The CountryHouse memory care team
The heart of what we do really shines through in our people.
Each member of our team has been handpicked for their natural empathy and is expertly trained in best-practices dementia care. Then, our team learns each resident’s story—their likes, their dislikes, their values, and their past—so we can make meaningful connections. This allows us to provide the highest level of personalized care possible. To provide an even greater level of service, we offer a higher staff-to-resident ratio than most communities.
Beth Gonnerman joined the CountryHouse team in May 2020. A 25-year veteran of healthcare administration, she previously spent time as a long-term care, assisted living and memory care administrator and also held positions in acute care and outpatient services. Her first experience in senior living was as an activities director at a long-term care facility. It was here where she developed a passion for serving seniors.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion. She later earned her Master’s in Management and Leadership from Doane University. She holds certifications as an Assisted Living Administrator, is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
“I am so thrilled and honored to work for Agemark. I chose to join this company because of their vision to treat people like family! I have worked and partnered with several healthcare companies and industries and none compare to the culture and philosophy at Agemark.”
A native of Lincoln, NE, Beth and her husband, Kevin, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children, Ellyn, Hannah and Sam. They are proud grandparents of two grandchildren, Finley and Daniel.
Senior Living Consultant
In her role as CountryHouse’s Senior Living Consultant, Angie is tasked with assisting families through the process of choosing a memory care community for their loved one.
“I’m so fortunate to do what I do. I love meeting families, learning about them and their loved one and walking hand-in-hand with them through the process of choosing a memory care community. At CountryHouse and Agemark, we truly care about people – those in our care and their families, our coworkers, and the community at-large.”
Angie served as a regional sales specialist and a community relations manager at two senior living communities prior to joining the CountryHouse team. Before that, she worked in higher education as a Director of Admissions at Herzing University and Kaplan University. While at Kaplan University, she was named the 2007 Employee of the Year. She holds an MBA from Herzing University and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.
Angie and her husband, Drew, have two daughters, Andi (18) and Ashlie (23). The family also loves spending time outside and with their Golden Retriever puppy, Rosie.
Life Enrichment Coach
Courtney Peavler developed a love for working with seniors from an early age – 14 to be exact! After serving as a CNA and Med Aide for six years, she made a switch to life enrichment. With long-term experience in in this area, Courtney will be responsible for ensuring that residents of CountryHouse thrive while in our care. She has held a Best Friends Master Trainer certification and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).
“I chose to join CountryHouse and Agemark because of the support and commitment they make to their employees and their values – Professionalism, Integrity, Commitment and Compassion – align perfectly with my personal values. I couldn’t be happier with my decision!”
Courtney, who is also a professional bodybuilder, greatly values health and fitness and encourages aging seniors to remain as active as they are able to safely do so.
Born in Normal, IL, Courtney moved to Nebraska at age 6. She and her husband, Jim, are newly married and have three fur babies. Courtney enjoys supporting local small businesses and giving back to the local community.
Director of Dining
Joseph Safford has been a chef in senior dining for more than five years. Prior to joining the CountryHouse team, he was a certified dietary manager for another local long-term-care community.
Joe holds an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts & Management from Metropolitan Community College’s Institution for the Culinary Arts. He’s a ServSafe Food Protection Manager and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. In addition to working in senior living, he also gained experience in restaurant dining while working at Farmer Browns, a popular steakhouse in Waterloo, NE.
“I decided to pursue a career in senior living dining because I knew I could make the dining experience for seniors in our care exceptional. Food is a huge part of our lives – just because someone is in assisted living doesn’t mean their dining experiences shouldn’t be amazing!”
Born and raised in the Waterloo, NE area, Joe loves working on home improvement projects in his spare time. An animal lover, he has two Huskies, Callie and Onyx, and thirteen chickens he affectionately refers to as “the girls”.