Katrina Bender

– 2021 Wellmore of Tega Cay Supernova Winner –

The Supernova Award is the highest individual honor that our company gives and each year. One individual on the leadership team at Wellmore of Tega Cay is voted by their colleagues as the community’s Supernova based on an assortment of criteria. Each year during the Senior Living Communities Annual Meeting, the winner is revealed and given a customized crystal award at the company’s formal Supernova Awards Evening. The criteria for voting is based on upholding our company’s mission to be caring professionals dedicated to quality services. Additionally, this individual will consistently deliver excellent customer service (to Members, families, and colleagues), lead positively with integrity, take accountability, put the team before themselves, and embody the company’s vision to create communities where people live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

This year, we are proud to congratulate our Resident Care Director, Katrina Bender as the recipient of the 2021 Wellmore of Tega Cay Supernova Award. This honor was bestowed at the Senior Living Communities Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 5th at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Amelia Island, Florida. As the Resident Care Director, Katrina assists the Care Services Administrator with promoting the community’s vision of helping Members remain independent as they age. She is responsive to the needs of our Members and their loved ones while striving to ensure regulatory compliance.

Katrina is a southern transplant, moving from North Olmstead, Ohio to the Charlotte area. She began her career working for Cleveland Clinic before relocating to the Charlotte area with her husband, two of her children, and her furbaby. She worked for Healthsouth before becoming a Preceptor and being promoted to Nurse Supervisor. She became a part of the Wellmore family in 2016 as a Floor Nurse. She was promoted to the Nurse Supervisor before she began her current position as the Resident Care Director.

In her free time, she enjoys grocery shopping and cooking. A fun fact about Katrina is that she loves shoes and you’ll always find her in a different pair! She has close to 100 pairs, even after purging her closet!

Interview with 2021 Director of the Year, Katrina Bender

What’s a quote or inspirational words that influence/impact you?

Treat others the same way you want to be treated.

Congratulations on being chosen as a Supernova! How do you feel?

I feel amazing doing what I do because I love it. But it feels good when others notice.

What’s your favorite part about your position?

Interaction with the residents and families as well as the staff. I have a special connection with people.

What do you want people to know about working in a retirement community?

You end up having so much extended family throughout the community with the team as well as the residents. We spend so much time together, I consider them my family.

Positions that are eligible to vote and win the Supernova Award include: HR Director, Business Manager, Assistant Business Manager, Care Services Administrator, Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Resident Care Director, Lifestyle Advisor, Lifestyle Advisor – Care Services, Move-In Coordinator, Social Director, Activity Director, Wellness Director, Director of Facility Services, Director of Dining Services, Executive Chef, Client Services Manager (Live Long Well Care).