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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 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: Abbye Crowe

Abbye holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Public Service Communications from the University of Kentucky and has more than 15 years experience in hospitality management. She was moved to change careers when her parents experienced health issues.

“As the child of a school teacher and state trooper, I was born into a family deeply committed to service. I feel that same level of commitment to caring for our residents. They are my family and my energy is focused on caring for them with the dignity they deserve.” Abbye and her husband, Nate, their two children, Boone and Emmett and four-legged family members, Roland and Sgt. Pepper live in Lexington.

Community Relations Director: Rebekah Nicholas

Rebekah graduated from Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Global Studies. During her time with Traditions, she has loved building genuine relationships with residents. Her goal as Community Relations Director is to reach out to seniors and their families and navigate transitions alongside them, helping them through a life-changing experience.

“There is nothing better than walking through every step of the process with a new resident: from sharing potential struggles living at home or goals in seeking a new way of living, to seeing them take a leap of faith and become part of our community. I have the honor of watching them make new friends, thrive and enjoy life.”

Move-in Coordinator: Lori Anderson

Lori recently retired after 25 years as a teacher to students with special needs. Her retirement lasted six weeks, when she decided to rejoin the workforce as Beaumont’s Move-in Coordinator.

“This is the right place for me. I love the interaction with residents and their families, and the chance to welcome them warmly.”

Wellness Director: Krista Makin

Krista received her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of St. Francis, has her Critical Care Core 1 certificate, Advanced Care Life Support and First Aid/CPR training. She has also been in the Home Health and Geriatrics field for more than 20 years, first in ER and surgical trauma, surgical labor and delivery, med-surg and home health.

“Home health is where I fell in love with my senior clients. There is so much to learn from them! In my years of healthcare experience, I have helped bring life into this world and also been with someone as they passed on from this world. It’s been a profound honor. I am here to make the most of this life together, with positivity and compassion. Kind words can be short and simple, but their echoes are truly endless.” Krista is married to her best friend, Tim Makin and they have three beautiful children and one grandchild.

Memory Care Director: Nancy Piedmonte

Nancy was born in Louisville and has lived most of her life in the Kentuckiana area. She has her BA from the University of Louisville, is a registered midwife, BSN, RN and has been a home health nurse for four years. Nancy has also been a primary caregiver for several family members with Parkinson’s, diabetes, cancer, and MS.

“My father was an aeronautical engineer and my mother a secretary who met in Hollywood, CA while serving during WWII. So I have a deep appreciation for the rich and interesting lives of our elders. My gift and my honor is to provide them calm, compassionate and excellent care, through our Varietas and BBET memory care programs and in every interaction.” Nancy and her husband are proud to have two wonderful adult children.

Executive Chef: Dwayne Delaney

Dwayne was born and raised in the Louisville and Lexington areas, but has lived around the country and world. He has his BA in Business Administration and Business Management and training as a US Army Instructor and Advanced Non-commissioned Officer. Dwayne is Serve Safe Certified and has been an instructor with Marriott Contract Services for both the Toque Blanch and Dining with Dignity programs. He has more than 38 years experience working as a Food Service Manager or Executive Chef in restaurants, healthcare, retirement, assisted living and universities.

“I have worked in food service my entire life, except for the four years I spent in the Army on Tanks. It is what I know and love. In 2008, I had a resident and retired Sergeant Major who was dying of cancer. I addressed him as Sergeant Major each day. The last time I saw him, he saluted me and said ‘Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.’ I returned his salute and said ‘See you on Fiddler’s Green, Sergeant Major.’ It was one of the most meaningful moments of my life. Dwayne has been married to his wife, Cheri for 32 years and has two daughters (Mariah and Nina) and a Shih Tzu, Toby.