Continuous training and years of service have built a staff at the James L. West Center for Dementia Care that can care for the most difficult dementia complications with compassion and expertise.

Staff members in every department receive initial and ongoing training in all aspects of memory care for many types of dementia disorders. Every resident is different, and our staff is skilled in discovering each one’s needs and abilities, at every stage of their journey.

Average staff tenure at The James L. West Center for Dementia Care is four years — a remarkable achievement in the health care field.

Medical Directors

Dr. Janice Knebl has served as medical director for the James L. West Center since it opened in 1993. A highly-respected geriatrician, professor in geriatrics and clinical researcher, Dr. Knebl works closely with the West Center’s leadership and its student programs to ensure high-quality care.

Dr. Sarah Ross has served as medical director for one year but has been a physician working with Dr. Knebl at James L. West since 2012.



Cheryl Harding, PhD President/CEO
Tami Fitzgerald Administrator Tami Fitzgerald
Silver Brezzell Director of Nursing
Cathy Neece Brown, CFRE VP of Mission Support
Kathryn Brigaitis Chief Financial Officer
Jaime Cobb Tinsley, CAEd VP of Dementia & Caregiver Education
Kristie Boiles, PHR VP of Admin Support & Human Resources
Parker Foster Director of Admissions
Hollie Glover, LPC Director of Education & Family Support Services
Theresa Clarkin, LBSW, ACM-SW Director of Social Services
Jessica Weckel Director of Dining Services
Lydia Ford Director of Compliance
Valynda King Life Enrichment Director

2021 Board of Directors

Kirk Driver – Board Chair

Amy Patyk – Chair Elect

Michael Annis – Treasurer-Vice Chair of Finance

Karen Schroder – Secretary

Randall Johnson – Immediate Past Chair

Martha Mellina Jones

Jacob Juba

Gretchen Smith

Tracy Syler-Jones

Michael Waschevski

Roger Yandell

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