How Five Star is responding to the COVID-19 virus
For us, you are everything. How you feel, how you spend your day, what makes you laugh, what you need, what you love to eat—we embrace all of it, because we are a community. We support one another and make the most of every single day, together.
A senior living professional since 2001, Nichole has dedicated the last 13 years of her career to Memory Care, including 9 years as an Executive Director. She finds joy in helping our residents rediscover their passions, and also loves farming with her husband and two sons, reading, and scrapbooking.
Wendy has worked in the health care industry for 26 years. I suppose you could say she was destined to care for others. Not only did she start working as a Certified Nurse’s Aide when she was 15, but furthered her involvement in healthcare by becoming certified in Medication Administration. Knowing helping others was her desire, she put herself through nursing school next. It was easy as she was following in the footsteps of her parents who have both been nurses for over 40 years…now there’s a good support system! Prior to coming to Amber Ridge Memory Care Wendy worked in the long term care setting. She spent her days in the skilled environment, memory care, and provided wound care. Wendy also did some “travel nursing”. This experience helped her realize that her passion was in caring for our senior population and more specifically, those who are cognitively impaired. Wendy has been certified in Memory Care training and simply states, “a love for nursing has been passed on“.
Judy has been in the caring field for 25 years. She often comments that “it is a gift to serve those that have lost so much, yet have so much to give. At the end of the day you know you have made a difference in some else’s life; all the while they have made a difference in yours.” As the Bridge to Rediscovery Program Director she has the privilege of “Creating Moments of Joy” for those who reside at Amber Ridge. She always longs for her children and grandchildren and her time spent with them is precious. Her husband is of great support in all her endeavors. She feels blessed!
Jessie has been with Five Star Senior Living since the fall of 2019 and has worked in senior living in various roles for many years. With prior experience in the hospitality industry, Jessie excels in customizing experiences for our residents and families to meet their individual needs and wishes. Her personal touches are what set her apart from others! Jessie is the proud mom of a beautiful little girl. In her spare time she enjoys reading, shopping, and being outdoors boating on the Mississippi River.
Carissa began her professional career as a caregiver and transitioned to a business office roll 8 years ago. She started with Amber Ridge in the spring of 2018 and we couldn’t be happier to have her. Carissa is fantastic at building a team atmosphere and enjoys visiting with the many residents, friends and family at Amber Ridge. She loves that “Every day brings something new and no two are ever the same!” During her spare time she loves spending time with her two young children, Addison, and Finn and her husband Josh.
Cooking and baking is a passion for Candee. Her experience includes 33 years of employment with Bishop’s Buffet. Candee adds that she enjoyed working there and only left because the business was closing its doors for good. Candee is grateful for the experience Bishop’s offered in cooking, baking and management skills and uses them every day for Amber Ridge Memory Care. Bishop’s helped Candee to appreciate an organized kitchen and a neat and organized work area. It is refreshing to listen to Candee talk about how much she enjoys, and takes pride in, the most challenging recipes. When asked what is most rewarding for her in her as a Chef, Candee proudly boasts that maintaining high standards for the meals she creates, knowing that the people she serves enjoy food that is great tasting, nutritious and colorful bring her great joy. When Candee isn’t at work she enjoys watching movies, being in the sun and near the water.
Randy was born and raised in Moline. Randy has two children and two grandchildren and has been married for 30 years. Randy enjoys interacting with our memory care residents. He has been in maintenance for 6 years and strives to keep our building a safe and secure environment to live in.
Cassie has been employed with Amber Ridge Memory Care since 2018. She started out in our food and dining department and is currently our Director of Environmental Services. Cassie has worked in the health care field for 2 years. Her main focus is the resident wellbeing and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Cassie has three daughters, two in college and 1 in high school. All three are very active between their studies and extracurricular activities. Cassie enjoys being outdoors biking, hiking, and walking. She further enjoys reading and attending church.
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