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.
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!
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.
Brooke’s roots are right here in Callaway, NE where she grew up and graduated from Callaway High School. After high school, she went to Concordia University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor. She was pre-med but did not pursue medical school after college. She went to Texas where she worked in HR, then taught high school biology, chemistry, and anatomy & physiology for a year. She moved to Colorado where she worked in the mortgage industry, and then found higher education where she stayed for over 8 years. She had many roles in which she was a Director of Admissions, Regional Trainer, Regional Vice President of Enrollment Management, and then moved to Texas where she was a Senior Campus Director. Education was a passion, but she always had the desire and call to continue her career in the medical field. She pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Texas A&M and became a nurse. She and her husband moved to Nashville, TN for her to work at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She worked in Palliative Care and fell in love with the field. After 2 ½ years at Vanderbilt, the opportunity to work at Callaway Good Life became available, and she is very excited to be a part of the team. She enjoys hanging out with family and friends, loves to karaoke, and adores her English bulldog, Lily Belle.