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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 […]
Jill Kreider, President - 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, then Vice President of Operations and now serves as the President of Azura Living. Prior to Azura, Jill worked for several years as an Accountant within the ski industry. She received […]
Terrah DeMagistris, Vice President of Human Resources - Terrah DeMagistris is the Vice President of Human Relations and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno with a Bachelor’s degree in business management. Terrah has worked in Human Resources for a decade. However, it was during her a stint in high school as a dietary aid for an assisted living home that she realized her passion […]
Matthew Lyons, Vice President of Development - Matthew Lyons joined Azura Living in 2014 as the Vice President of Development for Azura Living’s new building construction projects. For more than a decade, 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 […]
Susan Schuett, Regional Director of Clinical Services -   Susan joined the Azura Memory Care team in November 2016 as the Regional Nurse for Oconomowoc memory care and has been an invaluable member of the leadership and clinical team. She now serves as the Regional Director of Clinical Services. Susan Schuett has vast experience in many different fields.  She first started as a […]
Heidi Sparks, Director of Accounting - 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 […]
Amanda Montello, Regional Director of Operations - Amanda Montello is the Regional Director of Relations of Azura Memory Care. Amanda is a graduate of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Administration course and is a hands-on manager who truly believes in leading her team by setting the best example. Amanda is also a certified dementia specialist as well as a certified Assisted Living Instructor for […]
Mike Lien, Director of Building Services - Mike Lien joins our Azura family as the Director of Building Services, assisting and overseeing our exceptional maintenance team!  Mike was born and raised in Brookfield, WI where he attended school and received his certification in electronics and also became a licensed fire safety instructor for the state of Wisconsin. Mike joins our team with […]
Justine Barton, Director of Mosaic Training and Engagement -   Justine Barton is our Director of Mosaic Training and Engagement. Prior to that, she was our Executive Director at Azura Memory Care and Assisted Living Justine has been in the industry for 10 years; starting as a certified nursing assistant and then working as an activity director, program coordinator, and then Memory Care Director. […]
Elda Tujani, Regional Director of Operations - Elda is our Regional Director of Operations and oversees the teams in six of our Azura homes. 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 […]

Azura Memory Care of Beloit

Amy Kleifgen, Executive Director - Amy Kleifgen is our Executive Director at our Azura memory care home in Beloit! “I have worked in long term care for almost 30 years working as a CNA when I was 17. I have always enjoyed helping people and making a difference in their lives. In my spare time I enjoy camping, fishing, and […]
Denise Rogers, Licensed Practical Nurse - Denise is our LPN at Azura of Beloit and is a true asset to the team! 

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Azura Memory Care and Assisted Living of Brookfield

Alex Blackburn, Director of Community Relations - Alex is our Director of Community Relations for our Azura of Brookfield home! “I graduated from University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a degree in Recreation Management. I have been working in the senior living industry for the past 9 years. I really enjoy my career, I feel like I can make a positive […]
Gayla Pietruszka, Licensed Practical Nurse - Gayla is our LPN at Azura of Brookfield. She attended nursing school at UW Parkside and transitioned to Gateway Technical College. She has history working in correctional nursing along with long term care and agency. In her free time, Gayla enjoys reading, traveling and family time with her husband and step son. Gayla chose Azura […]
Maritza Kocinski, Regional Nurse - Maritza serves as our regional nurse for our Brookfield memory care homes and is very excited to be a part of the Azura family!   Maritza holds an Associates in Nursing from Madison area technical college. Prior to Azura Maritza worked as a nurse on the Rehab floor to provide high quality care to her patients. […]

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Azura Memory Care of Clinton

Valerie Peralta, Senior Executive Director - Valerie Peralta serves as the Executive Director for Azura Memory Care of Clinton. Valerie has been a part of the Azura family for several years, starting as Team Lead for our Azura of Clinton home. Seeing the great impact she had on our residents and team, Valerie was selected to serve as Executive Director. Her […]

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Azura Memory Care of Eau Claire

Nicole Weber, Executive Director - Nicole is the Executive Director for our Azura of Eau Claire homes. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in long-term care and has spent the last 8 years as an Assisted Living Director.  She has a combination of knowledge, skills and heart to lead our Eau Claire Team! In her free time Nicole loves […]
Amelia Olson, Regional Nurse - Amelia Olson serves as our Regional Nurse in Eau Claire and is very excited to be a part of the Azura team!!

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Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Fox Point

Ross Segel, Executive Director - Ross is our Executive Director at Azura of Fox Point. He graduated from the University of Denver with his master’s in Business Administration. He has worked in management for 12 years, and then managed a home care provider for the last 1.5 years.  In his free time, Ross likes to golf, play tennis, sing karaoke, […]
Michaela Baraglia, Registered Nurse - Michaela Baraglia is the Registered Nurse at our Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Fox Point. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Psychology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Prior to Azura, Michaela worked in cardiac telemetry and trauma nursing. Michaela choose to come to Azura after finding […]
Nicole Schwamn, Licensed Practical Nurse - Nicole is our LPN at Azura of Fox Point! She received her LPN from MATC in Milwaukee. She has worked in the clinic, hospital and skilled nursing to see the spectrum of care. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and traveling!  Nicole chose Azura to be able to provide compassion and care […]
Jennifer Sutherland, Director of Community Relations - Jennifer is our Director of Community Relations for our Fox Point memory care home. She was born and raised in Mequon, WI. She has two adult children who reside in Pittsburgh, PA (don’t worry, they’re still Packer fans). Her educational background includes a degree in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Additionally, she holds […]

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Azura Memory Care of Kenosha

Cantassia Nelson, Executive Director - Cantassia “Tae” Nelson is our Executive Director in Kenosha. Tae went to J.I. Case High School in 2013 and now attends Gateway Technical College to pursue a career in Nursing. Before Azura, she was a director at a different community in Kenosha. In her free time, Tae enjoys reading books, listening to music and dancing […]
Jessica Fritz, Licensed Practical Nurse - Jessica is the nurse for our Azura of Kenosha memory care home!  “I grew up in Racine County and knew I was always going to join the military. Shortly after high school, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and became a member of the USMC military police. While deployed in Japan, with the […]

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Azura Memory Care of Manitowoc

Terra Schneider, Registered Nurse - Terra is our nurse for Azura of Oshkosh and Azura of Manitowoc! She says, “I have 3 children and 6 grand children.  I have 3 fur babies who occupy a lot of my time.  In 1994, I graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.S. in Forestry/Wildlife Conservation, I was literally “the monkey” swinging […]

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Azura Memory Care of Monroe

Cynthia Holst – Executive Director - Cynthia is our Executive Director in Monroe and received her degrees from Blackhawk Tech, MATC and WALA! She worked for 25 years in healthcare starting as a CNA. She started at Azura 3 years ago as a caregiver, then was promoted to House Manager and is now our Executive Director! In her free time, Cynthia […]

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Azura Memory Care of Oak Creek

Ariel Gonzales, Executive Director - Ariel is our Executive Director in training at Azura of Oak Creek – working her way into the full-time Executive Director role. Ariel went to UW Waukesha and completed her CBRF and WALA courses. She started as a caregiver in Oak Creek, then was promoted to House Manager before stepping into the Executive Director in […]
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 […]

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Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc

Kellyn Scarberry, Registered Nurse - Kellyn Scarberry is the Registered Nurse for the Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc. She has been a registered nurse for 10 years and has experience in long-term care, triage nursing, internal medicine, and case management. Prior to becoming a nurse, Kellyn worked in an assisted living environment and had her CNA certification.   “I am beyond […]

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Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh

Terra Schneider, Registered Nurse - Terra is our nurse for Azura of Oshkosh and Azura of Manitowoc! She says, “I have 3 children and 6 grand children.  I have 3 fur babies who occupy a lot of my time.  In 1994, I graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a B.S. in Forestry/Wildlife Conservation, I was literally “the monkey” swinging […]
Calista Wanke, Executive Director in Training - Calista is our Executive Director in Training! She is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, planning to graduate in spring with a bachelor’s in healthcare administration and a business minor. She has a background in life enrichment and dietary at other senior living communities. She is also actively involved in UWM’s Future Healthcare […]

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Azura Memory Care of Sheboygan

Kim Bruntz, Executive Director and Registered Nurse - Kim Bruntz is Azura’s Executive Director and Registered Nurse in Sheboygan!  Kim grew up in the Appleton area, and received her degree from Concordia University in Nursing and Healthcare Administration. Before Azura, she had worked in long term care. In her free time, Kim likes to camp and be an artist! She chose Azura because […]

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Azura Memory Care of Stoughton

Tracy Stanelle, Senior Executive Director - Tracy Stanelle has worked at Azura Memory Care for over 15 years and serves as the Senior Executive Director of our Stoughton memory care home. She utilizes her skills to oversee the care of our family and lends her expertise to our Director, Team, residents and families of our other homes as well. “I feel […]
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 […]

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Azura Memory Care of Wausau

Jami Detjens, Executive Director - Jami Detjens is the Executive Director for Azura Wausau memory care and is very excited for the opportunity to work with your loved one! “I have a Master’s Degree in Human Services from Concordia University of Nebraska. I have worked with adults for twenty plus years. I started my career with developmentally disabled adults, spent […]
Kristi Newton, Registered Nurse - “My name is Kristi Newton and I am the new nurse for the Wausau memory care home. I started in the medical field as a caregiver about 20 years ago and have worked my way up. I have an Associate’s Degree from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau and I am currently enrolled at UW- Green […]

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Azura Living Support Team

Marie Schulist - Marie is our MOSAIC and Engagement Specialist and will be kicking off our Early Memory Loss Program at Azura!  Marie has worked in the senior services industry for 15+ years as the VP Operations & Chief Operating Officer for 2 local home care companies.  Marie is a Certified Dementia Trainer through the industry leading Teepa […]
Brooke Verfuerth, Human Resources Coordinator - Brooke is our Human Resources Coordinator and graduated from UW Madison with her bachelor’s in research in medical microbiology, genetic engineering and life science communication. After being a researcher in the lab for a few years, she realized that she enjoyed talking to others about scientific processes to help them understand and connect. The longer […]
Diane Sparks, Accounts Payable - Diane is a part of our Accounts Payable department and is a wonderful asset to our support center team! 
Tencia Ramos, Accounts Receivable Specialist - Tencia is our Accounts Receivable Specialist and is a wonderful asset to our support center team! 
Carlee Beecher, Human Resources Recruiter - Carlee is one of our recruiters in Human Resources and received her degree from MATC! She has hiring experience with Kwik Trip as she was a former Assistant Store Leader. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog, Huxley (or Huckleberry) on walks, hunting, fishing, photography and anything outdoors! She chose Azura as she […]
Stephanie Yurk, Move-In Coordinator - Stephanie is Azura’s intern, helping with everything operationally until she finishes her degree in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in May of 2023. Azura is Steph’s first look into the healthcare field, and has been able to shadow many different roles. She quickly learned to love Azura and everyone here […]
Aracely Barajas, Payroll Specialist - Aracely is the payroll specialist at Azura. She has 7 years of experience with high volume full cycle payroll. She enjoys the fast pace rhythm her position requires.  Aracely is excited to be a part of a team that believes and follows the core values that Azura stands for.   
Nikki Raasch, Human Resources Recruiter -   Nikki is the Human Resources Recruiter for Azura! She started working in healthcare 15 years ago as a dietary aid, and from there, her love of taking care of residents only grew! She went on to complete her CNA training at Quality Health Care Options. Nikki started working at Azura as the House Manager […]
Patricia Maloney, Culinary Advisor - Patricia serves as our Regional Culinary Specialist and is very excited to be a part of the Azura family!!
Max McClellan, Development Analyst - Max serves as our Development Analyst for Azura. He is a recent graduate of Miami University in Ohio, where he graduated with a degree in Sports Administration. In his free time, Max also enjoying snowboarding and attending concerts! As the development analyst, Max looks through different Wisconsin markets to find new project opportunities for Azura. […]
Peyton Litterick, Marketing Coordinator - Peyton Litterick is Azura’s Marketing Coordinator and a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. “I always knew I wanted to go into healthcare, and after being a CNA for a few years, I found my love for seniors and advocating for those with […]
Landon Boettcher, Senior Human Resource Generalist, SPHR - Landon Boettcher joined Azura Living HR department in 2016.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.  Since his start with Azura, he has obtained both his Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources Certificates. “Growing with Azura has been a wonderful experience,” explained Landon.  […]
Lynda Novitzke, Family Services Advocate - Prior to coming to Azura, Lynda Novitzke owned and operated a state-licensed Adult Family Homes for 15 years.  She served as an Executive Director of our Wausau Memory Care home for a number of years and now works to welcome new families and residents to Azura across the State. “Working at Azura allows me to […]
Laura Volz, Family Services Advocate - Laura Volz joined 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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