Jessica Clayton is the new leader of Daily Living Centers of Oklahoma. Clayton brings more than a decade of leadership experience to her new roles of president and chief executive officer. She and her husband live in Edmond, and their two children attend Edmond Public Schools.
“Outstanding professional qualifications, as well as a notable record of service to the community through volunteerism made Clayton an ideal candidate,” said Ellyn Hefner, Daily Living Centers board president.
Clayton’s previous roles include executive positions at Mercy Health Foundation and First United Bank. Clayton is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where her husband and parents also graduated. She is currently serving her second term as honorary commander for the Tinker Air Force Base 552nd Air Control Wing.
“I look forward to continuing Daily Living Centers’ legacy of compassion and advocacy for aging adults and adults with disabilities,” said Clayton. “Serving both caregivers and those being cared for is vital in our communities. These services impact the lives of so many families in our state.”
Daily Living Centers provides reliable services for caregivers who need extra support and participants who need a safe space for engagement, interaction or rest. Daily Living Centers seeks to make participants feel like honored guests, which is one reason the organization transports those it serves in limousines, including at the Edmond location on Wynn Drive.
“Quality respite care provides family members peace of mind and assurance that their loved ones’ needs are addressed,” said Clayton. “Wellness of mind, body, and spirit through socialization, nutrition, and staying active are made possible through community partnerships. My goal is to make organizational growth possible through servant leadership, strategic planning, advocacy and development.”
The Edmond location, which is led by Trena Inda, a licensed practical nurse, has undergone recent renovations to the building and parking lot.
“We’re looking forward to continued growth in Edmond due to our dedicated staff,” Clayton said. “They provide a vital service to the Edmond community, and I’m glad we will be involved with the Edmond Chamber of Commerce and in the community.”
Daily Living Centers of Oklahoma is a nonprofit organization offering affordable, nonresidential facilities that support the health, nutritional and social needs of disabled or elderly adults in a professionally staffed group setting. With four locations in the Oklahoma City region, Daily Living Centers provides an alternative to nursing homes and other long term care options. For more information, visit www.dailylivingcenters.org.
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Josh Watson is a freelance writer, public relations consultant, and tenured associate professor of communication at Oklahoma Christian University. He advises OC’s student-run PR firm, Eagle PR, and the university’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. Previously, he worked on award-winning state and national campaigns at McNeely Pigott & Fox in Nashville, one of the nation's top independent PR firms. Dr. Watson has helped his students earn numerous awards and recognitions, especially in national campaign competitions. His wife, Chara, teaches speech and theater at Oklahoma Christian Academy, where their four children attend.