Karla Maple 1st Place Winner

Copeland Oaks Employee Chili Cook-Off!

On February 9th, Copeland Oaks held their 4th annual Employee Chili Cook-Off. Each year this event brings chili and soups alike. Crockpots filled the auditorium starting at 8AM. The cook-off officially began at 10AM when staff and residents came to taste all of the soups and vote for their favorites.

All proceeds from the annual event go towards the Copeland Life Care Fund. The Life Care Fund provides financial assistance to those who have outlived their assets and can no longer afford to pay for the costs of their care, housing, meals, and healthcare needs. Life Care at Copeland Oaks combines all the advantages of independent living with high-quality services and amenities including social activities, spiritual wellness, health and fitness programs, dining services, and healthcare needs.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2018 Chili Cook-Off. This year we were able to donate $289.

Congratulations to our 1st Place Winner, Karla Maple from the Marketing Department. Karla earned a day off with pay thanks to her delicious Vegan Chili.  

2nd Place

Cathron Blake – Chicken and Dumplings

3rd Place

Cindy Morrow – Chili

4th Place – 3-way tie

Steve McCaulley – Sweet and Spicy Chili
Stacey Stoudt – Chili
Sam Garcia – Sweet and Spicy Chili

Enjoy the recipe for Karla’s Vegan Chili!


  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeños plus extra to garnish
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 can spicy chili beans with sauce (15 oz)
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, plus extra to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes

***Karla added extra smoked paprika and two vegan beef Bouillon cubes

Crock Pot Instructions:

Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and let it cook on high for 5-6 hours. Let simmer until all veggies are tender.

Residents Enjoying Chili

Upcoming Events

Community Cardiac Awareness Event

Thursday, February 22nd

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Our Community Cardiac Awareness event at Copeland Oaks will provide attendees with the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle, therefore a healthy heart. Our guest speaker, David Glasgo, BSN, RN, and Chest Pain Coordinator for Mercy Heart Center, will be speaking on ways to create a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a proper diet, signs and symptoms of heart disease, and the importance of seeking treatment quickly. Guests will enjoy a light dinner, vendor tables and the chance to win giveaways.

The Slater Lecture at Mount Union’s Presser Recital Hall

Tuesday, March 13th

7:00 PM

Steven L. Tuck is a professor of Classics at Miami University. He received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan and held the postdoctoral Gordon Fellowship in Latin epigraphy at The Ohio State University. In this lecture, we explore what Pompeii has given to archaeology and ancient history through an examination of only one subject: Gladiators, their role in the city, and the art that celebrated them.

Title: The Dixieland Band

Tuesday, March 20th

7:00 PM

The Dixieland Band, known as “Not Quite Saints,” will be performing in Copeland’s Bennet Auditorium.

Meet The Nurse, Trinette Jones

Trinette Jones began her career at Copeland Oaks in 1995, doing many jobs along the way. Now she’s a nurse – but maybe we should call her The Juggler because Trinette is amazing at the many things she does, including:

  • Mother of four kids – what a busy mom!
  • PTO president
  • Youth girls basketball coach
  • Sunday school teacher at St. Paul’s church in Salem
  • Head of Copeland Oaks’ new Memory Care Unit

Why Copeland Oaks

Trinette isn’t a Copeland Oaks resident, but she’s spent nearly every work day here for the past 23 years. She started as an aide at Crandall, then after completing her degree at Walsh University, stayed on as a nurse.

In 2004 she switched to Copeland, where she’s gotten to know everybody. “Pretty soon, they all become like a second family,” she says. “Copeland is like my second home.”

Trinette’s professional experience and talent – along with her special personal touch – made her our top choice to run the new Memory Care Unit.  

The new unit is specifically designed to meet the needs of patients who are in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and Dementia and do not yet need full-time Memory Care.

“I am excited to have a new place in Copeland dedicated to helping these patients,” she says. “This will allow nurses to focus on this very unique type of care.”

She explains why she chose Copeland. “In a hospital you don’t get to know the patients. They come in. Get treated and leave. You don’t if you make a difference.” She adds, “At Copeland…I know.”

Trinette looks forward to the challenge of the managing Copeland Oaks’ new Memory Care Unit. “The bigger the challenge, the better,” she says. She makes a great comparison: “It’s better if you have to work at a relationship to finally reach someone. The reward is huge.”

Meet Devin Rogers and Mary Ann Emplit

Devin Rogers 

Mary Ann Emplit 

In January we honored two Oaks Award winners, Devin Rogers and Mary Ann Emplit. Devin and Mary Ann are two of our valet drivers on campus. One of their coworkers who nominated the two to receive this award expressed, “Both of these ladies did an outstanding job ensuring all of our holiday events had transportation. More than once, during December both drivers went above and beyond and modeled great teamwork.”

When it comes to senior living, transportation service is of the essence in many cases. Without hard working, dedicated drivers like Devin and Mary Ann our residents wouldn’t be able to attend as many off-campus events or go on weekly shopping trips just to name a few.  

On average, 8-20 residents use our transportation services daily. Each week, between Assisted Living and Independent Living, there are about 2-3 planned off-campus trips. Transportation services also include free valet to downtown Sebring by appointment. Devin and Mary Ann allow for Copeland to offer our residents the best service we can.

Devin has been with Copeland for three and a half years, previously she was a bus driver for a local school. When asking Devin what she loves most about her job she said, “The residents… I love them. This job brings something different every day. Not to mention the campus is beautiful too!”

Mary Ann started working at Copeland in August of 2017. She too was a school bus driver previously. Mary Ann’s favorite thing about working at Copeland is also the residents. “Just the stories they tell can take you back in time, they’re amazing and fun to be around,” stated Mary Ann.

Congratulations to Devin and Mary Ann. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to Copeland Oaks and our residents!


Donald R. James Assisted Living Memory Care

Help to preserve the personal dignity and well-being of your loved one all while regaining their quality of life. Our staff simplifies and enhances the activities of daily living for your loved one so they can focus on living their life with a sense of freedom in a safe environment.


  • Secured floor with emergency call system
  • Studio & one-bedroom suites available
  • Allows spouses to remain together in the same apartment
  • All private rooms with bathroom & walk-in showers
  • Certified Dementia Care Practitioners (CDPs) on staff 24/7
  • Therapeutic activity programming 7 days a week
  • Three daily meals