Leadership Team

Danbury Senior Living Melanie Thirion Melanie Thirion, Executive Director

A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Melanie Thirion brings more than twenty years experience within the senior living profession to her role as Executive Director of Sanctuary Grande.  Melanie earned a BS in Health from Ohio University with a Gerontology Certificate and received her MS in Public Health from Youngstown State University. Melanie is also a licensed nursing home administrator.  She is a compassionate listener and enjoys serving as a mentor to others.  In her spare time, she and her husband, David, enjoy the company of their three dogs and one cat, gardening and Crossfit training.

Danbury Senior Living Vicky Grella Vicky Grella, Sales & Marketing Director

After spending twenty-eight years in retail sales and ten years serving as a community relations director within the senior health care field, Vicky is a well-respected resource and leader within Stark County. Her knowledge, personal experiences and outstanding listening skills allow Vicky to serve as navigator and problem-solver to individuals who are looking for creative solutions. Vicky is married and is the proud mother of two grown sons.  She loves participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, rowing and biking.  She is also an avid fan of local concerts and musical productions. 

Danbury Senior Living Diane Gill Diane Gill, Admissions Coordinator

A social worker with more than twenty years experience within the senior living and health care field, Diane is an advocate of servant leadership. Diane's passion is to provide support to residents and families by fostering wellness, life quality and creative solutions. She believes that it is not her experience that brings value, but her love and passion for serving the residents every day. Diane is married and has one daughter, a dog and a cat. She and her husband reside in Lake Township/North Canton. 

Danbury Senior Living Heather Maxwell Heather Maxwell, Director of Nursing

A Licensed Practical Nurse with over fifteen years experience within the senior health care field, Heather is passionate about serving the geriatric population by utilizing her strong clinical skills.  Heather considers it an honor and a privilege to be able to give back to the population that helped her become the person she is today.  A mother to daughters, Alexia and Amaiah, Heather is also grandmother to a three year old grandson, Armoni. 

Danbury Senior Living Alicia Hoffman Alicia Hoffman, Memory Care Coordinator and
Life Enrichment Director

A Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 2010, Alicia specialized in working with seniors and individuals with cognitive impairments as both a treating therapist and as a manager of a post-acute care rehabilitation department within Stark County. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees were earned from The University of Akron. Alicia is delighted to join the Sanctuary Grande team because her personal mission aligns with Danbury’s mission, which allows her to truly “live” this mission each day! She and husband, Seth, have been married for six years and are parents to two daughters, ages 4 and 1. Alicia’s hobbies include anything “outdoors”, sitting around a campfire, and listening to live music. 

Danbury Senior Living Rose Medley Rose Medley, Business Office Manager

With more than forty years business office experience within a variety of health care settings, Rose has expertise in billing, payroll, human resources and operational management.  She is an active member of the SHRM for Human Resources Professionals.  Rose holds a deep regard for the senior community and is dedicated to fostering qualities such as compassion and responsiveness.  Although she advocates an efficient and organized office, Rose is equally creative when it comes to problem solving.  Rose has been married to her husband, Doug for over forty years.  They are proud parents to three grown daughters and a five-year-old registered therapy dog “Boo”.  Rose’s hobbies include scrapbooking, traveling, cross-stitch and singing “back up” for musical productions at the Player’s Guild in Canton. 

Danbury Senior Living Sam Dillon Sam Dillon, Environmental Services Director

With over thirty years’ environmental services and maintenance experience within senior living settings, Sanctuary Grande is delighted to welcome Sam Dillon to the Danbury “family”.  With outstanding credentials in the areas of building safety and emergency preparedness, Sam also has over six years dedicated experience in the field of plumbing, heating and air conditioning. Sam is proud to have been a resident of Stark County for over forty years. He and his wife, Lori, have three children and two granddaughters. Sam’s hobbies include golfing, working out in the gym and riding 1,000 miles per year on his bicycle.

Danbury Senior Living Seth Hoffman Seth Hoffman, Executive Chef and Director of Dining Services

A certified culinary professional, Seth served as the Chef at Table6 Kitchen & Bar for the past three years.  He is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the residents by creating wonderful dining experiences.  In combination with his culinary expertise, Seth exhibits the patience and strong customer service skills that are certain to foster his success as a mentor in the field.  Seth and his wife Alicia have been married for six years. They are proud parents to two daughters, Adley and Anna.


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