Our people make us special.
The heart of CountryHouse really shines through in our people. Our team members understand the difference between caring and giving care, and they’re committed to infusing our philosophy of treating people like family into everything they do.
Our team is handpicked for their natural empathy, then given best-practices dementia care training. At CountryHouse, our team learns each resident’s story –
their likes, their dislikes, their values, and their past – and use that knowledge to customize care and make meaningful connections with each resident we serve. Since our care is so personalized, we offer a higher staff to resident ratio.
Executive Director – Christine Cross
Christine Cross is passionate about caring for seniors. She brings more than 17 years of experience at assisted living and retirement communities to CountryHouse Cedar Rapids. Prior to joining the Agemark family, she managed an assisted living residence for 10 years. She has also served marketing roles for independent and assisted living communities in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.
“I am honored to be a part of CountryHouse Cedar Rapids. Our mission is to treat everyone like family – our residents and their families, our employees and those who we meet in the community,” says Cross.
Christine and her husband have three children ages 19, 17 and 9 as well as a beloved dachshund, Charlie.
Senior Living Consultant – Chris Ruzicka
Chris Ruzicka has spent his entire career providing helpful guidance and care for others. He’s worked in Senior Living since 2017, starting as a community director. He turns his focus to working one-on-one with prospective residents and their families as Senior Living Consultant at CountryHouse.
“Two of my favorite things about my role at CountryHouse are first: working with family members and helping them through a tough decision-making process, ultimately offering solutions that are best for their loved one. The second, which is actually my favorite, are having conversations with residents. I love reminiscing with them and building connections – they have such fascinating stories to tell.”
Prior to a career in senior living, Chris worked in hospitality management for Royal Caribbean Cruises and The Ritz-Carlton, as a travel counselor for American Express and in community outreach, career services and advising at two career colleges.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Chris received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Director of Nursing – Crystal Meineke
Crystal Meineke possesses a true passion for working with seniors and strives to bring happiness and joy to all residents in her care. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Kaplan University in 2010 and gained experience in both long-term care and acute care while working at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
“I choose Agemark because of the clear and evident compassion they have for providing quality care to seniors,” says Meineke.
Crystal lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and two daughters.
Life Enrichment Coach – Carly Grimm
Carly Grimm is the Life Enrichment Coach at CountryHouse, where she is tasked with implementing the LifeCycles Wellness Program which works to nurture residents’ physical, social, intellectual and spiritual wellness. Prior to joining CountryHouse, Carly worked in activities at two local senior living communities.
“For as long as I remember, I’ve loved working with seniors. I even started college with the intent of eventually working in activities at a senior living residence. I’m so excited to be at CountryHouse, where I’ll work to create moments of joy for all residents in our care.”
Carly holds a bachelor’s degree in human services. In her spare time, she enjoys yard work, reading and spending time with her husband and two sons.