Woodie Davis

Woodie Davis Jr. (, Chief Life Safety Officer, Network Administration Liaison, Director of Buildings and Grounds, has managed this multi-faceted work for Quaker Heights since July of 2000. His work involves not only the physical property but also security and technology. Since his work takes him all over the campus, Woodie gets to know most of the residents and they enjoy his friendly banter. Woodie has more than a decade of experience in the health care maintenance field. Before joining Quaker Heights, he was Assistant Maintenance Director at Countryside YMCA, worked in the residential housing maintenance field, and was part of his family's construction business.

Sherry R. Lamb (, Director of the Business Office and Human Resources, joined the team in 2005, first as the Accounts Payable Coordinator then within that year she became the Director of the Business Office. In 2009, Sherry took on the additional role of Human Resources Director. She has more than 25 years of business experience. Sherry is a member of the Warren County Safety Council. “I enjoy working at Quaker Heights due to the staff and management. It’s nice to work at a company that always strives to do the right thing. I appreciate the Quaker values and feel blessed to have found a company that allows me to grow professionally and as a person.”

Nikki Lee, RN, MSN, MHA  (, Director of Nursing, Nikki began serving in the healthcare industry as a STNA in 1994 in a LTC center and transitioned to serve patients in the acute care setting. Her professional qualifications include an initial B.S.N., a dual degree background of a Masters of Science in Nursing/Masters of Healthcare Administration focus and over 20 years of successful nursing experience.  Seven + years of management experience,.(includes 5 yrs as DON and 2 yrs ADON with excellent QIS survey hx). To complement this background, she possess demonstrated expertise in acute and long term patient care, Physician support, staff collaboration, policy/procedures and meeting organizational goals as well as strong analytical, problem-solving and managerial capabilities. She is familiar and comfortable working in the following specialty areas: neuro, trauma, telemetry, mother/baby couplet care, postpartum, and nursery. She has also worked with ventilator and trach pt's. As an employee, you will find her to be an enthusiastic and disciplined team player, committed to supporting units and organizations in achieving objectives through superior performance. She is passionate about educating staff to grow their knowledge to better care for our residents and families. Nikki is dedicated to the Profession of Nursing as well as committed to the nursing culture of excellence, the value of professionalism, quality outcomes and collaborative practice with resident/family centered care. She is passionate about ensuring that the bedside nurse has all the tools at their fingertips in order to make appropriate critical care decisions while caring for our patients. She is passionate about ensuring that the bedside nurse has all the tools at their fingertips in order to make appropriate critical care decisions while caring for our residents. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. .

Tami Linville  (, Director of Activities, has brought smiles to the resident's faces since 2007. As the Director of Activities Tami really gets to know the residents through a variety of activities, outings, and celebrations. Her energy and creativity are irreplaceable and a much cherished asset throughout the Quaker Heights Care Community. Prior to her joining the Quaker Heights team Ms. Linville worked at Nationals Bank & Trust for 7 years. It was an extraordinary blessing for Quaker Heights when Ms. Linville decided to leave her job and pursue her passion. "This is a truly special place".    

Sydney McBride, LNHA, CPASRM  (, Assistant Administrator, Corporate Compliance & Risk Management Official, Chief Advancement Officer, came to Quaker Heights in June 2015 as a graduate from Earlham College. While at Earlham she majored in Biochemistry with both an academic and extracurricular focus in healthcare. Through a series of life's twists and turns she was presented with a year long Administrator-in-Training Fellowship here at Quaker Heights and she jumped at the opportunity to explore the administrative side of healthcare. She brought with her an endless amount of energy and thirst for knowledge. Upon completion of her Administrator-in-Training Fellowship, June 2016, she successfully passed her state and federal exams to become a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Sydney has since continued to expand her knowledge in the field by graduating from the Friends Services for the Aging Leadership Institute, becoming a Certified Professional in Aging Services Risk Management, and enrolling in a Masters in Healthcare Administration Degree program at the University of Cincinnati.

Marla K. Murphy-Cantu

Marla K. Murphy-Cantu, RD, LD  (, Director of Clinical Nutrition and Registered Dietician, has served in her current capacity since October 2007. Marla earned her undergraduate degree in Dietetics at Bowling Green State University and then completed a post-baccalaureate ADA (American Dietetic Association) accredited Dietetic Internship at The Ohio State University. Marla also pursued graduate work in Nutrition and Public Health. During the time she was completing her internship, Marla had the opportunity to practice in a variety of food service settings including eldercare facilities. She found working with elders to be satisfying which led her to joining the Quaker Heights team. “I did not realize how much I would find appealing about assisting elders whom I see every day. We become close with so many of our residents. I also enjoy helping people understand how eating well and enough support our residents’ wellbeing. Dining is an important part of our residents’ days so we want to make it as enjoyable as possible. Including making sure people get what they like to eat and have enough to eat.” Marla is a current member of the American Dietetic Association.

Dana Wallace (, Director of Marketing & Social Services, comes to Quaker Heights from a position as the Director of Sales and Marketing of an Assisted Living. Lucky for us Dana missed the deep resident and family interaction she experienced as a Director of Social Services. Here at Quaker Heights Dana is able to bridge her love for marketing and her love for social services on a daily basis. Dana is a University of Dayton Graduate and has been faithful to the Dayton area all her life. We are excited to have her kind, compassionate, and bubbly presence join our team!

Wendy Waters-Connell, RN, MS, LNHA, CPASRM  (, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Administrator has served in her current capacity since May of 1999. She has more than 25 years of experience in the health care field. This experience includes progressive nursing and administrative management positions in acute care as well as long-term care. Wendy earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Miami University and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Wright State University. She then furthered her education in Nursing Home Administration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wendy is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is currently a board member of the National Peace Church Risk Retention Group and is a past Chair of the Board for Friends Services for the Aging. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the School for Engineering and Applied Science at Miami University. Wendy also was a member of Warren County Diversity Council, Warren County Area Progress Council, and is the past President of the Butler Warren Workforce Policy Board. “I trust my work will stand in testimony to what I want most for my children in their futures — an understanding that we are all connected to each other. This is measured in how we respond to the call for help from those around us. It is about the lived experience of kindness.”