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 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.
Community 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 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."
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."