KJ began her career in 1982 in long-term care as an Activity Director, then became a licensed Administrator in 1985, Consultant, CEO and Author. With over thirty-four years of experience in aging leadership KJ is dedicated to improving aging services making it right for those who need services and deserve the best.
KJ’s accomplishments include extensive national public speaking engagements, international consultant for healthcare education software, systems development and implementation, and financial management. K.J. is the author of ‘Managing with Integrity for Long Term Care’, published by McGraw-Hill in 1997.
KJ was appointed in 2011 by Gov. Sam Brownback to the State of Kansas Board of Adult Care Home Administrators. She also served on the Kansas Workforce Partnership Board for Johnson, Wyandotte & Leavenworth County for twelve-years; Chair for Leading Age Kansas Board of Directors, and served on the Kansas Adult Care Executives (KACE) Board of Directors. She was active in Kansas with LANE Advancing Excellence. Nationally KJ has served on a Survey & Certification Task Force and Housing with Services Task Force through Leading Age and is a 2014 LeadingAge Leadership Academy Fellow. In 2015 through a grant from CMS & the New Jersey Department of Health taught a four-part Transformational Leadership Academy for Person-Centered Care as part of her role at GERTI.
KJ served as the Chief Executive of Evergreen Living Innovations (ELI) a non-profit company in Olathe, KS. from 2001-2015. ELI operated Evergreen Community of Johnson County, a 112 bed SNF mission driven to serve low-income with quality care, and GERTI an education and consulting organization devoted to improving the field of aging by supporting and sharing best practices to other organizations. Evergreen Hospice Care, LLC opened in 2015 as a non-profit hospice dedicated to person-directed meaningful end of life services.
During her tenure with ELI, Evergreen received the PEAK (Promoting Excellence Alternative in Kansas) multiple years, along with the Kansas State Ombudsman Award of Excellence, and United Community Service Award for Excellence in Community Service.
Her philosophy is “Make it right before I get there” when it comes to her passion to help change aging services. She is committed to creating healthy magnetic organizations where employees can grow and enjoy their work. One decision, one person, and one organization at a time… we can all make it right together!