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: 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."
Community Relations Director: Kimberly Hieatt
Kimberly is a Louisville native, Assumption High School graduate and University of Louisville alumna. Prior to joining our community, she was a realtor who specialized in finding families their perfect homes.
"My affinity for seniors runs deep. My grandfather had Alzheimer's and my mother was diagnosed at an early age, so I have genuine empathy for how needs can change. In 2015, I merged my two passions by helping seniors find their perfect homes. I will be there every step of the way because I know firsthand how overwhelming moving can be. I will go above and beyond to make seniors feel like a new member of our family, and ensure that they feel loved." Kimberly and her husband, Keith, have been married 30 years and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Move-in Coordinator: Heather Steele
Heather graduated from Cumberland College with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a minor in Psychology. She is originally from Ohio, but has lived in Louisville since 2001 when she moved here for her husband to attend college. She has been married to her husband, Nate for almost 22 years and they have three children, Rachael 18, Aaron 17, and Abby 14. They also recently added a puppy to their family.
"I love helping seniors and making them smile. They have the best stories to tell and I love to sit and visit with them! Every day is filled with new experiences and special relationships. I look forward to making the transition to Traditions a smooth and easy one for residents and their families."
Health and Wellness Director: Chastity Marshall
Chastity has a degree in Health Care Administration, her nursing license, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has extensive experience in the health field.
"I became a nurse because I saw a need for nurses who cared and wanted to make a difference in each life they touch. It can be hard work at times, but the best things usually are. Our residents come first, and Traditions is willing to hear my ideas and let me do what is best for a resident. I love everything about my job, especially knowing that I will help someone today." Chastity and her husband have three children and three grandchildren, and they are a very close-knit family.
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.