Karen AyersmanKaren Ayersman is the Executive Director at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana, and has more than 20 years of experience and specialized knowledge in long-term care, skilled nursing and assisted living. Prior to joining Residences at Deer Creek, Karen was a Licensed Health Facility Administrator and preceptor (trainer) of senior living administrators in Wisconsin. In 1996, she moved to Schererville where she met her husband Brian and has since served the Northwest Indiana community. Karen’s role as Executive Director is to develop an outstanding leadership team with the same high level of compassion and desire to serve the residents and their loved ones. She prides herself on making positive changes in the lives of seniors, their families and her staff in the communities she has served. Passionate about continuously engaging in professional training, Karen feels the insight provided alters perspectives and changes the way staff approaches caregiving, along with giving the gift of greater empathy to families who have a loved one with dementia and other chronic conditions. She is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT), meaning she is equipped to prepare front line staff and train health care professionals to become Certified Dementia Practitioners. Karen is most passionate and alive when creating solutions to better the lives of our seniors. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and grandson, traveling with her son to his sporting events, reading and staying active by taking her dog Sasha on long walks.
Loveta Lee is the Director of Resident Services at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana, and has nearly 30 years of experience in geriatric nursing, including long-term care, skilled nursing and assisted living.
Serving on the Nursing Advisory Board for Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (her alma mater), Loveta is passionate about training and mentoring new nurses and CNAs.
Loveta’s role as Director of Resident Services is to train an exceptional care team with the same high level of compassion and ensure that the residents receive the highest quality of care possible.
A strong believer in on-going education, Loveta is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT), so she can prepare front line staff and train health care professionals to become Certified Dementia Practitioners.
In 2016, Loveta was nominated for the Outstanding Nurse Leader Award through the Indiana Assisted Living Association, a state-wide honor, due to her outstanding contribution to the community.
Loveta is passionate about caring for seniors and making their lives as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, traveling and spending time with her church family.
Jennifer Willett is the Business Office Director at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana, and has more than 15 years of experience in banking and office management.
Upon graduating with honors from Purdue University, Jennifer was a personal banker and assistant manager for five years at a local financial institution, Bank Calumet, now known as First Midwest Bank.
During the past nine years, however, she worked in the office manager/business office director capacity for two non-profit arts organizations, South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and two local law firms.
Her passion for working with numbers, coupled with her desire to help others, led her to the health care industry, and she joined the RDC team in August 2015. Jennifer is truly grateful that she can continue to do what she loves in an environment dedicated to caring for seniors and their families.
She enjoys connecting with the residents through their day-to-day activities, as well as learning about their remarkable lives. Jennifer also appreciates the awesome team that she works with every day and feels that she’s found her niche. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, dogs, traveling with her son to hockey games and vacationing with her family.
Bill Reiser is the Director of Plant Operations at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana, and has more than 30 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in building and facility maintenance at health care facilities in Northwest Indiana.
In his role as Director of Plant Operations, Bill ensures that the residents are safe, happy and comfortable. Bill prides himself on being a reliable resource to both residents and staff.
Bill is most passionate about going above and beyond to problem solve in a creative way. He enjoys the tangible way he can help to improve the lives of our seniors by crafting custom solutions to meet their needs.
He also enjoys connecting with and getting to know the residents, learning about their lives and their wealth of knowledge and experience.
Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, children and five grandchildren. He loves being outdoors; hunting, fishing and playing recreational baseball are some of his favorite pastimes.
Shelley Cohs is the Director of Human Resources at Residences at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana, and has more than 20 years of experience along with specialized education.
She holds her Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) degree and belongs to the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), holding her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) credential. She went on to obtain her SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Shelley is passionate about creating a safe, high quality environment in which both residents and staff can thrive. Prior to joining Residences at Deer Creek, Shelley worked for the Visiting Nurses Association, a patient-focused provider of aging, hospice, palliative and grief support services in Northwest Indiana. Here, she gained an understanding of and a love for senior care. Prior to that, she worked for the American College of Healthcare Executives in Chicago.
Shelley loves partaking in the residents’ daily lives and takes great pride in hiring quality, caring staff. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, teaching Sunday school and helping with youth group activities, gardening and spending time with friends.
Vanessa Schiola is the Executive Chef at Deer Creek in Schererville, Indiana. She has more than 20 years of experience with fine dining, catering, and menu planning and development, as well as in senior living.
As Executive Chef, Vanessa creates and provides beautiful, delicious and healthy meals for residents, guests and employees. Her culinary philosophy is that food and shared dining experiences bring people together, creating an opportunity for community, laughter and joy.
Passionate about bringing joy to our residents through food, Vanessa enjoys creating a menu that appeals to everyone. Her menus typically reflect a fusion of familiar classics with a surprising twist. She loves seeing families join their loved ones in the restaurant for meals, laughing and chatting as they enjoy “food for the soul.”
With Vanessa’s expertise, Residences at Deer Creek has won awards through the Taste of Care food competition for three consecutive years. Vanessa feels strongly that the community wins so many awards because the team cares so much.
In her free time, Vanessa enjoys keeping up with industry trends in food, healthy cooking and senior living. She also enjoys animals, movies, concerts, muscle cars and traveling with her husband – especially on their annual Disney vacation.
Marcia Zeller is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Residences at Deer Creek. In this role Marcia assists new residents and their families secure the answers they need to find the best living arrangements in our warm and welcoming community.
Marcia brings 30 years of sales experience from the Hospitality industry. In this role she was an Ambassador with the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and member of the Lake County Library Board.
Marcia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. Born in Illinois, she moved to Northwest Indiana 18 years ago when she married her husband Bill. She enjoys chatting with the seniors and seeing their eyes light up when they share their life stories.
As the Director of Social Services, Lindsey assists residents and their families in identifying and dealing with social, emotional, psychological, spiritual and environmental factors as they affect overall well-being.
Lindsey brings nearly twenty years of social services experience working with the senior population in a variety of settings such as home health, hospice, assisted living, memory care, and outpatient therapeutic services.
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University.
Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughter play softball.
Emily Nock discovered her true passion, working with seniors, while she gained experience planning general therapeutic recreation programs for the Northwest Special Recreation Association in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Now Emily brings that expertise to Residences at Deer Creek as Life Enrichment Director, as well as her special gift in connecting with residents, families, and peers. She and her team lead the design and implementation of outstanding programs developed to meet the psychosocial needs of our residents, including their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs.
Born in Warington, UK, Emily’s family came to Naperville, Illinois when she was age four. She obtained a BS degree in Recreation and Parks Administration with a Sequence in Therapeutic Recreation from Illinois State University. Emily is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Certified Club Wellness Trainer, and is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention.
Emily has been trained to use the “Snoezlen Room,” a distinguishing feature of Residences at Deer Creek’s Memory Care community. Continuing staff education on using this controlled multisensory environment to create either a soothing or a stimulating experience will be an important skill she will share.
Emily values family; to be closer to her sister and toddler nephew, she not only made the move to Dyer, but also recently married. She enjoys swimming—especially diving and water polo. She also finds time to read, enjoying the ethical dilemmas of Jodi Picoult novels.
We welcome Emily’s drive to “always be doing something of value,” however the way of making others happy comes to her. We believe she will find many ways to serve with passion and expertise at Residences at Deer Creek.