Our Team

Morningside of Paducah

Amber-teaser.jpgAmber Patton
Executive Director

Amber is the Executive Director at Morningside Paducah, overseeing operations at the community and manages the department heads. She has been in healthcare management for the past 6 years with 14 years of nursing experience in various fields, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Murray State. She have been with Morningside for three years and loves working with seniors and their families. Amber's door is always open and looks forward to getting to know you!

Je-Na-teaser.jpgJe'Na Patterson-Cole
Business Office Manager

Je’Na Patterson–Cole previously worked at Morningside for about 11 years as the Lead Resident Assistant and Supervisor, and later as the Business Office Manager. After leaving us briefly she recently felt called to come back to Morningside and is so glad she did, saying it feels like she's come home! She loves working with seniors and is so happy to have you call Morningside your new home as well! 


Payton-teaser.jpgPayton Blankenship
Director of Resident Services

Payton has been with Morningside since October 2018 and initially served as the Bridge to Rediscovery Director. She is a nurse who has focused the majority of her career in geriatrics and Alzheimer’s. Payton is a mother of four, three girls and a boy.  She enjoys photography, being involved in her church and volunteering in the community. She is so pleased to have you here with us at Morningside and can’t wait to meet you! Please feel free to reach out to Payton if you have any questions.

Danae-teaser.jpgDanae Smith
Assistant Director of Resident Care

Danae has been an employee at Morningside for 4 years. She started as a Resident Assistant and was promoted to Assistant Director of Resident Care in May 2018. She has a degree in Business Administration and is also a veteran, serving in the US Army for 8 years. Danae loves being able to advocate for residents and staff. 


Laura-teaser.jpgLaura Todino
Community Relations Coordinator

Laura has been the Community Relations Coordinator at Morningside for the past two and a half years. She is honored and humbled to assist seniors and their families in making the decision to transition to the next step in their life’s journey. Part of her position is outside marketing where she networks with the community as well as healthcare professionals to educate and promote our active senior living community.  Laura obtained a Bachelor's in Psychology from Indiana State University and is a certified Senior Living Sales Counselor. 

Dee-teaser.jpgDee Gordy
Food & Beverage Director

Dee has been in healthcare for over 25 years. Growing up and watching her mom and grandparents cook, she learned a great deal about seasoning and presentation. Dee believes being able to share some of her Mom’s recipes with all at Morningside is a great honor. Her philosophy is simple... smile and enjoy life!


Teresa-teaser.jpgTeresa Meadows
Lifestyle360 Director

Teresa has had many fulfilling years here at Morningside. She joined us in 2009 and worked as a Resident Assistant one year during the day and two years overnight.  In 2012 she became the Maintenance Director in a position that she held until 2017, when she moved into the Lifestyle360 Director position.  Teresa loves everything about seniors and enjoys interacting with them and listening to their stories. She believes they have so much wisdom to share and we can learn so much from them. She is the “fun one” so stop by the activity room and join in the fun!

Dennis-teaser.jpgDennis Bell
Maintenance Director

Dennis has over 40 years’ experience in the maintenance field. His job is to take care of any maintenance needs at the community in a professional and timely manner. Dennis and his staff are happy you are here and happy to help you in any way.