Illinois Nursing Home
Administrators Association

PO Box 483, North Aurora, Illinois 60542  .  P: (708) 800-6161  .  F: (708) 248-8078  .  sgardiner@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 – Kathy Eyre
2nd Vice President – Hope McNitt
Secretary – Karen Christensen
Treasurer – Mary Bergren

Current Terms Serving on the Board

  • 2014 – 2017: Karen Christensen, Chuck Hutson, Lester Robinson Jr., Kim Seaman
  • 2015 – 2018: David Conklin, Kaye Strauch, Dennis Grobe, Tammy Becker, Hope McNitt
  • 2016 – 2019: Mary Bergren, Dwight Miller, Kathy Eyre, 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


Mary-Bergren_s_0MARY BERGREN – graduated from Western Illinois University, is a certified Activity Director and an LNHA. She recently retired following a 39 year career at Hillcrest Home, which is the county nursing home for Henry County, after serving as Activity Director, Assistant Administrator and Administrator. Ms. Bergren has been an INHAA board member for 15 years and currently holds the position of Treasurer. She was honored by the members of the Board by being chosen for the President’s Award in 2005. She spends her leisure time traveling, running and spending time with her “grand pup.”
Phone: 309-945-2224
Email: marybergren@hotmail.com


Karen ChristensenKAREN CHRISTENSEN – is the administrator of the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. A college internship with a nursing home administrator led her down the long-term care path. After graduating in 1997 from Illinois State University with a B.S. in business administration, she began her career with Heritage Enterprises. The first ten years she was in the marketing department at their corporate office and then took over as Gibson Area Hospital Annex administrator in 2011. She has since obtained her MBA with a specialization in Health Care Management. She is active with the Gibson City Lions Club and serves as the club’s secretary. She is also a board member of CRCC (Community Resource Counseling Center) located in Paxton and a member of HFMA (Healthcare Financial Management Association).

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


david conklin picture 003_crop_cropDAVID CONKLIN – has been an Administrator since 1969, was licensed in 1970 and has been a member of INHAA since the mid-seventies. A graduate of Carroll University, his Bachelor of Science degrees are in Christian Education and Psychology/Sociology. He was elected to the INHAA Board of Directors in 1991 and elected the Board Secretary in 1992, a position he held until 2014. He was honored by INHAA with the President’s Award in 2006. He officially retired from active administration in 2009, although he is available for consultation at any time.

 

Phone 815-877-8732
Email: conx13@comcast.net


IMG_0339DENNIS 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


charles-Hutson_s_0CHUCK 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

 


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DWIGHT L. MILLER – has worked in Long-Term-Care for thirty six years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Soc/Psyc. He has served on numerous state wide advisory groups and committees. Currently he serves on the Innovative Care Grants Committee , Conversion Committee and Aging’s Committee on Long-Term-Care. Prior to working in Long-Term-Care Dwight was employed by Decatur Mental Health Center, taught Jr-College Classes and worked as a Police Officer. Dwight and Ardella (wife) purchased Crawford County Convalescent center in his hometown of Robinson in 1985. They have a daughter who works for Solomon and Schecter in Chicago and a son who is an OSHA Compliance Officer.
Phone: 618-562-5632
Email: dmillercare@mchsi.com


image001Hope McNitt, RN, LNHA – 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 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: cmcnitt@charter.net


kathy3KATHY EYRE – with over twenty-five years of experience, she 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. She first served in that capacity at HCR ManorCare of Normal, IL (2002 to 2004) and later at the Illinois Knights Templar Home of Paxton. 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: kathy.swan63@yahoo.com


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LESTER E. ROBERTSON JR. – currently serves as the Administrator of the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno. He is former owner of Robertson Healthcare, LLC, which owned two nursing facilities. He is a licensed nursing home administrator with more than 35 years of experience. Mr. Robertson was a member of the IHCA Board of Director for more than 15 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: 815-468-6681, ext 220
Email: Lester.Robertson@illinois.gov


IMG_0337KIMBERLY 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.  Currently, she is the administrator at Heritage Health in Minonk, Illinois and has served on the board of INHAA since 2007.

Phone: 309-432-2557
Email: kseaman@heritageofcare.com

 


strauch-_s_0KAYE 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

 


taylor_s_0TERRI 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: tntimages@mchsi.com


untitledJill Wunderlich – Jill worked in the long-term care/rehabilitation industry for more than 24 years. She graduated in 1992 from Kirkwood Community College where she earned her Associates in Applied Science Degree, which allowed her to become licensed as and practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant. She has been acting as an Area Director of Operations for a rehab company for the past 16+ years. She became a NHA in 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration and is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Health Care Administration. Jill is a member of the Illinois Health Care Association finance committee.

Phone: 319-750-8883
Email: jbwunder@mchsi.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.


Committees

Finance – Dennis Grobe and Kaye Strauch

Legislative – Dwight Miller, Lester Robertson, Karen Christensen, and Jill Wunderlich

Membership – Hope McNitt and Tim Bledsoe

By-Laws – Charles Hutson and Lester Robertson

Nominating – Kim Seaman and Terri Taylor

Program – Kim Seaman, Kaye Strauch, Hope McNitt, and Jill Wunderlich

Honorary Membership – Charles Hutson and Karen Christensen