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The Village Leadership Team

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Rick RuehleRick Ruehle, Executive Director
 

Rick Ruehle, Executive Director of The Village, rejoined our community in 2018 after previously serving in the same capacity from 1998 to 2005. Rick initially became interested in serving older adults while working as a Certified Nursing Assistant during college. Rick has served as administrator or executive director for communities in both Nebraska and Iowa, most often for not-for-profit, faith-based organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. Rick and his wife, Becky, live in Newton with their Scottish Terrier, Jubal. Some fun facts about Rick: He grew up overseas, as his father worked for the State Department and the family moved often. In addition to the United States, Rick has lived in Portugal, Mexico, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Myanmar, Brazil, and Costa Rica. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis and bridge. 

John TaylorJohn Taylor, Director of Plant Operations

    

John Taylor joined The Village team in 2015.  He has more than 12 years of maintenance experience in a variety of organizations. John lived in California and New York before moving to Iowa in 2009. His most recent experience is in commercial and residential maintenance with R&R Realty in West Des Moines.  His “hands-on” approach is beneficial in directing the community's maintenance and housekeeping efforts.

Monica VailMonica Vail, Wellness Director

Monica Vail is passionate about health promotion and disease prevention. Her background as a registered nurse, along with certification of competency as a health coach, enables her to assist The Village's residents along their personal journey to well-being. The Village's holistic approach to health and well-being sets the community apart from other senior living communities and supports WesleyLife’s mission to transform the aging experience. In addition to The Village, she serves on the Warren County Health Services Committee and teaches healthy-living classes at the local YMCA. Her previous position was with the Mercy Accountable Care leadership team as a health coach manager, overseeing health coaches housed within Mercy Clinics, along with managing our employee health coaching program.

Julia FitzhughJulia Fitzhugh, Marketing Director

Julia Fitzhugh, Director of Marketing, is an experienced marketing leader with strong foundations in strategic and tactical marketing and communication solutions, multi-channel development, product development, growth strategy and project management. Julia serves on the Warren County Leadership Institute Board of Directors, the Regional Leadership Council, and the Warren County Wellness Coalition.

Nancy McKassonNancy McKasson, Office Manager

Nancy McKasson joined The Village 15 years ago. She is an experienced business professional with strong foundations in accounting, office operations, human resources, and customer service, and familiarity with the Des Moines and Indianola markets. 

Cami Page, RN, Director of Nursing

Anne Barron, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing 

Angela SmithAngela Smith, Director of Social Services Angela started her career by managing adults with intellectual disabilities in Illinois in 2004. She then moved to Iowa in 2007 and served as administrator for various residential care facilities. She joined WesleyLife in March 2015. In her social-worker role, she works to ensure the continuum of care is followed. She earned a bachelor's degree from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill.

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