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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Executive Director: Abbye Crowe
Abbye holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Public Service Communications from the University of Kentucky and has more than 15 years experience in hospitality management. She was moved to change careers when her parents experienced health issues.
"As the child of a school teacher and state trooper, I was born into a family deeply committed to service. I feel that same level of commitment to caring for our residents. They are my family and my energy is focused on caring for them with the dignity they deserve." Abbye and her husband, Nate, their two children, Boone and Emmett and four-legged family members, Roland and Sgt. Pepper live in Lexington.
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).
Independent Living Director: Kelsie Hulett
Kelsie graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and Bluegrass Community and Technical College and grew up in a neighborhood close to Highgrove. She began with us as a part-time receptionist and was promoted to Move-in Coordinator shortly after. She was recently promoted as the community’s first Independent Living Director.
“I’ve traveled and lived in different places, but I’m always drawn back to my Kentucky home. I have been blessed with a caring heart, and am happy to encourage, uplift and bring joy to seniors as they take on a new chapter of life. I love that I can be a confident counselor to our future residents during this time. Our community is filled with people who truly care about the well-being and happiness of our residents, and I am so proud to be a part of it."
Move-in Coordinator: Mandy Dryer
Mandy was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in Lexington. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and is pursuing a degree in business at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Mandy began her career at Highgrove as a CNA and was promoted after a year to Move-in Coordinator.
"I think communication is one of the most important things when it comes to our residents and families being comfortable at Highgrove. It's important to me that families are aware what is going on with their loved ones. Sometimes the residents forget to call, so I like to remind them or even call for them. I love being one more person they can count on." Mandy has a twin sister who is studying business at the University of Kentucky.
Executive Chef: Doug Brown
Doug has a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of Florida and more than 20 years kitchen experience in luxury hotels and fine dining establishments throughout New Jersey and the Bluegrass region. He also once catered the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"I was born into a family who owned Brown's Food Service in Louisa, KY and my grandparents had a big impact on my life in and out of the kitchen. I've always loved watching people enjoy my food, and the best part of the day is seeing my residents full and satisfied after enjoying a meal. I know how much they love Happy Hour, so I've been working on new tasty bites for their favorite part of the day, too. It's very gratifying to work among people you enjoy so much." Doug is the proud dad to two daughters, ages 13 and 21.