Member Spotlight

IHCA members go the extra mile to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others every single day. Learn more about the amazing ways our members are helping others in the Member Spotlights below.

If you are an IHCA member, recognize your best employees with a Member Spotlight! Select an employee to complete this form and return it to info@iowahealthcare.org to be included in a future Member Spotlight. Photos of the selected employee are also encouraged, but not required. The photo release form can be found here.

We feature Member Spotlights in the Weekly Bulletinthe IHCA Facebook page and here on the IHCA website.

Member Spotlight: Kris Parmenter of Anamosa Care Center

July 15, 2019

In her 36 years of working in long-term care, Kris Parmenter has learned the importance of patience and teamwork, as well as the value of great coworkers and management. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? In 1983, after graduating from high school, I was going to nursing school and saw an

Member Spotlight: Rayma Ripperger of Afton Care Center

July 8, 2019

Rayma Ripperger entered the long-term care profession as a CNA before attending Southwestern Community College to become a nurse. As the current MDS coordinator and assistant DON at Afton Care Center in Afton, Iowa, Rayma helps residents both inside and outside the facility. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I started

Member Spotlight: Rocio Cervantes of Manilla Manor

July 1, 2019

Rocio Cervantes, currently a CNA at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa, began as a housekeeper at a nursing facility and recognized the need for additional help. So, she went and got her CNA license so she could serve as another set of hands. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I was

Member Spotlight: Kaylynn Kruckenburg of Shady Oaks Care Center

June 24, 2019

Kaylynn Kruckenburg entered the long-term care profession by taking CNA classes in high school and began at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City in October 2017. She graduated from South Central Calhoun High School this spring and will be pursing her nursing degree at Des Moines Area Community College. She loves interacting with the

Member Spotlight: Sylvia Bandow of Manilla Manor

June 17, 2019

A job at a nursing facility was one of the few employment opportunities available in Sylvia Bandow’s hometown, so she gave it a shot. She quickly developed a love for serving the elderly and hearing their stories. Almost four decades later, Sylvia serves as the administrator of Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. How did you

Member Spotlight: Amy Loera of Wellington Place

June 10, 2019

Amy Loera began as a CNA while in college with the intention of becoming a social worker in long-term care. She now serves as the admissions coordinator at Wellington Place in Decorah where she builds relationships with residents. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I started out as a CNA while

Member Spotlight: Jamie Raymond of Anamosa Care Center

June 3, 2019

Jamie Raymond was looking for a steady position in a reliable line of work when she discovered a fulfilling career in long-term care. In her current role in environmental services and as a dietary aide at Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa, she has come to consider the residents family and values the impact her

Member Spotlight: Lynette Gaskill of Manilla Manor

May 27, 2019

Lynette Gaskill was encouraged by her sister to try out a job in long-term care and has worked in a nursing home ever since. Lynette is currently a restorative aide/CNA/certified med aide at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? My sister worked in a nursing home

Member Spotlight: Elyse Schroeder of Shady Oaks Care Center

May 20, 2019

Elyse Schroeder comes from a long line of long-term caregivers, so it was fitting when she became a CNA at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, Iowa. She quickly obtained her CMA certification and is now working to complete her RN degree. “Elyse has worked hard for her residents and for her education,” said

Member Spotlight: Megan Swanson of Manilla Manor

May 13, 2019

Megan Swanson took advantage of the CNA class offered by her high school and began a career in long-term care. She enjoys lending an ear to residents and building relationships with them and their families. Megan currently serves as a CNA at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa. How did you get started in the long-term