A southerner at heart, Rebecca Palmer grew up in New England. Living in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire, she attended Keene State College and earned a degree in Communications and Business. Upon graduation, she felt warmer weather calling her, and moved to Atlanta in 2000. She initially took a position with Piedmont Hospital. After a couple other endeavors, Rebecca decided that her heart was in working with the elderly, and she took the position of Marketing Director for Northlake Gardens, an assisted living and memory care community with about 60 apartments.
Jeannine Blackman first worked in healthcare as a high school student. As a member of the Medical Careers Club, she was able to get a paid position at the In-Patient Pharmacy of a local hospital in Detroit, where she was born and raised. At the age of 19, Jeannine took a position as a restaurant general manager, and spent the next 26 years in the restaurant and hospitality business. After moving to Atlanta in 1999, Jeannine was working in the hospitality industry when her company was bought out. She decided to go back to school at that point, becoming licensed as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Today Jeannine is the Resident Services Director at Northlake Gardens, where she is responsible for all aspects of resident care. Join Rebecca and Jeannine on Sunday May 1st for a celebration to kick of Northlake Gardens’ Open House Week. Tour the community, enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, prices and gifts! Northlake Gardens is located at 1300 Montreal Road in Tucker. Call them at (770) 934-0034, or visit them on the web at www.northlakegardens.com.
A third yankee in the studio today, Dawn Coons was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Her love for seniors resulted from being raised by her grandparents. In Dawn’s words, her grandmother was her best friend. Having moved to Atlanta in the mid 1980s, Daw moved her grandmother to Atlanta to live with her in 1986. At the time, Dawn had been pursuing a nursing degree. In order to better care for her grandmother, she decided to work in real estate due to the flexibility in that career. When the real estate market turned, Dawn began working with seniors again for a senior residential placement service. During her tenure with this company, she got to know the Benton House. When they decided to build the new community in Johns Creek, Dawn knew that she wanted to be a part of that organization. Today, Dawn is the Community Relations Director at the Benton House Johns Creek, a new assisted living and memory care community located at 5050 Kimball Bridge Road in Johns Creek. Join them for their upcoming Grand Opening on Saturday, April 30 from 11 am to 1 pm. The theme will be “Opening Day at the Ball Park”, with special guest Darrel Chaney, a former Braves baseball player and announcer. Call them at 770-754-5446, or visit them on the web at www.bentonhouse.com.
Special thanks to Griswold Special Care, A Tradition in Home Care Excellence since 1982, for hosting today’s show!