WesleyLife Announces Leader for New Quad Cities Organization

posted on Monday, April 8, 2019

Jay Willsher

JOHNSTON, Iowa – WesleyLife, Iowa’s most comprehensive provider of services for people 55 and older, has welcomed an experienced executive with a vision for the future of health and well-being for older adults.

Jay Willsher joins WesleyLife – celebrating its 72nd anniversary this year – as Regional Executive Director for WellSpire, the organization WesleyLife is forming in partnership with Genesis Health System of Davenport, Iowa.

In his role, Willsher – a known leader in both senior living and healthcare in the central and eastern Iowa markets – will be a key driver of WellSpire’s growth and development, helping to position the organization to assist increasing numbers of individuals in remaining independent and living lives of purpose and meaning, wherever they call home.

“We’re thrilled to add Jay to an already strong team that is poised to bring WesleyLife’s vision, mission, and breadth of services to eastern Iowa and western Illinois via WellSpire,” Rob Kretzinger, CEO of WesleyLife, said.

“As increasing numbers of individuals seek our programming and services – from home and community services to our Communities for Healthy Living -- we’re called to help people live as healthily as they can, wherever ‘home’ happens to be. Jay’s experience and vision will keep uswell equipped to meet that challenge.”

WellSpire will begin doing business in July of this year, assuming management of three existing Genesis Health System campuses and developing, in the short term, a new senior living community in the Bettendorf, Iowa, area. In the longer term, the organization plans to develop a community in the Moline, Illinois, market.

Willsher joins WesleyLife from Luther Park Community in Des Moines, where he served as CEO. Prior to that, he held positions as Executive Vice President and COO for UnityPoint Health System; Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Bettendorf Hospital; and Vice President for Regional Operations at UnityPoint Allen Health System.

Jay holds a Master’s of Healthcare Administration degree from Des Moines University, and a bachelor’s degree in speech as well as a teaching certificate from the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife make their home in Bettendorf, Iowa.

For more information, please contact Lisa Ryan, Director of Communications for WesleyLife, at (515) 988-1788 or

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