Jennifer Maple, RN, President

Jennifer Maple has been a nurse for over ten years all of which have been in long term care. She has been an LPN, Unit Manager, and Assistant Director of Nursing and currently is the Director of Nursing at Willow Haven Care Center in Zanesville.

Jennifer is a Certified Director of Nursing and Certified in Long term care through NADONA. She obtained her LPN certification in 2007 and her Associates Degree in Nursing in 2014 She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree
in Nursing and her certification in wound management.

She enjoys learning and sharing new innovations and ideas in long term care nursing and is looking forward to growing personally and professionally in this new role.


Vice President

This position is currently vacant.

Carolea Mercer, Recording and Corresponding Secretary

Carolea Mercer is an RN with almost 25 years nursing experience in Long Term Care.  Carolea started her career as an LPN.  She obtained her LPN from Mid-East Career and Technologies Center.  After several years of working as an LPN, Carolea made the decision to further her education and obtained her RN from Ohio University-Zanesville.  Her experience has mostly been in Long Term Care with positions including Charge Nurse, RN Supervisor, Skin/Wound Nurse, Corporate Wound Care Consultant, Restorative Nurse, Case Manager/MDS Coordinator, and Corporate Staff Development/Education Nurse.  Carolea also has experience in Home Health Care and as a Wound Nurse in an LTAC.

Carolea also holds her certification as a Certified Wound Specialist from American Academy of Wound Management since 2005.

Carolea is currently employed by Zandex Health Care Corporation as the Director of Nursing at Adams Lane Care Center (LTC) & Westside Gardens Assisted Living.


Shanea Creighton, Treasurer

Shanea Creighton is an RN with over 18 years nursing experience, most of which have been in Long Term Care.  Shanea started her career as an LPN.  Her experience in Long Term Care includes charge nurse, Staff Coordinator, RN Supervisor, MDS nurse, DON and Executive Director.  She also has experience in Home Health and counseling. 

Shanea is currently employed by Zandex Health Care Corporation as the Director of Nursing at Beckett House of New Concord.


Peggy Kish, RN, Past President and Trustee

Peggy Kish is a RN with over 19 years experience in Long Term Care.  Peggy has worked as a Nurse Aide, LPN, and a RN. During this time she has held titles of Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Case Manager, and RN Supervisor. She is currently the Clinical Service Director for the Zandex Corporation in Zanesville that operates seven long-term care facilities and two assisted-living facilities; giving her vast experience with the MDS, Survey Process, and Risk Management.  She is a Program Coordinator for Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program, is Resident Assessment Certified for the MDS process, President of the Ohio Directors of Long Term Care Administration, and also has served as a nurse consultant for a law firm using her comprehensive knowledge within her nursing background.

Peggy enjoys being involved in OHCA Facility Standards Committee and Council of Nurses.


Katie Sorrell, Recording and Corresponding Secretary  

Katie Sorrell graduated from Ohio University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She obtained her Associate Degree in Registered Nursing in 1996. Her experience has been mostly in long term care with positions including Charge Nurse, RN Supervisor, and MDS Coordinator. In 1998, she received her Train the Trainer from the Alliance Training Center and obtained the position of Staff Development and Program Coordinator of the Nurse Aide Training Program for a long term care facility where she later moved into the Assistant Director of Nursing position.

Katie also has a certification in intravenous therapy and worked for a specialized infusion company for four years. Katie moved back to long term care and obtained a position as Corporate Staff Development Consultant and later moved into the position of Clinical Services Consultant.

Katie is currently employed by Humana.

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Board Members can be reached at odonaltc@gmail.com or (740) 575-6146