Morningside of Washington | Illinois - Assisted Living

Our Staff

Morningside of Washington

Scott Hassett
Executive Director 

Scott Hassett is our Executive Director at Morningside of Washington. Scott is very involved with the Washington Chamber of Commerce and is a Chamber Ambassador. Prior to joining the Morningside of Washington Team Scott had almost 26 years of experience in the social service field.  He was employed in a number of positions, including the Interim Executive Director and Director of Continuous Quality Improvement. This long time commitment to helping people enables Scott to promote a family culture with our residents, families and team members. He is very engaged with our residents and families and sincerely values his relationship with each person in our community. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Scott is married to his wonderful wife Stephanie.  They have one son Austin who is finishing his undergraduate degree in Finance and will be starting graduate school in the fall of 2018.

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.


Angie Hittle
Lifestyle360 Director

Angie Hittle is no stranger to working with seniors or senior living communities in some capacity. After 23 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant Angie decided she wanted to impact residents’ lives through our research based Lifestyle360 Program. Her vivacious personality makes her a perfect for our Lifestyle360 Director. She engages our residents in daily activities that focuses on Maslow’s Five Dimensions of Wellness. Angie does a marvelous job of helping our residents’ share their life experiences and interests. When Angie is not leading our Morningside of Washington Lifestyle360 program you will find her enjoying quality time with her husband, 5 children and grandson.


Erik Rasmussen
Maintenance Director

Erik Rasmussen is our Director of Maintenance at Morningside of Washington. Erik joined Morningside of Washington in early 2015.  Erik has served in the United States Air Force where he was an F-16 aircraft armament systems specialist, electrical technician, machinist, and a maintenance technician at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria, IL. Erik has a passion for perfection and ensuring top quality craftsmanship of the building maintenance.  When Erik is not taking care of our wonderful residents, he enjoys spending time with his family, practicing the art of fishing and firearm marksmanship.

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.

Jessica Leitner 
Food and Beverage Director

 Jessie Leitner has worked as Director of Food Services for over 25 years in Central Illinois. Jessie began her culinary journey at a young age while working side by side with her father in the family kitchen. This family tradition was passed down to Jessie and led to her lifelong career choice to prepare savory cuisine for others. Jessie has developed a new focus the last few years by providing seniors with nutritional meals and meeting their customized dietary needs. Jessie loves to bake from scratch recipes. She is thrilled to be leading our Five Star Dining Service Team and providing our residents with quality food choices. She strives to create robust flavors for our residents with diverse choices to compliment the important socialization opportunities that exist in our Five Star Dining experience. When Jessie is not in the kitchen testing a new recipe you will find her spending time with her family.

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.