Meet Dakota Gehrer: Day Service and Training Coordinator

Meet Dakota Gehrer: Day Service and Training Coordinator

GoodLife’s dedicated staff are the backbone of our organization so we love highlighting their stories and sharing their passions. This month we were excited to connect with Dakota, a valuable member of our South Kansas team and our Day Service & Training Coordinator.  How long have you been with GoodLife? I started at Goodlife nearly three years ago. How time… read more

Meet Ivo Ivanov: Multimedia Specialist

Meet Ivo Ivanov: Multimedia Specialist

GoodLife’s dedicated staff are the backbone of our organization so we love highlighting their stories and sharing their passions. This month we were excited to connect with Ivo Ivanov, a valuable member of our marketing team and GoodLife’s go-to for all things multimedia.  Ivo, how long have you been with GoodLife, and how did you come to join the team?… read more

Mindy Steps Into New Role and Supports Growth at GoodLife

Mindy Steps Into New Role and Supports Growth at GoodLife

Dr. Mike Strouse has been GoodLife’s CEO for more than 35 years and along the way has relied on a diverse and capable team to help drive GoodLife’s operations and outreach initiatives. For the past decade, Mike has committed to developing talent through a unique mentoring program that has produced some of GoodLife’s current leaders, including our Executive Director of… read more

Michelle focuses on family in her shared living journey

Michelle Ray family image

Michelle Ray believes family support can change the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). She and her family have been providing that support since 2006 as part of GoodLife’s shared living program as a Professional Extended Family Provider. Over the years, the family has shared their home with seven (7) individuals.  Michelle began her career with GoodLife… read more

A Team Leader’s Perspective: Meet Kassie

Team Leader

GoodLife serves adults with disabilities in family-style home settings.  Our direct support staff provides daily teaching, support and companionship, which are vital to each client’s quality of life. Team Leaders manage individual homes to help ensure a safe and meaningful experience for our residents. Today, Kassie Johnston shares what it means to be a team leader and why she values… read more

Meet Heather Kessler

Heather

Heather, tell us how you contribute to the GoodLife population. Sure! I’ve been a nurse for more than 10 years and have direct support professional (DSP), long-term care,  and hospice experience. What I loved about hospice is that the goal is to make sure individuals have a good quality of life, and that translates well to what GoodLife works to accomplish.… read more

Meet Adriane Murray

Meet Adriane Murray

Adriane, tell us how you contribute to serving GoodLife’s population?I began my journey with GoodLife in a direct care role when my husband and I accepted a Family Teaching Model position. For three years, we lived on one side of a duplex and 3-4 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) lived on the other side. I then moved on… read more

Meet Dr. Florence DiGennaro Reed

Florence DiGennaro Reed

Flo, how do you contribute to the GoodLife population?I have worked in partnership with GoodLife through my position at the University of Kansas since 2010. My job is to help improve ways GoodLife supports their staff so they can do their jobs well to deliver the best care possible. I work directly with staff to find barriers and then work… read more

Meet Stephanie Thorne, Director of Admissions

Thorne Family

Stephanie, how do you contribute to serving GoodLife’s population?Maybe I’m biased, but I think I have the BEST job at GoodLife! As the director of admissions, I’m the first person a family, individual or case manager talks with when they’re looking for services or independent living for seniors and those with disabilities. They may have just received a diagnosis or… read more

Meet Nichole Reiske

Meet Nichole Reiske

One focus for GoodLife in 2019 is integrating and applying the power of iLink technologies across our suite of services and into every home. The Applied Technologies Center (ATC) is our health, behavioral, case management, care concern and vacancy management hub. The ATC is a valuable add-on to our Neighborhood Network, further allowing for us to care holistically for each… read more

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