Meet Our Team


Thomas Poelma

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

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 is so important.  Seniors still have so much to…

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—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.    

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…