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Team Members

One of our five Core Values at Azura Memory Care is that, “We hire and RETAIN the finest people.”

This isn’t some slogan that we follow, but a true belief that when you have the best people in the right positions and you use their talent and passion effectively, you will provide exceptional care!

We would like to introduce you to the amazing Team that brings the heart of Azura’s transformation of memory care to life!

Josh McClellan, Owner and CEO - Josh McClellan spent ten years as founder and President of McClellan Health Systems Inc. (MHS). Through strategic acquisitions and development, MHS grew from a single, skilled nursing facility to a leading regional healthcare provider with six full-service retirement communities, caring for over 650 residents. The company philosophy was simple: create a supportive family environment where […]
Paula Gibson, Regional Director of Communications and Engagement - Paula Gibson is the Regional Director of Sales and Communication for Azura Memory Care, which provides a safe, loving and secure home for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in numerous locations throughout Wisconsin.   Paula is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Trainer, Certified Cognitive Stimulation Provider, Certified Challenging Behaviors Trainer, CBRF […]
Jill Kreider, Vice President of Operations - Jill Kreider has been with Azura Living since the spring of 2010 when she joined the Team as an Accountant. She was then promoted to Corporate Controller and now currently serves as the Vice President of Operations, supporting the financial and operational Team that serves all of Azura Memory Care. Prior to Azura, Jill worked for several years as […]
Kim Lane, Director of Operations and Quality Assurance - Kim Lane joined the Azura Memory Care team in 2018 as the Director of Operations and Quality Assurance. She is a leader and a team player who believes all roles in the company are of high value in order to provide dignified lives for seniors. She was born and raised in Wisconsin, moved to Florida […]
Terrah DeMagistris, Director of Human Resources - Terrah DeMagistris graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a Bachelor’s degree in business management and has worked in Human Resources for over 7 years. However, it was during her a stint in high school as a dietary aid for an assisted living home that she realized her passion for people.  From there she set out […]
Debra Gillett- Regional Director of Clinical Services Debra Gillett- Regional Director of Clinical Services - Debra began her career in healthcare as a nursing assistant in a nursing home many years ago. Her love of the elderly came naturally to her. She states that she has always felt that caring for elders was a way to ‘give back’ for everything they had sacrificed and done to ensure that our freedoms […]
Heidi Sparks, Support Center Accountant - Heidi Sparks has over 17 years of accounting experience and a great passion for the medical field.  She has a bachelors degree in accounting and a masters degree in business. Heidi wanted to join Azura because it gives her the best of both worlds, with her love of numbers and her passion for individuals who live […]
Matthew Lyons, Director of Development - Matthew Lyons joined Azura Living in 2014 as the Director of Development for Azura Memory Care’s new building construction projects. Over the past 13 years, Matthew has been active in debt, equity, structured finance, investment and development of commercial real estate assets. He brings this experience to Azura Living to facilitate growth through the development of […]

Azura Memory Care of Beloit

Jennifer Weltzin, Executive Director - Jennifer serves as our Executive Director for our Azura Memory Care of Beloit home. Jennifer has worked in long-term care assisted living for 21 years. Jennifer started out as a Resident Assistant, was promoted to a Care Coordinator and then later served as an Administrator. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her […]
Christine Murphy, Regional Nurse - Christine Murphy was born and raised in the Rockford, Illinois area. She currently resides in South Beloit, Illinois with her husband and 4 children. Christine obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. Anthony’s College of Nursing in Rockford. She has been a nurse for 12+ years, with experience in NICU, Cardiovascular and long term […]
Jennifer Bowman, Director of Community Relations - Jennifer Bowman joins Azura’s family of care as the Director of Community Relations for Azura of Beloit and Clinton. She brings with her nearly 20 years of health care marketing and public relations experience. She lives in Rockford, IL. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.  She is an […]

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Azura Memory Care of Clinton

Mary Rogers, Executive Director - Mary Rogers  is the Executive Director for Azura Memory Care of Clinton.  A graduate of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Administrator Program she has worked at Azura Memory Care for over a decade.  Mary started out at Azura as a caregiver, then Team Lead and now serves in her current position of Executive Director. “I have […]
Christine Murphy, Regional Nurse - Christine Murphy was born and raised in the Rockford, Illinois area. She currently resides in South Beloit, Illinois with her husband and 4 children. Christine obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. Anthony’s College of Nursing in Rockford. She has been a nurse for 12+ years, with experience in NICU, Cardiovascular and long term […]
Jennifer Bowman, Director of Community Relations - Jennifer Bowman joins Azura’s family of care as the Director of Community Relations for Azura of Beloit and Clinton. She brings with her nearly 20 years of health care marketing and public relations experience. She lives in Rockford, IL. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.  She is an […]

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Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire

Desiree Gavin, Executive Director - Desiree has over 15 years experience in health care, specializing in gerontology. Her passion goes hand in hand with Azura’s core values. Leading a great team comprised of staff from all walks of life, Desiree believes in making a difference through excellent partnerships and relationships. As the Director of Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire, […]
Bunny Curry, Regional Nurse - Bunny Curry has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, then as a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Registered Nurse with a position in Neuro-Peds-Trauma and NIC unit for many years. Bunny first became associated with Azura when she had a family member living at Azura Memory Care.  Shortly thereafter, Bunny became a permanent member of the Azura […]
Christina Baker, Regional Nurse - Azura welcomes Christina Baker as our part-time Nurse for our homes in Eau Claire. Christina graduated in 2018 from CVTC with her associates degree in Nursing. Christina started her career as a Med Tech in an assisted living community and fell in love with the field and the memory care population. She has been working […]
Katie Fennell-Director of Community Relations, Eau Claire Katie Fennell, Director of Community Relations - Katie Fennell comes to Azura with a degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and with extensive knowledge and experience in marketing, business development, assisted living management and community relations for both assisted living and memory care communities. Katie has a passion for educating and supporting community members and families on […]

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Azura Memory Care of Kenosha

Robin Wade, Executive Director - Robin joined our Azura Family as the the Household Manager for our Kenosha homes and now serves as the Executive Director. Robin started her career in healthcare as a caregiver when she was 16 years old and a few years later became a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. Robin was also a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and […]
Mike Hintz, Regional Nurse - Mike obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from National Louis University. He has had 25 years of RN experience, including 5 years in assisted living and long-term care. Mike has a collie named Kayla, listens to rock (he plays bass) and enjoys working with motors. He is fascinated with architecture, which includes anything from Frank Lloyd Wright. […]
Kate Stephan-Cothell, Director of Community Relations - Kate Stephan-Cothell joined the Azura team as the Director of Community Relations in Kenosha, WI. She has over 20 years of marketing and public relations  experience in the nonprofit human services sector, primarily in the Kenosha and Racine communities. Additionally, she has worked in hospice as a community liaison. Kate was born and raised in […]

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Azura Memory Care of Manitowoc

Jami Nowak, Executive Director - Jami Nowak has been a part of the Azura family of care for 2 years having worked previously in long-term care for 18 years. Jami started working in long-term care as a caregiver and has a true passion for helping people. Jami completed her associates and bachelors degree studies in Administration of Justice.  “I chose […]
Charmaine Frisch, Regional Nurse - Charmaine joins our family of care as the Regional Nurse for our Azura of Manitowoc home. Charmaine started her Nursing career as a Nursing Assistant in a skilled nursing facility and later went on to obtain her certification. She then went on to get her Nursing degree in 1993. Since then, she has continued to […]
Amber Perrington, Director of Community Relations - Amber joins the Azura Memory Care family as the Director of Community Relations for Azura of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Oshkosh. Amber attended UW-Fond du Lac for Business Administration and a few short years later,  she had the opportunity to move to Germany and jumped at the chance to do so. She lived there for 3 […]

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Azura Memory Care of Oak Creek

Elda Tujani, Executive Director - Prior to joining Azura Memory Care, Elda worked as a CBRF Administrator for many years. Her love for the elderly and, more specifically, those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias began at a young age when she took a job as a CNA in a memory care facility. After nearly two decades of experience in memory […]
Linda Tveita, Regional Nurse - Linda graduated from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1986 in Community Health Education where she became passionate about teaching health and wellness for all ages.  Her internship included teaching chair exercises at an elderly complex and it was then that she knew this was the age group she loved to work and engage in the […]
Julie Gey-DCR Kenosha Julie Gey, Director of Community Relations - Julie comes to Azura with over 10 years of experience working with seniors. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Ottawa University and her passion is making a difference in the lives of others and helping families battling the challenges of dementia. She has experience in both home care and Memory Care settings and thoroughly enjoys […]

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Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc

Amanda Montello, Executive Director - Amanda Montello has been the Executive Director for our Azura Memory Care of Beloit home for the past two years and was recently promoted to serve as the Executive Director at our Azura of Oconomowoc home.  Amanda is a graduate of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Administration course and is a hands-on manager who truly believes […]
Susan Schuett, Regional Nurse - Susan joined the Azura Memory Care team in November 2016 as the Regional Nurse for Oconomowoc and has been an invaluable member of the leadership and clinical team.  Susan Schuett has vast experience in many different fields.  She first started as a CNA in a nursing home where she worked for 14 years, followed by […]
Laura Volz, Director of Community Relations - Laura Volz joins Azura Memory Care with a broad range of industry knowledge. She has an extensive background in marketing; working with assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and other healthcare providers. In addition, she served on a Board of Directors, Foundation Board and marketing committee for a skilled nursing facility. Laura’s devotion to […]

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Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh

Michele Peterson, Executive Director - Michele Peterson joins our Azura family of care as the Executive Director for Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh. Michele graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors in Nursing, and in 2011, a Master’s degree. Michele grew up in Milwaukee, WI but now resides in Neenah, WI. “I got into this field because I love working […]
Jeannette Sroka, Regional Nurse - Jeannette Sroka, Regional Nurse for Azura Memory Care has worked in long-term care for over 23 years and absolutely loves what she does. Most recently Jeannette served as the Care Services Manager in the Sheboygan area and is a certified Community-Based Residential Facility Medication Class Trainer, first-aid and choking, and standard precautions trainer. “My favorite part […]
Amber Perrington, Director of Community Relations - Amber joins the Azura Memory Care family as the Director of Community Relations for Azura of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Oshkosh. Amber attended UW-Fond du Lac for Business Administration and a few short years later,  she had the opportunity to move to Germany and jumped at the chance to do so. She lived there for 3 […]

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Azura Memory Care of Sheboygan

Jami Nowak, Executive Director - Jami Nowak has been a part of the Azura family of care for 2 years having worked previously in long-term care for 18 years. Jami started working in long-term care as a caregiver and has a true passion for helping people. Jami completed her associates and bachelors degree studies in Administration of Justice.  “I chose […]
Christine Tenpas, Regional Nurse - Christine Tenpas serves as the Regional Nurse for our Azura Memory Care of Sheboygan homes. Christine has worked in healthcare for 30+ years serving as a cook, CNA and RN since 1994. In her free time, she enjoys doing arts and crafts, gardening, golfing and enjoying the great outdoors!
Amber Perrington, Director of Community Relations - Amber joins the Azura Memory Care family as the Director of Community Relations for Azura of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Oshkosh. Amber attended UW-Fond du Lac for Business Administration and a few short years later,  she had the opportunity to move to Germany and jumped at the chance to do so. She lived there for 3 […]

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Azura Memory Care of Stoughton

Tracy Stanelle, Senior Executive Director - Tracy McWilliam has worked at Azura Memory Care for over 15 years and serves as the Executive Director of our Stoughton home. She now utilizes her skills to continue to oversee the care of our family in Clinton and lends her expertise to our Director, Team, residents and families of our Beloit home as well. […]
Aimee Zingg, Regional Nurse - Aimee grew up in Middleton, WI and moved to Colorado in 2003, where she attended Denver School of Nursing.  For as long as she can remember, she has always wanted to be a nurse.  Aimee’s first job out of nursing school was actually working for Azura of Lakewood, in Lakewood Colorado. Today, Aimee serves as our […]
Tammy Pence, Director of Community Relations - Tammy Pence is the Director of Communications for our homes in Stoughton and Monroe.  She has over 28 years of experience working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.  Certified as a MOSAIC Connections Trainer, Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator and Cognitive Stimulation, Tammy is able to speak to many aspects of the disease […]

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Azura Memory Care of Monroe

Valerie Peralta, Executive Director - Valerie Peralta has been a part of the Azura family for 5 years as a Team Lead at our Azura of Clinton home. Seeing the great impact she has had on our residents and team, Valerie was selected to serve as the Executive Director for our Monroe home. We know her leadership skills and her […]
Christine Murphy, Regional Nurse - Christine Murphy was born and raised in the Rockford, Illinois area. She currently resides in South Beloit, Illinois with her husband and 4 children. Christine obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. Anthony’s College of Nursing in Rockford. She has been a nurse for 12+ years, with experience in NICU, Cardiovascular and long term […]
Tammy Pence, Director of Community Relations - Tammy Pence is the Director of Communications for our homes in Stoughton and Monroe.  She has over 28 years of experience working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.  Certified as a MOSAIC Connections Trainer, Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator and Cognitive Stimulation, Tammy is able to speak to many aspects of the disease […]

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Azura Memory Care of Wausau

Lynda Novitzke, Executive Director - Lynda Novitzke has owned and operated state-licensed Adult Family Homes for the last 15 years.  These homes specialized in helping those with traumatic brain injuries, mental illness and developmental disabilities.  In her role as Executive Director for our Wausau and Oshkosh homes, Lynda works with the Team to ensure that the residents are cared for […]
Carrie Becker, Regional Nurse - Carrie has been a Registered Nurse since 2008.  She has past experience in Acute Care on a Cardiac Unit, Long-Term Care as a floor nurse, reimbursement coordinator, and part of the management team, and Assisted Living Communities (Both AL and MC) as Wellness Director and Regional RN. Carrie was born and raised in Central WI.  […]
Kelly Atkins, Director of Community Relations - Kelly Atkins comes to Azura with a passion to help those living with dementia as well as their families. Her extensive background working in hospice and pharmaceutical sales helped prepare her to assist families and their loved ones as they navigate through the disease of dementia. Kelly also enjoys educating the community and increasing awareness […]

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