About Westminster Village

A Life Plan Community teeming with vitality, excitement and innovative ideas for modern senior living:  Westminster Village, in West Lafayette, Indiana, is Tippecanoe County’s preferred choice. Situated in a charming neighborhood just two miles from Purdue University, Westminster Village offers independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitative services, and long-term care including Medicare-certified skilled nursing and memory care. Here, you can live connected, and live well.

History

Westminster Village is a place to feel at home and a part of a community with strong ties to the past.

From its inception, Westminster Village has shared a strong bond with Purdue University. In fact, land for the development was purchased at an attractive price and with the encouragement of Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation. Developed and constructed by Presbyterian Housing Program, Inc., the three apartment buildings with approximately 225 Independent Living apartments and the Health Center with 38 beds were opened and occupied during 1976 and 1977.  The first homes were constructed and occupied in 1979. In 1981, ownership of Westminster Village was transferred to a not-for-profit corporation with ownership vested in a local volunteer Board of Directors. Village residents serve on the Board of Directors along with local civic, business and university leaders.

The Courtyard was added in 1988, providing 20 large Assisted Living care rooms. In 1991 the Health Center was expanded to 46 beds. In 2005 the original Assisted Living apartments were converted to Health Center units and one wing of the original Independent Apartment buildings was converted to Assisted Living units. Between 2004 and 2008, 36 additional homes were constructed for a total of 57 freestanding homes.

In 2015, a new concept in residential living—hybrid homes—was introduced at Westminster Village in a three-building structure called The Terraces with 18 residences in each building. That same year, the 20,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art Live Well Fitness & Rehab Center also opened, offering everything from cardio equipment and two pools to art studios, classes, and expansive room for outpatient rehabilitation.

Mission & Values

Our mission is to be the preeminent community for living well.

At Westminster Village, we value:

  • Quality:

    We commit to consistent, knowledgeable resident-focused service in all we do.

  • People:

    We are good neighbors and actively promote an inclusive culture and open communication.

  • Compassion:

    We serve each other consistently with respect, dignity and love.

  • Creativity:

    We work as a team to provide forward-thinking, innovative and responsive care.

  • Integrity:

    We provide transparent and credible stewardship of time, talent and resources of Westminster Village.

Our Team

When the right group of thinkers, doers, and caring folks come together, great things can happen. Westminster Village is proud to call upon the expertise, experience and leadership of an amazing group of people.

Board of Directors

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Sandra D. Fights

President (member since 2017) Sandra D. Fights began her nursing education at Purdue University in 1982. She earned her PhD in Nursing Education from Capella University Minneapolis, MN in 2015. She is the Dean/Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, IN. Ms. Fights is a member of the Accrediting Commission for the Education of Nurses, The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, The American Nurses Association, and the Indiana State Nurses Association. She has been on the Purdue Nursing Alumni Organization Board of Directors and the Indiana State Department of Health Bioterrorism Preparedness Advisory Committee.

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Richard L. Bartholomew

Vice-President (Member since 2018) Richard is a shareholder and the Director of Tax Services for the accounting firm of Girardot, Strauch and Co. P. C. located in Lafayette, Indiana. After graduating Cum Laude from IU School of Law-Indianapolis in 1981, Richard joined the accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand in Indianapolis. Since then, he has worked in the private industry as well as public accounting firms. Richard is a frequent presenter for continuing legal education (for Lawyers) and continuing professional education (for CPAs) courses, including the 2004 and 2005, AICPA National Conference on Federal Taxes, the Indiana Bar Association, approximately 15 state CPA societies. He has also been a presenter for the 44th and 55th Annual Minnesota State Tax Conference, the Ohio State Tax Institute and Bisk educational tapes with over 2,000 video subscribers. Richard has also edited several courses for state CPA societies including Estate Planning, and Advance Partnership Taxation. Richard has also worked extensively on Internal Revenue Service examinations. One in particular lasted more than three years, went to the national office of the IRS two separate times, and involved tax, penalties, and interest in excess of $7 million.

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Glenn Tomkins

Treasurer (member since 2014) Glenn Tomkins, currently semi-retired and overseeing several facility projects for Purdue’s department of Intercollegiate Athletics, served Purdue athletics as the chief financial officer from 1989-2012. He was responsible for the fiscal management of all areas of the athletics department. Also, reporting to Tomkins were the associate athletics director for Information Technology and Ticketing, the associate athletics director for Facilities, the athletics equipment manager, and the in-house travel office. Tomkins came to Purdue to fill an internship in the Bursar’s Office in 1969 and returned in 1970 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University. Glenn also attended the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle. He was the business administrator for the Agricultural Experiment Station (1977-88), business administrator for the University Development Office (1972-77) and business representative in Engineering (1970-72). During Tomkins’ tenure, he has overseen 23 consecutive years of operating surpluses, the addition of two women’s sports, and over $250 million of facility construction and renovation.

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Lois Kennedy Wark

(Member since 2015) Lois Kennedy Wark graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Psychology Northwestern University and a MA in Division of Correlated Studies: Personnel – (combination of Psychology and Business). She earned 15 hours in graduate studies in Counseling from Purdue University (1953-54). Lois worked as the Director of Non-Academic Personnel at Northwestern University before joining Purdue University as the Assistant Dean of Women. She retired as the Creator and Director of Career Counseling Program in the School of Science. Following retirement Lois has been involved or a member of the Leadership Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau and Purdue University Retiree Association (PURA). At Westminster Village, Lois is active in many organizations. She is the Leader of Cottage B group, Village Voices, Chair of the WMV Resident Council and Village Information Team. Lois enjoys many personal interests such as leadership: planning, coordinating, executing ideas; organizing; mentoring and helping others to develop their abilities; Putting ideas/concepts into some sense of order and helping others to understand and be willing to become involved in life at WMV.

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Brad Deno

(Member since 2016) Brad Deno is currently the Vice President of Operations of Kettelhut Construction, Inc. where he has been employed for the last 25 years. As of January 1, 2016 he has begun a transition to an Ownership role within the company. As Vice President of Operations, he is heavily involved in construction operations which include project procurement, estimating, manpower, project management, subcontractor relations and business development. He has managed Kettelhut Construction, Inc.’s medical facility projects for the past five years and has numerous additional years of experience working in the company’s operations at Purdue University, Tippecanoe School Corporation, Lafayette School Corporation as well as other commercial businesses in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County.
Mr. Deno is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University’s Construction Engineering and Management Program with continued training in safety, project management techniques and subcontractor relations. He serves as a member of the Construction Engineering and Management Advisory Board, Top Notch Statewide Business Development Board and Top Notch Advisory Council for Lafayette. Past memberships include the Benton County Catholic School Education Trust Fund as well as the Benton Central Athletic Booster Club.

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Bret A. Hawks

(Member since 2017) Bret was born and raised in Battle Ground and then went to Harrison High School before getting undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University. After college, Bret worked for a large accounting firm in Indianapolis before he and his wife moved back to the greater Lafayette area to start a family and build his CPA practice. He has been practicing with Heman Lawson Hawks LLP for 22 years and his areas of expertise include individual and business tax, tax planning, and general business consulting. Bret is married to DeEtta and they have two daughters Kylie and Kadie. Kylie recently graduated from Hanover College and she is applying to medical school. Kadie will be a sophomore at University of Indianapolis where she plays volleyball. Away from the office, Bret’s interests are boating, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.

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Jane Smith

(Member since 2018) Jane graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Education and Humanities; Industrial Economics. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Management in 1998. She has 24 years of experience in accounting, financial management and operations. She retired from the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research in 1996. She was the Director of Operations overseeing a budget of $5.5 million. In concurrence with her career, Jane was a member of many civic organizations in the greater Tippecanoe County area. Since moving to Westminster Village, Jane has been the Resident Council Treasurer for seven year.

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Larry Huggins

(Member since 2019) Born and raised in central Illinois near Decatur, Larry married his high school sweetheart, Lola Kater, in 1956. That lifelong partnership has produced three children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a successful academic career. He joined the Purdue Agricultural Engineering faculty in 1966 after BS and MS degrees from the Univ. of IL and a PhD from Purdue. He was named Department Head in 1981, a position he held until 1994 when he became Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering. In 2002 responsibilities were changed to Fiscal Planning and Academic Facilities. Lola and Larry have long been active members of First United Methodist Church where Larry is currently Treasurer. Westminster leadership activities include Cottage B chair, co-chairing the Bazaar Committee with Lola the past 5 years, and Resident Council Chair in 2017.

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Marianne Rose

(Member since 2020) Born and raised in Lafayette, Marianne graduated from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, and earned her graduate degree from Indiana University. After completing her education, she spent her career in the nonprofit arena. Her experiences include management and leadership positions in a public park and recreation organization, YWCA, and a national fundraising counsel firm specializing in museum capital campaigns. After living in Maryland for almost 20 years on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Marianne and her husband Larry returned to Lafayette to support her parents during their twilight years.  Upon returning to the Greater Lafayette area, she was fortunate to continue her non-profit work by joining United Way of Greater Lafayette as the marketing director and then in 2004 she joined The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette as the Director of Philanthropy. Nine years later she was appointed President/CEO of The Community Foundation. During that time, the assets grew to $68 million and awarded almost $10 million in community grants. As she shares with many, “Returning to my hometown has been a great chapter of my life. It’s been rewarding to be part of a community that cares and works together for the common good, and to make it better for those who will follow.” Newly retired, she is looking forward to traveling and exploring new places as well as being engaged in new community activities.

Carolyn Jones, Ex-Officio Resident Council Liaison*

Currently a resident of Westminster Village.

*Note: This position changes hands in January of each year.

Village Department Directors

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Ben Blankenship

Executive Director

Ben Blankenship has spent the majority of the past 20 years serving area seniors. He joined Westminster Village in 2013 as the Health Facility Administrator. While in this role, he led the Health Center to a five-star Medicare rating for four years and achieved a deficiency-free health inspection. In May 2017, Ben was promoted to Associate Executive Director where he led multiple departments as well as special projects. In February 2019, the Board of Directors selected Ben to lead the Village as the next Executive Director. Ben earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown College in Kentucky and earned his MBA in Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan. Ben is a licensed Health Facility Administrator (HFA) in Indiana, certified as an HFA preceptor and is white-belt certified in Lean Six Sigma. In addition to his duties at the Village, Ben serves on the Health Care Support Program Advisory Committee at Ivy Tech Community College and is an adjunct faculty member. Ben also volunteers within the Greater Lafayette community while serving at various non-profit organizations. Ben resides in Lafayette with his wife Amy and their three daughters. In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family and watching his girls participate in extracurricular activities.

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Jessica Argerbright

Accounting and Finance Director

Jessica joined Westminster Village in 2014 with 15 years’ experience in the medical accounting field. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems/Operations management from Ball State University. In addition, Jessica is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Accounting at Purdue University. Jessica and her husband have three children and she enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, and reading.

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Gary Elliott

Physical Plant Director

Gary obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.  He has over 30 years of experience in facility operations including capital expenditure planning, department administration, building maintenance and safety. Gary holds the Master Facility Executive certificate from BOMI and his CPCU from the American Institute. He is a member of the Alliance Safety Council, International Code Council, International Facility Managers Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Gary comes to us from Acculevel Inc. where he was the Operations Manager. Prior to Acculevel, Gary was the Director of Facilities for State Farm Insurance for 30 years. In that role, Gary managed State Farms’ facilities and operations throughout the Midwest.

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Stacey Johnson

Administrative Services Director

Stacey joined Westminster Village in July of 2009 after fourteen years at Indiana Veterans’ Home. Almost three years later, she assumed the position of Administrative Services Director. Stacey has a degree in accounting from Ivy Tech Community College. Stacey and her husband, Jarmy, have two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and attending her girls’ sporting events – often traveling the state in her motorhome for games.

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Rickey Kerr

Dining Services Director

Rickey Kerr started at Westminster in 1992. He started as a server and worked his way through nearly every position in the kitchen to assume the position of dining services director in 2006. Rickey is a graduate of Purdue University and also a certified as a Dietary Manager and Food Protection Professional from the University of North Dakota. Rickey and his wife, a Westminster employee since 1991, have two kids that keep them very busy with dance and sporting events.

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Sivaprasad Parnam

Therapy Director, Rehab Care

Dr. Parnam joined Westminster Village as a Director of Therapy services for Rehab Care in spring 2009 . He received his undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy from Rajiv Gandhi University, India, my Doctor of Physical Therapy from Dominican College of Blauvelt in New York and earned MBA in Healthcare Management from University of Southern Indiana. Dr. Parnam holds a post-graduate Diploma in Osteopractic through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Currently, He is enrolled in The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine to complete his Certification in Manual Medicine. He is deeply committed to organizational and personal excellence. He seeks opportunities for improvement and pursue additional certifications and education to expand and enhance top quality patient offerings. Leveraging big-picture thinking and with proven entrepreneurial insight. He has several certification and has a special interest in the use of dry needling, spinal manipulation, extremity manipulation, instrument adjustment, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy technique, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, and myofascial release. Instrument assisted manual therapy utilizes bands, cupping, straps, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), and musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging for the treatment of pain, neuromuscular, and musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Parnam and his wife, Sujatha, have a daughter and twin sons, he enjoys reading and traveling with family. 

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Todd Payne

Human Resources Director

Todd Payne joined Westminster Village in 2013 from Wabash National Corporation, where he worked for 21 years in various human resource capacities, most recently as the Senior Corporate Benefits Manager. Todd earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. Todd is married to a special education teacher and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and gardening.

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Greg Steele

Health Facility Administrator

Greg’s drive comes from a passion to serve the senior community. He has nearly a decade of experience in various long-term care settings. Greg is a licensed Health Facility Administrator (HFA) in the state of Indiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Phoenix in Health Administration in 2013. Greg also earned a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Purdue University in 2013. In 2016, he earned his MBA from Indiana University in Kokomo. Greg is an ordained minister and has served as a youth pastor, over the last several years, with the help of his wife Holly. He and his wife have a son and daughter who are both pursing their aspirations and dreams.

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Candace Watson-Swick

Sales & Marketing Director

Candace joined Westminster Village in the spring of 2020. Her background is in marketing, operations and print design. Candace earned her B.F.A. from Herron School of Art & Design and Kelley Business School at IUPUI. She is also a licensed interior designer. Candace worked in the design field for nearly 20 years before her journey began in senior living 4 years ago. She enjoys serving her community and has served on the Montgomery County Council on Aging, as an ambassador for the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and is currently an officer for Tri Kappa, Crawfordsville chapter. Candace and her husband have four children between them and enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing golf and various other sports, working on household ‘projects’, and various other artistic pursuits in their wooded countryside home outside of Crawfordsville.

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