Kristin Cherry is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Traditions Management. She has spoken throughout the Midwest on a wide variety of senior care topics, including Visiting Seniors, Alzheimer’s Disease, The Differences Between Assisted Living and Nursing Homes and Creating Memory Care Programs. She continues to mentor and support Traditions communities throughout a four-state region. As part of a collaboration between Traditions and Oasis, a national non-profit educational organization devoted to promoting healthy aging and intergenerational programs, Kristin has spoken throughout Indianapolis on Senior Housing: Facts vs. Myths, Senior Housing Affordability and Empowering Your Aging Loved Ones.
Kristin has more than 30 years experience in Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, with advanced degrees in Gerontology, Family Services and Counseling. She is the recipient of the BGSU Gerontology Program Partnership Award, Resident Director Best Practices Award, and has been recognized locally for Outstanding Achievement in Building a Team.
Kristin and her husband, Dave, have been married 28 years and have one daughter, Destiny, who attends Minnesota State University-Mankato graduate school. Like many of the important women in her life, including her great aunt, grandmother, Alice Sahs, and daughter, Destiny, Kristin was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, and is currently President of the Indiana Kappa Delta Alumnae Association. Kristin has encouraged fellow alumnae’s involvement in the community, and recently hosted an alumni member’s therapy dog at one of the Traditions communities.
Kristin counts her exposure to her husband’s healthcare career and relatives like her great aunt and grandfather as a primary reason for her continued interest in senior care and lifelong wellness. “I grew up with wonderful grandparents and extended family. When my great aunt was moved to a nursing home—a depressing place in those days—I would play piano and visit with residents. I knew there had to be something better for our aging population. My grandfather, the Chair of the Department of Neurology (1948-1974) at the University of Iowa, was someone I admired greatly and do to this day. After he passed in 1986, I began attending the Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship in his memory. The Lectureship covers the costs of well-known neurologists who present the current status of stroke treatment to University of Iowa medical physicians, residents and students. And my father, who just turned 80 is considering playing in the National Senior Father/Son Tennis Tournament. I come from a long line of people who believe in living life to the fullest.”