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Our staff of professionals is trained in everything from the latest medical care and therapies to healthy and delicious meal preparation. Yet we make room for compassionate connection with residents to take precedence over the necessities of our job descriptions.

We are skilled professionals, yes. And we are here to connect with you in the spontaneous moments that make your life (and ours) more meaningful.

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Acting Executive Director: Davonna Saier

Davonna earned her BA in Communications from Georgetown College and her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. She serves on the Board of Directors for Women Leading Kentucky, the Lexington Forum and is a graduate of Leadership Lexington. Davonna has also co-chaired an Adult Children of Aging Parents support group for a large Lexington hospital and founded a geriatric care consulting business called Eldercare Ease. She was previously the Community Relations Director for Highgrove at Tates Creek, a nearby Traditions community.

Excited to be back in Georgetown, Davonna frequently speaks at her alma mater about marketing, leadership, and personal branding. She is the VP of the Scott County Chamber’s Women in Business committee. She is also on the board for Georgetown’s United Fine Arts Academy. “I began my career as a Patient Advocate for a large hospital and that’s when I realized I could make a difference for patients and families, especially those facing the challenges of aging. I consider it an honor to support seniors and their families in any way I can.” Davonna loves living in Central Kentucky with her husband, David and two cats.

Community Relations Director: Shay Spradlin

Shay earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. She has spent most of her career in social service advocating for children and young adults. Shay is passionate about helping others and making our community a better place to live.

“I became the primary caregiver for my mother approximately two years ago when her sight became impacted by macular degeneration. My mom has been my biggest supporter and best friend, and has taught me so much about life, love and empathy. So, I am very excited to bring my skill set and passion to Highgrove! It is my honor to serve the residents and see them thrive and have fun in our community.” Shay loves living in downtown Lexington and enjoys yoga, movies and spending time with her friends, family and two cats.

Wellness Director: Erica Russell

Erica has her LPN from KCTCS and is currently pursuing her RN degree at Excelsior College. Born in Joliet, IL, she has lived in Lexington the last several years and loves calling it home. She is the proud mother of her daughter, Sophia, her son, Evan, and three dogs. Her nursing career includes prenatal care through geriatric care.

“It is my honor and privilege to be a part of the Highgrove senior living community. My passion is bringing love and comfort to patients and their families, while providing professionalism, compassion, and emotional support.”

Memory Care Director: Lisa Stamper

Lisa was born and raised in Montgomery County and received her Nurse Aid Certification from KCTC Community College. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

“My goal as Memory Care Director is to create a structured and calm environment. I want our residents to feel safe and happy and I find that this comes naturally when you bring patience and sincere compassion to your job. I take great pride in what my team and I do.” Lisa has two beautiful sons, Cadan (12) and Carson (10).

Activities Director: Melissa Kell

Melissa has been working with seniors for over 17 years and it is truly her love. She loves singing, art and the outdoors, all of which she is able to share with the residents of Highgrove. She is a Kentucky native and lover of dogs…especially her sweet Bella.

“I love my job and feel as though everyone here is like my grandma or grandpa. They bring me such joy and I am so thankful to be at Highgrove.”

Executive Chef: Sarah DiFabio

Chef Sarah grew up in Madisonville, KY and making creative food is in her blood! Her parents opened an Italian restaurant when she was nine years old and she has been cooking ever since. When she’s not making magic in the kitchen, you’ll find her spending time with her three German Shepherds, Guinness, Bianca, and Carly.

“I love making people happy, and it is a true honor to be able to cook healthy beautiful meals for the residents at Highgrove at Tates Creek.”

Business Office Manager: Tierra Newkirk

Tierra was born and raised in Georgetown, KY and holds a BA in Communications from the University of Kentucky.

“I love working with the elderly and building lifelong relationships with their families. I feel honored that they partner with and trust me to help arrange, explain and handle the details.” Tierra and her husband, Joshua have one son, Aiden.