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: 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

Member Spotlight: Dawn Feucht of Longhouse-Northshire

May 6, 2019

Dawn Feucht joined the long-term care profession at age 16 as a CNA. Forty-one years later, she is an LPN staff nurse at Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer, Iowa who values the family atmosphere within the facility. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I started as a CNA in a long-term nursing home

Member Spotlight: Mary Rasmussen of Manilla Manor

April 29, 2019

Mary Rasmussen began working in the laundry department at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa to help her family financially. The plan was to work there for six months and then quit once the bills were caught up. However, the facility became a second home to her. Over 40 years have passed, and Mary can continues

Member Spotlight: Colleen Conrad of Longhouse-Northshire

April 22, 2019

Colleen Conrad began her career in long-term care in the laundry department after her friend encouraged her to work at the local nursing home. Now, as a certified nursing/medical assistant at Longhouse-Northshire in Spencer, Iowa, Colleen enjoys making a difference in the lives of residents. How did you get started in the long-term care profession?

Member Spotlight: Alex V. Keller-Krieger of Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation

April 15, 2019

After visiting his mother at work at Blair House, Alex V. Keller-Krieger realized how much he enjoyed visiting with the residents. He finally gave in to his mother’s insistence that he go back to school for nursing, and he obtained his CNA license. As the current recreational program director at Oakview Nursing and Rehabilitation in

Member Spotlight: Gwen Gustafson of Manilla Manor

April 8, 2019

At the age of 57, Gwen Gustafson entered the long-term care profession as a CNA at Manilla Manor. She enjoys making new friends with all the residents and hearing their stories. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I moved back to my hometown and someone told me they were hiring at

Member Spotlight: Danielle Kinnetz of Hubbard Care Center

April 1, 2019

After a poor personal experience with a nurse, Danielle Kinnetz went back to school so she could make a difference and provide superior care for others. As a current LPN charge nurse at Hubbard Care Center in Hubbard, Iowa, she has a chance to care for those no longer able to care for themselves. Hubbard

Member Spotlight: Felicia Meeves of Manilla Manor

March 25, 2019

Felicia Meeves took her passion of caring for others and turned it into a career. As a CNA at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa, she takes the time to understand residents and serves as both a caretaker and a friend. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I have always enjoyed taking

Member Spotlight: Tom Harmsen of Granger Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

March 18, 2019

Tom Harmsen has a business background and a desire to demonstrate those skills while also directly making the world a better place. In his current role as director of admissions and marketing for Granger Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granger, Iowa – he gets to do both. He enjoys assisting families navigate long-term care and

Member Spotlight: Bobbie Weber of Manilla Manor

March 11, 2019

Bobbie Weber gave the long-term care profession a chance while working toward her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) because it fit flexibly into her schedule. After becoming hooked, she encourages others to have an open mind when it comes to careers. Bobbie is currently the assistant director of nursing (ADON) and Minimum Data

Member Spotlight: Beth Fleming of Bickford Senior Living

March 4, 2019

Beth Fleming began in the long-term care profession as an activity director immediately after college. She sees long-term care as a great career path due to the unlimited growth and education opportunities. Beth now serves as the divisional director of operations for Bickford Senior Living’s eastern Iowa division and is a member of IHCA’s Public

Member Spotlight: Dawn Berrier of Manilla Manor

February 25, 2019

Dawn Berrier fell into the long-term care profession through an old friend when she moved to a small town. She is now the director of nursing (DON) at Manilla Manor in Manilla, Iowa and has worked in long-term care for over four decades. How did you get started in the long-term care profession? I moved