Marti has a solid Smith background, having served 14 years as the director of food service operations for both Smith Village and our sister campus, Smith Crossing, in Orland Park. In addition, Marti is a licensed nursing home administrator. “My goal is to make residents feel this is their home and they do have a say in things. It’s important that I and members of my entire team are careful to remember we’re in their home and to keep everyone safe and comfortable.”
Our dedicated leaders are what sets us apart and brings us all together as one big family. They provide the foundation for service excellence and the highest quality of care that can be found throughout the Smith Village community to benefit residents, their families and fellow team members alike.
Meghan sees Smith Village as her extended family. Her role combines overseeing the life enrichment staff, coordinating memory care activities, and conferring with the families of residents in assisted living. In addition to spending time with staff and residents in assisted living and skilled nursing care, she is responsible for their management, scheduling and budgeting.
“When a resident asked me, ‘Where have you been all my life?’,” explains Tammy, “I felt great to know she was counting on me and I can help.” Tammy finds that residents and employees share the goal of taking care of everyone in the community. “It’s a great place to work and a great place to live.”
Kelley thinks older adults “ask all the right questions and get right to the point,” which can be really helpful to her in her role of finding the best way Smith Village can help a new resident. She evaluates the full spectrum of needs for each incoming skilled nursing care and short-term stay rehab resident to best understand their wants and needs. And she looks forward to exchanging greetings with them when they’re residing here.
Tom is proud of Smith Village’s outstanding reputation in the Beverly community. “We continue to invest all our efforts in improving the lives of our residents. We have a close family atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.”
Megan says she really looks forward to coming to work every day. “This is my home away from home. It’s a pleasure to see such smiling and friendly faces each morning. The staff and residents are special to me because they are my extended family.”
“My grandmother lived at Smith Village. It was affirming to see her thrive and receive the care she needed,” Libby says. “That’s why I feel positive about working here.” That feeling is reinforced by talking with people who are thinking about moving to Smith Village. “They’re eager to share the experiences they’ve earned and I learn from them too.”
Theresa enjoys getting to know residents and their families on a personal basis. “The best part of my job is the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful community of people, the staff and the residents,” she says. “There is so much to learn from their experience.”
One of the best parts of Diego’s job is seeing the joy expressed by residents and their guests when they savor the food his team has prepared. “It’s the highlight of their day and mine too.” He precedes each meal with a team rally to build spirits, gives them a briefing on the menu, and leads a quick game or two “to pump them up.”
Nuha makes sure residents not only eat food that’s healthy for them but also enjoy what’s on the menu. So she “makes the rounds” during mealtimes. “I learn from residents; they teach me something new every day — be it life lessons or what they enjoy ordering in our dining rooms. Like everyone who works here, I want their experience to be the best.”
Anne spent a lot of time with her elderly mother when she was hospitalized and she concentrated on what her >cap Mom?> mom wanted to eat. “It was then I decided to focus my career to help others too.” She feels her co-workers are “so helpful and warm. Smith Village isn’t just a place to work but a family that works together, and that goes for employees and residents.”
In 1997, Alice joined Smith Village dining services. By taking advantage of employee training opportunities, she prepared herself for greater responsibilities, including overseeing dining services for Assisted Living residents. “It’s important to go beyond, to learn and try new things,” she says. “Residents are like family to me. I love making them smile.”
Dr. Sadok is committed to educating residents, families and staff about health issues facing older adults. “My years as a doctor have taught me that health challenges for patients also affect their families.” On the staff of Little Company of Mary, Advocate Christ, and Holy Cross hospitals, his goal is “to ensure that Smith Village remains a caring, supportive community.”
“Every day here is different, an adventure,” says Kelly. She particularly likes listening to residents’ stories of growing up, countless of them in the Beverly, Mt. Greenwood and Morgan Park neighborhoods. On the South Side, where everybody seems to know everybody and is friends with them, she believes is what makes them ”a happy group.”
Christine returned in 2017 to Smith’s two communities as a full-time music therapist after serving as a life enrichment coordinator in 2014. She uses recorded music and sometimes plays guitar to help residents relax and reconnect with fond memories associated with the melodies of their lives. “The most gratifying part of my day is witnessing how music speaks for itself, reaching residents in profound ways and making their lives enjoyable.”
Bridget savors how Independent Living residents enjoy all the activities and services available to them. Since joining Smith Village in 2015, she’s planned numerous on-site events, including dances, pet shows and family fun fairs. She sometimes accompanies residents on trips to Chicago-area attractions. “Doing fun things together is the best way to build friendships,” she says. “There is a lot of story sharing and reminiscing. That always brings us together.”
Joe enjoys talking with residents when he passes them in the hallways because he loves tapping into their wealth of knowledge and experiences. Smith Village values his 25 years in building management as well as his priority on resident service. What makes Smith Village a special place to work? He says it is employees’ dedication. “We go above and beyond to get things done.”
Marlene is the ideal person to greet residents and visitors with a smile and a cheerful welcome for all. “I enjoy the residents because they are all unique and interesting. Their stories and knowledge of things amaze me. I love their positive attitudes.”
Smith Village Board of Trustees
The Smith Village Board of Trustees provides thoughtful, experienced oversight that helps ensure the continuation of our mission to benefit residents and their families, as well as the long-term direction and stability of our Life Plan Community.
- Thomas L. Hogan, Chair
- Ann Haskins, Vice Chair
- Hugh J. Ahern
- Alice E. Keane
- Brian Piejko
- Anne Z. Schaible
- Michael P. Stanton
- Kay E. Thurn
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