MANAGEMENT

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David West

CEO/Administrator

David has served as the Administrator for St. Luke Lutheran Home since January 2016. He has been active in the long-term healthcare field since 1977.

Born in Seneca, Illinois, Dave received his Long Term Care Administration degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is an Iowa- and Wisconsin-licensed nursing home administrator and, since 1987, has served at facilities in Marinette, Prairie Farm, Wisconsin Rapids and Chetek, Wisconsin.

Between them, Dave and his wife, Pam, have 10 children and 10 grandchildren. During his spare time, Dave has served as a Scoutmaster, Lions Club member and officeholder, church trustee and Sunday school teacher. He also volunteered with the Chetek Fire Department and worked as an EMT with the Chetek Ambulance Service.

Email: dwest@stlukelh.com

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Nancy Mills

Director of Health Services

Nancy has served as the Director of Health Services for St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc. since the summer of 2003.

Nancy is a Spencer native graduating from Spencer High Scool. She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) located in Emmetsburg, Iowa in 1986. Nancy continued her education and training from Rochester University located in Rochester, Minnesota where she was exposed to clinical experiences at St. Mary's and Methodist Hospitals.

Email: nancy.mills@stlukelh.com

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Greg Meeter

Accounting Controller

Greg has served as the St. Luke Campus Chief Financial Officer/Controller since 1989.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Dordt College located in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Prior to joining the St. Luke family, Greg served as a Certified Public Accountant for Winther, Stave & Co. LLP, in Spencer, Iowa.

Email: greg.meeter@stlukelh.com

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Joni Stein

Assistant Director of Nursing & Medicare Coordinator

Prior to being named the Assistant Director of Nursing for the St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc. campus, Joni served as the MDS and Medicare Coordinator.

She earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Joni has 22 years of experience in Long Term Care including the following positions: CNA, LPN, staff nurse, RN and MDS/Medicare Coordinator.

Email: joni.stein@stlukelh.com

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Janice Bell

Unit Manager/MDS Coordinator

When Janice returned to work at St. Luke Lutheran Home in December 2012, it was as if she were “coming home.” Because she enjoyed working as a Certified Nursing Assistant from June 1988 until May 1994, it was easy for her to return to St. Luke as a Registered Nurse.

Prior to rejoining the St. Luke family, Janice served at the care center in Emmetsburg, Iowa, in the special care unit at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa, and at Spencer Hospital in Spencer, Iowa.

This Laurens-Marathon High School alumna married Rod Bell in 1987. The couple has one son, Christopher. During her free time, Janice enjoys reading a good book and taking Socks and Susie, her Dachshunds, for walks.

Email: janice.bell@stlukelh.com

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Jenna Walsh

Director of Dietary Services

Jenna has served as the Director of Dietary Services for St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc., since May 2014.

Jenna, a native of Cherokee, Iowa, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Iowa State University. She is ServSafe certified and currently working toward her Certified Dietary Manager certification.

Prior to joining the St. Luke Homes & Services staff, Jenna served in a number of dietary capacities in Northwest Iowa.

Jenna enjoys watching Food Network and Home & Garden Television. She enjoys watching movies with friends and spending time with Millie, her German Shepherd, and Kitty, her cat.

Email: jenna.walsh@stlukelh.com

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Amanda Klein

St. Luke Homes & Services Activities Director

Amanda has been working in the Activities Department with St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home since the fall of 2010.

She grew up in Spencer, Iowa. After graduating from Spencer High School in 2005, Amanda went onto Iowa Lakes Community College and received an Associate of Arts degree. Amanda then transferred to Buena Vista University located in Storm Lake, Iowa, where she received a Business Management degree in 2009. In May 2010, Amanda took the Activities Coordinator course through Iowa Lakes Community College.

Amanda enjoys planning activities for the residents of St. Luke Lutheran Nursing Home, as well as the tenants of Hillside Terrace and Riverview Terrace. Seeing residents and tenants involved and having fun brings joy to Amanda's life.

In her spare time, Amanda likes scrapbooking, traveling, bike riding, exercising, and spending time with her husband.

Email: amanda.klein@stlukelh.com

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Elizabeth Essick

Receptionist

Liz joined the dedicated staff at St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc. as a laundry aide in January 2008, and transitioned to serving as the receptionist for St. Luke Lutheran Home in July 2012.

She is responsible for directing visitors, families and residents to either staff members or residents in the building. Liz’s duties include receiving all incoming telephone calls, entering data information on new residents and changing data that may arise, and performing any clerical tasks assigned.

Liz enjoys working in the healthcare setting and finds her job at St. Luke Lutheran Home rewarding. She greatly enjoys the staff and visiting with residents and their families.

Email: liz.essick@stlukelh.com

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Georgia Wrightsman

Social Worker

Georgia has been serving as the campus Social Worker for St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc. since 1979.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Buena Vista University located in Storm Lake, Iowa. Georgia is a licensed social worker in the state of Iowa.

Email: georgia.wrightsman@stlukelh.com

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Kris Todd

Marketing/PR Director

Kris has served as the Marketing & Public Relations Director for St. Luke Homes & Services, Inc. since January 2012. In this role, her responsibilities include providing public relations and marketing initiatives for St. Luke Lutheran Home, Riverview Terrace Assisted Living, Hillside Terrace Assisted Living and The Highlands.

Prior to joining the St. Luke Homes & Services staff, Kris served as a newspaper reporter and photographer, a director of marketing and public relations, and as a radio news anchor and assistant farm director.

Kris serves on the board of directors for the Clay County Community Foundation and Spencer Renaissance Initiative Committee.

Email: kris.todd@stlukelh.com

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Pastor John Syvertson

Chaplain

Pastor John Syvertson attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul and earned a Master of Arts in Gerontology in 2001 and a Master of Divinity degree in 2003. He has served congregations in Kenmare, Bowbells, Jamestown, Milton and Osnabrock, N.D., and Colton, S.D. His duties as a full-time chaplain for the St. Luke Homes and Services campus started in April 2013.

Throughout his life and ministry, both as an ordained minister and also in his secular life as a social worker, Pastor Syvertson has worked with older individuals. As a social worker, he was employed as a nursing home social worker and in home- and community-based services at the county and state levels in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Pastor Syvertson, who has a passion for working with the elderly, finds the work very satisfying. His duties include conducting all worship services for the nursing home and two assisted living complexes, as well as leading all Bible classes. He conducts memorial services and does bereavement counseling with the families of our residents. Chaplain Syvertson keeps busy working with the residents and staff at The Highlands, Hillside Terrace Assisted Living, Riverview Terrace Assisted Living and St. Luke Lutheran Home.

Email: chaplain@stlukelh.com

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Beth Holland

Unit Manager/MDS Coordinator

Beth found her true calling in 1996, when she became a Registered Nurse. She previously was a member of the St. Luke family, from 1999 through 2002, when she worked as a Charge Nurse. Residents were her primary focus then and desiring the best outcomes for them has not changed for Beth. Today, in her role as Unit Manager/MDS Coordinator, she strives to meet the needs and desires of her residents and wants families to feel comfortable visiting with her about their loved ones.

Prior to rejoining the St. Luke family in March 2016, Beth was a Registered Nurse at the hospital in Estherville, Iowa, for five years and also had experience in Director of Nursing and prior MDS coordinator roles.

Outside of work, Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, Joel, their four children: Michael, Amanda, Scott and Kyle, and their grandson, Hayden. She also enjoys tending to her “other kids” - Siamese cats Hera and Zeus, Weimaraner dog Jewel, and Shih Tzu puppy Daphne in their home near Terril.

Email: beth.holland@stlukelh.com