Administrator – Tia Mortensen
Tia has been working in the Long Term Care industry for over 7 years in various capacities. Over those 7 years she was able to help many area families find the services they were looking for, to improve the quality of life for their loved ones. She has lived in Manito all of her adult life and is anxious to give back to the community and its residents. Tia has a passion for working with families affected by Alzheimer’s, as it touched her family so closely. She believes that every community deserves specialty services to help ensure dignity and quality of life for families helping loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s.
Resident Services Coordinator – Gina Richardson
Gina is a service-focused social worker with a background in case management that has a strong commitment to serving the needs of the community. She is also deeply committed to improving the quality of life for all of our residents by assisting them with any additional healthcare service needs. Gina has lived in Manito for over 40 years, and raised her son in this community as well. She has been in the Social Service Field for 20+ years and has worked with individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds who have very different needs and required services. Most recently she worked for the University of Illinois College of Medicine providing housing, and assisting in the medical assessment and care of individuals who are living with HIV/Aids. Gina has served on the Peoria Area Continuum of Care for the past 4 years. She is a great communicator, and is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals who reside at The Lodge at Manito.
Activity Director – Mary Ann Baker
Mary Ann has lived and invested her life in the Manito/Forest City community, and now chooses to raise her family here. As activity director, Mary Ann spends her days learning from the residents, while helping them live their most enriched life possible. “I try and bring joy and laughter to each person I come in contact with,” states Mary Ann. She enjoys creating opportunities for the community to partner with the residents, such as 4H, local day cares, and many more. Intergenerational activities are incorporated into each months’ enrichment calendar. Mary Ann states “It is amazing to see the joy in the resident’s faces as they watch and interact with the children.”
Wellness Director – Britany Patton
Britany Patton has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 7 years in different capacities. Starting her career in a skilled nursing setting, she knew long term care was always a passion she had. For the past four years she has worked as Licensed Practical nurse. Starting as a nurse in the clinic setting, she worked with people ranging anywhere from 2 weeks to 102 years. Britany decided to leave the clinic setting to get back into long term care to do what she knew she loved, working with seniors. “I love getting to build relationships with my residents on a daily basis, while focusing on improving their quality of life” states Britany. To continue her education, in 2019 Britany became a Certified Dementia Practitioner.