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Employee of the Month Aaron Merkley

Meet Aaron Merkley, Traditions' Featured Employee of the Month! Aaron was born in sunny Jacksonville, Florida, but raised in the quaint city of Saginaw, Michigan.

Aaron's Career & Family Life

Aaron has been cooking for the Traditions of Saginaw's West Campus residents for three years.

"When I'm not working, I love spending time with my beautiful and talented wife, Lexi, and my three amazing children. We have two girls and a boy – we love hanging out as a family, playing video games, and watching movies. I've also recently gotten into painting. And a little-known fact is that I can juggle – well, only slightly."

A Family Environment

When we asked Aaron what he loves about his job, he said, "It simply feels like home. I walk into the kitchen, and it doesn't feel like a job, but rather like I'm hanging out with my friends or family and getting paid for it."

"You asked me to share a memorable experience, but to name one is too difficult. Every day with our residents is memorable and a great experience. However, I hold the memory of Ms. Mickey dear. We used to chat every morning. She moved to be closer to her family. I still miss her."

Being Nominated for Employee of the Month

June Nadolny, Traditions of Saginaw's Executive Director, said, "Aaron was nominated because he exemplifies Traditions' Core Values of Socialization and Service. He arrives ready to work with a positive attitude and provides great service to our residents. His fun and playful nature brings joy to our residents' day. We are proud that Aaron is part of our Traditions of Saginaw-West Campus team!"

Traditions of Saginaw is More Than a Workplace

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the recognition," said Aaron with a big smile. "I appreciate the Traditions of Saginaw team and love that work feels like home and not just a job!"

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