We Are WesleyLife

Everything we do and everything we stand for is based on a sincere desire to create transformative experiences and enhance a sense of purpose and meaning in the lives of those we serve — wherever they call home.

We have a vision of transforming the aging experience; we focus not on limitations, but on possibilities.

Guided by Christian compassion, WesleyLife supports the independence, health, and well-being of older adults wherever they call home. That mission drives our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to live a life of continued growth, experience, engagement, and meaning, regardless of physical, social, or economic circumstances.

Our comprehensive network of services is designed to fulfill the wishes of older adults to remain independent and active wherever they choose to live. Because we have a vision of transforming the aging experience, we focus not on limitations, but on possibilities.

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“Do All the Good You Can”

WesleyLife is driven by a set of principles based on the words of John Wesley, founder of the United Methodist Church:

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”  

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WesleyLife is Recognized for Its Excellence

GPTW 2021

Great Place to Work®

Certified as a Great Place to Work® by the Great Place to Work Institute, we provide opportunities for our team members to enhance purpose and meaning in their lives through service and a positive organizational culture.

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Outstanding Adult Day Center

The National Adult Day Services Association recognized Dahl Adult Day on the Wesley Acres campus in Des Moines as the top adult day center in the United States, citing excellence in service to those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.


McKnight's "Building Bridges" Excellence in Technology Finalist

McKnight’s Senior Living, a national media brand providing news, perspective, and analysis for owners, operators and other senior living leaders, recognized WesleyLife in 2021 for commitment to and excellence in communication transparency.

Our Core Values

At WesleyLife, we live our values in every decision we make. They guide our mission and help illuminate our purpose.



To provide superior service and high standards – which have always defined WesleyLife's distinctive reputation. To be the best we can, WesleyLife encourages new ideas, the freedom to be creative and the open expression of  thoughts.



To continually strive to create a home in the truest sense – where the spirit of friendship, support and genuine respect among residents, families and staff runs deep. We value the contributions of all individuals and do everything possible to help one another grow and contribute.



To make a difference in lives by comforting, listening and treating everyone with sincerity and admiration. We promote independence, provide choices and work to make every day a special day for our residents.



To value and demonstrate honesty, ethics and fairness in everything we say and do.



To have a faithful responsibility to our residents, families, staff and community, and diligently use the resources with which we have been entrusted.

Our Pillars


At WesleyLife, we focus on potential, not limitations, and on embracing the power of health and well-being.


We deliver superior services in a warm, friendly and compassionate manner by keeping our focus on what’s really important — the way in which our residents and clients wish to live.


We create quality that exceeds investment (i.e., money, time, energy, faith in us).


We honor our deeply rooted Christian values that form the fabric of our heritage. They have guided our organization since its inception, influencing every decision we’ve ever made.

Welcome, WellSpire!

On July 1, 2019, WesleyLife and Genesis Health System of Davenport, Iowa, formed a partnership that created WellSpire, a new kind of senior living for the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. Our shared vision focused on health and well-being and a person-centered model of care, with a goal of building on the quality care and services for which Genesis already was known.

Learn more about the WellSpire partnership by clicking the plus sign.

WellSpire's Mission

“Through our partnership with Genesis Health, we’re focused on a common mission to pave the way for people 55 and older to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives that focus on purpose and well-being.”

- Rob Kretzinger, CEO of WesleyLife


WellSpire Communities

There are four WellSpire communities in the Quad Cities' area:

WesleyLife Leadership Team

With a committed executive leadership team and an engaged board of directors, WesleyLife is proud to continue its work to change the way aging is experienced and perceived in Iowa, western Illinois and beyond.

Rob Kretzinger

President and CEO

Allison Pendroy

Chief Operating Officer

Kristy VanDerWiel

Chief Culture Officer

Craig Flanagan

Chief Financial Officer

Amy Hutchins

Chief Marketing Officer

Janet Simpson

Vice President of Network Operations

Amber Wentz

Vice President of Information Solutions

Ward Phillips

Vice President of Market Strategy and Business Development

Sophia S. Ahmad

Vice President of Philanthropy

Aaron Wheeler

Vice President of Home and Community Based Services

Board of Directors

2023 WesleyLife Board of Directors

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, WesleyLife is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. Since 1947, the board has led the growth of WesleyLife from a single retirement community to a comprehensive continuum of health and well-being services and initiatives for older adults, wherever they call home. Drawing upon both life experience and areas of professional expertise, board members provide oversight for the entire organization and define the ways WesleyLife lives its mission.


Board Officers

  • Chad Rasmussen, Chairman — Vice President of Development, Christensen Development
  • Susan Osweiler, MS, FSA; Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Sammons Financial Group
  • Kevin LaGree, Past Chairman — President (retired), Simpson College; United Methodist Clergyman

Board Members

  • Kip Albertson — Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Strategy Officer, Bankers Trust
  • Kari Cooling — Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Brokerage Services, Iowa Region, Holmes Murphy
  • Barbara Decker — Executive Director, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines 
  • Nick Henderson — President and Chief Operating Officer (retired), Holmes Murphy & Associates
  • John Moorlach — Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy Law
  • Bob Ruch — President, Ruch Enterprises
  • David Stout — Pastor (retired), United Methodist Church
  • Dr. Christina Taylor — Chief Medical Officer, McFarland Clinic