MJ Dugas Named Residence Director for Legend at Silver Creek Personal Care and Memory Care Residence
December 20th, 2022 | Company News
Legend Senior Living®, a major provider of senior living options headquartered in Wichita, KS, has name MJ Dugas Residence Director for the new Legend at Silver Creek residence, which includes Personal Care and Memory Care. Legend at Silver Creek is under construction scheduled to open in Summer 2023. The Welcome Center is open now and taking reservations.
Dugas has been Residence Director at Legend of Allentown in Macungie (PA) for more than five years from pre-construction in 2017 to present. During her tenure at Allentown, the community has achieved high occupancy and high marks from families and residents alike. Legend of Allentown has earned a 4.8 out of 5.0 rating from visitors to A Place for Mom.
“MJ’s experience and expertise are ideal for our new flagship residence in Pennsylvania, to say the least” said Debi Thomas, Legend’s Vice President of Business Development in making the announcement. “Her sterling credentials aside, she’s become a real specialist in directing a residence from pre-construction through daily operation. MJ’s great success with our Allentown residence means we’ll miss her there, but she’s the perfect leader for our groundbreaking Silver Creek property.”
“I’m exhilarated by the challenge of opening Legend’s next great senior community in Pennsylvania,” said Dugas. “Pennsylvania has become so central to the Legend mission of service to seniors. The need has been great in these cities, and the response of the residents and their families has been so positive that we open our Silver Creek community with utmost excitement and confidence.”
Dugas cites her very early interest as a young volunteer in skilled nursing centers as the actual beginning of her career. Volunteering throughout her college years and entering employment in senior living shortly thereafter, Dugas has taken several personal care homes from pre-construction sales through licensure, development and operations. Her senior living industry management positions have included Regional Director of Operations, Administrator/Executive Director, and Director of Marketing and Admissions, and held a seat on the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association board from 2008-2021.
She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Health Care Administration and Medical Transcription degree with a 4.0 GPA, and she has been certified by Temple University as a Personal Care Home Administrator. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
“MJ is immersed in all aspects of senior living,” added Thomas. “She represents the ideal in Legend leadership, with depth of experience and expertise combined with a true calling to service. Silver Creek will be in very good hands.”