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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 Sales and Communication - 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 […]
Laura Volz, Director of Community Relations – Oconomowoc - 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 […]
Tammy Pence, Director of Community Relations – Stoughton and Monroe - 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 […]
Shannon Hogue, Executive Director – Kenosha Southport - During her 20 years in the healthcare field, Shannon Hogue has held many different leadership roles including assisting adults with traumatic brain injury, mental illness and developmental disabilities. As the Executive Director for our Kenosha homes she helps to work with the Team to ensure all of the residents get the proper care they need and are treated with dignity […]
Lynda Novitzke, Executive Director – Wausau and Oshkosh - 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 […]
Kelly Atkins, Director of Community Relations- Wausau and Oshkosh - 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 […]
Emily D’Angelo, Senior Executive Director – Oak Creek - Emily D’Angelo obtained her Bachelors of Social Work from UW-Whitewater and a Masters of Social Work from UW-Madison.  Emily enjoys learning about mental illness and how depression and dementia can sometimes correlate. As a Senior Executive Director for Azura Memory Care, Emily’s primary role is to oversee the care provided at our Azura Memory Care of Oak Creek […]
Tracy McWilliam, Senior Executive Director – Stoughton - 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. […]
Mary Rogers, Executive Director – Clinton - 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 always […]
Bunny Curry, Regional Nurse – Eau Claire - 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 […]
Jeannette Sroka, Regional Nurse – Manitowoc, Oshkosh and Sheboygan - 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 […]
Amanda Montello, Executive Director – Beloit - Amanda Montello is the Executive Director for our Azura Memory Care of Beloit home and as with many of our Directors at Azura, Amanda first began her career as a CNA.  A graduate of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Administration course, she is a hands-on manager who truly believes in leading her team by setting the […]
Susan Schuett, Executive Director – Oconomowoc - 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. She has supported the team, residents and families and is excited to provide even more support in her position as Executive Director.  Susan Schuett has vast experience […]
Azura Memory Care welcomes Christine Murphy as their new Regional Nurse for their Clinton and Stoughton locations. Christine Murphy, Regional Nurse-Beloit, Clinton and Monroe - 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 […]
Azura of Oak Creek DCR-Denise Jurecki Denise Jurecki, Director of Community Relations- Oak Creek - Denise is the Director of Community Relations for Azura’s newest home in Oak Creek, WI. Denise studied nursing and social services at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point. She has worked in hospital , home health, hospice admissions and business development, and has served as Director of Social Services for a skilled nursing facility. She previously […]
Katie Fennell-Director of Community Relations, Eau Claire Katie Fennell, Director of Community Relations-Eau Claire - 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 […]
Amelia Sorenson, DCR, Beloit and Clinton Amelia Sorenson, Director of Community Relations-Beloit and Clinton - Amelia steps into the Beloit and Clinton Director of Community Relations role after serving as an EXCEPTIONAL Quality of Life Coordinator for our Azura Memory Care of Beloit home. She has a diverse educational background, including an associate’s degree in engineering, a CNA license from the state of Illinois and is a certified cognitive stimulation […]
Julie Gey-DCR Kenosha Julie Gey, Director of Community Relations-Kenosha - 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 […]
Mike Hintz, Regional Nurse-Kenosha - 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. […]
Kimberly Valdez, Executive Director-Kenosha Pierhead - Kimberly Valdez comes to Azura Memory Care of Kenosha with 8 years of experience working in dementia care, primary care clinics and emergency medicine. She obtained her Associates of Applied Science degree from Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI and is currently completing her Bachelors of Science in Medical Management from Aspen University. In her free […]
Kari Wimmer, Director of Community Relations-Manitowoc and Sheboygan - Kari Wimmer joins our Azura family of care as the Director of Community Relations for our Manitowoc and Sheboygan locations. Kari received her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in communications and has 25 years of marketing communications, healthcare marketing, corporate and non-profit experience.  “I believe in providing exceptional service and using a compassionate approach to understanding […]
Michele Peterson, Executive Director- Oshkosh - 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 […]
Jagu Gopar, Regional Nurse-Kenosha - Jagu Gopar has been a registered nurse for 21 years and graduated with a Bachelors in Science Nursing Degree from The Ohio State University in 1996.  Jagu started her career working in mental health nursing with a focus on gerontology.  Jagu has experience working in vast nursing settings including hospital, clinic, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, […]
Jami Nowak, Executive Director- Manitowoc and Sheboygan - 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 […]
Jessica Lauer, Executive Director-Eau Claire - Jessica has served as a Wisconsin Assisted Living Administrator since 2001. Jessica obtained a Bachelors of Science degree and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  Jessica was born and raised in Rockford, IL. and enjoys hiking in Colorado in her free time.  I chose Azura because my passion is dementia care,” stated Jessica. “And Azura […]