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Meet the Staff

Leanne Oelrich, Executive Director

Leanne oversees the daily operations including meals, services, and cares.  Her focus is to foster an environment in which employees can learn and grow and in which residents feel safe, comfortable and at home.
The Colby Retirement Community is a gem of a facility that has wonderful tenants as well as an amazing staff that Leanne leads  every day.

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Betty Minton, RN, Wellness Nurse

Betty oversees the  care of the assisted living residents.  She asesses  each resident and coordinates a personal service plan for them.

Betty: ” I worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse for 26 years.  In 2007 my father was placed in a nursing home for Lewy Body dementia.  It was there that I was able to experience  a type of nursing that was unfamiliar to me and in fact scared me.  I saw my father’s nurses interact with the residents in such a kind and compassionate way that I wanted to emulate them.  A year after he passed away I fulfilled that dream by accepting a casual position at a nursing home.  Three years later I fulfilled an even bigger dream by joining the team at Colby Retirement Community.

My work at Colby Retirement Community is challenging in so many ways.  I enjoy teaching the residents and the staff about health issues but also learn from them.  The joy and celebration of life is alive at Colby Retirement Community and I feel very fortunate to be the Wellness Director.”

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Connie Ratcliff, Dining Service Manager

Connie oversees the dining services department.  She prepares menus and creates our delicious meals for the residents.

Connie:  “I have been the Dining Services Manager at the Colby Retirement Community for over 7 years.  During that time I have been proud to serve our residents with nutritious home made meals.  We believe in making our residents feel like they are at home.  I do this by offering a wide variety of meals along with many alternatives so that each individual can choose what they would like.  Along with our meals, we provide the residents with a relaxed dining atmosphere and many social functions that include their family and friends.  I enjoy cooking and working with the great team we have.  And, I enjoy getting to know all the residents and their families.  I expect to be with Colby Retirement Community for many years to come.

 

 

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Marie Kauffman ,  Life Enrichment Coordinator

Marie loves working with seniors and says: “I have always enjoyed working with elderly people, so being the life enrichment coordinator feels like a perfect fit for me. I retired from the Marshfield Clinic after 37 years, and still felt a need to be working with people. I love assisting tenants with what they need help with and conversing with them. I like to listen to them tell stories of their lives and things they remember and did.”