2022 Shining Stars

WHCA/WICAL Proudly Recognizes the 2022 Shining Star Award Recipients & Nominees

2022 Shining Star Award Winners

Leadership Award

JoAnne Evans – Executive Director at Randolph Health Services Facility

JoAnne is a modern day Florence Nightingale. A registered nurse by trade, JoAnn uses her knowledge and expertise to transform her facility into a center of excellence. Through her natural leadership abilities and gentle, yet direct, approach she has achieved 5-Star ratings, deficiency free surveys and outstanding customer and employee satisfaction.

JoAnn lives and breathes resident centered care 24/7/365. She goes above and beyond to help residents with the issues great and small, to come to a resolution the resident/family is pleased with and grateful for.

It’s her mission to see that each and every one of her staff not only succeed, but excel in their roles. She engages them in problem solving through her Leadership Council and she has helped staff both professionally and personally. She is not judgmental but forgiving; open to new ideas, listens, and in challenging situations, makes you stop and think before you act. Without hesitation, she offers a shoulder to lean on, gentle words of encouragement and, at times, a kick in the butt to jump start them on the right track.

“JoAnn is considered the Rock of her center, the foundation for all that is great.  She is a true leader, a big heart, a smiling friend, and an inspiration to all of us.”

Director of Nursing Award

Judy Story – Director of Nursing at The Bay at Oconto Health & Rehabilitation Center

Judy is a great leader who leads by example. If there is something that she expects from her staff, she ensures that she herself is doing it that way and then guides her team to understand why they need to change their process.

Judy is very dedicated to the staff and the Residents; she has come in multiple times to assist on the weekend if the staff asks her to. There is no task that she will turn away if help is needed. I have seen her assist with housekeeping, dietary, and laundry items. She works long hours without complaint and does so with a smile on her face.

When talking about Judy it is all about her overall attitude – positive, get the job done, and do it together. The residents absolutely adore her. Her personality creates a welcoming atmosphere. Always willing to learn, when she doesn’t know something, she asks questions and has a strong desire to learn new things.

“Judy is always looking for ways to streamline or improve processes to ensure that we are working at our best. Residents and family do not hesitate to reach out to Judy when they have concerns or questions, because they know that she will bring them resolutions and answers. She is a brilliant nurse who is always looking to further her education and knowledge base.”

Direct Caregiver Awards

Jessica Huston – Registered Nurse at Oak Ridge Care Center Facility

Jessica started here as a CNA and worked her way up to RN. Throughout all the positions she has held here, Jess has been dedicated and compassionate. She is always outstanding in her job performance and goes above and beyond to make the residents smile.

Jessica has proven herself to be a dedicated caregiver. She is extremely compassionate and works tirelessly to please her residents. She has displayed a mastery of all skills required to be a registered nurse. Jess is smart and knowledgeable.  Her time management is outstanding. Jess has become a team leader and is committed to those she cares for. Jessica will always go out of her way to make a resident’s day.

“Her hard work and compassion for the elderly are outstanding. Jessica can work any unit and requires no supervision. She has never had any complaints or disciplinary action as she has always performed flawlessly. She is a great mentor to new staff. Her positive attitude and willingness to work are second to none.”


Sharon Griffin – Certified Nursing Assistant  at Alden Estates of Jefferson

Sharon Griffin has worked at Alden Estates of Jefferson for 33 years. She became a CNA in 1978 and is without a doubt one of the most professional and dependable caregivers on The Alden team. She has a quiet demeanor with a big caring heart that makes her extraordinary in providing care to her residents.

Sharon has a way of creating a loving sisterhood at work. She is a very supportive person who will go out of her way to heal a wounded heart. The residents, families and staff know that they can count on Sharon and they respond to her in a reciprocally positive and constructive manner. She routinely exhibits the power of an introvert by competently going about the business of caregiving and problem solving. Sharon exudes peace and confidence in her work.

“Sharon is wonderful because she gives more than 100% to everyone. Once you get to know her, that is when you realize that her life is about this type of work. It is an honor to be cared for by her. She does things to the best of the patient’s abilities. She really goes the extra mile and is attuned to making the day great for each person. She makes me feel comfortable and safe. An honor to get to know her.”


Kelly Christman – Resident Assistant at Pine View Terrace

Kelly luminates heartfelt desire to be of service.  She sincerely loves each and every resident  – recognizes the spirit of each individual and celebrates their uniqueness with each caregiving moment. In addition to going over and beyond in assuring that our residents receive both quality care as well as a heartfelt smile and friendship, kelly sets a wondeful standard for her fellow team members.

Kelly cheerfully accepts open shifts in addition to her full time status in order to assure that our residents receive quality care and friendship while other staff experience vacation time or other forms of PTO.  She is also only a phone call always away in terms of last minute shift needs as well as running in a trusted Manager on Duty capacity.

“Kelly has become our trusted shift scheduler, lead new employee trainer and mentor, as well as supporting and managing lead of our quality measures within medication management.  Thanks to her continuous oversight and training of staff, we have brought medication errors to a zero tolerance level.  Staff now takes pride in maintaining compliance as well as driving zero errors, thanks to the guidance and example of Kelly.

Support Staff Award

Sheena Harder – Medical Records at Parkview Home

Sheena began her journey at Park View Home in 1999 at the age of 17 working as a dietary aide.  She then decided to become a certified nursing assistant where she worked in this capacity for many years. Sheena displayed so many positive qualities that Park View Home furthered her education to become a medication technician.  Sheena did not stop there, she had her sights set on the medical records position.  Sheena has been at this reign for many years but continued to recognize she could add value by becoming a certified coder which she obtained in 2020.

We have all been challenged over the last couple of years, and sheena has risen to the top!   When staffing is a problem she will work wherever she is needed with no complaints. she recognizes that the residents come first! For over 23 years she has shown her dedication and commitment to long term care.

“Sheena is kind, compassionate, puts the residents first, is a team player, always willing to help. She communicates well to our families, is an exceptional co-worker and represents Park View as an employee at the highest level.”


2022 Shining Star Honorable Mentions

Below are all of the leaders, directors of nursing, caregivers, and support staff nominated for 2022 Shining Star Awards. Please helps us in congratulating all of the nominees!


Jean Marsh Algoma Medical Center
JoAnn Evans Randolph Health Services
Michael Jones Willowcrest
Peggy Rahkonen Twin Ports Health Services
Rhonda Blodgett Ellsworth Health Services
Tricia Penney Sheboygan Progressive Health Services

Director of Nursing

Allison Townsend Ellsworth Health Services
Bambi Sikora Cornell Health Services
Bridget Brochu Twin Ports Health Services
Judy Story The Bay at Oconto Health and Rehabilitation Center
Mary Kay Hart Willowcrest
Mindy Meehan Wausau Health Services
Sheri Vance Edenbrook of Wisconsin Rapids


Direct Caregiver

Adrianne Thompson Oak Park Place Menasha
Angela Hughes Bay of Muskego
Cathy Orth The Bay at Water’s Edge Health and Rehabilitation Center
Cathy Bowe Chippewa Manor Nursing Home
Chris CdeBaca Alden Meadow Park
Denise Arthur Hammond Health Services
Destiny Smith The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center
Jayne Temperly Edenbrook of Platteville
Jennifer Vierck Bay of Muskego
Jenny Minder Ellsworth Health Services
Jessica Huston Oak Ridge Care Center
Kate Gerou Oak Ridge Care Center
Kelly Christman Pine View Terrace
Kendra Pollin The Bay at North Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center
Lori Vissers The Heights at Evansville Manor
Marjorie Jerry The Bay at Beloit Health and Rehabilitation Center
Mary Schmidt Shawano Health Services
Noah Duchac Willowcrest Health Services
Pam Zacharias Friendly Village
Sara Aude Oak Ridge Care Center
Sara Hayes Ellsworth Health Services
Sharon Griffin Alden Estates of Jefferson
Shelley Spensley Edenbrook of Platteville
Suzy Lair The Bay at St. Ann Health and Rehabilitation Center
Tonya Sheidler Cornell Health Services
Velvert Cooks Clairidge House
Wesley Lemieux Maple Ridge Health Services

Support Staff

Alyssa Hill Maple Ridge Health Services
Amanda Janczewski The Bay at Nu-Roc Health and Rehabilitation Center
Ann Knight Wisconsin Rapids Health Services
Carrie Puls Edenbrook of Platteville
David Weikert Oak Park Place of Menasha
Donna Schroeder Alden Estates of Jefferson
Kaleigh Nolfo-O’Neil Oak Park Place of Menasha
Leann Link Randolph Health Services
Lisa Thompson Cornell Health Services
Michael Flom The Bay at Belmont Health and Rehabilitation Center
Patti Bessa Friendly Village
Rosa Dominguez Alden Meadow Park
Roxanne Wauters The Bay at Suring Health and Rehabilitation Center
Shannon Davis The Bay at Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center
Sheena Harder Park View Home
Vanessa Nelson Ellsworth Health Services
Yolanda Polanco Oak Park Place of Menasha