Russ has a Masters in Health Services Administration and 14 years of experience in Long Term Care. He believes in an Open Door Policy and in building relationships with residents, staff and family members by emphasizing on communication. "My passion is to help other people and to do the right thing, my approach to leadership is that I strive to be the kind of leader that I would want to work with and to work for." When Russ isn't at Onondaga Center, you can find him as an adjunct instructor at Bryant and Stratton College (Health Services Administration).
Suzanne has 28 years-experience in the Nursing Industry. Twelve (12) of these years in Sub-Acute/Long Term Care as a Director of Nursing. Other areas of expertise include acute critical care, Insurance nursing (Medicaid as well as Private Insurance) and legal nurse consulting. I have a Bachelor in Business Administration and I am currently pursuing my Masters in Health Care Administration. Nursing has been my focus for the past 28-years, and in these 28-years I have had so many opportunities, but none so great as working with challenges and successes involved in long-term care.
After receiving her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Utica College, Rene traveled, working in many different therapy settings. After 10 years she made her way here to Onondaga center and took on the role of director of rehab. Rene truly loves being a helping hand here at Onondaga center and can be found either in our sunny rehab gym or out on the nursing floor with residents, staff and family. Rene truly loves giving back to the residents and building relationships with both residents and their families. The reason she loves Onondaga center is because of the quaintness of the small, cozy building, allowing for personal relationships to be built. When Rene isn’t helping residents, she is enjoying time with her two young daughters, husband and two goldendoodles, one that can be spotted at times in the therapy gym.
Kelly has lived in Central New York her whole life, graduating from Syracuse University, School of Social work in 1996. Since graduating she has worked as a social worker in many capacities, discovering that her true passion is working with senior citizens. Kelly has spent the past 10 years working to assist senior citizens and their families, providing them with information and knowledge to navigate through the complex and often frustrating process of getting services for their loved ones. She takes pride and works endlessly to provide support to those in need and she understands the need for advocates in our community. The elders and their families will find great relief in knowing that Kelly is here to provide support, encouragement and understanding when they think that no one understands. Kelly feels it is extremely important to understand the individual, to listen to their stories and she takes the time to see the individual in each person that she meets.