Auburn Village has a great staff. When you visit or tour Auburn Village, you will have the opportunity to meet members of our leadership and management team. Please make a point to stop-in or introduce yourself while you are visiting our community. Our staff loves to meet the families and friends of our residents and guests.
At Auburn Village, the administrator is responsible for all of the facility’s multi-layered operations. Summer Barker oversees every aspect of resident care, from medication to entertainment, and all the activities that keep the facility moving forward.
She has worked in skilled nursing almost since the beginning of her career, starting as an office manager and rising from there.
“This was just a blessing,” she said. “I feel like it found me.”
A native of Bluffton and graduate of Norwell High School, Summer studied psychology at Purdue University Ft. Wayne.
“Since I was young, I’ve always loved the workings of the mind,” she said. “It’s amazing how people are so different.”
She described herself as a hands-on administrator, now overseeing a building that went through a massive renovation in 2017.
“And I like the results,” she said.
Director of Nursing
At Auburn Village, the director of nursing oversees the front-line care of each resident and the training of the staff who administer it. Steve Gyovai evaluates Auburn Village’s nursing programs and looks for ways to optimize efficiency. On one round through the hallway, that might mean helping a new resident square belongings away; on another round, it might mean adjusting someone’s pillow.
“When I’m walking, I want to make contact, I want to be able to see the face of the resident,” he said. “I’m passionate about what I do. I know what kind of care I would want if I was a resident.”
Steve learned the importance of quality nursing from his earliest memories. A native of West Virginia, Steve was 15 days away from being born when his father broke his back in a mining accident; he was 85 days old when his father came home from the hospital, paralyzed.
“From the time I was an infant, I’ve been around nursing,” Steve said. “As a teen, I realized that I wanted to help people in a health care setting. I wanted to be something, somebody in health care.”
He joined the Army, serving as a medic, and started in the civilian health-care industry after discharging. He now works in an office where, from his desk, he can peer for 200 yards down the length of Auburn Village’s longest hallway, watching residents both near and far.
“It gives me the opportunity to see residents coming out of their rooms,” he said. “It gives me the opportunity to see a lot of family, and it gives them the opportunity to see me.”
Director of Admissions
One part of what sets Auburn Village apart is our staff’s first-hand experience with both sides of the health care industry. Our admissions director, Kyle Rebman, spends his days helping our newest residents sort through all the paperwork and financial options; he goes about this with great care, given his personal experience with medical procedures and recovery.
A Fort Wayne native, Kyle was born with kidney problems, and received a transplant in 2014. Years of hospitals, surgery and now restored health make his work for Auburn Village’s residents personal. He prepares records for the nursing staff, speaks with hospital representatives, gives tours of the facility, helps newcomers find their ideal roommate and more.
“My path to health care was a little different,” Kyle understated. “I wanted to give back, and be the one who helps those other people get through their struggles.”
He knows from experience the stress that an unexpected diagnosis or complication drops into a family’s life.
“When they come into my office, they don’t know what to do, they’re lost, they’re maybe sleep-deprived,” he said. “And then you see that family again as their loved one is going back home, and they’re completely different people. That puts things in perspective. I may not be a nurse or a specialist, but when that happens, I know I’ve made a difference.”
(By the way, Kyle picked up more than a new kidney – the young lady who made the donation is now Mrs. Rebman!)