Morningside of Washington | Illinois - Assisted Living

Our Staff

Morningside of Washington

Laura Aronson
Executive Director 

Laura Aronson is our Executive Director at Morningside of Washington. She is a native of Washington, IL and returned home to join our team after beginning her family and career in Southern Illinois.  Laura received her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University, and after a short stint selling Real Estate she began working in senior living. Laura has spent eight years serving seniors, six of those as the Administrator for an Assisted Living community in Herrin, IL.  These experiences enable her to help our residents and team members grow in their rolls in the community. Helping Morningside's residents and team members be their best is exciting for her. When away from the community, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, Knute, and their two small children. 

Angie Pedulla 
Sales Counselor

Angie Pedulla is our Sales Counselor for Morningside of Washington. Angie’s background is in Hospitality where she has spent 30 plus years, several of those years in Central Illinois at Jumer Hotels. Her role as a Senior Sales Counselor has given Angie the opportunity to work with seniors that desire a relaxing lifestyle change and how to make a successful transition. She accomplishes this by advising seniors and their families on how to find a safe and secure living community to help residents live their passions and engage in activities and social opportunities.  Angie is passionate about engaging seniors and providing them with a life that is full of choices while they age. Angie finds it very gratifying when she is able to successfully help people make choices that will enrich their lives. Angie enjoys spending time with her adult children and six grandchildren.


Kim Frans

Kim Frans has been caring for people for over 15 years in several different capacities. She takes great pride as an experienced department leader where she is able to coach and develop nursing teams to become compassionate caregivers. Kim’s past experiences of working with seniors in acute care and mental health allows her the opportunity to share the knowledge she’s obtained with her Morningside Resident Services Team. Her goal is to maintain and improve the health of our residents so they can lead exciting and engaging lives in their mature years. Kim’s personal time is spent with her family of two children, two dogs and sisters.


SandyDirks.jpgSandy Dirks 
Branch Office Manager

Sandy is the Branch Office Manager here at Morningside of Washington.  She is a vital member of our management team performing various business functions and helping work with our residents and families. Sandy has vast experience working in the role of Office Manager and has improved a number of our business processes.  Equally as important to Sandy is her love of the senior population.  She applied to work at Morningside of Washington because one of her previous jobs was at a senior living community and missed the meaningful relationships with the residents. While most of Sandy’s work involves the business side, her caring nature with our residents and families adds much to our community culture.  Away from work Sandy loves to spend time with husband and adorable Shiatsu “Bear.” She also enjoys camping and auto racing.