Tom is the executive director at Travanse Living at Olathe. His duties include overseeing the community’s day-to-day operations and team management, hiring all department heads and care staff, and coordinating with the management company, Integral Senior Living.
Tom joined Travanse Living and Integrated Senior Living in 2018 after a 20-year career in the senior living industry, originally working in information technology. Tom is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and earned both his master’s degree in management information systems and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Friends University.
Tom felt that taking on an administrative role would allow him to passionately serve seniors and make a difference in the lives of older adults. As Executive Director at Travanse Living at Olathe, he is able to directly impact seniors by creating a community where people learn and live happily.
An Indiana native, Tom enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, working on cars with his son, spending time with his family and golden retriever, and is an active member at his church.
Resident Care Manager
Meet Rhiannon Blanchard, our Resident Care Manager. Rhiannon has an important role in the community as she manages the Life Enrichment Aides. Working with older adults has been a passion of Rhiannon's since she was a young girl in high school.
Having lived in Southeast Kansas since 2000, Rhiannon realized her passion and began working her way up the healthcare ladder. She was certified as a Nursing Assistant in high school and went on to receive her Medication Aide License shrotly after through Neosho County Community College. After moving to the Kansas City metro area, Rhiannon completed her LPN at Brown Machie of Lenexa in 2014.
Rhiannon resides in Gardner with her husband and yellow lab named Bismark. Rhiannon shares that her mission as a nurse and as a Resident Care Manager is, "to touch as many people's lives as possible in an uplifting way - each and every day."
Director of Sales and Marketing
Meet Mike Fraser, our Director of Sales and Marketing. Mike's main role at Travanse Living at Olathe is to develop positive and lasting relationships between the senior living community and the businesses and organizations in and around the greater Kansas City area. In addition to attending various community activities and networking events, his day-to-day tasks include helping residents and their families coordinate all aspects of the move-in process, developing annual marketing plans, and organizing marketing visits to the community.
“We are very excited and lucky to have Mike join our team here at Travanse at Olathe,” said Heather Haley, regional director of Sales and Marketing for ISL. “His knowledge and years of experience in sales and marketing will make Mike a valuable asset to our community and the Travanse Living Family.”
Prior to joining the Travanse Living team, Fraser was the executive vice president for Heritage Tractor. He also spent 30 years as the vice president of sales for Hallmark Cards. Fraser is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Rachael Locke-Garcia received her Certified Nurse’s Aide certificate in 2009 and is scheduled to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration in May. She brings 9 years of dementia care experience and 15 years of managerial experience to our community. She gained managerial experience at Brookdale College Square as sales and marketing director. While at Brookdale College Square, Locke-Garcia was responsible for new resident outreach, staff hiring and training, vendor relationship maintenance, and sustaining good relationships with the families of residents.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Charley Lewis brings 37 years of experience in sales, marketing and project management to the Travanse Living at Olathe team. Throughout her career, she has held positions with the Kansas Department of Aging, Ronald McDonald Houses International and American Marketing Association. The multiple managerial positions Lewis has held have allowed her to accomplish feats such as exceeding 12-month occupancy goals in a nine-month period, executing numerous branding, advertising and promotional campaigns, and hiring and training staff.
Meet Aaron Attebury, Maintenance Manager for Travanse Living at Olathe. Aaron brings years of experience to our team – experience that will ensure our community is well taken care of on a daily basis.
Aaron has overseen maintenance in a variety of settings, including assisted living and memory care communities for over 12 years. He spent nine years as Director of Operations and Maintenance Manager at Tutera Family Communities. He has overseen maintenance, laundry, housekeeping and transportation services.
Aaron is looking forward to his new role with Travanse Living. “I am looking forward to this new experience,” says Aaron. “This is a wonderful opportunity to expand both my personal and professional growth, and I’m excited to be a part of the Travanse Living team.”
Aaron has lived in Belton, Missouri all his life. A family man, he has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 18 years. They have three sons, Jacob, Zachary and Quinten.
Memory Care Manager
Meet Michelle Durbin, Memory Care Manager for Travanse Living at Olathe. Originally from Olathe, Michelle discovered her passion for working with older adults at the age of 10 when she would spend summers with her grandfather at his senior living community.
Michelle has since moved to the Paola area, where she lives with her beloved Australian Shepherd, Scout. Working in Memory Care for nearly 15 years, Michelle spends her spare time volunteering for the Alzheimer's Association and traveling to Guatemala for mission work.
Michelle's favorite quote is, "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to share it," by William Shakespeare.
Business Office Manager
Meet Teri Bechtold, our Business Office Manager. Teri will be one of the first people you see as you enter our community and she's always excited to greet residents with a friendly and familiar face. Any questions you have, Teri will be able to answer.
Teri is a Kansas native through and through. After traveling around the country as a self proclaimed "army brat," Teri finally settled down in Kansas and eventually graduated from Kansas State University. When Teri first moved to Kansas, she lived with her grandparents for two years and it's a time of her life that bred her fondest memories. In fact, it inspired her to work with older adults - "because they have the best stories and are super lovable."
Teri is married with two children in Kansas City.