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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.

Stacey Gallardo Executive Director: Stacey Gallardo

Stacey sets the tone at Columbus with a distinguished mix of education, healthcare experience and compassion. She holds a Practical Nursing Certificate from Ivy Tech and an Administrators License from Success Development. She was also nominated for the Director of the Year during her time leading an assisted living community in Greenwood.

"We truly love what we do here. This is a very warm and inviting place with a wonderful activity program that is derived from what our residents enjoyed prior to moving to assisted living. And hands down some of the best nurses, most compassionate CNAs and friendliest residents I have ever had the pleasure to serve alongside." Stacey lives in Center Grove with her husband of 10 years, two children, Ella Jo and Eli, and pups Stella and Charlie.

Arielle Beller Community Relations Director: Arielle Beller

Arielle graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the IU School of Social Work and is experienced in Trust-based Relational Interventions and Motivational Interviewing. She has a background in social work, customer service and home health.

"Helping others and serving my community has always been my greatest passion. I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but grew up in Columbus, so it's an honor to be able to work and serve in my hometown. The staff here is amazing and attentive, and my role is to help families through what can be an emotional time. I am committed to this journey together and to our residents and families." Arielle is the proud mother of a five-year-old daughter, Jasmine and is recently engaged.

Brittany Elgar Director of Wellness, LPN: Brittany Elgar

Brittany is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Certified Dementia Practitioner and is CPR certified. She has more than a decade of experience in healthcare and would never ask her nursing staff to do a job or task she wouldn't do herself.

"I worked for a year as a floor nurse before accepting this position, and I always worked hard to let residents and families know they could trust me to take care of them. I want them to feel they can bring any concern to me, and we will do our best to come up with a solution. Nothing is more important as a family member than having peace of mind in knowing your loved one is receiving excellent care and attention. This is why I became a nurse and why I wanted to work in a Traditions community." Brittany is married and has two children, Rylee and Eli.

Jamie Rutherford Culinary Director: Jamie Rutherford

Jamie is a Pro Chef graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. He is ServSafe certified and has more than 26 years of food service experience in hotels, casinos, restaurants and hospitals.

"I cooked with my mother from the time I was young and knew I wanted to pursue a career in culinary. Cooking is an act of service and love in itself. But I also like to serve it with conversation. Relationships form over a good meal, and enjoying food together makes us feel at ease and at home. It's a good feeling to see our residents smile in the dining room." Jamie was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and grew up in Madison, IN. He is proud to come from a military family.

Georgie Robertson Activities Director: Georgie Robertson

Georgie is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Dementia Practitioner and Activities Director.

"We feel like a big family at Columbus. I love to plan special activities for my residents, and we have women's and men's groups, tea parties and so much more during the week. But my favorite thing, and theirs, is to go out together to get burgers or shop, or even just to take a long drive together. They really enjoy it, and I get to hear bits and pieces of their lives, their stories, humor and wisdom." Georgie and her husband, Erik, have five kids: Levi (12), Kaleb (11), Hunter (8), Emmalyn (5) and Mason (3), and two pups, Lydia and Hazel.

Jessica Olson Business Office Manager: Jessica Olson

Jessica was born and raised in Columbus and is a graduate of Columbus North High School.

"I love to meet new people and to help people. Traditions gives me the opportunity to do both. I have the privilege of hearing about our residents' travels and life experiences, and it's so nice to see the joy and laughter when they share funny memories. I am here to serve with energy and enthusiasm and to make a positive impact in any way I can. It feels good to help make a difference in someone's life." Jessica and her husband, Charlie, have been married for three years. They have three children, Willie, CJ and Hazel Mae and one special fur baby named Ozzy.

Michael Reynolds II Maintenance Director: Michael Reynolds II

Michael was born and raised in Greenwood and came to Columbus after hearing great things about the community.

"This is really a beautiful place, and I enjoy when a new resident moves in and I get to spend time with them hanging pictures, helping them get settled and reminiscing with them. It's an honor to help these fine people. Fixing things has always come naturally to me, and it's something that makes our residents feel at home." Michael is the proud dad of three children.

Dementia Certified Practitioner LogoThe Certified Dementia Practitioner® (CDP®) represents those health care and front line staff who have an in-depth knowledge in dementia care. They have received specialized training, met certain requirements, and applied for certification through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). The CDP® program recognizes the need for standards in the area of Alzheimer’s and dementia education, and it helps improve the services provided by health care professionals and frontline staff.

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We love our cottage and the main building. The food is great. The staff is professional and very friendly. I would encourage other family members and friends to move there!
Marshton T.
Awesome staff, gorgeous building, great location.
Bob T.
So cheerful. Lots of activity. Receptionist was very sweet. Love it!
Kelly P.
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