Executive Team and Administrators

 

Executive Team and Administrators

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Meet the Team

At Hillcrest Health Services, our amazing team ensures the best in innovative senior health services throughout our senior living communities and health care centers. We are proud to serve aging adults in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, continually going above and beyond the expectations of our residents and their families. Below is a list of our executive team and administrators who help make it all possible:

Dr. Anthony Hatcher D.O., FAAFP

Anthony Hatcher, DO, is a board certified family physician and the Chief Executive Officer at Hillcrest Health Services. He received a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Dr. Hatcher completed his Family Medicine residency at Creighton University and served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon stationed at Offutt AFB. Prior to joining Hillcrest Health Services in 2017 as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hatcher spent more than 20 years working  for Alegent /CHI Health as a practicing clinical physician. He also served on the Alegent Health Board of Directors and as the Chief Administrative Officer of Alegent Health Clinic. In addition to his CEO role, Dr. Hatcher will continue to serve as the health system’s Chief Medical Officer, providing oversight on clinical operations, physician and hospital partnerships, quality assurance initiatives and system-wide clinical education.

Kevin Mulhearn, MBA

Kevin Mulhearn joined Hillcrest as Chief Financial Officer in late 2013 with 22 years of operational and financial experience in the senior living industry. Previously, Mr. Mulhearn was Director of Finance for Riverside Health System’s Lifelong Health Division in Newport News, Va., where he oversaw financial operations for multiple lines of business and was instrumental in developing financial pro-formas for key growth programs. Prior to that, Mr. Mulhearn spent 17 years in various financial leadership positions, including 15 years as CFO, for Alexian Brothers Health System in Elk Grove Village, Ill. He holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration and Finance from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Central College, both located in Illinois. Mr. Mulhearn has been a certified Resident Housing Professional and served as the chairperson of the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)/Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) for six years.  

Jim Janicki, APR

Jim Janicki is Chief Administrative Officer for Hillcrest Health Services. He is responsible for recruiting, education, leadership development, marketing, advertising, public relations, customer navigation/admissions and business development for all Hillcrest service lines. He joined Hillcrest in 2012 as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Prior to Hillcrest, Mr. Janicki served as Executive Director of Marketing for Riverside Health System in Newport News, Virginia, a $950-million, physician-led not-for-profit organization that served over 5,000 older adults every day. In the past, Mr. Janicki worked as a Senior Account Manager and national consultant for SB&A in Richmond, Virginia (now Attane). In that role, he helped clients in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada and Oregon build new CCRCs and Active Adult Communities, as well as reposition failing CCRCs for successful turnarounds. Mr. Janicki is a native of Buffalo, New York, where he served as Director of Marketing and Communications for ElderWood Senior Care for six years and as an Account Executive with ad agency Eric Mower and Associates for five years. He is a BA graduate of SUNY Geneseo, near Rochester, NY, and he is an accredited public relations professional (APR) through PRSA. A resident of Papillion, Mr. Janicki is a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska, a founding Board Member of the Hillcrest Foundation for Enhancing Lives, Board President of Grow Sarpy (Sarpy County’s economic development agency), and a national Executive Board Member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Health Academy.

Reggie J. Ripple, MPH, OTR/L

As Vice President of Home and Community Services, Reggie Ripple leads the operations of Hillcrest’s hospice and home health services, including skilled nursing, in-home personal care, telehealth, and palliative care. Mr. Ripple has served as a dynamic and effective leader in the home health industry since 1997, where he began his career as an occupational therapist for St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla. He quickly progressed into management overseeing therapy and clinical services, and as Home Care Director, managed the home health, hospice and inpatient/outpatient palliative care programs serving five hospitals in Northeastern Oklahoma. Mr. Ripple received a Bachelor’s of Science in occupation therapy and psychology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa. He is a Licensed Home Care Administrator, unique to Oklahoma, and was recognized as one of eight national recipients of The Catholic Health Association’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders of the Catholic Health Ministry” for outstanding leadership, community service and passionate commitment to the mission of Catholic healthcare. Mr. Ripple, his wife Tina and three children relocated from Oklahoma to Papillion, Neb. in August 2014 to join the Hillcrest family.  

Matt Oestmann, DPT

Matt Oestmann is Vice President of Rehab and Post-Acute Services for Hillcrest Health Services. Prior to joining Hillcrest in 2007, Dr. Oestmann worked with an outpatient orthopaedic clinic and a community hospital in Iowa. He was promoted to the Director of Therapy Services in late 2007 and then Administrator of Home Care in 2011 prior to his move to the Executive Team as a Vice President in 2016. His accomplishments have included building a strong team of dedicated therapists with decades of experience in home health and orthopaedics. He is active in American Physical Therapy Association and National Association of Rehab Agencies, serving on various committees over the years. He has also served the Nebraska Home Care Association as a Board Member and Legislative committee member. He was selected as one of the Midlands Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2016. Dr. Oestmann received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Dana College and his Masters in Physical Therapy and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNMC. He is currently working on his MBA at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Oestmann is a Nebraska native and currently lives in the Papillion area with his wife, Mylissa, and their five children.  

Debbie Menzenberg

Debbie Menzenberg is Vice President of Facility Based Operations for Hillcrest Health Services. Debbie grew up in Nebraska and attended the University of South Dakota. Her passion for seniors led her to serve as an administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living, regional director of operations and vice president of operations in the Midwest and Florida. Debbie is certified as a Healthcare Executive and Dementia Practitioner. She has served on healthcare association boards in Iowa, Missouri and Florida, and has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association. Debbie has been married for 29 years to Matthew and has one son, Joshua. She loves her dog and cat, Charlotte and Chevy. Debbie enjoys reading books, watching movies and hockey, listening to music and attending theatre performances. She also loves spending time with family doing activities such as boating, fishing and walking.

Administrative Team

Dave Creal, LNHA

Dave Creal joined Hillcrest in 2016 as a Regional Administrator, responsible for the operations and performance of Hillcrest Firethorn, Hillcrest Mable Rose, Hillcrest Millard and Hillcrest Shadow Lake. Prior to joining Hillcrest, Mr. Creal was the Vice President of Franchise Support for Right at Home, an in-home senior care franchise with more than 450 offices in the United States, United Kingdom, China, Ireland, Australia, Japan and the Netherlands. His previous experience also includes serving as Operations Coordinator for Vetter Health Services in Omaha as well as Administrator of nursing facilities in Bridgeport, Nebraska and Winner, South Dakota. Early in his career, Mr. Creal was the Administrator of Philip Health Services in Philip, South Dakota, where he provided oversight to a hospital, nursing facility and two clinics. Mr. Creal received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Black Hills State University. He also served as President of the Nebraska Health Care Association and Chair of the Nebraska Board of Examiners in Nursing Home Administration. He currently lives in Omaha with his wife Deb.

Spencer Bartlett, LNHA

Spencer Bartlett joined Hillcrest Health Services in March of 2020 as the Regional Director of Customer Navigation. As a fourth generation Omaha native, Spencer has a love for the metro area and all that it has to offer. With a background in skilled nursing administration, he came to us from a regional director of operations role supporting six skilled nursing facilities and three assisted living facilities. Spencer’s passion for senior care was developed more deeply when he became the administrator at the very facility where his great grandmother lived. In addition to senior care, Spencer has experience as a veteran of the armed forces, having served a one year tour in Afghanistan during his service. His hobbies include traveling with his wife and three children, hunting and sport shooting with his son and riding dirt bikes with his brothers.

 

Dottie Rice, BSN

Dottie Rice joined Hillcrest in 2018 as a Regional Director of Clinical Operations, responsible for leading of clinical care services and reimbursement programs for the skilled, assisted living, memory support and independent living services. She has her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She has been a licensed Registered Nurse for more than 22 years. She has worked with the senior population for more than 15 years. She has experience with senior nursing care facilities, post-acute care, acute care and assisted living facilities. She is a member of the National Association of Associate Degree Nursing, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society.

Angie Wallace, CSW

Angie Wallace serves as the Administrator of Hillcrest Mable Rose, bringing over 26 years of impactful leadership in social work, post-acute and long-term care. Angie’s journey with Hillcrest began in 2005 as the director of social services at Hillcrest Health & Rehab, where her dedication and expertise laid the foundation for her current role. Throughout her career, Angie has exemplified a steadfast commitment to compassionate service, leveraging her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University. Angie’s extensive experience extends across various states, having previously served as a director of social services in Utah and Illinois before making her mark in Nebraska. Her unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals within the health care spectrum reflects her genuine devotion to the well-being of others. Outside her professional endeavors, Angie has been married for more than 34 years to her high school sweetheart, Greg. She loves spending time with their three remarkable sons and daughters-in-law along with their three grandsons. Angie also enjoys reading, traveling, eating Mexican food, searching for the perfect scoop of ice cream and spending time on her deck with a great cup of coffee.

Lauren Wright, PT, MPT, COS-C

Lauren Wright is the Administrator of Hillcrest Home Care, joining the organization in 2017. She is a licensed physical therapist, and has practiced in the acute care, outpatient and home care settings. Prior to joining Hillcrest, she owned and operated a successful physical therapy practice and served in clinical leadership roles for Methodist Health System, Visiting Nurse Association and Kindred at Home. Lauren holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Creighton University, where she is an alumni member of the collegiate athletic department and the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society. She has previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at UNMC and also as an independent reviewer for the Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy. Lauren hails from Scottsdale, Arizona and is a die-hard Creighton Bluejay fan.

 

Thomas McCulley

Thomas McCulley joined the Hillcrest team in 2018 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Caring Companions. Thomas moved his entire family from the warm climate of southern California to the enjoyable four seasons of the midwest. Knowing the immense value of a healthcare continuum and understanding the mission and values of Hillcrest Health Services, it was an easy decision to make. In California, Thomas ran a Home Instead Senior Care franchise that rapidly grew into the second largest franchise in the entire state. He understands the importance and value of private duty in-home care and the agin-in-place culture. Thomas is also a healthcare pioneer in the realm of innovation and business development, especially bringing awareness to the value of caregiving and non-medical services to a much broader clinical and acute market. Thomas is also a published author of three books, two fiction and one non-fiction. His latest book is about leadership and the value of leading yourself before you can lead others effectively. Thomas is married and has five amazing children.  

Tammy Weston, LNHA

Tammy Weston joined Hillcrest Health & Rehab in April 2018 as the Administrator. She has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 18 years and came to us from the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home. She has worked a number of years in the post-acute setting and is passionate about the care that we provide. She has been recognized throughout her career for her dedication and perseverance to ensure the best  quality of care to those served. Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University in 2000. She is a veteran of the United States Army and served in Desert Storm. Tammy has three beautiful daughters and two lovely grandchildren. She lives in Millard but can often be found kayaking on one of our local lakes or riding the highways of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, where she was born and raised. Go Packers!

Kaleb Hight

Kaleb Hight joined Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages in 2023 as the Administrator. He was born and raised in South Dakota and started his long-term care journey as a Certified Nursing Assistant. He then stepped away from long-term care and spent approximately 14 years in the banking industry. During that time, Kaleb obtained his degree in business management from University of Sioux Falls. He reentered the long-term care world as an administrator in 2011. He is married and has three boys. Kaleb enjoys hunting, watching America’s Team, soccer and spending time with his family.

Barry Emerson, LNHA

Barry Emerson joined the Hillcrest family in 2020 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Shadow Lake. He began his health care adventure in 1999 in rural Nebraska. He served as the Senior Administrator for several locations, both big and small. He has a background in retail, ministry and education, which helps him fulfill his passion for serving guests (patients) and residents with excellence and heart. He has been married to his wife Angela for more than 25 years and they have four children. Barry grew up in Omaha and graduated from Millard North. He went on to receive a Bachelors in Business Management and a Bachelors in Marketing from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He loves spending time with his family and watching movies.

Haley Amundson

Haley Amundson joined the Hillcrest family in 2023 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Silver Ridge. She was born and raised in Minnesota where she started her career in senior living in 2017. Haley has worked in assisted living communities in the culinary department and as a certified medication technician. Since then Haley has worked as a nursing home administrator and executive director in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington State. In 2022, Haley moved back in the Midwest with her husband, son and their beloved bulldog to be closer to family. During her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, watching hockey and spending time with her family.

Staci Svendgard, LNHA

Staci Svendgard, LNHA joined the Hillcrest family in 2021 and is the Administrator of Hillcrest Firethorn. She has a 25+year background in management, customer service and marketing. Having cared for her grandmother in a variety of senior care settings, she was compelled to work with seniors and completed her LTCA certification in 2021. Staci is a lifelong Lincoln resident and graduated from Lincoln Northeast. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Outside of Hillcrest Firethorn, she can be found spending time with her husband, daughters and grandchildren, traveling to concerts and working in her garden.

Mike Rehfeldt, M.A.

Mike Rehfeldt, M.A. joined Hillcrest Hospice in late July 2018 as the Administrator. Mike began in hospice in 1993 working as a Social Service Counselor for one of the five largest hospices in the country. He has held various roles in his career, including Administrator for a hospice of more than 600 average daily census, Vice President of Care for a single provider in Florida with multiple regions and as a nationwide traveling administrator.

Amber Kendall


Amber Kendall joined the Hillcrest family in 2020 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Millard. Amber has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human services. She has a passion for helping people of all ages and has previously worked with children and families. She got her start in long-term care in 2018 and has worked with aging adults since. Amber is happily married and her spouse is her best friend. They have two cats, love to travel together and make memories with loved ones. Her favorite quote is, “Life is not about the things we have, but the memories we make.”

 

Jessica Fredrickson

Jessica Fredrickson became the Administrator of Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge and Signature Villas in 2020. Prior to this position she was in marketing with the Hillcrest Country Estates continuing care retirement community for seven years, across all levels of care. She has a background in skilled care management and marketing in both the private and not-for-profit sector.  Jessica was born and raised on a farm in Wakefield, Nebraska. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Communication Disorders/ Health Services Administration and then moved to Omaha for Graduate School at the University of Nebraska Omaha, earning a M.S. in Gerontology. She is licensed in Nebraska as an Assisted Living Administrator. Jessica is passionate about seniors and helping them to live their life to the fullest with the highest standard of quality and customer service. Papillion is where she met her husband and they have since made it their home and community. They enjoy watching Husker football & volleyball, hiking and traveling.

Jacob Schultz, LNHA

Jacob Schultz joined the Hillcrest family in late 2023 as the Administrator of Hillcrest Highlands of Gretna. He began his career in senior living after graduating from Kansas State University with dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and gerontology. Since then, Jacob has been a tireless advocate for aging adults and the people who serve them. He strives to create an environment of excellence and compassion and now he brings these skills to Hillcrest. As a lifelong learner, Jacob has obtained multiple certifications including a Nursing Home Administrator License, LNHA Preceptor Certification and Dementia Training Certification. Jacob lives in Omaha with his wife, Carly; daughter, Violet; two dogs and two cats. He spends his free time brewing beer, volunteering for multiple non-profit organizations and playing with his pets.

Dr. Anthony Hatcher D.O., FAAFP

Anthony Hatcher, DO, is a board certified family physician and the Chief Executive Officer at Hillcrest Health Services. He received a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Dr. Hatcher completed his Family Medicine residency at Creighton University and served in the United States Air Force as a Flight Surgeon stationed at Offutt AFB. Prior to joining Hillcrest Health Services in 2017 as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hatcher spent more than 20 years working  for Alegent /CHI Health as a practicing clinical physician. He also served on the Alegent Health Board of Directors and as the Chief Administrative Officer of Alegent Health Clinic. In addition to his CEO role, Dr. Hatcher will continue to serve as the health system’s Chief Medical Officer, providing oversight on clinical operations, physician and hospital partnerships, quality assurance initiatives and system-wide clinical education.

Kevin Mulhearn, MBA
Kevin Mulhearn joined Hillcrest as Chief Financial Officer in late 2013 with 22 years of operational and financial experience in the senior living industry. Previously, Mr. Mulhearn was Director of Finance for Riverside Health System’s Lifelong Health Division in Newport News, Va., where he oversaw financial operations for multiple lines of business and was instrumental in developing financial pro-formas for key growth programs. Prior to that, Mr. Mulhearn spent 17 years in various financial leadership positions, including 15 years as CFO, for Alexian Brothers Health System in Elk Grove Village, Ill. He holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration and Finance from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from North Central College, both located in Illinois. Mr. Mulhearn has been a certified Resident Housing Professional and served as the chairperson of the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)/Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) for six years.  
Jim Janicki, APR

Jim Janicki is Chief Administrative Officer for Hillcrest Health Services. He is responsible for recruiting, education, leadership development, marketing, advertising, public relations, customer navigation/admissions and business development for all Hillcrest service lines. He joined Hillcrest in 2012 as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Prior to Hillcrest, Mr. Janicki served as Executive Director of Marketing for Riverside Health System in Newport News, Virginia, a $950-million, physician-led not-for-profit organization that served over 5,000 older adults every day. In the past, Mr. Janicki worked as a Senior Account Manager and national consultant for SB&A in Richmond, Virginia (now Attane). In that role, he helped clients in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada and Oregon build new CCRCs and Active Adult Communities, as well as reposition failing CCRCs for successful turnarounds. Mr. Janicki is a native of Buffalo, New York, where he served as Director of Marketing and Communications for ElderWood Senior Care for six years and as an Account Executive with ad agency Eric Mower and Associates for five years. He is a BA graduate of SUNY Geneseo, near Rochester, NY, and he is an accredited public relations professional (APR) through PRSA. A resident of Papillion, Mr. Janicki is a Board Member of the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska, a founding Board Member of the Hillcrest Foundation for Enhancing Lives, Board President of Grow Sarpy (Sarpy County’s economic development agency), and a national Executive Board Member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Health Academy.

Reggie J. Ripple, MPH, OTR/L
As Vice President of Home and Community Services, Reggie Ripple leads the operations of Hillcrest’s hospice and home health services, including skilled nursing, in-home personal care, telehealth, and palliative care. Mr. Ripple has served as a dynamic and effective leader in the home health industry since 1997, where he began his career as an occupational therapist for St. John Health System in Tulsa, Okla. He quickly progressed into management overseeing therapy and clinical services, and as Home Care Director, managed the home health, hospice and inpatient/outpatient palliative care programs serving five hospitals in Northeastern Oklahoma. Mr. Ripple received a Bachelor’s of Science in occupation therapy and psychology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa and holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa. He is a Licensed Home Care Administrator, unique to Oklahoma, and was recognized as one of eight national recipients of The Catholic Health Association’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders of the Catholic Health Ministry” for outstanding leadership, community service and passionate commitment to the mission of Catholic healthcare. Mr. Ripple, his wife Tina and three children relocated from Oklahoma to Papillion, Neb. in August 2014 to join the Hillcrest family.  
Matt Oestmann, DPT
Matt Oestmann is Vice President of Rehab and Post-Acute Services for Hillcrest Health Services. Prior to joining Hillcrest in 2007, Dr. Oestmann worked with an outpatient orthopaedic clinic and a community hospital in Iowa. He was promoted to the Director of Therapy Services in late 2007 and then Administrator of Home Care in 2011 prior to his move to the Executive Team as a Vice President in 2016. His accomplishments have included building a strong team of dedicated therapists with decades of experience in home health and orthopaedics. He is active in American Physical Therapy Association and National Association of Rehab Agencies, serving on various committees over the years. He has also served the Nebraska Home Care Association as a Board Member and Legislative committee member. He was selected as one of the Midlands Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2016. Dr. Oestmann received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Dana College and his Masters in Physical Therapy and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNMC. He is currently working on his MBA at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Oestmann is a Nebraska native and currently lives in the Papillion area with his wife, Mylissa, and their five children.  
Debbie Menzenberg

Debbie Menzenberg is Vice President of Facility Based Operations for Hillcrest Health Services. Debbie grew up in Nebraska and attended the University of South Dakota. Her passion for seniors led her to serve as an administrator in skilled nursing and assisted living, regional director of operations and vice president of operations in the Midwest and Florida. Debbie is certified as a Healthcare Executive and Dementia Practitioner. She has served on healthcare association boards in Iowa, Missouri and Florida, and has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association. Debbie has been married for 29 years to Matthew and has one son, Joshua. She loves her dog and cat, Charlotte and Chevy. Debbie enjoys reading books, watching movies and hockey, listening to music and attending theatre performances. She also loves spending time with family doing activities such as boating, fishing and walking.

Dave Creal, LNHA

Dave Creal joined Hillcrest in 2016 as a Regional Administrator. He is responsible for the operations and performance of Hillcrest Mable Rose, Hillcrest Shadow Lake and Hillcrest Firethorn, which is currently under development in Lincoln. Prior to joining Hillcrest, Mr. Creal was the Vice President of Franchise Support for Right at Home, an in-home senior care franchise with more than 450 offices in the United States, United Kingdom, China, Ireland, Australia, Japan and the Netherlands. His previous experience also includes serving as Operations Coordinator for Vetter Health Services in Omaha as well as Administrator of nursing facilities in Bridgeport, Nebraska and Winner, South Dakota. Early in his career, Mr. Creal was the Administrator of Philip Health Services in Philip, South Dakota, where he provided oversight to a hospital, nursing facility and two clinics. Mr. Creal received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Black Hills State University. He also served as President of the Nebraska Health Care Association and Chair of the Nebraska Board of Examiners in Nursing Home Administration. He currently lives in Omaha with his wife Deb.

Spencer Bartlett, LNHA

Spencer Bartlett joined Hillcrest Health Services in March of 2020 as the Regional Director of Customer Navigation. As a fourth generation Omaha native, Spencer has a love for the metro area and all that it has to offer. With a background in skilled nursing administration, he came to us from a regional director of operations role supporting six skilled nursing facilities and three assisted living facilities. Spencer’s passion for senior care was developed more deeply when he became the administrator at the very facility where his great grandmother lived. In addition to senior care, Spencer has experience as a veteran of the armed forces, having served a one year tour in Afghanistan during his service. His hobbies include traveling with his wife and three children, hunting and sport shooting with his son and riding dirt bikes with his brothers. 

Dottie Rice, BSN

Dottie Rice joined Hillcrest in 2018 as a Regional Director of Clinical Operations, responsible for leading of clinical care services and reimbursement programs for the skilled, assisted living, memory support and independent living services. She has her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She has been a licensed Registered Nurse for more than 22 years. She has worked with the senior population for more than 15 years. She has experience with senior nursing care facilities, post-acute care, acute care and assisted living facilities. She is a member of the National Association of Associate Degree Nursing, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society.

Angie Wallace, CSW

Angie Wallace serves as the Administrator of Hillcrest Mable Rose, bringing over 26 years of impactful leadership in social work, post-acute and long-term care. Angie’s journey with Hillcrest began in 2005 as the director of social services at Hillcrest Health & Rehab, where her dedication and expertise laid the foundation for her current role. Throughout her career, Angie has exemplified a steadfast commitment to compassionate service, leveraging her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University. Angie’s extensive experience extends across various states, having previously served as a director of social services in Utah and Illinois before making her mark in Nebraska. Her unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals within the health care spectrum reflects her genuine devotion to the well-being of others. Outside her professional endeavors, Angie has been married for more than 34 years to her high school sweetheart, Greg. She loves spending time with their three remarkable sons and daughters-in-law along with their three grandsons. Angie also enjoys reading, traveling, eating Mexican food, searching for the perfect scoop of ice cream and spending time on her deck with a great cup of coffee.

Lauren Wright, PT, MPT, COS-C

Lauren Wright is the Administrator of Hillcrest Home Care, joining the organization in 2017. She is a licensed physical therapist, and has practiced in the acute care, outpatient and home care settings. Prior to joining Hillcrest, she owned and operated a successful physical therapy practice and served in clinical leadership roles for Methodist Health System, Visiting Nurse Association and Kindred at Home. Lauren holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Creighton University, where she is an alumni member of the collegiate athletic department and the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society. She has previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at UNMC and also as an independent reviewer for the Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy. Lauren hails from Scottsdale, Arizona and is a die-hard Creighton Bluejay fan.

 

Thomas McCulley

Thomas McCulley joined the Hillcrest team in 2018 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Caring Companions. Thomas moved his entire family from the warm climate of southern California to the enjoyable four seasons of the midwest. Knowing the immense value of a healthcare continuum and understanding the mission and values of Hillcrest Health Services, it was an easy decision to make. In California, Thomas ran a Home Instead Senior Care franchise that rapidly grew into the second largest franchise in the entire state. He understands the importance and value of private duty in-home care and the agin-in-place culture. Thomas is also a healthcare pioneer in the realm of innovation and business development, especially bringing awareness to the value of caregiving and non-medical services to a much broader clinical and acute market. Thomas is also a published author of three books, two fiction and one non-fiction. His latest book is about leadership and the value of leading yourself before you can lead others effectively. Thomas is married and has five amazing children.  

Tammy Weston, LNHA
Tammy Weston Tammy Weston joined Hillcrest Health & Rehab as the Administrator in April 2018. She has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 18 years and came to us from the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home. She has worked a number of years in the post-acute setting and is passionate about the care that we provide. She has been recognized throughout her career for her dedication and perseverance to ensure the best  quality of care to those served. Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree from Bellevue University in 2000. She is a veteran of the United States Army and served in Desert Storm. Tammy has three beautiful daughters and two lovely grandchildren. She lives in Millard but can often be found kayaking on one of our local lakes or riding the highways of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, where she was born and raised. Go Packers!
Kaleb Hight

Kaleb Hight joined Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages in 2023 as theAdministrator. He was born and raised in South Dakota and started his long-term care journey as a Certified Nursing Assistant. He then stepped away from long-term care and spent approximately 14 years in the banking industry. During that time, Kaleb obtained his degree in business management from University of Sioux Falls. He reentered the long-term care world as an administrator in 2011. He is married and has three boys. Kaleb enjoys hunting, watching America’s Team, soccer and spending time with his family.

Barry Emerson, LNHA

Barry Emerson joined the Hillcrest family in 2020 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Shadow Lake. He began his health care adventure in 1999 in rural Nebraska. He served as the Senior Administrator for several locations, both big and small. He has a background in retail, ministry and education, which helps him fulfill his passion for serving guests (patients) and residents with excellence and heart. He has been married to his wife Angela for more than 25 years and they have four children. Barry grew up in Omaha and graduated from Millard North. He went on to receive a Bachelors in Business Management and a Bachelors in Marketing from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He loves spending time with his family and watching movies.

 

Haley Amundson

Haley Amundson joined the Hillcrest family in 2023 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Silver Ridge. She was born and raised in Minnesota where she started her career in senior living in 2017. Haley has worked in assisted living communities in the culinary department and as a certified medication technician. Since then Haley has worked as a nursing home administrator and executive director in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington State. In 2022, Haley moved back in the Midwest with her husband, son and their beloved bulldog to be closer to family. During her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, watching hockey and spending time with her family.

 

Staci Svendgard LNHA

Staci Svendgard, LNHA joined the Hillcrest family in 2021 and is the Administrator of Hillcrest Firethorn. She has a 25+year background in management, customer service and marketing. Having cared for her grandmother in a variety of senior care settings, she was compelled to work with seniors and completed her LTCA certification in 2021. Staci is a lifelong Lincoln resident and graduated from Lincoln Northeast. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Outside of Hillcrest Firethorn, she can be found spending time with her husband, daughters and grandchildren, traveling to concerts and working in her garden.

 

Mike Rehfeldt, M.A.

Mike Rehfeldt, M.A. joined Hillcrest Hospice in late July 2018 as the Administrator. Mike began in hospice in 1993 working as a Social Service Counselor for one of the five largest hospices in the country. He has held various roles in his career, including Administrator for a hospice of more than 600 average daily census, Vice President of Care for a single provider in Florida with multiple regions and as a nationwide traveling administrator.

Amber Kendall

Amber Kendall joined the Hillcrest family in 2020 and is now the Administrator of Hillcrest Millard. Amber has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human services. She has a passion for helping people of all ages and has previously worked with children and families. She got her start in long-term care in 2018 and has worked with aging adults since. Amber is happily married and her spouse is her best friend. They have two cats, love to travel together and make memories with loved ones. Her favorite quote is, “Life is not about the things we have, but the memories we make.”

 

Jessica Fredrickson

Jessica Fredrickson became the Administrator of Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge and Signature Villas in 2020. Prior to this position she was in marketing with the Hillcrest Country Estates continuing care retirement community for seven years, across all levels of care. She has a background in skilled care management and marketing in both the private and not-for-profit sector.  Jessica was born and raised on a farm in Wakefield, Nebraska. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in Communication Disorders/ Health Services Administration and then moved to Omaha for Graduate School at the University of Nebraska Omaha, earning a M.S. in Gerontology. She is licensed in Nebraska as an Assisted Living Administrator. Jessica is passionate about seniors and helping them to live their life to the fullest with the highest standard of quality and customer service. Papillion is where she met her husband and they have since made it their home and community. They enjoy watching Husker football & volleyball, hiking and traveling.

Jacob Schultz, LNHA

Jacob Schultz joined the Hillcrest family in late 2023 as the Administrator of Hillcrest Highlands of Gretna. He began his career in senior living after graduating from Kansas State University with dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and gerontology. Since then, Jacob has been a tireless advocate for aging adults and the people who serve them. He strives to create an environment of excellence and compassion and now he brings these skills to Hillcrest. As a lifelong learner, Jacob has obtained multiple certifications including a Nursing Home Administrator License, LNHA Preceptor Certification and Dementia Training Certification. Jacob lives in Omaha with his wife, Carly; daughter, Violet; two dogs and two cats. He spends his free time brewing beer, volunteering for multiple non-profit organizations and playing with his pets.

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