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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT ON...

"Civitas Employee of the Year"

Ashlee Simmons, Regional Director of Wellness Integrations 

Since her journey with Civitas Senior Living started in August of 2014, Ashlee Simmons has held seven different titles: Housekeeper, Caregiver, Medication Aide, Assistant Wellness Director, Wellness Director, Wellness Liaison, Senior Wellness Specialist, and –currently–Regional Director of Wellness Initiatives. Due to her expertise and her ability to operate effectively and efficiently within every role of the Wellness department, Ashlee has become affectionately known as “The Wellness Guru” here at Civitas.During her tenure, Ashlee has proven her ability to successfully transition acquisitions and start-up communities seamlessly into the Civitas Culture, so it was only fitting that she would be promoted to Regional Director of Wellness Initiatives, her fifthleadership promotion in a relatively short period of time. The primary responsibility of her current role is to oversee company-wide implementation of all wellness programming for every new community that opens. She alsospearheadswhat we call “Civitizing” existing communities that join the Civitas Senior Living family, ensuring that all Civitas policies, procedures, and standards are put into everyday practice. This is no small feat andcan only happen when a leader embraces the Civitas Culture in such a way that it is almost contagious to the rest of the community–and Ashlee certainly accomplishes that. “Ashlee has become affectionately known as “The Wellness Guru” here at Civitas.”

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

June 2019

Jeremy Burris, Executive Director at Arabella Longview Independent Living

Arabella of Longview is a gem in East Texas! There is no property quite like ours. We have a wonderful 35-acre campus with an amazing Assisted Living and Memory Care, luxurious Townhomes, and a gorgeous Independent Living. The Townhomes surround a stunning 1.5-acre stocked pond with a walking trail and a dock that overlooks the splendor. However, recently, we began losing water and the pond lost about 4 feet of water!Suddenly, ourglamorous pond turned into an ugly, brown puddle with stilts holding the dock way up in the air. We did some research on how to fix it and found that there was a leak that required work under the water to be performed. I knew that it would probably be difficult to find someone in East Texas with the job description of “Pond Leak Scuba Diver,”so I called up Wayne Powell and told him that I could fix the pond since I am a certified diver. His response was, “If you can do it, I am all for it. Just be safe.” I was stoked! I was in the water the next day!Scuba diving was always an interest of mine, but I never really had the opportunity to get certified until I was in my late 20’s. I was always fascinated by the idea that there is awhole other world under the water, and I knew that the only way to explore its depths was in a scuba suit. Now, as you can probably imagine, I haven’t had too many opportunities in East Texas to utilize my scuba certification up until our pond debacle! It is amazing to work for a company that will let you step outside the box to fix a problem like this. Not to mention, the residents absolutely loved the idea of their Executive Director getting in the pond to scuba dive, and we gathered quite a crowd to watch the spectacle. As a matter of fact, it was a resident who took all the pictures of me in and out of the water!Civitas is truly a company where Passion meets Purpose and you can live out what drives you –for me, it’s fun stuff like diving and bringing a smile to the face of my residents! I am truly living out my passion at Arabella of Longview! #PassionatePurpose #PassionateDiving

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

May 2019

Noah Cadena, Server at Ledgestone

“When I’m playing music, I feel as though it’s what I’m meant to be doing,” says 17-year-old Noah Cadena of Ledgestone Independent Livingwhen asked how playing music truly makes him feel. After a thorough search through all the wonderful community posts on Yammer, it was a nice surprise to come across a 32-second video of Noah crooning toresidents at aValentine’s Dayevent with asentimental country song.A young man with a clear gift for sharing emotion through his art, it wasn’t difficult to see that music is in fact what he was born to do –even in the brief 32 secondsof watching him performvia mobile video.

When did you first realize you had an interest in playing music?“

When I was 11, my dad had taught me a couple of chords on a guitar and I kept playing and teaching myself more from there.

”Who are you inspired by?

“I feel most inspired by my friend Jess Carson who plays in the country band Midland. He is a big influence in my writing.

”Who are your favorite musicians?"

Some of my favorite musicians include Midland, Jon Pardi, Lee Brice and Randy Rogers.

”Why do you love it?“

I love music because of course it brings people together, but my favorite part about it is how you can truly create a feeling, happy or sad, whether that be through major or minor chords.”