Da’Shonda Smith has joined Lutheran Life Villages as admissions coordinator for the Fort Wayne campus. Smith will oversee the process of welcoming new residents, schedule and conduct tours of the campus, and assist in marketing efforts.
“This is the position I’d been waiting for,” Smith says. “It’s an exciting job, assisting residents as they make plans, move in, and get settled. I also enjoy promoting Lutheran Life Villages and all the wonderful retirement-living options found here. This is a very welcoming community.”
A graduate of Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne, Smith earned an associate degree in health-care administration at Brown Mackie College, where she’s currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health-care management. Before coming to Lutheran Life Villages, Smith served for six years as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at St. Anne Home in Fort Wayne.
John Morreale has also joined Lutheran Life Villages as director of maintenance. His duties include overseeing the maintenance staff and upkeep of the organization’s Fort Wayne campus, which includes 355,000 square feet of buildings on 49 acres.
“This position presents a fantastic new challenge,” Morreale says. “I enjoy working with the people here, and I love what I do—improving our maintenance systems and increasing their efficiency. I’ve been in this profession for a long time, but I’m still learning every day.”
Morreale was building and grounds superintendent at St. Vincent’s Villa on Wells Street when it was the YWCA campus. He’s commissioned by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors and worked in the insurance industry for many years, providing inspection services and facilities risk assessment.
Morreale is an alumnus of Purdue University and the University of Hawaii and played soccer in college. His avocation these days is music. He’s been playing bass guitar for about 30 years and currently plays with a popular Fort Wayne-area blues band.
Founded in 1931, Lutheran Life Villages is a premier provider of independent-living, assisted-living, and nursing-care communities for older adults on its campuses in Fort Wayne and Kendallville. The organization also offers early-learning, child-care, and intergenerational-interaction opportunities at its two Children’s Villages in Fort Wayne and Kendallville.
A state-licensed, nonprofit organization, Lutheran Life Villages is a member of the Indiana Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (IAHSA) and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Lutheran Life Villages is an affiliated and recognized social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, respectively.
Dignity, respect, compassion, Christian faith, and wellness through prevention are all hallmarks of the Lutheran Life Villages culture. All accommodations, services, programs, and employment opportunities at Lutheran Life Villages are available to people regardless of their religion, age, sex, color, national origin, or disability.