Like every family, we all make a difference in many unique ways…
…from a hug to the blessing of a newborn grandchild
…to the celebration of a birthday or anniversary
…to assisting others in a time of need
…to showing unlimited love to all
Margaret Parson is the Executive Director at Bluegrass Way Senior Living Community.
Raised on a small, rural farm in Green County, Kentucky, I got my “education” from my grandparents that raised my brother and me. We learned to respect our elders and responsibility. Hard work was the only option, and I entered the work force at age 13. “Higher learning” didn’t happen until I entered nursing school at age 38. I graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in January of 1999. I worked as a staff nurse and the director of an adult day care before making Bluegrass Way Senior Living my passion.
I love the relationship I have with each resident, family, and staff member. For the resident, whom may have lived in the same house 60 years before coming to assisted living, I become the comforter, assuring them we would meet the needs of a beloved family member, I become the caretaker, and for staff, striving to meet the needs of everyone on a daily basis, I try to be a caring director. I have often heard “experience is the best teacher” and for that— “Thank you Ma and Pa-for everything.”
Brianna Keltner is the Clinical Director at Bluegrass Way Senior Living Community.
My husband and I have been married for ten years and together we have one son, Lane, who is four years old. I am originally from upstate New York and moved to Campbellsville when I was 12 years old. I grew up on a farm with horses and cattle where my dad was a construction worker by day and a farmer by night. My sister and I showed Quarter horses competitively and traveled all over upstate New York for horse shows.
After I had my son in October of 2012, I enrolled in an SRNA course and found a position at Bluegrass Way. After joining Bluegrass Way, I immediately felt like I was a part of the family because the residents were so warm and welcoming!
When they were building the addition to Bluegrass Way in 2015, I was asked to be the Clinical Director for the new personal care unit. I was thrilled and excited for the opportunity! It has been challenging yet fulfilling to be a part of this new journey. My favorite part is witnessing the residents regain their independence while at Bluegrass Way, and I enjoy their absolute appreciation for everything we do for them. I also love their appreciation for life and their willingness to share their knowledge.
Connie Gilpin is the Activity Director at Bluegrass Way Senior Living Community.
In 2005 as I watched Bluegrass Way being built, my curiosity got the best of me and I decide to find out about this new place. I was nervous as this was my first encounter with an Assisted Living, but Martha hired me as a cook. I quickly built relationships with each of the residents and enjoyed learning about their lives!
In 2013, I took a position in the activity department. As the Activity Director, I am involved with the residents on a much closer level, and I absolutely love it! I have a huge extended family now.
I have been married for 37 years and we have two daughters and one grandson. My mom is a big part of my life since she moved back to Campbellsville. Together, we have a “bucket list” and hope to complete as many as possible.
Administrative Assistant/ Dietary Manager
Lynn Beard is the Administrative Assistant/ Dietary Manager at Bluegrass Way Senior Living Community.
My husband, Bobby, and I have been married for 22 years, and we have two children- Kelsea (20) and Clayton (14). We live on a 96 acre farm in Green Co. where we enjoy hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers, and swimming.
I joined the Bluegrass family in January of 2014 as a Resident Service Assistant and transitioned to my current position in July of 2016. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my Master’s degree in Exceptional Education. I am sure you are asking yourself “Why?” am I working at Bluegrass Way instead of teaching! I worked in the education world for 20 plus years and God led me to Bluegrass during a time of unemployment and substitute teaching. I fell in love with the elderly population and felt led to stay. I love helping and caring for the elderly, as if they were my own parents and grandparents!
Mobility Specialist/ Assistant Activity Director/ Chaplin
Mark Price is the Mobility Specialist/ Assistant Activity Director/ Chaplin at Bluegrass Way Senior Living Community.
I am 56 years old and married with two grown sons. I was raised in Cumberland County, KY, the youngest boy from a family of six children. I graduated from Cumberland County High School in 1979 and completed an Associate’s degree at Lindsey Wilson College in 1997. I also have a certificate in Health Occupations from Clinton County Vocational School.
I began my career in long term care in 1978, working as a nursing assistant at Cumberland Valley Manor for 16 years. During that time, I worked with patients whose needs ranged from Personal Care to Skilled Care. I also worked in the Physical Therapy department. In 1998, I began working for Cumberland County Adult Day Care. In 2000, I had to leave public work due to my vision.
Working with those in need has always been important to me. It was my dream to find a way to get back to working in the area I loved. When Bluegrass Way expanded in 2016, I inquired about working as a Chaplin, drawing on my 20+ years of experiences as a United Methodist Pastor and my experience in long term care. Margaret hired me, and I began working at Bluegrass Way in mid 2016.
There are not words to describe how good it feels to be back at work, doing what I love. My schedule at Bluegrass Way allows me to continue serving as part-time pastor at my church and serve others. The two positions fit together so well.
Linda Baker, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse, Reflections Memory Care
Linda Baker is the Nurse at Bluegrass Way Senior Living Community.
I am married with a daughter, three songs, and I have seven grandchildren. I have been a nurse for 20 years, where most of my time has been in geriatrics. I joined Bluegrass Way in November of 2016. While working with home health, I met Margaret because I made visits to Bluegrass regularly. I was beyond excited when they reached out to me about working at Bluegrass Way! I feel like the Lord has led me to this position. I have enjoyed working with the residents and consider my work very rewarding.