Our Staff

What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Steubenville, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.

The Laurels of Steubenville employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.

Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Steubenville is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.

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Jamie McConnell, LNHA

Interim Administrator

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Janna Rusinovich-Sims, LNHA, MBA


Janna was born and raised in Weirton, W.V., and is honored to be the administrator at The Laurels of Steubenville. She graduated from the University of Charleston with a B.S. in athletic training. Later, she completed her post-graduate studies at Chatham University and received an MBA in healthcare administration. Janna worked as the director of marketing for The Laurels prior to earning her administrator license.

Janna is very passionate about providing excellent customer service and exceeding the expectations of our guests and their families. In her spare time, Janna enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with family, spoiling her rescue dogs Bruno and Charlie, and enjoying life as a mother.

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Deborah Lamantia, RN

Director of Nursing

Deb was born and raised in the Steubenville area and currently lives in Toronto, Ohio. She received her nursing degree from Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing in 1995. She has worked in the areas of Med/Surg and Critical Care for many years, in addition to Long-Term Acute Care. She has also worked many years in Skilled Care and Long-Term Care. She has served in the roles of staff nurse, charge nurse, unit manager, and assistant director of nursing. Deb is an advocate for those under her nursing care, dedicated to quality nursing care, and strives to share her dedication among coworkers. Customer service is extremely important to her as we serve our guests in their home away from home. She believes in treating others with the utmost respect and appreciation. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children, being a coach for cheerleaders, and attending events at Catholic Central High School. Deb looks forward to serving the Steubenville and surrounding communities at The Laurels of Steubenville.

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Paul DeSarro, PTA

Rehabilitation Services Director

Paul was born and raised in Wellsville, Ohio. He graduated from Kent State University in 1999 with a degree in Physical Therapy Assistant Technology. Paul’s 18 years of rehabilitation experience includes multiple outpatient and skilled nursing facilities in the Ohio Valley and The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. Paul joined The Laurels of Steubenville therapy team in July 2008, and was promoted to Rehabilitation Services Director in March 2012. Paul enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and watching Notre Dame Football.

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Kathryn Smith-Daubenmeyer

Director of Marketing

Kathryn joined The Laurels of Steubenville as director of marketing in November 2021.  With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, she is pleased to be able to use that knowledge and continue to help families and guests in need.

Some may know Kathryn as the fun-loving and creative "Krafty Kathy," making ornaments, upcycled crafts, and holiday décor. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her beautiful children, grandchildren, and grand fur babies.

Kathryn is looking forward to representing The Laurels of Steubenville in the local community, and becoming a desired solution for the community’s long-term and skilled care needs.


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