Illinois Nursing Home
Administrators Association

PO Box 272, Rochester, IL 62563  .  P: (708) 800-6161  .  F: (708) 248-8078  .  vwiltsie@inhaa.org

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to the advancement of member administrators, their nursing directors and staff. We believe our past and current experiences can enhance your administrative processes and we will continually work at providing you timely professional information and new ideas.

Officers

President – Tammy Becker
1st Vice President – Lester Robertson, Jr.
2nd Vice President – Hope McNitt
Secretary – Karen Christensen
Treasurer – Joe McManus

Current Terms Serving on the Board

  • 2017-2020: Tim Bledsoe, Karen Christensen, Chuck Hutson, Lester Robertson Jr., Kim Seaman
  • 2018-2021: Tammy Becker, Dennis Grobe, Joe McManus, Hope McNitt, Kaye Strauch
  • 2019-2022: Cathleen Koch, Kathy Eyre, Dwight Miller, Terri Taylor, Jill Wunderlich

Becker_Tammy_colorTAMMY L. BECKER – Tammy has three decades of experience as a paralegal at Duane Morris, LLP.  She advises in all aspects of the long term care industry in connection with assisted living facilities, skilled nursing, and intermediate care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities; long term care facilities for under age 22, sheltered care facilities and CILAs.  Tammy reviews and analyzes new and proposed federal, State and local regulations and monitors developments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health.  She also regularly assists with preparing for administrator and nurse disciplinary hearings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Tammy has been an LNHA and a member of INHAA since 1996.  She earned her B.A. from Carroll University and a Certificate in Health Law from DePaul University, College of Law.

Phone: 312-499-6725
Email: TLBecker@duanemorris.com


TIM BLEDSOE has been a licensed nursing home administrator with the state of Illinois since 1989. He currently works at Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mount Vernon, IL. He has been there since October 1, 2014. While working at Nature Trail the facility has received the 2016 AHCA Bronze Award, the SAVA Senior Care CEO Round Table award for excellence in financial management, and the SAVA Blue Ribbon award for excellence in customer care.

Tim has worked in the Long Term Care industry since 1988 and has had several leadership positions. He has been a nursing home administrator, regional director of operations and CEO of a Not-For-Profit Long Term Care Organization. He has had several years of experience as an IHCA board member and treasurer, and sat for 2 years as a Knox County YMCA board member. I am currently a participating member on the SAVA Senior Care CEO Round Table which meets quarterly.

Email: Ttoy360@gmail.com


Karen ChristensenKAREN CHRISTENSEN – is the administrator of the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City.  She graduated from Illinois State University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  In 2014, she completed her MBA with a specialization in Health Care Management.  She is active with the Gibson City Lions Club and represents INHAA on the IDPH LTC Facility Advisory Board.  She and her husband, Corey, have two children.

Phone: 217-784-2566
Email:  karen_christensen@gibsonhospital.org


kathy3KATHY EYRE – with over twenty-five years of experience, Kathy began her career in the long term care industry as a line staff member. Her supervisor encouraged her to become a licensed nursing home administrator and she was offered an apprenticeship, education, and training. Kathy is the Administrator at Champaign Urbana Nursing and Rehab in Savoy, Illinois.  Kathy joined the INHAA organization in 2004 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2009 and has served on the membership committee. She was honored by the members of the Board to be chosen for the President’s award in 2014.

Email: keyre@cunr.net


DENNIS L. GROBE – has worked in Long Term Care for more than four decades. He began his career as Director of Social Services/Assistant Administrator of a 120-bed shelter care facility in Decatur after graduating from ISU in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an undergraduate emphasis in Social Work. He then obtained his Administrators License in 1976. He accepted the position as administrator of the Walnut Manor Nursing Home in September 1975. From April 1986 to February 1991, he worked for both non-profit and for-profit corporations, later returning to WMNH and the community in February 1991. He has served on the board of directors of IHCA from 1994 to 2000. He is married with two boys and two grandchildren. His is active in the community of Walnut where he currently serves as a Trustee on the Village Board since 1995.

Phone: 815-379-2131
Email: grobedennis@yahoo.com


CHUCK HUTSON – graduated Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1977. He received his Teacher’s Certification in 1978. Chuck has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator since 1982. He was the Administrator of Friendship Manor of St. Elmo for 16 years, Past President, INHAA Board of Directors, Illinois Health Care Association Member and Past President Vandalia Rotary Club since 1987. Chuck is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been married to his wife Jo since 1980. He has three grown daughters.

Phone: 618-283-3408
Email: Charles.hutson@yahoo.com


CATHLEEN KOCH, RN, BSN, LNHA – Cathleen Koch began her nursing career in 1974 as a CNA at the same nursing home she is now the Administrator of, Heritage Health in Mt. Sterling, IL.
In 1975 she graduated from LPN school and continued to work in long term care.  From 1998-2000 she went back to school to obtain her Associate degree and continued working at Heritage Health as a floor nurse.  Cathleen has also worked in a clinic setting and a hospital setting in the Oncology department.

In 2003 she graduated with a BSN from Blessing School of Nursing.  In 2005 she accepted a MDS coordinator position at Heritage and later in 2007 became the administrator, where she is still today.

She has been active in INHAA since becoming an administrator.  She is active in her community and music ministry at her parish. She is married with four adult children and six grandchildren.

Phone: 217-773-3377
Email: ckoch@heritageofcare.com


JOE MCMANUS Joe is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelors in Science, Food Nutrition Science and Dietetics and a MBA, Healthcare Specialization.  Joe started his career in acute care hospitals in Food Service Management.

Joe has worked for Advocate Sherman West Court as the Food Service Director, Director of Support Services and most recently as the facility Administrator.  Joe has served on the Board as the Assistant Secretary with Advocate Sherman West Court for the past 10 years. He has also served on the Joint Commission Review Board.

A few accomplishments that are notable are; moving the facility from a 2 star rated to a 5 star, 5 years running now. Operational improvements; Associate Engagement 90%ile, Fall reductions 13% to 5%, Turnover reduction 40% to 19%, Admission growth 500 p/yr. to 1000+ p/yr.  Joe has been a member of INHAA since 2009. Joe most recently joined the Providence Life Services family as the Vice President of Procurement and Dining Services. Joe is passionate about quality and safety and can bring proven results to INHAA Board and its members. Thank you for the opportunity.

Email: jmcmanus@provlife.com


image001HOPE MCNITT, RN, LNHA, CONSULTANT – began her 40+ year journey in long term care as a CNA. After becoming an RN, she realized her passion was caring for the elderly, and continued on the long term care path holding numerous positions, including DON and LNHA. She is a member of the INHAA and LTC Nurses Association. She is a past president and past executive director of the LTC DON Association of Metro East. She was a recipient of the “Nurse of the Year award presented by IHCA. Twenty years of her experience was spent working for Four Fountains Convalescent Center, which was listed as one of the “Best Facilities in Illinois” by US News & World Report. She is currently working in LTC as an independent consultant.

Phone: 618-980-4874
Email: cmcnitt1@charter.net


DWIGHT L. MILLER – Dwight has worked in long-term care since 1972.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Sociology/Psychology.  He has served on numerous state-wide advisory groups and committees.  Prior to working in long-term care, Dwight was employed by the Decatur Mental Health Center, taught junior college courses and worked as a policeman.  He served three years in the U.S. Army and was a sergeant in the Military Police Corps when honorably discharged.  He and his wife purchased Crawford County Convalescent Center in Robinson, Illinois and operated it from 1985 to 2015.  Dwight has a son who is an OSHA Compliance Officer and a daughter who is now a stay-at-home mom.  He and his wife, Ardella, have three grandchildren–two in Lake Zurich and one in Collinsville.

Phone: 618-562-5632
Email: dmillercare@mchsi.com


LESTER E. ROBERTSON JR. – recently served as the Administrator of the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. He is the former owner of Robertson Healthcare, LLC, which owned two nursing facilities. He is a licensed nursing home administrator with more than 45 years of experience. Mr. Robertson was a member of the IHCA Board of Director for more than 20 years. He has served as the IHCA Non-Proprietary Facility Vice President, Chairman of the IHCA Government Relations Committee, Chair of the IHCA Education Committee, Chair of the IHCA Peer Review Committee, and as Peoria Chapter President. He has served as a member of the Assisted Living Work Group, Chairman of the Regulatory Task Force, and IHCA Representative to the Illinois Department of Public Health Long Term Care Advisory Board.

Phone: 217-836-3361
Email: Lesterrobertson1@yahoo.com


KIMBERLY SEAMAN – has been in long term care for more than twenty-five years in various capacities.  She graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in 1985, and completed graduate school in 2008 with a Masters in Health Administration.  She has experience as an ADON, MDS Coordinator, and DON.  Kim recently retired from her position as Administrator at Heritage Health in Minonk, Illinois and has served on the board of INHAA since 2007.

Phone: 815-674-8839
Email: k_seaman16@yahoo.com


KAYE STRAUCH – has been the administrator of Brandon Wood Retirement Center in Morton since 1986. Brandon Wood is an independent living facility. She is an active member of the Tazewell County Triad board, and the Heart of Illinois Region of Continuity of Care board. She was the recipient of the SICCO award from the State of Illinois Continuity of Care Board in June 2008. She resides in Washburn with her husband. She has two children and one grandson.

Phone: 309-263-7341
Email: kas@mtco.com


TERRI TAYLOR – is a licensed nursing home administrator currently working as an interim administrator and/or as a consultant. She is experienced in Federal and State rules and regulations and the survey process along with the Joint Commission process. Her duties have included but are not limited to: Staff Education and Support Services; Survey Preparedness and Joint Commission Preparedness; Interim Administrator; State Monitor and Medical Records Review and Office Support. When not working, Terri enjoys photography, crafts, and gardening. She is very active in her community and writes for the local newspaper.

Phone: 815-452-2032
Email: tntimages318@gmail.com


untitledJILL WUNDERLICH, MHCA, LNHA, COTA/L –Jill has worked in the SNF/LTC/Rehab industry for more than 25 years. She graduated in 1992 from Kirkwood Community College where she earned her Associates of Applied Sciences degree, which allowed her to become licensed as and practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant. She has been working in as a manager in the rehab industry for the past 17+ years. She became a LNHA in 2001, earned her Master’s degree in Health Care Administration in Feb. 2017, and earned her RAC-CT in May 2019. She is currently a RVP for Encore Rehabilitation and is a member of the IHCA finance committee.

Phone: 319-850-5563
Email: jill.wunderlich@encorerehabiliation.com.


Committees

Finance – Dennis Grobe, Kaye Strauch, Joe McManus

Legislative – Tim Bledsoe, Karen Christensen, Cathleen Koch, Lester Robertson, Jr.

Membership – Cathleen Koch, Hope McNitt, Terri Taylor, Jill Wunderlich

By-Laws – Chuck Huston, Hope McNitt, Lester Robertson, Jr.

Nominating – Kathy Eyre, Kaye Strauch, Jill Wunderlich

Program – Kathy Eyre, Hope McNitt, Kim Seaman, Kaye Strauch, Jill Wunderlich

Honorary Membership – Karen Christensen, Chuck Hutson, Lester Robertson, Jr.