All ERS team members, not just at Deupree House but also at other ERS flagship communities, strive to ensure our residents feel like they're being cared for not by expert professionals but by people who seem like family. One way we accomplish this goal is by creating opportunities for residents to build close relationships with staff. What you may not realize is that this process starts long before move-in day, with unique events designed to show seniors what our community is all about.
Lunch & Learn, for example, occurs a few times a year and gives individuals who are interested in living at Deupree House a chance to learn what role that different staff members will play in their care—all over a delicious lunch. Guests literally get a taste of what it is like being a Deupree resident. The event also gives interested parties a chance to ask questions and learn more about what it’s like to live at a continuing care retirement community.
Though Lunch and Learn events are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to give you a chance to “meet” some of the Deupree House staff. Keep reading for a virtual Lunch & Learn event!
Anthony Williams, Health Services Administrator
Anthony Williams is the Health Services Administrator at Deupree House. He has seven years of service at ERS and loves helping residents meet their health goals.
Anthony and the Deupree Health Services team don’t just work with residents in times of challenge. It’s their goal to get to know residents, their wishes, their likes and dislikes, and their interests the second they join our Deupree family. They’ll work in partnership with you to help you be successful in meeting your health goals here at Deupree.
Something else you should know is that both Anthony and the Health Services Team at Deupree are also big animal lovers. The Deupree Cottages Therapy Dog, Gigi Deupree, is an official member of their team. Anthony also has two dogs of his own at home: Skittles and Rhys.
Tarrah Pickard, Director of Life Enrichment
Tarrah Pickard is the Life Enrichment and Activities Director at Deupree House. She has 12.5 years of service at ERS and actually started her career as a dining room server. She also held roles as a resident assistant and receptionist. Thanks to the ERS Next Generation Leadership program, Tarrah is now in management.
Another fun fact about Tarrah, though, is that she jumped Double Dutch for many years as a child and teenager. She even traveled and competed against other US teams. She also did a demo of her jumping skills, along with two of her former teammates, for the Deupree House Talent Show!
At Lunch & Learn events, Tarrah likes to let guests know how involved residents are in every aspect of Deupree, including grounds, dining, activities, and more. Although she’s the only staff member in the activities department, she works with a committee of residents to plan all of our community’s outings and programs. They specifically strive to plan diverse activities to increase engagement. For example, they plan movie nights that cover a variety of genres such as drama, comedy, musicals, contemporary, etc. They also organize musical events that include jazz, Zimbabwean, country, classical, and more.
Finally, Tarrah likes to let Lunch & Learn guests know about the special opportunities our community members get due to our residents’ connections in the area. For example, residents have met the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and POPS Directors as well as a World Piano Competition competitor (it was held in Cincinnati). They have also gone to the Cincinnati Ballet and enjoyed plenty of other local events.
Gini Tarr, Community Relations Director
Gini Tarr has been the Community Relations Director at Deupree House for 11 years. Before that, she also worked at our sister community, Majorie P. Lee, for 11 years.
Having a history at ERS herself, Gini likes to use the Lunch & Learn event to teach attendees about our senior living community’s unique history. For example, did you know that in 1982 Deupree House used to be a single apartment building with residents that were active, social and independent? Our organization purchased it and eventually added the dining room, indoor pool, fitness equipment area, chapel and public gathering spaces. In 2006, with a waiting list for entrance, we constructed 60 more apartments in our second building.
Two years later, Gini explains, Deupree Cottages was added to our campus. The Cottages are two small nursing care households accommodating 24 residents and were built to look, feel and run like any home any of us would have. Now, approximately 200 residents live at Deupree, and our continuing care retirement community continues to be one of Cincinnati’s premier residents for older adults offering services, amenities, and living options that make retirement living enjoyable and carefree.
Chloe Hough, Wellness Director
Chloe Hough is the Wellness Director at Deupree House and has served at ERS since August 2019. She is one of the newest members of the team, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her! We are also excited to be adding even more teammates to our wellness team soon. Browse open career opportunities here.
During Lunch & Learn events, Chloe strives to let everyone know about all the great activities happening at Deupree House. “We offer a variety of wellness programming,” she explains, “from group exercise to aquatic exercise to personal training to massage therapy! Our wellness programs are fun and designed to help keep our residents active and involved. We also welcome all fitness levels.”
Donna Dorger, Move-In Coordinator
Donna Dorger is the Move-In Coordinator at Deupree House. Like Chloe, Donna is one of the newest members of the team and has served at ERS for four months. "I joined at Christmas," Donna says. "I think I went to four or five parties my first week. It was awesome! I jumped into January and have since helped move some wonderful people into Deupree."
Donna says her favorite things about her role are the relationships she creates and the opportunities to ease people's transition into the community. "Connecting with incoming residents and visiting their homes to help them figure out how to downsize has been very rewarding," she explains. "I get to see and be a part of their lives that may have taken years to achieve."
In her short time at the community, Donna has also participated in Lunch & Learns and other marketing events to connect with prospective residents and encourage them to join our safe community environment. "What a good time they have!" she exclaims. "As you know, we enrich the lives of older adults in a person-centered, innovative, and spiritually-based way. I'm happy to be a part of it all!"
A fun fact about Donna is that she has three children who live across the country: Clay (28 years old) in Santa Monica, CA; Matt (27 years old) in Washington, D.C.; and Grace (24 years old) in Atlanta, GA. She also has a Yorkie named Tooey and loves Peanut M&M's!
Contact Gini Tarr to Attend the Next Lunch & Learn
As previously mentioned, Lunch and Learn events are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, if you’d like to be added to our mailing list and receive updates on the next Lunch and Learn, you can contact Gini at (513) 561-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list. You will receive information regarding the next event. For more on our continuing care retirement community, click here to fill out an information request form.