Leadership Team

Danbury Senior Living Parkside Chris Quinlan

Chris Quinlan, LNHA, Executive Director

Chris has over 20 years of experience working in Senior Living and has been with Parkside Village since July 2012.  She is graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Health Administration and focus in long-term care.  Chris enjoys getting to know residents and their families and about their life story.  She views every day as an opportunity to make a difference.

Danbury Senior Living Parkside Chris Quinlan

Kristel Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing

Kristel graduated with a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University and has a background in many facets of the marketing industry, but the most enjoyable being senior living. She has been with Parkside Village since before we opened in 2012 and takes great pleasure in having watched it grow into the wonderful community it has become. “I love working with residents and their families to help find a solution to their unique situation. My greatest satisfaction comes from seeing our residents thrive after they have settled in and Parkside truly becomes their home.”

Danbury Senior Living Robert Steffens Robert Steffens, Executive Chef

Robert has been in Columbus for over 20 years working in all aspects of Columbus’ fine eateries, corporate restaurants such as TGI Fridays and Cameron Mitchell’s Fish Market as well as Wilhelm’s and Gottleib’s from the 55 restaurant group.  He received his practical training in Baking and Pastry at French Loaf and La Chatelaine.  Robert attended Culinary School at Columbus Culinary, where he was top of the graduating class as well as the senior mentor.  “Food for me is one part chemistry, two parts art, a dash of inspiration, a pound of personality and a touch of patience.”  .  Robert enjoys watching the residents improve in health due to the nutritional and social environment and knowing that he had a part in that.

Danbury Senior Living Katherine Benalcazar Katherine Benalcazar, Life Enrichment Director

Katherine studied at Ohio University and received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, Graphic Design. After years of design and business development in the design world, Katherine has found a perfect blend of her talents and interests at Parkside Senior Living Community. She is able to serve others and use art and cultural activities as a tool to bring joy to residents’ lives, enabling them to be socially connected and in touch with their feelings and continue to grow and have purpose during their senior years.

Danbury Senior Living Jill Simpson

Jill Nowacki, RN, Director of Nursing

Jill has worked in healthcare for 11 years with 5 years as a registered nurse.  Jill brings experiences from skilled nursing in long-term care.  She is a graduate of Rhodes State College, Lima Ohio.  “I have a passion for helping seniors and strive to make them as independent and safe as possible in their home at Parkside Village.”

Danbury Senior Living Michelle Kane Michelle Kane, Memory Care Director

Michelle has worked with people with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease for over 10 years and found it to be her passion.  She graduated from the University Findlay with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration but started working with seniors because she cared deeply for her grandparents.  Michele wants to insure that when seniors move to a senior living community, each will be provided great care: emotional, physical, and spiritual.  “I truly believe that someone living with dementia is still there and it is our job as care givers to find them.”

Danbury Senior Living Sarah Tiwari Sarah Tiwari, Business Office Manager

Sarah has been with Parkside since June 2013.  She has a B.S. in Applied Health Science from Bowling Green State University.  She truly enjoys working with residents and their families who reside at Parkside.

Danbury Senior Living Wayne Opatz Wayne Opatz, Environmental Services Director

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.


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