Rachel Dedes

Director of Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre

Adult Day Services has two main goals.  One for the caregivers to know that their loved one is well cared for, safe and having a good time.  Two for the guests who attend the program to have a great day.

Rachel has spent the last 13 years assisting individuals with cognitive loss and their caregivers. She earned her bachelor’s degree from WMU and then completed a master’s degree in social work at GVSU.

“The best part of my day is getting to see the guests having a good time, sharing stories and laughing.  I am continually impressed by the staff, their  dedication, compassion, and their ability to have fun every day with the guests.  I am fortunate to be a part of Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre.”

Becky Prohaska

Adult Day Program Manager

Becky has a bachelor in Therapeutic Recreation from Calvin College. She is a certified therapeutic recreation specialist and holds a certificate as a Dementia Care Specialist through the Crisis Prevention Institute.

“I believe in meeting each person where they are and appreciating them for who are they are in the moment.”

Kelsey Adriance

Music Therapist

Kelsey strongly believes that music has a unique way to help people achieve health and well-being in their lives. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from WMU and she is currently pursuing master’s degrees in music therapy and marriage, family, and couples counseling. Kelsey is a wonderful singer, and also plays the piano, guitar, and saxophone. “I am beyond thrilled to be here Adult Day Services and I look forward to making music with all of our guests!”

Nancy Pinkster

RN

Nancy graduated from Central Michigan University and started her career as a recreational therapist. After raising four sons, Nancy attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and received her registered nurse degree in 2008.
Nancy is very excited to be part of the team at Adult Day Services. “Having walked this journey as a caregiver for my mother and my younger brother, who both had dementia, it is a pleasure to be part of such a great program that is considerate of both guests and their caregivers.”

Terry Hutchinson

RN

Terry decided she wanted to be a nurse at a young age while helping care for her grandmother. She graduated with a BSN from Mercy College in Detroit. Terry has been with Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan for 6 years, working first at Rose Arbor Hospice Residence, and then transferring to Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre in September 2011.

Tricia Roekle

CNA Program Assistant

Tricia joined Adult Day Services as a program assistant in March 2016, after working with a home health agency. She comes to the program with a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in special education. Tricia is also a certified Dementia Capable Specialist. She especially enjoys working with the guests individually, treasuring each unique guest for who they are. “It is an absolute passion of mine to serve the guests at Oakland Centre. I look forward to each day and each opportunity to make a difference.”

Beth Ann Naughton

RN

Beth Ann is pleased to put her neurologic nursing specialty skills to such good use at Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre. She feels it is inspiring to work at a place where the focus is on helping each guest to maximize their functioning. Beth Ann has worked in home care, adult neurology, and critical care. This experience has helped give her insight into the diverse medical concerns that affect our aging population today. She considers it a joy to be a part of the Adult Day Services team.

Lisa Hunt

CNA Program Assistant

Lisa joined the Adult Day Services staff as a program assistant in July of 2009. With 36 years experience in geriatric care, Lisa has served as a Certified Nursing Assistant in both long-term care and assisted living facilities. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. At Oakland Centre, it is both her passion and honor to serve our guests.

Linette Gibson

CNA Program Assistant

Linette joined the Adult Day Services staff as a program assistant in May 2012. Previously she worked through two home health agencies, assisting older adults at home. Linette likes working with older adults because ” they are very wise and have really taught me a great deal about life and remembering what is important. Their life stories are so interesting and wonderful to hear.”

Nicole Troxell

CNA Program Assistant

Nicole joined Adult Day Services in February 2014. She previously worked as a caregiver for a senior home care agency. Nicole loves working with older adults. Listening to them reminisce about their lives and the things they have done is one of her favorite things to do. Seeing the smiles on their faces lets her know they are having a good time and she strives to make sure they have the best day at Adult Day Services at Oakland Centre.

Carmen Softas

Administrative Assistant

Carmen has a diploma in secretarial studies with an emphasis in business administration from the American College of Athens, Greece, and an associate degree in medical administrative assisting from Davenport College. Before joining the staff at Adult Day Services, she was the office manager for Advantage P.T. She enjoys serving the elderly and their families and feels that being a part of Adult Day Services is not just a job, but a means to give back to the community.

Melissa Bowden

CNA Program Assistant

Melissa Bowden joins the Adult Day Services team with experience in assisted living and personal family caregiving. She has also worked in the public school system. She started with us in August 2017 and has been smiling ever since, sharing her joy and positivity every day. Missy is a certified Dementia Care Specialist. Her favorite part of being at Oakland Centre is getting to know and fulfilling guest’s individual preferences.

Janie Palumbo, LMSW

Social Worker

Janie earned a bachelor’s in Social Work from Michigan State University, and a master’s in social work from Western Michigan University. She has experience working in the fields of hospice care and special education and is delighted to be joining the team at Oakland Centre to serve both guests and caregivers. Her passion is people. “It is an honor to come alongside families through both the joys and challenges of their lives.”