Trinity Woods Investing in Employees and Neighbor Culture!

Trinity Woods is making a concerted effort to offer more avenues for culture training and bonding for all employees. Our goal for the coming year is to have all Trinity Woods employees attend these full-day training sessions. These training sessions offer customer service training, Eden Alternative Training*, and
an opportunity for employees to meet other employees from across campus.

*The Eden Alternative Philosophy is a person-centered approach to creating a community where life revolves around close and continuing contact with people of all ages and abilities. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.

The Woods at Trintiy Woods: Magnolia Trees

By Don Hertzler, resident Master Gardener

A favorite evergreen tree in eastern Oklahoma is the southern magnolia, Magnolia grandiflora. The native evergreen tree grows to 80-120’ tall and can have a life span of up to 200 years. Recently, dwarf versions have become available. The varieties ‘Little Gem’ and ‘Teddybear’ mature at 16-20’ tall and 10’ wide
and can be found in the new Owens Park on Sandusky. The large white flowers of the southern magnolia often have an intense fragrance that makes a lasting memory. The Southern Magnolia is a native tree of the southeast U.S. but it does well in northeast Oklahoma. Its leaves will burn from extreme cold or
heat, but they will recover during the growing season.

We have a number of examples of Southern magnolias across campus. Pictured here is a flower from a Little Gem Magnolia in Owens Park. This spring when you are out walking in the Trinity Woods neighborhood, take time to smell a magnolia bloom.

Spring Forward

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

I’ve concluded that spring may be the most profound of the seasons. Its meaning and promise, and how to experience it, are worth dwelling upon. Spring is the season of hope – that things will get better after they were worse.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant,” wrote English poet Anne Bradstreet. “If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

After the cold dark days of winter, where life seems to be on the verge of collapse and purpose is blurred, spring comes to the rescue bringing renewed hope, joy, clarity and salvation from the dark.

Spring signifies coming out of the darkness. We’ve tipped the balance from longer nights to longer days. We call the first day of spring the vernal equinox. Equinox basically means “equal night” of light and dark, and metaphorically, we should spend more time in the light.

There’s even some science to the joy of spring. Research suggests that for many people, the extended daylight boosts mood, wellbeing and energy. It’s also the time for spring cleaning and ridding your life of those things you don’t need any more and maybe some bad spirits and bad habits.

Sometimes in order to come into a new season and spring forward in faith, we have to let go of the old season. Isaiah 43:18 NIV says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” One of life’s many lessons teaches us to let go. We should not hang on to past hurts, past struggles, and past relationships. And sometimes this means we must give ourselves time to grieve in order to move forward.

As spring starts to surface and the trees begin to bloom, we can see God’s reminder to align our hearts to the new thing He’s doing. Prepare to spring forward into His purpose.

As we enter a new season, if you would like to schedule a time to meet with the Chaplain or to leave a prayer request, please contact Chaplain Tisdale at 918.346.6607.

Many Miles March

By Alison McMillan, Spann Wellness Center Manager

We’ve all heard again and again that physical activity is important, but why is it important and how can we increase our daily activity levels?

Nowadays, the average American spends almost eight hours a day being sedentary. The Sedentary Behavior Research Network defines a sedentary lifestyle as “any waking behavior characterized by an
energy expenditure less than or equal to 1.5 metabolic equivalents.” Living a sedentary life can lead to many health complications, such as increased risk for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases,
increased risk of cancer, obesity, increased depression, decreased cognitive functionality, and increased mortality.

With television and internet entertainment, as well as desk jobs, leading to people sitting more, it’s extremely important to be intentional about your activity levels and getting the proper amount each day. The CDC currently recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, which is about two-and-a-half hours. They also recommend having two days dedicated to muscle strengthening-specific activity a week.

Adding and increasing your physical activity levels per week sounds daunting but there are so many ways to do so, and for it to be fun!

Here are some changes you can make in your life to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health:
– Take frequent breaks to get up and walk around.
– Park further away when going shopping.
– Go on a daily walk in the evening with your family, friends, or dog.
– If the weather is cold, head inside to your fitness center of choice and hop on a treadmill, elliptical, bike, or seated cardio machine.
– Swim laps in a pool.
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Seek out a fitness class or online fitness videos.

Make it a fun challenge this month! Track how many steps you take, how many miles you walk (or move on a cardio machine), or how any laps you swim each day. At the end of the month, you will be able to see your progress! See if you can increase your numbers each week, and feel the difference in how your mind, body, and spirit feel after increasing your physical activity levels this month!

March STARS Employee of the Month

Carlena Lambert, LPN Admit and Discharge Nurse

» Start Date: December 2019
» Born: Claremore, OK
» Education: Sequoyah High School and Northeast Tech Center
» Wanted to be as a Kid: A nurse, just like my grandmother.
» One Meal Forever: Anything with queso!
» Described by Friends: Fun, loving, a nurturer.
» Hobbies: My dogs – Bailey and Cooper!
» First Job: Eskimo Joes in Eastland Mall
» Family Recipe: My mom’s cheesecake
» Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing
» Collects: Lap blankets
» Free Time: Spending time with my family.
» Fun Fact: Has been a nurse for 18 years!
» Family: Married with one son.
» What her supervisor says: “Carlena’s welcoming nature contributes to the first impression of our
elders as they admit to the Health Center, as well as, the confidence she provides to the elders as they
discharge home.” – Cheryl Hrdlicka, Director of Nursing

March STARS Employee of the Month

David Kruse, Dining

» Start Date: August 2019
» Born and Raised: Tusa, OK
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Taller
» Favorite Sport: Marble Racing
» One Meal Forever: Kelsey’s Butter Chicken
» Hobbies: Longboarding
» First Job: Ranch hand
» Favorite Quote: “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”
» First Car: 1988 Oldsmobile
» Favorite Movie: Interstellar
» Collects: 1995 coins or bills
» Free Time: Spending time with my daughter
» What his supervisor says: ““David is a very hard working and dedicated employee. He is always
willing to lend a hand when help is needed. We are lucky to have him on the team.” – Richard
Applegate, Director of Food Services

Why Would Someone Choose to Live in a Senior Living Community?

By Steve Dickie, CEO

I get asked the above question all the time! Most people have an outdated image of senior living. Many view the aging process as an inevitable sequence of progressive decline and loss. At Trinity Woods we are convinced that does not have to be case. It is possible to gain new friends, find new purpose and meaning, and restore physical health.

Gaining New Friends: It is true that we all reach the age where our long-term relationships begin changing. People die. People move. Yet one person told me recently, “At Trinity Woods my social network has grown! I’ve picked up many new friends since my move here. The move here has been the best decision of my life.”

Finding Purpose and Meaning: No one likes to be bored, at any age. Most retirees have led a productive and active life, and then suddenly find themselves trying to find their new normal. Who says you have to be in school to learn a new language or skill? People at any age, physical ability and mental acuity can find new, stimulating interests through a variety of activities. Residents at Trinity Woods are encouraged to find a new or reinvest time in their passion.

Restoring Physical Health: Did you know that, even in your 80s or 90s, you can benefit from physical training? You can build strength and improve balance. The classes offered in the Spann Wellness Center offer practical coaching that can help improve your ability to do everyday tasks like loading the washer and dryer and carrying groceries.

What are the most common reflections of people who live at Trinity Woods? People say, “I should have made the move sooner.” “I have never had so much peace of mind.” “My kids have never seen me happier. And, I have more friends and I am more engaged than I was in my home.”

The vision of Trinity Woods is to set a new standard for senior living by redefining aging!
You deserve a retirement life that has a style all its own. Your style! Trinity Woods enables
you to live life in the style you want to live.

March Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

Why Choose a Senior Living Community!
Steve Dickie, CEO of Trinity Woods, discusses the most frequently asked questions and what Trinity Woods residents say about living here. Learn more about Tulsa senior living and if the choice is right for you. It’s spring and a great time to get more active. Make sure you checkout the articles on spiritual and physical health.

March STAR Employees of the Month are announced – Carlena and David!

March Wellness
This month kicks off with a fully staged musical featuring Pete ‘n’ Keeley. We also welcome Scott McQuade, jazz pianist, for the first time in concert on campus. The month won’t be complete without “Supper and a Show” the entertainment will feature “swing” and a great meal!

New Neighbors
Meet John and Mary Alice, Allen and Marcia, and Red and June!

Black History Month

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

February is Black History Month. February is also said to be the month of love.

First John 4:7–10 deals with the theme of love. Here, John explains how true, godly love in a person’s life is a sign of being born again. Those who sincerely love God will act on that love, towards other people. Those who don’t demonstrate love have no fellowship with God. Love is something God showed us first,
by sending Christ. Our love for Him is ultimately rooted in His original love for us. We are reminded that true love involves acting, not just feeling. It is through this loving action that we live and have access to eternal life. Ultimately, Love is the Key to Life and Living.

John begins by addressing his readers as “beloved.” First, believers are to “love one another.” This reflects both the commandments of Jesus (John 13:34–35), and John’s prior teaching on recognizing a life influenced by Christ (1 John 2:7– 11).

Second, the reason we are to love one another is because “God is love,” therefore, “love is from God.” The ability to act lovingly towards others is one of the benefits of a close relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave us the greatest commandments in Mark 12: 30-31, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love you neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou

Third, the person who truly loves God has “been born of God and knows God.” The person who is “born of God” is a born-again believer (John 3). This should result in that person “knowing” God. No person can truly love others apart from God’s love. Those who demonstrate Godly love prove that they belong
to God. My hope is that we live out the command to love, this month and forever.

February STARS Employee of the Month

Emi Baggett, LPN, Household Manager Chapman Heights/ Buehler Place

» Start Date: May 2022
» Raised: Welch, Oklahoma
» Education: Crowder College, Neosho, MO
» Wanted to be as a Kid: Nurse or Teacher
» One Meal Forever: Spaghetti
» Described by Friends: Tenacious and Vivacious
» Hobbies: Watching her kids play sports
» Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving – family and food!
» Favorite Quote or Bible Verse: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela
» First Car: Ford Mustang
» Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
» Fun Fact: Competed in dance at a national level starting at the age of six.
» Family: Engaged and have three children
» What her supervisor says: “Emi’s energetic presence creates positivity wherever she goes. Emi is an
advocate for Trinity Woods’ elders, their families, and staff.” – Cheryl Hrdlicka, Director of Nursing

Tax Laws Changes and Planning Your Legacy: Brunch and Learn

Make A Plan: If you’re like most people, you’ve probably entered this year with a burst of anticipation
and motivation to make new changes and positive resolutions.

This is a great time to look to the past and plan for the future, but planning takes time, effort, and sometimes a little expertise, especially when it comes to developing your estate plan. If you already have an estate plan in place, and it has been more than several years, it may be a good time to have it reviewed as there have been many tax law changes. Think of it as a “second opinion”.

Did you know on January 1st noteworthy tax changes take effect? These changes can represent net tax reductions and other tax cuts. In the past two years as states have had to respond to burgeoning revenues, greater tax competition in an era of enhanced mobility, and the impact of high inflation on residents.

This month Trinity Woods is offering an opportunity to learn more about tax changes, reviewing your plan, and planning for your legacy. Join us on Thursday, February 23 at 10 a.m. for a “Brunch and Learn.”

Our guest speaker will be Mark Loeber. Mark partners with Trinity Woods to assist our residents and their families with these types of conversations. He has over 34 years of specialization in the areas of estate, financial and charitable gift planning. There is no cost to attend or obligation to use our services.

At Trinity Woods, we understand the value of proper planning and the impact it can make today as well as tomorrow. As a service to you, we are here to discuss starting a plan or reviewing your existing plan. For more information or to RSVP to the event, please call 918.346.6671 or email

February STARS Employee of the Month

Irene Brown, Life Enrichment Coordinator

» Start Date: October 2012
» Born and Raised: Tulsa, OK
» Education: Emory University, majored in music and French
» Wanted to be as a Kid: General Director of an Opera Company
» Favorite Sport: Tennis
» One Meal Forever: Cheese
» Hobbies: Swimming, cooking and regaining piano skills
» First Job: Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
» Favorite Recipe: Asparagus Casserole
» Favorite Movie: Babette’s Feast
» Favorite Book: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
» Free Time: Reading, crosswords and exploring new places
» Fun Fact: Recently won 3rd Place in a poetry contest by the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.
» Fun Fact: Competed in dance at a national level starting at the age of six.
» Family: Married with two children
» What her supervisor says: “I have had the pleasure of working with Irene for 10 years. She is always willing to jump in and take care of whatever is needed and when we need it the most. She is the definition of “team player” and is a true blessing to our community. Irene upholds the Trinity Woods mission and vision in all her planning and programs.” – Dennis Graham, COO

Heart Month: Time to Love Your Heart

Since 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first proclamation, February has been dedicated as “American Heart Month.” Johnson was one of the millions of Americans to have suffered a heart attack. Today, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in America. According to the CDC, every 34 seconds one person dies from cardiovascular disease; that’s 1 in every 5 deaths. But you can still do a lot to protect your heart by practicing self-love.

In February much of the focus is on Valentine’s Day and sharing love with others. It’s also okay to practice self-love, too. Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that
support our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth. This can be a challenge to many, but it’s easier than you think to show your heart love each day.

Self-love means taking care of the spirit, mind, and body and making yourself a priority in your life. Some examples of some simple things are:
• Physical activity – a brisk 30-minute walk a few times a week.
• Cooking meals that are low in sodium and unhealthy fats.
• Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
• Managing stress through activities such as yoga, meditation, and prayer.
• Spending time with good friends, or quiet time with a good book or funny movie.
• Grabbing fruits and veggies when hunger strikes and keeping well hydrated.
• Managing health issues such as diabetes and hypertension.
• Taking medications as prescribed and keeping medical appointments.
• Being grateful rather than holding resentments.

Remember, each day is another opportunity to succeed. It may require the help of friends, family, and health providers but the efforts are worth the gain. Loving yourself is worth the effort. Visit for resources and tools to help you make heart healthy lifestyle changes.

February Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

New Year and Making A Plan!
This month we are hosting a “Brunch and Learn” with special guest Mark Loeber from The Advancement Group. Mark has over 34 years of experience in estate and charitable giving planning and regulations. A new year always brings new information about changes in tax laws and philanthropic guidelines. This seminar will be a great way to learn ways to save on taxes and make a plan for your legacy.

February is also Heart Health month – Lupina Fry, TW Wellness Nurse share some simple ways to improve your heart health.

We also announce the February STARS Employees of the Month – Emi and Irene!

February Wellness
We are excited to host the Tulsa Youth Symphony Chamber, a special book club and the annual Valentine Celebration of Friendship, Community and Love events. The Wellness Team also welcomes its newest team member Alison, the Spann Wellness Center Manager.

New Neighbors
Meet Ed! And this month there is a special story about Trinity Woods Health Care member Leroy, that you will not want to miss!

The State of the Woods

By Steve Dickie, CEO

A look back at 2022, there is much to be thankful for and a lot that happened at Trinity Woods. It is truly amazing that last year we welcomed 69 new people to the Trinity Woods neighborhood!

In addition to serving new people there were several milestone accomplishments:
• Crestwood celebrated its 10th Anniversary: Everyone enjoyed and reflected on how Crestwood contributed to the transformation of campus.
• Three New Villas: The construction of these homes enhanced Sandusky Ave.
• Owens Park Opened: The area with its beautiful landscaping, stunning water feature, and lighted walking path is a wonderful addition to campus. The finishing touch will be the installation of the outdoor exercise area early next year.
• Putting Green Refurbished: The putting green has attracted experienced golfers and others who just like to “putt around”! The indoor golf simulator is scheduled to be installed early next year, so you can hit the links all year long.
• Reopening Mabee Point: We celebrated the reopening of this area of the Health Center, which promotes the expansion and improvement of short-stay rehab.

My Dad used to say, “Progress is our most important product.” Trinity Woods will make great progress in 2023 as we continue to reinvest in the community. Plans are in place for major projects like replacing the roofs on the Patio Homes and Lakeside Homes, carpet replacement in the Crestwood common spaces, and road repairs. The furniture is to be replaced in the Charter Oak Restaurant, the Crestwood game room, and the Members Club room. We also celebrate the way that philanthropy benefits the Trinity Woods community: we received donations to honor our employees, aid with benevolent care, and grants to invest in tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.

So, as I say goodbye to the past I rejoice in the many new opportunities that will be provided to Trinity Woods in 2023.


By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking before the Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1968

Every third Monday in January is a national holiday to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK Jr. Day). Dr. King is best known for his leadership during the American civil rights movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s (a wave of activism contesting racial segregation, discrimination, disenfranchisement, and injustice). From 1955 to 1968, Dr. King led several efforts to eliminate Jim Crow laws and other forms of systemic racism that hindered the mobility of people of color in the U.S. From sit-ins to marches, Dr. King championed demonstrations that combined nonviolence with direct action.


Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the 1963 March on Washington is one of his most celebrated. In it, Dr. King envisioned a world with equal justice for all people under the law. He went on to earn a Nobel Peace Prize and see the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Towards the end of his life, Dr. King’s advocacy emphasized the importance of economic justice in the fight for equality and racial liberation. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, where he was supporting Memphis sanitation workers in their strike for union recognition, better safety standards, and livable wages.

MLK Day matters because it recognizes Dr. King’s legacy of service while inspiring us to serve in our own ways. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), MLK Jr. Day is a federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service, and Americans are encouraged to spend this day volunteering to improve their communities.

Many things Dr. King advocated for during his lifetime (racial justice, economic equality, affordable housing, labor rights, etc.) are issues we continue to grapple with in 2023. The fight for justice is ongoing and we can use this day to reflect on the work Dr. King started and take responsibility for the work we still have left to do.

National Day of Service

Trinity Woods invites residents and employees to participate in a food drive for Restore Hope. There will be boxes set-up in the Community Life Center Ehlers Entrance and the Spann Wellness Center seating area to collect donations. Please make sure to drop off your nonperishable food items between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on January 16. Please see the Wellness supplement for specific types of items that are needed.

Announcing Jerome Steele as the New Trinity Woods CFO and VP of Finance

Trinity Woods is proud to announce Jerome Steele as the new CFO and Vice President of Finance. Jerome has been serving as Director of Finance. Prior to joining the staff of Trinity Woods Jerome was the Vice President of Finance and CFO of Bacone College in Muskogee, where he oversaw the business office and led strategic planning and implementation of financial policies and procedures. He comes to the position with a wealth of knowledge in business consulting and developing corporate business plans and marketing strategies for his clients.

Steve Dickie, CEO at Trinity Woods, states, “Jerome has over 30 years of experience in management, finance, marketing, and manufacturing. He is a welcome addition to our leadership team.”

Jerome earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s in business administration from Oral Roberts University. He is married to Yourlunda and has four children Olivia, Michala, Montavion and Alayah. The Steeles are founders of Amazing Grace Christian Center in Tulsa. Jerome has volunteered with Youth at Heart, a not-for-profit organization that helps teenage boys and girls develop life skills. His hobbies include reading and golfing.

“I am deeply honored to be entrusted with the financial oversight of Trinity Woods as CFO and VP of Finance,” said Jerome. “The company’s mission of serving the Trinity Woods family in the spirit of Christ is what inspires me to promote continued financial accountability and integrity as we care for our community members.”

January Issue of The Trail Mix

In This Issue:

The State of the Woods
Happy New Year! There are so many things to be thankful for in 2022 as well as to be excited about for the coming year. CEO Steve Dickie gives insight into all the happenings at Trinity Woods. Additionally, Chaplain Weldon Tisdale, showcases the works of Dr. Martin Luther King and his dedication to service.

Trinity Woods 2023 Member Council.

We also announce the January STARS Employee of the Month – Sherry!

January Wellness
Thank goodness there are 31 days in January because this month is full of programs! From Book Club to to concerts to Supper and a Show, you won’t want to miss a thing! Did we also mention all the fitness groups and classes to try? Make sure you check out the January events calendar.

New Neighbors
Meet Mike and Kathy, Shirley, Cullen, and Nancy!

The Tyranny of Giving

By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain

There is a wonder about Christmas as well as a tyranny. There is a wondrous briskness in the air and a rosy glow on the cheeks of early shoppers. There seems a purposefulness in those in the stores, though the planned buying lists of “Thanksgiving Friday” shoppers disintegrate into a mad frenzy by December 24th. Just grab at anything that Uncle Fritz can smile at when he unwraps it, even though no one can think of anything he really wants or needs.

The season also imposes its tyranny on many of us. Instead of being able to give out of thoughtfulness and love, we often give because it is “expected.” I heard of one couple who had 85 people they felt obligated to remember with a gift. No wonder the joy of giving falls away to a sort of panicked despair.

So, the question I ponder is – Can we give cheerfully and thoughtfully this Christmas?

Only through cheerful giving can we emulate the great “gift” of Christmas, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16, KJV

Jesus Christ the true “gift” gave Himself completely to and for us. While giving is important, it should not overwhelm or overly stress us during this season when Christ should be the focal point.

And so, God gave, not reluctantly or because He was forced by popular opinion, but because He loved. No store-bought gift would do for those He held dear; it must be home-made. Nor was His choice of “gift” an optional trinket for the “man or woman who has everything.” He gave the only possession that we did not have and really needed. He did not give a thing or object. He gave Himself – a costly “gift” in the extreme. A gift so expensive that many never comprehend His true worth in their lives. Herein lies a Christmas mystery. Only by opening the first “gift” may we truly comprehend the real significance of giving and receiving. May this season not capture us in its tyranny but release us in an eager cheerfulness to give.

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Employee Appreciation Campaign

It is the time of year we all count our blessings –family, friends, our health. It is also the time of year that we say “thank you” to the employees of Trinity Woods. As you may know, our policy at Trinity Woods does not allow employees to accept individual gifts or tips throughout the year, but this time of the year, we actively reach out to our community and solicit donations for the Employee Appreciation Fund. This year the residents of Trinity Woods are leading the charge and inviting you to express your gratitude and give thanks to those special people who are here each day to serve.

It’s not too late. Please consider a gift to express your gratitude for the wonderful Trinity Woods Team.

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