Our staff of professionals is trained in everything from the latest medical care and therapies to healthy and delicious meal preparation. Yet we make room for compassionate connection with residents to take precedence over the necessities of our job descriptions.
We are skilled professionals, yes. And we are here to connect with you in the spontaneous moments that make your life (and ours) more meaningful.
Executive Director: Shelly McFall
Shelly sets the tone at North Willow with a mix of healthcare experience and a passion for senior care. She is an LPN, holds a BS in Business and Leadership from Anderson University and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She began her career in healthcare as a CNA at the age of 18, working alongside her mother, a practicing nurse. After Shelly became an LPN, she practiced in physicians offices, but eventually gravitated toward relationship-centered care at a senior living community. As Admissions Coordinator, she completed her Administrator in Training program and served as the Executive Director, then Regional Executive Director, training other Executive Directors in the area. Her philosophy? Everyone in this building has a circle of influence and can make a profound difference in the comfort and care of residents. Shelly and her husband David have two children, three grandchildren and two cats rescued from the local Humane Society.
Community Relations Director: Libby Mellinger
Libby was born and raised in Indiana and was drawn to the locally owned and operated North Willow community. She received her Activity Director and Certified Nursing Assistant certifications in 2002, and added her Social Services Designee certification in 2004. Libby believes strongly in serving seniors with options that enrich and often change their lives in surprising and rewarding ways. She is the proud mother of four children and grandmother to one grandson.
Wellness Director: Christian McNeal, LPN
Christian worked as a Medical Assistant for 13 years, serving in virtually every field of care, including orthopedics, cancer treatment and geriatric care. She had always dreamed of becoming a nurse, and in 2011 she graduated from the MedTech School of Nursing with an Applied Associates of Science degree in nursing (LPN). Christian lives in Indianapolis and is the proud mother of two children.
Memory Care Director: Adam Simmons, LPN
Adam became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2011 after serving in the Air Force Reserves. He went on to earn his LPN from Brightwood (formerly Kaplan) College and has served seniors as a weekend supervisor, Assistant Director of Nursing and most recently, the Memory Care Director at North Willow. He is trained in The Varietas Program, a model of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET), a personalized, non-pharmacological approach and national, award-winning therapy and has completed Certified Dementia Practitioner Training, the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education.