Meet Our Staff
The People Who Make McCrite Plaza Senior Living So Special
Caring. Committed. Compassionate.
McCrite Plaza Topeka
Melanie Butler has always had a passion for working with seniors. While in college she worked as a certified nurses assistant in retirement communities. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2005 with an undergraduate degree in family studies and human services and gerontology with an emphasis in long term care administration. She continued her education through Kansas State University and in 2013 graduated with her master’s degree in gerontology. She is dedicated to providing quality care to seniors. Melanie is married with three children and spends her free time with her family.
Kameron graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, minoring in Business then obtained her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She spent 20 years employed as an administrator for a child welfare organization working for children and their families. In 2016, Kameron decided it was time for a change but wished to continue in a setting where she could continue to help others. This decision led her to her position with McCrite Plaza -which she loves! Kameron and her husband are adventurous travelers and love seeing new places. She has a daughter, a son and two step-sons who both are married with children.
Tina Karns loves working at McCrite Plaza because it’s fast-paced and everyone is always working together to make things better. She graduated from Emporia State University with a B.S. in business with an emphasis in accounting. She is also a certified public accountant, a notary public, and a member of AICPA and KSCPA. Tina is married with two children and she enjoys scrapbooking.
Tina Potter has been working with seniors since 1996. As the Admissions Coordinator, she helps families make informed decisions for their family member during a time of potential stress. Tina sees herself as an educator, as well as a support person. She is a trained validation group worker, certified social service designee, and a certified activities director. Her heart truly belongs to the elderly population!
Cindee Williams is a graduate from Washburn University with a Degree in Psychology. She has had an active 25-year career engaged in the field of marketing. From this, she has extensive experience in new business attraction and existing business retention. In addition, Cindee has been extremely active in the community, from serving on boards, coalitions, and task forces. Her roles have ranged from Coordinator to Founder. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, frequenting museums and historic destinations, exercising and spending time with her husband and two teenage children.
Kelsie Dawson serves as our Marketing Assistant. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. Kelsie came to us from a local accounting firm where she worked as a Marketing Specialist for four years. Her experience includes creating and implementing marketing plans to bring in new prospects, as well as providing additional skills in social media and event planning. Kelsie is very excited to be part of the McCrite community and enjoys building relationships with residents and their families.
Christine Cunningham is the Wellness Coordinator at McCrite Plaza in Topeka. She came here from Collinsville, IL to enhance the culture of wellness at McCrite. She graduated from McKendree University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness. Christine is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Prior to McCrite Plaza, she was a personal trainer at a Senior Center and also has experience in physical therapy. Christine is very passionate about senior wellness and believes that wellness is vital and can be achieved at any age!
McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff
Cassidy graduated from University of Central Missouri in 2004, then returned to Topeka where he earned his master’s degree in Education while coaching football at Washburn University. He is licensed as an Administrator in Kansas and Missouri, and has served as the Administrator at McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff since its December 2013 opening. His wife, Lindsay, is a Physician’s Assistant. When he’s not working, you’ll likely find Cassidy bow-hunting, fishing, checking on his bees, mushroom-hunting, exploring restaurants or tasting wines.
Joe grew up on Long Island, in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. He earned a degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communications, minoring in Business Administration, from State University of New York at Oswego. Before being convinced by his in-laws to bring their daughter (Katie McCrite Cavaluzzi) and their grandchildren closer to home, Joe was a National Sales Manager in advertising at Comcast. Joe and Katie are busy raising four young children, who bring smiles to the residents when they come to visit.
Kayla (McCrite) Hoffman
Kayla (McCrite) Hoffman is a middle child, which set her up from the get-go for a career in family mediation and social work. She earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from University of Missouri – Columbia, and her Master’s in Social Work from Washburn University. She is a licensed clinical social worker. First serving as a social worker at Academie LaFayette in Kansas City, Mo., she joined McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff when it opened in 2013. Kayla and her husband, Lee, have one son, and enjoy getting together with their friends and family, and traveling to explore the world.
Patrice grew up in North Kansas City and graduated from Oak Park High School. As karma would have its way, several of her former teachers and principals now live at McCrite Plaza where they can continue to monitor her exemplary behavior and penmanship. Patrice graduated from University of Central Missouri with a degree in Public Relations, Marketing and Communications. She applies her knowledge aptly here at McCrite Plaza as the primary contact to consult and provide tours for potential new residents and their families. Patrice’s husband, Jimmy, is McCrite’s Maintenance Director. They enjoy spending their free time with their daughter and wide circle of extended family and friends.
Bonnie grew up in Minnesota and migrated to Kansas City in 1990. She’s a graduate of Minnesota State University – Moorhead, where she majored in Marketing and Business Administration. She spent her career working in corporate communications, public relations and business development before coming to McCrite. Her main responsibilities are to prepare communications and marketing materials, and to build relationships with community partners and resources that assist the aging population. Bonnie her husband, Dave, have two nearly grown-up children. Outside of work, she remains happily distracted with her family and friends, church community, music and travel.