Residences at Coffee Creek Team
Meet the Residences at Coffee Creek Team
The Residences at Coffee Creek team is a dynamic group with a passion for serving. We believe in maximizing the lives of those we serve and of their families through respect, compassion and excellence.
Kaitlynn Redmon is the Executive Director of Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, Indiana. As the administrator, Kaitlynn manages the day-to-day operations of the community and ensures positive engagement of residents and team members. Kaitlynn brings a unique balance of experience, infectious energy and an unwavering heart for seniors.
A northwest Indiana native, Kaitlynn brings ten years of senior living experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Indiana University South Bend with a minor in business administration. Kaitlynn is a licensed Indiana Health Facility Administrator and has had extensive training in residential and dementia care throughout her career.
Kaitlynn lives locally with her husband, Alex. When she isn’t working, they enjoy visiting local restaurants and watching the Chicago Blackhawks.
Virginia Behenna is the Director of Resident Services at Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, IN. Virginia has over 20 years of nursing experience and is a graduate of Ivy Tech in Valparaiso. During nursing school, Virginia received the Florence Nightingale Award for providing the best quality nursing care out of her entire graduating class.
Virginia’s lifelong dream since she was 15 years old was to become a nurse and take care of the senior population. Virginia is excited to be apart of the Residences at Coffee Creek team because of the alignment of philosophy and vision, to provide the best and highest quality of care for our residents.
Virginia is committed to making sure our seniors are well taken care of and are at ease with the transition. She is a lifelong resident of La Porte, IN and enjoys bike riding, vacationing with her friends, and spending time with her four grandchildren.
Terry Petre is the Director of Plant Operations at Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, Indiana. Terry has 30+ years of experience in construction and maintenance and studied at Indiana University Northwest.
Terry’s role at Residences at Coffee Creek includes overseeing the physical plant, including maintenance and housekeeping, while serving on the leadership team. His role also includes ensuring safety and security for the entire facility and leading his team in providing the highest quality of technology, infrastructure and maintenance operations for the residents and staff.
As a resident of Chesterton, Terry is excited to serve on the team every day and be available to help the residents and their families enjoy their home at Residences at Coffee Creek.
Heather Schearer is the Director of Human Resources at Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, Indiana. Heather has more than 10 years of experience in human resources. A graduate of DePaul University, Heather studied industrial and organizational psychology.
Heather’s role at Residences at Coffee Creek is to ensure the Human Resources Department runs smoothly and successfully by providing consultation to management as well as handling compensation, benefits, training and development for the entire team. Additionally, Heather develops effective training programs while structuring benefits programs that attract and retain top talent.
Heather lives in Valparaiso. She feels privileged to work for an organization that is positively connected to the community and provides an exceptional quality of life for residents and staff.
Natalie Reisen is the Marketing Coordinator for Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, Indiana. As the Marketing Coordinator, Natalie serves as a key player in supporting new residents and families as they experience the Residence at Coffee Creek’s unique approach to senior living.
Natalie brings six years of healthcare marketing and senior living experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Purdue University North Central and a master’s in business administration from the University of Saint Francis. In addition, she is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Natalie was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. She lives in Valparaiso with her husband Dan and son Elijah.
Julie Collins is the Life Enrichment Director at Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, Indiana. Julie comes to the team with more than 10 years of experience in business, public affairs and leadership within the community. She’s a graduate of Indiana University.
Julie’s responsibilities at Residences at Coffee Creek include giving the residents the best quality of life possible by providing therapeutic, fun and interactive events and activities each day. Julie plans exercise, music, baking, art, excursions, trips, trivia, games and more activities that fill the calendar for Coffee Creek residents.
Julie’s passions include sharing compassion with those around her, providing one-on-one interaction with residents, having fun every day and hearing stories of seniors and the experiences they’ve had in their lives. She and her husband Mike enjoy spending time together with their three teenage children and cheering them on at their sporting events, cooking and baking in her kitchen, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Rondi L. Wightman, MSW, LCSW is the Director of Social Services at Residences at Coffee Creek in Schererville, Indiana. Rondi has extensive experience as a clinical medical social worker and is an advocate for improving health care and access to health care. Her career includes work in solid organ transplantation, mental health and addiction, grief, loss, family systems and active aging.
Rondi’s role as Director of Social Services is to provide support and guidance to our residents and families. Assisting them with the transition to senior living, Rondi helps our residents find meaning and direction in this new phase of life and provides comfort, resources and solutions for family members as well.
She enjoys giving back to her social work profession as a Social Work Intern Supervisor and is an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Saint Francis and Indiana University Northwest.
Rondi serves on the Boards of Directors for the Duneland Seniors, Porter County Aging and Community Services, Westchester Public Libraries and is the Region 1 Representative for the National Association of Social Workers-Indiana Chapter.
Rondi and her husband Greg Stinson enjoy volunteering in their community, traveling and exploring new cuisines.
Peta Harrison is the Executive Chef at Residences at Coffee Creek in Chesterton, Indiana. Peta has extensive experience in international cuisine and senior living. While living in Kenya, as well as Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, Peta owned a catering business for many years. She moved back to the United States recently to be close to family and is pleased to pursue her love of creating great dining experiences and serving the senior population.
Peta’s role at Residences at Coffee Creek is to direct and oversee the culinary experience for residents. She also provides fresh and inspiring dishes for all who dine with us. As Executive Chef, Peta is responsible for planning and directing food preparation, creating new, delicious and nutritious recipes, managing culinary staff, and providing signature dishes for special events.
A resident of Michigan City, Peta enjoys listening to live music, spending time with friends and playing with her grandson.
“Leadership is wonderful. They have a sense of humor and whenever I ask for their help, I get it.” -Dannie N., Resident
“We looked everywhere and this is the best place! Everything is so convenient for us – I don’t care what you need or want, staff takes care of it.” – Joe and Maryanne K., Residents
“I love living at Residences at Deer Creek because the staff is so highly trained and so compassionate. They’re cool and really nice - the nurses, the people in the restaurant, everybody!” -Dannie N., Resident
"I have lived here for over 3 years...We chose Residences at Deer Creek in about 15 minutes, because it seemed to provide all our needs and left a pleasant feeling of relief to us. I might add we have never been prone to making snap judgments. It has been a good fit." -Bob, Resident
“As an independent person, I enjoy the daily life-enriching programs, access to therapy and the open restaurant dining. I never have to cook – who could ask for anything more?” -Louise, Resident
"When we walked in, it was just beautiful. We liked that the Residences at Deer Creek had a good memory care facility because she may need that someday. And everyone is so friendly and helpful." -Rita, Daughter