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: Tara Curtis Schwab
Tara has more than 25 years experience in healthcare, senior housing and rehab, as well as an AAS in Physical Therapy, PTA and HFA licenses. Her career began as a physical therapy assistant and she has served in leadership, operational management and team-building roles, including Regional Director of Operations for senior housing and rehab.
"I enjoy seeing our residents take care of each other, develop relationships and friendships and make Solana a family home. Our staff and residents care for each other like a family." Tara was raised in Michigan by her father who taught her to work and play hard. She currently lives in Fishers and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Adam, son, Bexton, dogs, Ramsey and Maryn and cats, Sakura and Keiko.
Community Relations Director: Megan Manges
Megan grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and double-majored in Biology and Chemistry before moving to Carmel, Indiana to care for her grandfather. She credits that time in her life for giving her firsthand knowledge of and empathy for the transitions in life and how difficult it can be to make changes for yourself or your loved ones.
"I want to be a compassionate partner and reliable resource for potential residents and their families, even if they don't choose our community. Our team is remarkable and goes out of their way to treat everyone like a big family. In light of recent Covid restrictions, the little things really matter." Megan and her husband, Steve have been married for more than 13 years and their dog, Bella Grace is their pride and joy.
Wellness Director: Shannon Kersey
Shannon has more than 20 years experience in healthcare, including long-term care, rehab, assisted living, memory care and hospice. She began her nursing career as a CNA and was the first LPN graduate at Brown Mackie Indianapolis.
Shannon grew up in a military family based in Virginia Beach. She currently lives in Noblesville with her 14-year-old son where she enjoys reading, movies and the luxury of long naps.
Memory Care Director: Fredonia Johnson
Fredonia ('Donie') graduated from the Brightwood College of Practical Nursing on the Dean's List and was inspired to choose the field because of her mother.
"I was born the oldest of three children and my mother worked hard to give us a great life. She started her career at Methodist in 1977 and is at Eskenazi today. She taught us the power of hard work and humanitarian pursuits. Today, I get to be a voice for the often voiceless and advocate for those who cannot always advocate for themselves. It is special to know I am one of many helping hands for the people of our community." Donie has been married to the love of her life, Damon Sr., for more than 20 years and has three amazing children, Brianna, Damon II and Chloe.
Culinary Director: Lorenzo Wynn
Lorenzo has formal culinary training, is Servsafe Certified and has more than 10 years experience working in Senior Living. At Solana, he is known for his delicious food and creative presentation. He enjoys steak and potatoes, but serves a wide variety of meals for his residents.
"It all began in my momma's kitchen at 12 years old. I enjoy making others happy with food, and this is a home away from home. We greet each other with open arms and want Solana to be its best. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded with this kind of love and support?" Lorenzo is family oriented, hard working, and has a passion for serving seniors. His biggest accomplishment is his gorgeous daughter and handsome son. Lorenzo enjoys movies, riding dirt bikes with his son and occasionally putting his home improvement skills to work in the private dining room.
Activities Director: Jamie Kowalczyk
Jamie was born and raised in Chicago and has a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Evansville. She has experience developing events, outings and activities for groups of all ages.
"I really enjoy encouraging our residents to engage with each other and for all of us to learn more about each other in the process. The staff and residents have all been so genuinely welcoming and it's really special to see them treat each other like family." Jamie and her husband, Pete relocated to Indianapolis in 2018.
Maintenance Director: Michael Tinner
Michael was born and raised in Gary, Indiana before moving to Chicago to begin his career with U.S. Security Associates. He traveled often in this role, and eventually relocated to the Indianapolis area where he switched careers and worked for the Marion County Sheriffs Department, first as a Sargent, then Lieutenant. He has always been the guy who buys something to take it apart and see how it was made and how it works.
"I chose Solana because it just felt warm and very much like home. I get to interact with the residents while maintaining our community, fixing things and making them happy. There is no other job or place I would rather be than right here. I am here to stay and will retire from Solana." Michael is happily married to his wife, Carmen and has two grown children, Ashley and Marcus, and two grown stepsons, Vance and Victor.