The Magnolia Springs Way
Who says moving to a senior living community means giving up your sense of independence? Magnolia Springs embraces the fact you are your own person, different, unique, one-of-a-kind—with your own lifestyle, pursuits, and hopes for the future. Even better, we celebrate it! Each and every day. That’s just our way. The Magnolia Springs Way.
As a not-for-profit community, our focus is on residents rather than investors—on the heart, not the pocketbook at Magnolia Springs. So you can feel confident your happiness, safety, and security are our top priorities—all within the context of a financially secure community.
You can be confident Magnolia Springs communities are well-run because they are managed by a proven local executive team and backed by a nationwide leader in senior living—Life Care Services, An LCS® Company.
Magnolia Springs Mission is “to enrich our residents’ lives by fostering a culture and creating a community where everyone we serve is celebrated.” Magnolia Springs Core Values are as follows:
– Serve Others with Heart, Passion and Respect.
– Place Our Residents’ Needs Above All Else
– Provide Outstanding Customer Service and Hospitality
– Act with Integrity
– Provide a Positive Atmosphere for All
– Provide Our Residents with a Lifestyle that Promotes Independence and Choice
– Provide a Culture to Enrich Faith and Strengthen Connections to Family and Friends
– Create Multi-generational Engagement
– Provide a Safe and Secure Home
Laura Frank, Executive Director
Laura has worked in the field of senior living since the age of 14 when she began washing dishes at her family’s nursing home. Growing up around seniors led Laura to a career in Health Care Administration including Skilled Nursing, Memory Care, Home Health Care and Assisted Living. Laura was hired by Magnolia Springs to assist in opening the Bridgewater location. She has been in the role of Executive Director since July, 2013.
Sallie Barnes, Director of Resident Services
Sallie started her career in the field of senior living as a Certified Nursing Assistant as a teenager. Since this time Sallie’s career has spanned a variety of senior housing options including Retirement Homes, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Homes. Following graduation from nursing school Sallie worked as a Staff Nurse then Charge Nurse, and for the last 14,years Sallie has led the nursing and memory care departments of assisted living communities in Indianapolis, Muncie and Anderson. Sallie has served in her position at Magnolia Springs Bridgewater since September, 2013.
Kevin McElroy, Director of Culinary Services
After a brief stint in sales, Kevin was the Quality Assurance Manager for Borders Group Distribution before enrolling in culinary school in Keystone, CO. There, he apprenticed for Vail Resorts and in 2009, graduated with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Colorado Mountain College and the American Culinary Federation.
Kevin was the Executive Chef at Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN until 2011. He left to get into healthcare and took a Sous Chef position at Marquette Manor Retirement Community. In 2012, Kevin accepted an offer to be the Executive Chef at St. Vincent Hospital. He ultimately missed the personal interaction with his residents and returned to senior living with Magnolia Springs!
Valerie Koehring, Business Office Manager
Valerie began her career in healthcare at the age of 19 as a part time Receptionist at an Assisted Living Community in Fishers, Indiana. Valerie transferred into the Activities Department, and also began job sharing with the Business Office Manager shortly thereafter. For the last seven years, Valerie has managed the Business Office of three assisted living communities, Brookdale at Willow Lake, Rittenhouse Senior Living and Magnolia Springs Bridgewater.
Kristin Healey, Director of Life Enrichment
Kristin has worked with children throughout her life including facilitating day camps in high school and college, teaching a class to Girl Scouts so they could receive their Fine Arts patch, and as a camp counselor for kids ages 5-18 at an international summer camp. She also spent two years in Los Angeles as a working actor before moving back to Indianapolis. Kristin has been with Magnolia Springs at Bridgewater since it’s opening in August 2014 starting as an Activity Assistant and then assuming the role of Director of Life Enrichment in 2015. She is excited for the opportunity to continue to grow with the company and looks forward to focusing her creative energy to better serve the community.
Ellen Dial, Director of Community Relations
Ellen has enjoyed a long career in the arena of healthcare sales, marketing and operations. Her career in senior living blossomed over five years ago; driven by the desire to make a difference in the lives of seniors and their families. Ellen has served as the regional director of sales and as an executive director for two of the largest senior living providers in the country.
Along the way, she discovered helping families directly is where her passion lies. The positive culture and commitment to our residents makes Magnolia Springs where she wants to be. Doing the right thing and helping to guide families through this important decision- making process is her goal. She truly believes in the “Magnolia Way”.
When not at work, Ellen writes for a vintage lifestyle blog, she also enjoys spending time with family and reading.
Chris Sottong, Director of Plant Operations
Chris hails from Kokomo Indiana where he assisted with the family Lawn Care Company for more than 30 years. Chris is a graduate of Purdue University earning two Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology in Dec., 1994 and in Supervision in December, 1988. Chris also has a Certificate in Network Administration earned in July 2012.
In addition to the family Lawn Care Company, Chris supervised Technical Associates with Indiana Precision Technology, worked as an IT Support Technician for Indiana University Department of Surgery and has worked with Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation as a Facility Maintenance Technician.
Chris is married to Susie and has two grown step-sons. His hobbies include home improvement and golf. If you frequent either Panara Bread in the early morning or Menards just about any time, odds are you may run into Chris!