When it comes to professionalism, kindness, and caring, our staff is the best there is—period.
Led by Executive Director Sean Yule, our dedicated team members work here because they choose to. Entrusted with the honor of caring for our residents, they share an enthusiasm for nurturing a community where seniors thrive and enjoy life.
Sean brings more than 20 years of senior living and hospitality experience to Bartlett Reserve, having worked in Atlanta, Arlington, Bethesda, Raleigh, and Durham. He is a customer-service-driven professional who excels in creating and managing incredible living environments for seniors.
Sean has served in both Independent Living and Assisted Living Communities throughout his career. However, it is Independent Living where he got his start in 1998, and it is in Independent Living that he finds the greatest joy.
“There is nothing more rewarding than helping residents keep and maintain their independence,” says Sean. “Creating a community and culture where that is more than a saying and is lived every day is incredibly fulfilling.”
Since Bartlett Reserve opened, Sean has strived to ensure that residents receive the highest level of service possible and is often adjusting to meet their ever-changing needs. He leads by example and hopes that his desire to serve the residents reflects in the entire team at Bartlett Reserve.
“The team here is willing to sacrifice so much for our residents,” says Sean. “It is truly a family environment.”
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, Sean moved to the mainland to attend Kent State University, where he majored in Business Management. Sean moved to the Triangle area in 2009 and currently calls Chapel Hill home. He and his wife Kristy have two daughters and a Kerry Blue Terrier named Bruce.
Walterene has been working in foodservice since the young age of 16. She joined the military at age 19, where she became a Culinary Specialist, spending almost thirteen years in the US Navy defending our country, traveling the world, and learning different cultures and techniques. In 2013, she completed her military service. She continued expanding her knowledge of the Culinary Arts by attending the Art Institute of Raleigh Durham, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management and began working at Bartlett Reserve. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Management in 2018. Walterene is a real “go-getter” who enjoys challenges.
In her free time, Walterene enjoys spending time with her four children and watching Japanese anime shows with her husband. Top on her fun list is “dance night,” when her kids try to teach her all the newest dance moves. She also enjoys volunteering at church in the choir and the children’s ministry.
Yanni Madonis is a repair, remodel, and restoration contractor with many years of experience in construction and maintenance. Heavily involved in Bartlett Reserve’s original transformation from hotel to the senior living community it is today, he also took the lead on several projects in between. Yanni’s first-hand experience with our community’s first renovation in 2013 has proved invaluable in every aspect of the day-to-day happenings at Bartlett Reserve.
As Director of Maintenance, Yanni brings knowledge and expertise in building and repair to his work, along with energy and keen respect and appreciation for our residents. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and cooking and philosophical discussions about nearly any topic.
Torie Woodell is Bartlett Reserve’s Life Enrichment Director, and she gets the pleasure of running the most “FUN” department of all. With her outgoing and vibrant personality, she keeps our residents engaged, involved, and moving—and, of course, having FUN. Torie enjoys leading the life enrichment team as well as the transportation department. She graduated from Barton College in Wilson, NC, in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and a Minor in Social Work.
Torie was led to the Senior Care field her father’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s at an early age, and she feels very passionate about her role in making a difference in senior’s lives every single day. Torie is exceptionally dedicated to meeting the needs of all the residents at Bartlett Reserve, regardless of their differing abilities and interests. Quite a task considering the incredible diversity of our population, but she says that’s part of what makes each interaction so very special.
Outside of work, Torie enjoys snuggling with her Black Lab and spending time with her family. Torie is very thankful to call Bartlett home is happy to know she can grow her career here.