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: 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.
Community Relations Director: Laura Donovan
Laura attended Indiana University - Purdue University Columbus and IU Bloomington and has worked with families and children of all ages for more than 20 years.
"I always encourage people to visit our community and talk with our staff and residents. It's such a warm and welcoming place and you feel it when you spend a little time with us. One of my favorite things to do is seek out situations with residents where I can listen. They have so much to share and the relationships are rich and fulfilling for all of us." Laura is married to Ed, has one stepdaughter, Jenelle and three daughters, MacKenzie, Sidney and Delaney.
Move-in Coordinator: Ashlyn Booth
Ashlyn was born and raised in Columbus, graduated high school a year early and has her CNA and Medical Assistant Certifications.
"My mother had a stroke at a young age and has difficulty with day-to-day activities. She is my best friend and one of the people I admire most in the world. My father is the other and is one of the hardest working people I've ever met. So I empathize with families who have to make tough decisions about getting the care their loved one needs. This is a place I would trust to take care of my mom one day. Our residents are our family and we care for them the way you'd want to be cared for yourself. Also, the food is delicious!"
Director of Wellness: Michael Keller
Michael has a diploma from the Deaconess Hospital of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Southeast and a Certificate of Principles of Advanced Nursing Administration from the US Army. He was one of the architects of the Camp Atterbury Soldier Readiness Process and has been a registered nurse for close to 40 years, with experience in critical care, emergency services (seven of which were practiced from a helicopter), substance rehab and deployment health.
"I have had the honor of delivering a few new lives into the world and of sharing the last moments of a person's life. I chose nursing because I felt like it would be more rewarding than being a microbiologist (my original goal), and I've not regretted that decision for one minute. I have the privilege of walking friends and families through their life experiences. I like the idea that I once again can work with a small community and a cohesive team to care for each other and our residents." Michael has four children, three sons and a daughter. His two oldest boys, Joseph and Luke, are high school teachers in Southern Indiana. His twins, Avery and Olivia, graduated from CSA New Tech last May.
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.
Activities Director: Elizabeth Anne Wetherald
Beth graduated from IUPUI with a Liberal Arts degree and is a certified Master Gardener.
"I'm a very creative, hands-on artist, planner and communicator. I especially like to incorporate music into everything we do, in particular, music from the Big Band era. We are always singing while we create, play games and exercise and it brings up memories, joy and fun. When one of the residents and I were listening to music and singing the other day, I asked her if she and her husband used to dance. She told me about a place they went in Boston. I searched it up on my laptop, and we watched a mini documentary on the place. She said it brought back memories she had forgotten, and we laughed and cried together. Traditions feels like home and I'm so lucky to spend time with our residents." Beth was married for 27 years to the father of her children, a daughter(36), a son (28) and a son who passed away when he was 30 in 2017. Beth and her second husband have been married for 13 years and he has three children and 11 grandchildren, all of whom live in Ohio.
Culinary Director: Andrew Ardapple
Andrew was born and raised in Lafayette and began working in assisted living when he was just 16 years old. He began his career as a server in high school and worked in a variety of departments throughout the community. He always gravitated back to the kitchen.
"Traditions allows me to be creative with recipes, to interface with my residents and get to know them so that I can create and serve them meals they love. That feels like something substantial to me, making a difference in someone's life and having the ability to make them happy." Andrew and his partner moved to Indianapolis four years ago.
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.