Meet The Team

Aspen Woods Memory Care

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John Lamirande

Karyn Smith

Executive Director

My name is Karyn Smith and I am a Senior Living Executive with more than 10 years of experience. I have a very hands on leadership style and truly lead by example. My goal is to create communities that are  nurturing, fun and welcoming to our residents, families and staff. I live in McHenry and enjoy spending time with my family, I have 1 son and am recently engaged to a man I have known since we were in high school. I love to cook and bake and in my spare time enjoy boating and riding my horse, Mighty.


John Lamirande

Christina Calhoun

Community Relations Director

Christina is our Director of Community Relations for our Sona Senior Living Community, Aspen Woods of Vernon Hills.
“I have been working in the senior living industry for the past 12 years. I am very passionate about helping others in their journeys, I am dedicated in making a positive contribution to my community in many ways. I chose to work for Aspen Woods because of their positive impact on the community and the great family culture. I was raised in the Jacksonville FL area. I enjoy golfing, cooking, crafting, painting, and spending time with my husband and two children. I look forward to continuing helping others make memories to cherish.”

John Lamirande

Leslie Venegas

My name is Leslie Venegas.  I was born in Mexico but have spent the majority of my life in the Unites States .  I am a proud DACA recipient.  I started my journey as a certified nursing assistant but my desire to do more led me to become a Nurse. Currently, I oversee resident care, advocating for their medical needs and ensuring they receive the best possible care.  I find joy interacting with families and assisting them in any way I can. When I’m not in my role,  I am spending time with family, at school furthering my nursing education and staying active in the gym.  I’m here to make a positive impact and continue growing in my journey as a Nurse.

John Lamirande

Amber Wade

My name is Amber Wade. I have been working with seniors for about 9 years, I started off as a caregiver and wanted to grow with in a community.  I found the perfect community to grow with in Aspen Woods Of Vernon Hills.  I am the Business Office Manager here at Aspen Woods. I get to work with our fantastic team and interact with families daily.   I also work closely with our Executive director Karyn to help run our community smoothly.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my family and I love to cook.

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Aspen Woods

Address: 500 Atrium Dr. Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Phone:(847) 996-1000

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