Our Team

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Susan Strutner, LNHA, CDAL, CDP, CADDCT - CEO/Administrator

     Personal experience coupled with a desire for helping others opened the door to senior care and service over 30 years ago.  Susan's passion has never wavered .  As a licensed and certified administrator, she views her leadership through the lens of quality person-centered care and services.  With the vanguard of our mission, Susan believes that strategic planning with the Board of Directors, leadership team, and invested volunteers to practical development and implementation is the driving force for high standards.  She earned her B.S. from the Ohio State University, has additional noteworthy credentials as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Trainer, Certified Eden Associate, and volunteer senior guardian.  She has presented workshops and seminars on senior living development, team building, communication, and memory support/dementia care topics to a variety of audiences.  
     Born and raised in a large, loving extended family, Susan and her husband Gary are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Massillon where Susan is a Eucharistic Minister.   

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Brian Harbert, CFO

      A life-long resident of Stark County, Brian is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Walsh University.  With his finance degree, he has worked in various healthcare administration rolls for more than 20 years, utilizing his skills and gaining valuable experience.  Brian believes in giving back to the community through volunteerism in order to make it a better place to live.  He was a long-time Canton Chamber of Commerce Ribs Burn-Off Committee volunteer and chaired the event for two consecutive years.  He is the past president of Christ the Servant Our Lady of Peace Men's Club, in which he is still active.  He was past finance chair for the American Cancer Society Canton Relay for Life.  
      Brian resides in Canton with his wife, Laurie, and their two college-age daughters, Courtney and Kinsley.  

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Rachael Hock, MBA, LNHA - Assistant Administrator

     In 2013 Rachael began her career at St. Joseph Senior Living in the Dietary Department at The Alsatian while attending college. She received her undergraduate degree in 2016 from Kent State University in Nursing Home Administration. She then graduated with a masters degree in business administration in healthcare management from Walsh University in 2019. While finishing up her degree Rachael was working in the business office and once she finished her degree she was promoted to Assistant Administrator.
     Rachael enjoys spending time with her family, and friends.  She and her husband live in Canton with their dog and two cats.

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Phyllis Schrader - Wellness Center and Nursing Home Director of Nursing
     Phyllis has extensive experience as a Director of Nursing for the past seven years.  Three of those years, have been with St. Joseph Senior Living.  Phyllis started her career in healthcare since she was 17 years old.  She has worked in critical care and kidney dialysis.  She was manager of an Alzheimer's and Dementia unit for two years. 
     Married for 12 years she has raised two daughters and has five grandchildren.  The residents' well being and safety is her number one concern.  Her goal is to help residents have a high quality of life and respect in the years that God has given them here with us at St. Joseph Senior Living.

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Amy Casline, LSW - Director of Social Services

     As a graduate of Malone College with a bachelor's degree in social work, Amy has spent her 30 year career in Social Work.  Two years ago she came to St. Joseph Senior Living with the experience that would benefit the residents in the nursing home.  She enjoys working with the residents and their families to promote their well-being.

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Leatha White-McFarren - Life Enrichment Director
     Leatha joined the St. Joseph Senior Living team with 24 years of experience working in long term care as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Dayton.  Leatha's mission is to enrich the lives our residents with meaningful and purposeful activities.
     Leatha has been married to her husband Christopher for 25 years and they have 4 children.  

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Kelli Shaw, CDM - Director of Dining Services

     Kelli started her career in healthcare foodservice at the age of 16 at Doctors Hospital in Massillon.  She has been a Dietary Manager for 22 years and made the decision to return to college to receive her CDM, Certified Dining Manager degree.  
     Kelli resides in Perry Township, and enjoys spending time with her family.  She is also a HUGE
Notre Dame Fan!


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Darla Holmes - Director of Housekeeping/Laundry Services

      For the past 27 years Darla has had a career in health care. She began as an STNA and came to St. Joseph Senior Living in 2014 as the Supply Clerk.  When the opportunity arose, she was promoted to Director of Housekeeping/Laundry as she was ready to take on this responsibility.  Darla maintains her STNA certification.  As a team member, she quickly offers this assistance as her schedule permits.  Darla has a talent for seeing what needs to be done and makes it happen!

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Terri Marple - Director of Maintenance

      After over 30 years managing litigation files for a large insurance company, Terri began her career at St. Joseph's in 2013 to supplement her income.  It turned out that she liked her job and the people so well that she decided to make St. Joseph's maintenance department her second career.  Terri brings her attention to detail - seeing every project through from start to finish - to her management position.  She states that she has made a lot of co-worker friends and enjoys the residents.  In her role, it is her goal to be the best maintenance team that it can be.  When she isn't solving maintenance issues at work, she loves spending time with her family.  Terri is very fortunate to have her grandchildren live with her - a blessing all by itself.  Terri works to make the best of each day and to help where she is needed, and it shows!

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Brandon Frame - Assisted Residence Director of Nursing

     Brandon came to St. Joseph Senior Living in 2015 with over 11 years of nursing experience. During his time in nursing school he worked as an aide giving care to individuals with developmental disabilities. Brandon served our country in the Iraq war as a combat medic and was the recipient of the Combat Medical Badge.  He has experience in MDS and has worked as an ADON. With his extensive experience, Brandon will give quality care to the residents of St. Joseph Senior Living.
     Brandon enjoys making others laugh and spending time with his family.


Kelsey Ullman - Nursing Home Admissions Coordinator

     Kelsey joined St. Joseph Senior Living in 2013 as an STNA. In 2017 she transitioned to the Social Service Admissions Assistant.  In the fall of 2021, Kelsey achieved the role of Admissions Coordinator for the Nursing Home.  While she enjoys admissions, Kelsey missed the daily interaction with resident and assisting them.  The move to Assisted Residence Coordinator blends both admissions and social services. With her solid background, Kelsey brings practical experiences and compassion to her position in working with residents and families.
     Kelsey and her husband Brian live in Canton with their two dogs.  She cherishes her family, friends, and residents.


Beth Brunner - Director of The Alsatian Independent Living/ Media Marketing

     Beth first worked at St. Joseph's while a senior in high school when the only building was the nursing home. Beth attended the University of Akron, and from there became the sales and marketing presenter for several professional photography organizations. She was also a guest speaker at national conventions for photography, sales and marketing. She returned in 2011 as the Administrative Assistant, and then Director of Admissions for the nursing home.  In 2017 Director of The Alsatian/Marketing.
     Family is very important to Beth.  Making sure that the residents have their best life at The Alsatian is equally as important.  The Alsatian was voted Best of The Best in Stark County four years in row, and she attributes that to the fantastic staff that helps make The Alsatian the best.  

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