Meet Our Team

   

Thomas Poelma
President/CEO

Tom’s connection with Fairport Baptist Homes began with his grandmother, who lived here in 1973. The love he shared with his grandparents would shape his career, and now puts him in the perfect position to ensure the very best care for many more seniors. He has worked at Fairport Baptist Homes for more than 25 years, holding a variety of positions, from Finance to Operations, and now, President/CEO. Tom is most proud of helping lead…

Greg Powers
Administrator/COO

Since Greg Powers was very young he has enjoyed working with seniors. Their stories always fascinated him particularly those that had overcome adversity during the Depression. Today, he appreciates seniors even more as he interacts with them and is responsible for their care. “It’s amazing to me that a short conversation with a senior can really make their day. It reinforces that what we do here with senior care is so important. Seniors still have…

Deborah Tuttle
Director, Human Resources

Deborah started out thinking that she wanted to be an Elementary teacher, but was always drawn to medicine, working for many years, as a Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant and Office Manager for an office of over 1200 patients, ages 6 weeks to 100 years. Seventeen years ago she decided she wanted something different, at a place where she could make a difference. From the moment she stepped through the doors for an interview, she knew…

Deb Howe Allen
Director of Advancement

Though Deb Allen has worked in a number of fields—advertising, market research, financial services—when she switched to the non-profit sector over 20 years ago, she never looked back, and can’t imagine doing anything other than fundraising for a living.  She learns something new every day, loves working with donors, and enjoys the creativity of crafting a compelling appeal or effective grant proposal.  She has raised many millions of dollars for worthwhile causes over the years,…

Ashley Gebbie
Director, Resident Care Services/Administrator

For Ashley, this field sort of chose itself, as she grew up in a household with her great-grandparents. Being aware of all the medical needs, and all the questions and concerns that came along with caring for loved ones, she decided at a young age to go into nursing. Sincerity is at the core of everything she does in senior care— residents want to know they have someone to turn to, trusting that they have…

Mansura T. Malik, DNP, FNP
Clinical Administrator

“Caring for seniors is a privilege and an excellent learning experience, “says Mansura Malik, “they have so much knowledge, wisdom and wit, and they need our attentive care. I feel honored to be part of this unique dynamic.”   Mansura enjoys interacting with older adults as a health care provider and chose to follow this as her career path. As the Staff Education Clinical Coordinator at Fairport Baptist Homes, she has an opportunity to affect the…

Ellen K. O’Connor
Director, Community Services

Across eight years in senior care, Ellen has one guiding principle— to recognize the importance and value of the individual and establishing loving relationships in all aspects of life. Doing this, she believes, requires an environment in which everyone is valued and has the opportunity to contribute to the community according to their gifts and abilities, and environment where care is always a two way street. Ellen was always been drawn to a career of…

Jeanne Read
Social Worker, Senior Options for Independence

Caring for seniors has been a passion, woven into the fabric of Jeanne’s life for as long as she can remember. As a child, it was normal for her to visit the ill or isolated, at home or in a senior facility, or to deliver food or provide a ride for someone in need. At the urging of her stepmother, who, as Executive Director of a senior facility, transformed it into a thriving community, Jeanne…

Sandra Chait Batty
Director, Housing Services

Her career at Fairport Baptist Homes is something she just fell into and fell in love with. She loves having the opportunity to keep seniors independent by helping them and their families make good housing choices.  After 20+ years, she is still energized by seeing how what she does improves lives, bringing security and peace of mind to seniors and their families. Sandra feels so much can be learned from the seniors she helps, yet,…

Jan Considine, RN
Director of Nursing

Jan’s history with Fairport Baptist Homes goes back to when she became a Certified Nursing Assistant here after high school. She left to become a nurse but never forgot her experience caring for seniors and the impact it had on her. After 11 years of nursing in a hospital setting she came back in July 2012 and was later promoted to Director of Nursing in October, 2014.   “Every day I learn something new from a…

Jody Illingworth
Director, Rehabilitation

Jody combined her aptitude for science with her desire to help others and found that Physical Therapy was the perfect fit. In over 10 years caring for seniors, she enjoys the learning process and appreciates that they have so much experience with life and so many wonderful stories to share. Her approach is to learn from them, listen to them, get to know them and guide them through, helping them return to the best functional mobility…