Meet the McCrite Family
Patrick McCrite graduated from North Kansas City High School. He received a scholarship to play football at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While there, Pat helped his mother manage boarding houses for seniors; he did various administrative duties and acted as a handyman. He graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree majoring in Art. Upon graduation, he became the youngest licensed skilled care administrator in the state of Kansas.
Pat met Judy, a life-long resident of Topeka, who had earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in Special Education. Together they built a new skilled nursing care operation in Topeka based upon their shared knowledge and experience working with elderly and social services. At the time, they turned the industry model upside down by building beautiful apartments that included medical and personal care. Over the past 40 years, they added assisted living and independent apartments, creating a full continuum of care for seniors in Topeka, and earning a stellar reputation in Topeka as a beautiful senior community with the highest standards of care.
As they were building their business, they were also busy raising five children. All were involved in the retirement community, from mowing lawns to volunteering with residents. And nearly all pursued advanced studies and careers involving senior care.
Cassidy, their eldest son, is a graduate of University of Central Missouri. He served as Apartment Director in Topeka before moving to Kansas City to take on the position of Director at Briarcliff. Cassidy’s wife, Lindsay, is a Physician Assistant, and earned her Master’s degree from Wichita State University.
Katie, their eldest daughter, is an undergraduate of the University of Kansas and has her Master’s degree in Counseling from Trevacca University. She operated an Alzheimer’s community in Nashville before moving to Kansas City. The McCrites persuaded her husband, Joe Cavaluzzi, to leave his career in national advertising sales to join the family business as Associate Director at Briarcliff. They are busy raising their young children.
Kayla (McCrite) Hoffman, Resident Coordinator at Briarcliff, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and her Master’s degree in social work from Washburn. She and her husband, Lee, share the joy of raising a son.
Kelsi (McCrite) McQuarrie earned her Masters’ degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in senior health. She and her husband, Darryl, along with their daughter live in Nashville.
Connor McCrite earned his degree in Gerontology from University of Nebraska-Omaha. He assists the Briarcliff community in various ways, you just never know where you’ll see him next.
Their grandchildren are already getting involved in the family mission of senior care. They are frequent visitors to the two McCrite communities where they spread smiles and raise spirits.