Vicky began working at this facility in August of 1985 as a Nurse Aid when it was owned by the EV Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. She worked as a NA / MA for a year and then moved into the Restorative Department. She began working part time in the office doing small jobs and slowly worked up to full time in the office. She completed Payroll, Accounts Payable, Resource Development, Marketing and mostly recently was the Health Information Management Director. Seeing the need for stability in the management area of the facility, she began taking on-line classes to become a Nursing Home Administrator. In 2011, Vicky graduated with Honors from Southeast Community College. On November1, 2012, the facility changed from Good Samaritan to the Callaway Good Life Center and is locally owned. We are very proud of the fact, as the communities have come together to help keep the facility open. At the time, Vicky is very happy to be a part of this great organization and to be able to serve the people of this community by providing a quality place for our elderly to call home, or for those in need to recuperate so they may return to their own homes. Vicky and her husband, Neil live in the country near Oconto, NE. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Vicky enjoys spending time with her family, camping, fishing, hunting and working with her horses. She also is proud of serving her community as a volunteer EMT and Firefighter.
In 1984, Karen graduated from Kearney State Teachers college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Immediately after graduation, Karen move to Oconto, Nebraska and began teaching at the Oconto Public School. In 1996, Karen began working at Tenneco Automotive in Cozad, Nebraska. She wore many different hats during her 7 years at Tenneco, including Document Control and Auditing in the Quality department, and Company Trainer as well as working on the production line. In November of 2003 Karen moved to BD in Broken Bow. Karen joined the Label Print group and learned to print tiny labels on great big printing machines. She moved on to be the Label Print Leader and then to Training for 4 years. In October 2013 Karen joined the Callaway Good Life Team. Her duties here include payroll and bill paying. Karen feels this has truly been the best career moves she has ever experienced. The staff, nurses and residents have made her feel right at home, as if she has been here for years instead of a few months.
Karen married her husband, Glen in 1986. Glen worked for Paulsen Inc. in Cozad for over 30 years. They have 2 sons living in Lincoln and two grandchildren who are the joy of our lives. Karen enjoys sewing, gardening and music in her spare time.
Jeanie began working in the facility in 1984 as a beautician. After 18 years of doing residents hair, she took courses for office technology. In 2002 she applied for a job as Dietary Manager, later she moved into the position of Activity Director, while continuing to hold down the job as Dietary Manager. Along with these two positions, she also was the inventory clerk and housekeeping supervisor. When the facility transitioned in 2012 to Callaway Good Life Center, Jeanie became the full time Activity Director. Her time in the other positions, especially dietary, has helped her to know the importance of the resident diets and sanitation. Jeanie realizes she is blessed with the many Volunteers that give their time to help out with activities.
“I love hearing about what the residents have done in their lives. It has helped me to appreciate the elderly and others that have come here to recuperate. “Jeanie has lived in this area for over 50 years, and says it feels like having old friends around with many memories to share. Jeanie loves spending time with her kids and grandkids when she can. She enjoys their activities and watching them grow. Jeanie lives on a farm with her husband J. and enjoys the flowers in her yard that bring such beauty into our world.
Melissa was born in Broken Bow, NE but has lived in Callaway her entire life. She graduated from Callaway High School in 2005. She married Patrick Jorgenson and together we have one daughter. Melissa studied at Mid-Plains Community College in McCook, NE for her general education from 2005-2006, and also received her CNA and began working in Callaway’s Long Term Care Facility from 2006-2008. From 2008-2013 Melissa was a full-time mother and housewife. During this time, she attended college to become a licensed EMT.
Melissa started working in housekeeping/laundry to fill her time while her daughter was at preschool, and never wanted to leave Callaway Good Life Center due to the kind environment. She is pleased to continue her career with the Callaway Good Life Center as the Environmental Services Coordinator.
Melissa is an active volunteer in the community of Callaway as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and Fire Fighter with the Callaway Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Her favorite part of volunteering is being able to jump on an ambulance to assist anyone in need, or on a fire truck to fight wildfires! Melissa also loves spending all her spare time with family and friends!
Cris has always worked in Long Term Care. She graduated from Callaway High School in Callaway, Nebraska in 1981 and worked as a CNA until attending Central Community College in Grand Island, Nebraska in 1997 and received her LPN Associate Degree. Cris has worked in several facilities not only as LPN charge nurse but had held positions completing MDS’s since 2007. She has a passion for working with the geriatric population to ensure their highest quality of life. Cris loves to camp, fish and spend time with her 8 granddaughters and family.
Janel Brestel started her career in Long Term Care in 1979 at the Callaway Good Samaritan Center as a Nursing Assistant then after her high school graduation, she attended Mid-Plains Community College and received her License Practical Nursing degree in 1983. She once again joined the staff at the nursing facility in Callaway as a LPN where she worked as a charge nurse for 9 years before accepting the Director of Social Services position and continues in this capacity today. Along with her Social Service responsibilities, Janel has also held positions as the Activities Director, Resource Development & Marketing Director within this facility.
Janel lives in Callaway, Nebraska and has enjoyed volunteering in her community and church through the years. She and her husband, Rod have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren which are true blessings in their lives! Janel loves walking, bike riding, music, singing, movies and spending time with family and friends!
Sue Oman began working as a temporary, part-time dietary aide in 1992. Since that time, Sue has completed education to obtain the titles of Accredited Health Information Technician, LPN, and RN. Over the years, Sue has filled positions of Health Information Management, Charge Nurse and DON. Sue currently serves as Health Information Management, Quality Assurance, Infection Nurse and Staff Development.
Although Sue has left employment at the facility for new experiences in other facilities and to complete her education, she has always returned to be with the residents and staff of Callaway Good Life.
One of the greatest highlights of Sue’s employment was being charge nurse on the night shift at midnight October 31, 2012 when the facility officially became Callaway Good Life Center. It is an honor to serve the residents and the many people who made Callaway Good Life Center become a reality.
Callaway Good Life Center is small, but it offers so many personal touches. The staff has the opportunity to know each resident as a person and to help that person realize they are cared about and loved. It is so touching when you have the opportunity to hold a resident’s hand and pray if that is what they want. The staff is like extended family to both each other and the residents. Daily devotions are held every week-day morning for all staff and residents that choose to attend. Sue lives on a farm southwest of Callaway with her husband, Craig. Craig and Sue have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.
Halla-Marie Eggleston started working for the center in 2001 as a cook/aide. She stayed in the position for 5 years and also helped the Dietary Manager with ordering and scheduling. Halla took time off from her job to watch her family grow. In 2010 she returned to the facility. In 2012 she was approached to become Dietary Manager for when the facility became Callaway Good Life Center. Halla enrolled in Southeast Community College to get her certificate as manager. She graduated from the course in 2013 and passed her exam in October 2013 and became a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional. Halla enjoys watching her 2 children play
Patrick Jorgenson was born and raised in Callaway, NE and graduated from Callaway High School in 2000. He attended South East Community College in Milford, NE for Construction and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences. Pat has worked as a foreman for a sliding company in Lincoln, NE and lived there for two years. Pat then returned to Callaway to work for his Father’s Construction business and has worked in the construction business for over 20 years. Pat and wife, Melissa reside in Callaway and have one daughter. Pat is a member of the Callaway Fire and Rescue Department and is an Emergency Medical Technician.