Leadership Team

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Colleen Howard Colleen Howard, Executive Director

Colleen feels honored to serve as the Executive Director at Danbury. Her philosophy is to create a home-like environment that honors choice and centers services around individual preferences to promote a higher quality of life. “Most importantly, a community should feel just like ‘home’ with a warm and inviting atmosphere. All residents should feel that they are important members of the Danbury family.” Colleen is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She also holds a certification in Montessori Inspired Lifestyle Dementia techniques. She received a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications from The Ohio State University.

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Cara Crossetti Cara Crossetti, Sales and Marketing Director

Cara has worked in almost all areas of senior living in her career. She is dedicated to providing residents with the highest levels of service, care and comfort possible. Cara states that this is why she has dedicated her life to working with seniors. She is a native of Central Ohio who loves animals and being outdoors. Cara is a graduate of Upper Arlington High School and Ohio University with degrees in Organizational Communication and Fine Arts.

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Christy Friece Christy Friece, Executive Chef

Christy graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in New York. Her favorite cooking style is Deep Southern Cooking with a modern fusion. Her passion for cooking was inspired by her grandmother and mother. Christy has worked in senior living settings for the last nine years. She receives great satisfaction providing seniors with exceptional meals made with fresh, healthy foods. Christy enjoys exploring new ways to prepare inviting, nutritionally-balanced foods. She is excited about her role at Danbury Senior Living.

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Melissa Harris Melissa Harris, Director of Nursing

Melissa began in healthcare 10 years ago. Since that time, she has accumulated experience and education in various settings (assisted living, long term care, and home health care). Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a Registered Nurse. She has strong nursing skills and believes in providing the best care for every resident.

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Cassie Emerson Cassie Emerson, Business Office Manager

Cassie developed her passion for health and caring for others at a young age. Ten years ago, her work experience began in health and fitness where her desire for health evolved into a career in senior living. Cassie is a graduate of Ohio University in Healthcare Service Administration. She worked with a local company in their Neighborhood Care division where she assisted patients daily. Eager to learn and grow, Cassie’s love for healthcare continues as she dedicates herself and her efforts to making Danbury Senior Living an enjoyable loving home for residents and their friends and families.

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Wayne Opatz Wayne Opatz, Director of Environmental Services

Wayne brings a rich background of preventative maintenance from the public and private sectors. Fire safety and customer satisfaction are his priorities. Wayne enjoys building and grounds maintenance. He is a graduate of Vermillion Community College with a degree in Park and Recreation Management. Wayne enjoys keeping the community looking its best for the residents and their guests.

Danbury Senior Living Columbus Ohio Wayne Opatz Dee Snouffer, Licensed Practical Nurse

A licensed practical nurse, Dee has specialized in working with individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia for the past six years. Like Danbury Senior Living, Dee's philosophy is dedicated to understanding each person as a unique individual and helping to educate families and loved ones regarding the disease process. Dee has been married for twenty years and is the mother of three sons! In her spare time, one of Dee's favorite hobbies is scrapbooking.



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