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 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: Hillary Smith of Clearview Homes

August 6, 2020

When Hillary Smith was in high school, her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Hillary became one of her mother’s main caregivers and then became a CNA at Clearview Homes so she could help residents and families going through similar experiences. Working in long-term care has equipped her with skills and knowledge that she applies when

Member Spotlight: Kyla Williams of Family Care Solutions

July 30, 2020

Kyla Williams was introduced to long-term care at a young age when she visited the long-term care facility where her mother worked. As a home health aide at Family Care Solutions, Kyla has developed skills that help her in all areas of her life. She also enjoys the opportunity to meet new people through her

Member Spotlight: Meagan Moffatt of Akron Care Center

July 24, 2020

As a registered nurse and infection control coordinator at Akron Care Center, Meagan Moffatt enjoys having the opportunity to personally impact the lives of residents and says that the residents have made a difference in her life as well. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I began my career in long-term

Member Spotlight: Teresa Dominguez of Family Care Solutions

July 2, 2020

After her niece’s accident over 10 years ago, Teresa Dominguez found a passion in caregiving and made it her career. As a home health aide at Family Care Solutions, she enjoys building relationships with those she serves. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? In 2009, my niece had an accident that

Member Spotlight: Sarah Halsey of Fountain West Health Center

June 18, 2020

Sarah Halsey’s background in day care and a referral from a friend led her to a career in long-term care. As the activity assistant at Fountain West Health Center, Sarah enjoys learning from the residents and their families. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? My friend Nancy Underbakke was the dietitian

Member Spotlight: Chris Liagre of Family Care Solutions

June 11, 2020

Chris Liagre was introduced to the long-term care profession through a friend. As a home health aide at Family Care Solutions, he likes helping his patients live their lives, and he learns from those he cares for. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I got started in long-term care when a

Member Spotlight: Mary Soukup of PARC Hall at Palo Alto County Health System

June 4, 2020

Mary Soukup spent a lot of time with her grandparents growing up and has a passion for caring for the elderly. As a rehab aide and CNA at PARC Hall at Palo Alto County Health System, she enjoys learning from those she cares for and appreciates the variety of people she gets to meet through

Member Spotlight: Ange Cohoon of St. Luke Lutheran Home

May 28, 2020

Ange Cohoon went to college for therapeutic recreation and discovered her passion for working with the elderly. As an activity assistant at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, she enjoys making the residents smile. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I went to college for therapeutic recreation and that is when

Member Spotlight: Michelle Madden of Family Care Solutions

May 21, 2020

Michelle Madden became a home health aide at Family Care Solutions because she was looking for a position she could hold simultaneously while attending college. Her favorite part of her job is getting to see her patients daily and building relationships with them. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I was

Member Spotlight: Nya Lo of St. Luke Lutheran Home

May 14, 2020

Nya Lo began her career in long-term care when she was in high school. As a dietary aide at St. Luke Home and Services, Nya enjoys building relationships with the residents and her coworkers. During this pandemic, she is grateful for the spirit of teamwork that exists among the staff. How did you get started

Member Spotlight: Melissa Wiederin of Adel Acres

May 7, 2020

Melissa Wiederin began her career in health care as a CNA at age 15, and has been a charge nurse at Adel Acres for three years. She has a passion for the elderly population and has worked in a variety of settings, including nursing homes and hospitals, as well as mental health and correctional facilities.

Member Spotlight: Lisa Baker of Longhouse-Northshire Care Center

April 23, 2020

Due to COVID-19, dietary departments at long-term care facilities have had to modify processes, yet have continued to go above and beyond for the people they serve. Lisa Baker works in the dietary department at Longhouse-Northshire Care Center and we are proud to feature her as this week’s Member Spotlight. The residents have become like

Member Spotlight: Nadine Donath of Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque

April 16, 2020

Nadine began her career in long-term care by working in the kitchen and now serves as the activities director at Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque. Nadine recently went above and beyond as she tirelessly made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for her facility. She has made masks, face shields and gowns. “Nadine is an amazing person and

Member Spotlight: Marcele Chaves of Bickford Assisted Living of Cedar Falls

April 9, 2020

Marcele Chaves, a CMA/CNA at Bickford Assisted Living of Cedar Falls, moved to the U.S. from Brazil at age 23 and is currently studying to become an RN. She appreciates the home-like environment of Bickford, loves getting to know residents and cannot imagine herself doing anything else other than being a nurse. Thank you for

Member Spotlight: Maria Zeron of Bickford of Iowa City

April 2, 2020

As an LPN at Bickford of Iowa City, Maria Zeron believes that being a nurse is her calling and that working in long-term care is the most satisfying profession. In caring for the elderly, she has found a second family in her coworkers and residents. IHCA thanks Maria, and all long-term care employees for everything

Member Spotlight: Casi Strube of Anamosa Care Center

March 19, 2020

Casi Strube has held many different roles in the long-term care profession throughout her career. As the administrator at Anamosa Care Center, she loves building relationships with residents and helping guide the staff through their health care journey. IHCA thanks Casi for all she does for residents, and for the #sharethelovenotgerms campaign she started, which

Member Spotlight: Lucy Hand of Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake

March 12, 2020

When Lucy began working in long-term care, she wanted to work in housekeeping or the kitchen. However, after accepting a CNA position, she fell in love with the job. Even after celebrating 25 years of service at Accura Healthcare of Spirit Lake, Lucy still learns life lessons every day from the residents she serves. How