Lutheran SeniorLife Welcomes Exceptional New Leaders Committed to Excellence and Compassion

Lutheran SeniorLife is proud to introduce to you three exceptional individuals joining our esteemed team.  Each has a diverse set of professional skills and their dedication embodies the values of Lutheran SeniorLife. We are excited to have them embark on our journey to provide excellence and compassion.

Lori Yonker, Director of Nursing for Advance Care Center of Butler (ACC)

Lori Yonker, serving as the Director of Nursing at Advance Care Center of Butler (ACC), plays a pivotal role in overseeing the delivery of exceptional patient care. With a commitment to fostering a compassionate and welcoming environment, Yonker goes above and beyond her standard responsibilities to enhance the overall experience of residents.

Yonker took it upon herself to create “Welcome Bags” to welcome each new resident to the ACC. Each bag contains a hand-written, signed card from her and the ACC staff, fostering a sense of personal connection from the moment residents arrive. Yonker’s “Welcome Bags” also include practical items that residents can use, emphasizing the residents comfort as they settle into the new environment.

Tanya Defranciscis, Director of Nursing for St. John Community

Defranciscis brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to excellence to the St. John Community, having worked at VNA and Lutheran SeniorLife for 16 years. As the Director of Nursing for St. John Community, Defranciscis takes on a new role that sees her in position to help provide strategic leadership for the nursing department.

“I want to make a difference with the staff and residents, says Defranciscis. “I think it’s very rewarding to guide a great team dedicated to helping older adults. In this role I can be a voice and advocate for our residents.”

Dana Bradley, Director of Residential Living at RoseCrest Assisted Living

Bradley has been working in senior living for 14 years before becoming the Director of Residential Living.

Memory care is something that has personal meaning to Bradley, as members of her family have struggled with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Bradley understands these challenges and how hard it can be on everyone. Her focus is ensuring the well-being, comfort, and quality of life for residents.

“My care for the residents is my single highest priority and I strive to be there for them and their families.” explains Bradley.