Our Staff

The Management Team

Laurel Derks Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

Laurie is the Chief Executive Officer for The Center for Respite Care and has been so for the past five years. She has led the organization through a complete transformation which includes its new location at The Saint Anthony Center, increased bed count, recipient of tax levy funds and recognition across the community-at-large. Her extensive work in the non profit world includes the Cincinnati Center for Autism and The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Laurie holds an MPA from Northern Kentucky University and is currently working on an MA from Notre Dame University for Non Profit executives.

Edward J. Slater

Chief Advancement Officer

Ed is the Chief Advancement Officer for The Center for Respite Care. He has an extensive background in both theology and community work. This includes the Franciscan Province of St John the Baptist and is a co-founder of Tender Mercies.  Ed’s life has been committed to improving the lives of those who need support the most. He holds a Masters of Divinity and MA in Business Administration. Ed has been being active in the OTR community for decades.


Medical Operations Staff

Dr. Bob Donovan

Oversees Medical Operations

After being in private practice for several years, Bob Donovan entered the Society of Mary. Following profession of vows, he returned to Cincinnati and became Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1988. As part of his duties he has delivered primary care to people experiencing homelessness on the Mobile Medical Clinic at several of the shelters in the Cincinnati area for 24 years, and he currently cares for people experiencing homelessness (and others) at the McMicken Health Collaborative in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. He oversees medical operations for The Center for Respite Care.


Kay Burlew

Program Director

Kay is the Program Director for The Center for Respite Care. She has spent the past 22 years in the field, working with staff and patients and caring for individuals in a medical environment. She specializes in behavior modification with numerous credentials and certifications. She is a proactive self starter, who is dedicated and compassionate – always putting the needs of The Center primary.

Patrice McDonald, LPN

Nurse Manager

Nursing is core to the success of The Center for Respite Care. Patrice has worked on staff for 12 years.  She started at our former Washington Avenue location (in Avondale) and continues in Over-the-Rhine. She truly understands the complexity of the journey of our clients.

A graduate of Brown Mackie College Nursing Program, she previously worked at a local nursing home establishment.

Patrice is the mother of two and the proud grandmother of one incredible grandson.

Ashley Campbell

Administrative Services Manager

Ashley Campbell is the Administrative Services Manager for the Center for Respite Care. Before joining the Center, she worked in the food service industry, which included her learning to garner a deep understanding of human nature. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in English Literature. As such, she excels in both the written and spoken word. She is a deep critical thinker who graduated with a stellar GPA and leadership in the English honors fraternity — Sigma Tau Delta. With strong communications skills and deep human empathy — the Center is pleased that Ashley is on the team.

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The Center for Respite Care is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. View our 2022 IRS Form 990 – Public Disclosure.








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Center for Respite Care
1615 Republic Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

P.O. Box 141301
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250

(513) 621-1868

(513) 621-1872

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