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.

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

Member Spotlight: Cindy Strunk of Crestview Specialty Care

December 30, 2019

An ad in the local paper turned into an almost 40-year career for Cindy Strunk. As a CNA at Crestview Specialty Care in West Branch, she enjoys seeing others benefiting from the kind and compassionate care the facility provides. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I saw an ad in the

Member Spotlight: Lori Bellinger of Ravenwood Specialty Care

December 23, 2019

Lori Bellinger was introduced to a career in long-term care when she started out as a CNA. As the administrator at Ravenwood Specialty Care in Waterloo, she believes the best parts of her job are the residents and her team. Thank you for all you do, Lori! How did you get started in the long-term

Member Spotlight: Jessica McDyer of Sibley Specialty Care

December 16, 2019

Jessica McDyer has been in the long-term care profession ever since she was a high school student working in the housekeeping and laundry department. As the administrator of Sibley Specialty Care, Jessica believes that everyone has a story and she enjoys getting to know the residents and learning about their lives. Jessica also serves as

Member Spotlight: Hajrija (Heidi) Sky of Longhouse-Northshire

December 9, 2019

After seeing how her mother-in-law made an impact by working in long-term care, Hajrija (Heidi) Sky knew she wanted to make a career out of caring for others. As a CNA at Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer, Heidi’s favorite part of her job is serving the residents. How did you get started in the long-term care profession?

Member Spotlight: Bo Geidel of Bedford Specialty Care / Corning Specialty Care

December 2, 2019

Due to spending a lot of time with her grandparents as a child, Bo Geidel knew at a young age that she wanted to devote her career to caring for the geriatric population. As an administrator at Bedford Specialty Care / Corning Specialty Care, she works to provide this population with the best care possible.

Member Spotlight: Audrey Schott of Prairie View Campus

November 25, 2019

Audrey started at Prairie View in 1982 as a CNA and switched to the housekeeping department 10 years ago. She enjoys caring for the residents and bringing smiles to their faces. After many years at Prairie View, Audrey is retiring this month. Congratulations and thank you for providing years of care! How did you get

Member Spotlight: Kimber Kleven of Manly Specialty Care

November 18, 2019

Kimber Kleven believes that having a true career means finding a place where you belong and using your experiences to teach others. As the administrator of Manly Specialty Care, Kimber feels fortunate to have a job that enriches the lives of people in her community, as well as her own life. Thank you, Kimber, for

Member Spotlight: Ethan Walton of Kennybrook Village

November 11, 2019

In honor of Veterans Day, this week’s Member Spotlight highlights First Lieutenant Ethan Walton, currently serving as the 109th Multifunctional Medical Battalion S6 (Health Services Systems Management Officer) in Iowa City and as the executive director of Kennybrook Village in Grimes. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? It must run through

Member Spotlight: Carol Brown of Lenox Care Center

November 5, 2019

Carol Brown has been with Lenox Care Center for 35 years and became a CNA when she realized how much she enjoyed interacting with the elderly. “Carol has seen many changes and has always been an asset to the residents and her coworkers,” said Julie Davis, Lenox Care Center administrator.  Thank you for all you

Member Spotlight: Gwen Larsen

October 28, 2019

As the executive director of Accura Healthcare of Stanton, Gwen Larsen considers the residents as a second family. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and being creative in order to make residents feel at home and comfortable. Thank you for all you do, Gwen! How did you get started in the long-term care profession?

Staff Spotlight: Darla MacConnell

October 22, 2019

This week’s Spotlight is a special edition, as we highlight a “new” IHCA staff member. IHCA is excited to have Darla MacConnell on the team as the office and project manager. Darla returned to the team in 2018 and was previously employed at the association from 2000 – 2004. Her wide range of knowledge in countless areas,

Member Spotlight: Wendy Nelson of Prairie View Campus

October 14, 2019

As the administrator of Prairie View Campus in Sanborn, Wendy Nelson’s favorite part of her job is having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. She also serves on the IHCA Board of Directors, as well as the Public Relations and Convention and Education Committees. Thank you for all you do, Wendy! How

Member Spotlight: Kerry Knode of Adel Acres

October 8, 2019

Kerry started working at Adel Acres in 1998 as a housekeeper and obtained her CNA license in 1999 because she desired an opportunity to be more hands-on with the residents. She functioned as the social services and activities representative for two years but missed directly handling patient needs and decided to return to the floor.

Member Spotlight: John Kern of Good Samaritan Society – Algona

September 27, 2019

John Kern has served as an administrator at Good Samaritan Society facilities ever since he graduated college 38 years ago. As he approaches his upcoming retirement, we thank John for his leadership and service throughout the years. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I graduated from Augustan College in 1981 with

Member Spotlight: Norma Fitzgerald of Longhouse-Northshire Care Center

September 23, 2019

In the words of Tom Christy, administrator at Longhouse-Northshire Care Center in Spencer, Norma Fitzgerald has been a “LONG-term employee.” Norma retired in July 2019 after being a devoted employee of Longhouse-Northshire for 49 years. Thank you, Norma, for your many years of dedicated service to the long-term care profession! How did you get started

Member Spotlight: Kendyl Irwin of Adel Acres

September 16, 2019

Kendyl Irwin became a team member at Adel Acres in September 2015 as a CNA/CMA. She understands and values the difficulty patients experience when transitioning from living in their own home to requiring more day-to-day assistance and focuses on making residents feel loved and comfortable, as if they were in their own home. She strives

Member Spotlight: Jessica Wagner of Windsor Manor

September 9, 2019

Jessica Wagner began her career in long-term care when her grandmother moved to an assisted living facility. As a resident assistant at Windsor Manor Assisted Living in Algona, her favorite part of her job is building relationships with residents and their families. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? My grandparents were

Member Spotlight: Kellie Jimerson of Atlantic Specialty Care

September 3, 2019

After experiencing how moving to a small town Iowa nursing facility increased the quality of care that her grandmother received, Kellie Jimerson knew she wanted to devote her career to making life better for her community’s elderly. Kellie serves as the administrator of Atlantic Specialty Care. How did you get started in the long-term care

Member Spotlight: Laura Wiltgen of Wellington Place

August 26, 2019

Working in long-term care runs in Laura Wiltgen’s family, resulting in her getting a CNA license at the age of 16. Laura continues to serve residents as a CNA/CMA at Wellington Place in Decorah. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? My sister and mom both worked at our local nursing home.

Member Spotlight: Kerry Sudtelgte of Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living

August 19, 2019

As a resident assistant at Bavarian Meadows Assisted Living in Remsen, Kerry Sudtelgte has made a career of serving others. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? When I was younger, I got a job at a nursing home and decided to get my CNA certification. Years later, I felt “the calling”