Like every family, we all make a difference in many unique ways…
… from a hug to celebrate a grandbaby
… to the best birthday cake
… to helping others in a time of need
… because love knows no limits.
Amy Clark, MSSW, LCSW
Amy Clark, the Executive Director at Barton House, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). An LCSW is a Social Worker who has completed graduate level schooling with an additional two to three years of clinical work and passed the licensing board exam.
Amy graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She went on to University of Louisville to complete her graduate studies, earning a Master of Science in Social Work in 2004. She then passed her Certification of Social Work (CSW) prior to completing her LCSW in 2008.
Since then Amy has gained a significant amount of experience in the field of geriatrics. She worked at Our Lady of Peace for nine and a half years. For seven of those years she worked as an Inpatient Social Worker/Psychotherapist on the Peace Geriatric Treatment Services unit. During that time she provided group, individual and family therapy; assisted patients and families with case management and discharge planning; as well as coordinated aftercare with a variety of community resources. Amy also worked at Amedisys, Inc./Home Health Services as both a Medical Social Worker and Chronic Care Coordinator for two years. During that time she counseled patients and families with health related financial, social and emotional concerns; as well as assisted patients to achieve and maintain a level of health and independence which prevented avoidable hospitalizations.
Amy is an adjunct professor at University of Louisville/Kent School of Social Work. She instructs a graduate level course, “Social Work Practice with Older Adults”, teaching assessments that are commonly used with older adults in the areas of physical and mental health, social support and participation, and assessments of home environments. She also teaches the students how to formulate service plans, outcome measures and objectives based on the comprehensive geriatric assessments; as well as specific practices and approaches such as Motivational Interviewing, Evidence-Based Practice and Strengths-Based Approaches, Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Therapy.
Amy is a member of the Barton House family and continues to carry on the heritage of high quality care that Barton House is known for.
Tarina Brown, RN
Director of Clinical Services & Marketing
Tarina Brown is the Director of Clinical Services & Marketing at Barton House. Tarina is a Registered Nurse with 10 years nursing experience. Her focus during those years has been with the geriatric population and long term care. She has served as a Staff Nurse, Unit Manager, Staff Education Nurse, and as an Assistant Director of Nursing Services. She found her passion in the three years she spent as the Program Director/Unit Manager of an Alzheimer’s unit.
Family is the most important aspect of Tarina’s life. Her mother has always been an inspiration to her. One of the most important things she taught her was to “do what you love and love what you do.” This is especially true for her position at Barton House. Tarina holds all the people she works with: residents, families and coworkers in the highest regards. She loves the relationships she gets to build and considers them all a part of her family.
John Nelson is the Dietary Manager at Barton House. Born and raised in Kentucky, John has been at Barton House since October 2006. He lived in Alaska for 23 years working as a commercial fisherman. John started cooking in Seattle during the off season for high end catering businesses. He catered for six years then returned to his home roots in Kentucky.
John takes pride in his cooking. He treats all the residents as his own family.
“I love working at Barton House because I can cook in a loving family atmosphere while interacting with all the residents.” John Nelson
Mary Brockmeier is the Activities Director at Barton House. Mary, one of 6 children, grew up in Cincinnati Ohio. She attended Princeton High School in Cincinnati and then went on to pursue her Liberal Arts degree from Hanover College in Indiana.
Mary spent over 30 years in the retail field where she touched others’ lives through her energy and passion for providing impeccable customer service. After caring for her parents as they aged, she realized her real passion was to embrace every opportunity to learn from others history. Since joining the team at Barton House, her passion and energy is focused on the understanding that the aging population still has so much to contribute. By encouraging seniors through physical activities and intellectual stimulation, they feel important and vital. The interaction, either group or individual, is what counts; the service so much more rewarding.
“As I mature, I truly believe that it isn’t what you have; it is who you are that is important. And who you are is where you came from. I like who I am at Barton House.” Mary Brockmeier
Leah Falco is the Administrative Assistant at Barton House. Leah has over 15 years of experience in the Home Health field specializing in Scheduling and Medical Records. She Joined the Barton House team in the spring of 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. She brings leadership, attention to detail, and an excellent quality of service to the staff. Leah is recognized by associates for her attention to detail and outstanding quality of service.
She is a loyal and compassionate person who enjoys being in the company of our residents and learning about their history from the families.
She enjoys spending her free time making memories with her loving family doing a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, and camping.
Director of Nursing
Martha McMahel is the Nurse Manager at Barton House. She is a Licensed Nurse with over 13 years nursing experience. Martha received her nursing license in 2004 from Galen School of Nursing in Louisville, KY. Her nursing background comes from years of service in the geriatric field and in healthcare management. Martha joined our team in December 2015 as a nurse and moved into the Director of Nursing position August of 2017. She takes pride in the quality of care that Barton House is well known for. Martha is well known in her career as team builder and brings the positive out in any situation.
While Martha’s main passion is nursing, on her days off she enjoys spending time with her grandson, family and loves to travel. Martha feels some people choose their careers for money or prestige but she would like to believe that she was one of those lucky people born into their calling to be a nurse.