Our People

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.

Executive Director: Jason MorganExecutive Director - Jason Morgan

Jason earned his Bachelor's of Business Managerial Finance and Bachelor's of Business Healthcare Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and was born and raised in Richmond, Kentucky. He has experience across the healthcare spectrum, from consulting to acute care to senior living.

"Serving seniors is where I find meaning, and Highgrove is truly a special community. Our residents share their journeys with us, special memories and lessons, joys and hardships. It makes us all better people to share these experiences. And when I can provide comfort and companionship in a moment of need it is my greatest privilege." Jason is a multi-generational Kentuckian and spends time with his family often. He and his one-year-old Weimaraner also love to navigate the backroads, hike and be homebodies together.

Independent Living Director - Kelsie HulettCommunity Relations 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."

Community Relations Director - Danielle DespardCommunity Relations Director: Danielle Despard

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Midway University and is a Certified Professional Make-up Artist and Oncology Aesthetician.

"For all of us here, this is not a job, but a lifestyle and a privilege to make a difference in someone's life who makes a difference in ours. Traditions is a family of residents and staff who live their best lives together. Care is thoughtfully planned and personalized and we love what we do. It's a joy to work with families and residents and it warms my heart to see how happy Highgrove makes them." Danielle and her eight-year-old daughter, Scarlet have lived in Lexington for close to 17 years.

Memory Care Director - Lisa StamperMemory 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).

Wellness Director - Monie McCullochWellness Director: Monie McCulloch

Monie has a Bachelor's in Nursing and a Master's in Legal Studies with a specialty in Health Care. She has been a nurse for 21 years, specializing in medical surgery, surgery, intensive care and geriatrics.

"I look forward to meeting each and every resident, building relationships with them and caring for them. This is a team effort and we are privileged to serve these wonderful people." Monie and her husband, Dan, have two sons, Colin (25) and Hunter (23), and they foster their ten-month-old niece, Penelope.

Activities Director: Madelyn Bullington

Madelyn has a Psychology degree from Georgetown College, a Master's in Student Affairs in Higher Education and Certificate in Career Services from Western Kentucky University. She is currently working toward a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of the Cumberlands.

"I will do anything I can to meet our residents where they are...sometimes literally. Even if that means inviting them in person or bringing crafts or activities straight to their door. There are so many ways to get involved and always someone with a similar interest that connection feels natural. Plus, everyone is friendly and welcomed me (and others) with open arms." Madelyn and her husband, Jason, live in Lexington with their dog, Buddy. She adores being an aunt to her two nieces and one nephew.

Executive Chef: Kevin Horner

Kevin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management from Sullivan University, one of the top ten culinary schools in the nation. He has been a Chef and Sous Chef at the Arlington Country Club in Richmond, the Hilton Garden Inn in Georgetown and was promoted from Lead Cook to Executive Chef at a large Senior Living Community before being recruited by High Grove.

"My mother was a chef and though my grandmother and great-grandmother were not trained professionally, they all created wonderful food. I remember the chicken and dumplings, but most of all, I remember my grandmother saying that food was more than nourishment, it was a way to create and evoke happy memories. I love the energy in this community--it feels warm and happy. Our residents are like surrogate grandparents to me, so naturally I want to take care of them and cook with compassion. That can mean everything from watching the level of spices, seasoning, texture and bite-size. The most important thing to me is that our residents have an excellent dining experience."

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4251 Saron Dr
Lexington, KY 40515
2022 Senior Living Award

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Highgrove at Tates Creek is located in Lexington, Kentucky. We offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Private Cottages in our senior retirement community. Nursing care and support, along with gracious amenities and lifestyle options are provided to our residents. We are an active adult community, within the Traditions Management family, that can help seniors with aging, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia care.