less anxiety and more clarity. I enjoyed talking with her and hopefully easing her mind, and I always appreciate the knowledge and wisdom residents have to share." Patricia has two grown children whom she loves to spend time with, as well as two grand dogs she adores.