Jennifer Galdamez brings 20 years of experience in health care, including the last eight years as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to her role as Executive Director of CountryHouse. With a goal to be an executive director in senior living, Jennifer spent the last decade in various roles at senior communities, in order to acheive her goal. With experience working in dining, as a nurse’s aide, as a director of nursing and in marketing, admissions, and administration, Jennifer is a true hands-on leader for the CountryHouse team.
Jennifer has been married to Fred for almost 20 years. They have a 15-year-old son, Bobby, who is the family’s greatest joy. She lives next door to her parents, with whom–along with her brother, Mike–she is very close. Jennifer grew up primarily in El Salvador and has been blessed to travel to many parts of the world, thanks to her father’s work with the American Embassy.
“I chose CountryHouse because working for a company that has a ‘servant’s heart’ work ethic and is well-known and respected in our community is very important to me. It has been a beautiful experience to be part of the CountryHouse family. I feel the love and feel at home here.”
Senior Living Consultant
Jen Gollehon is the Senior Living Consultant at CountryHouse. In her role, Jen walks hand-in-hand with families considering memory care, answering questions, providing guidance and ensuring our community is a perfect fit for their loved one.
She has 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and customer service and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education & Human Services from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Her decision to pursue a career at CountryHouse was very personal, as her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease while she was in college and later lived at CountryHouse.
“My personal experience with the CountryHouse family inspired me to pursue a career here. My dad was my best friend and pushed me to chase my dreams, set big goals and to live each day to the fullest. When my family determined he needed memory care, it was a very difficult transition. In my role, I am proud to help families who are walking the same journey that I once did.”
Building Services Coordinator
Tom Burt is the Building Services Coordinator at CountryHouse. He began his role in 2011. Tom takes pride in keeping CountryHouse looking sharp, fixing and improving anything necessary to ensure the building stays in tip top shape. Tom’s role extends far past maintenance – he also plays a role in resident care. One of his recent projects was building a chicken coop, with residents by his side helping every step of the way.
A proud resident of Lincoln, Tom loves to cook and garden in his spare time.
“I’m here because I truly love taking care of residents. At CountryHouse, no matter your role – adminstrator, nurse, housekeeping or whatever – you also play the role of a caregiver. We’re here to treat people in our care like family.”
Life Enrichment Coach
Chloe Ekburg serves as the CountryHouse Life Enrichment Coach. In her role, she helps ensure the social, intellectual and spiritual wellness of each resident in our care. She works diligently to create joyful experiences for residents of CountryHouse through a variety of activities and outings, including, but not limited to, every day activities such as crafts, art, music, games and bus rides, as well as activities many would think would be unusual for memory care, such as taking residents golfing, swimming, sledding and much more.
Chloe has more than five years experience in her role. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
“I love connecting with residents. Through the years, I’ve learned so much from spending time with them, living our lives side-by-side. Whether dressing up in fun Halloween costumes or just sitting and talking, I’m proud to have helped create beautiful moments with them.”
Lauren Mulgrue is a 10-year veteran of healthcare and has worked at CountryHouse for five years. She helps ensure the physical wellness of all in our care.
A Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medication Aid, she’s gained valuable experiecnce working in both rehabilitation and senior care. She began as a caregiver at CountryHouse before advancing to her current role, and is thankful for the opportunity to grow and develop her skills.
Lauren and her wife, Ashley, are the proud parents of Jayleigh Jo, age five. Lauren relishes spending time with her family, who fill her cup and keeps her going each day!
“Seniors have so much to offer. I truly love working with them, hearing their stories and soaking in their wisdom and guidance. Working at CountryHouse has been a great blessing!“
Mackenzie Williams is the Service Coordinator at CountryHouse. Along with the rest of the CountryHouse leadership team, she takes an active role in resident care. Additionally she serves an administrative role, where she assists with a variety of important tasks to keep CountryHouse running smoothly, including playing an active role in the move-in process, contributing to marketing and sales, relationship building with residents and families and much more.
Mackenzie holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Prior to joining the CountryHouse team, she lived in Chicago, where she gained experience in customer service and business management, and owns her own photography business.
“My passion for working with the elderly stems from my grandmother living with my family for many years when I was younger. From her I learned the joy of living every day, loving unconditionally and how to live in someone else’s world. I’ve always wanted to work in a memory care home so I can be a part of loving residents like they were my own family!”
The CountryHouse Team
Our people are what make CountryHouse a true home. Treating people like family is at the heart of all we do, and at CountryHouse, we take that philosophy seriously—learning our residents’ stories, preferences, likes and dislikes, favorite memories and more—to create a personalized, customized care that’s as compassionate as it is comprehensive. Everyone on our staff understands the difference between caring and giving care, and every day they recommit themselves to that philosophy.