Our Staff

Genuine Compassion Across the Board

Meet Our Staff

Dani Ettema

Dani’s door is always open, so if you have any questions about placement, skilled care or long-term care, please feel free to stop in or call her at any time.

Julie Kennedy
Administrative Assistant

Julie began her career at Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque as a CNA right out of high school in 1989. Over the years, she’s gained her certification in passing medications and providing restorative therapy to our residents.

Keely Gaherty
Community Relations Representative

When asked why Keely chose to work at Hawkeye Care Center Dubuque, this is what she said: “I like to help people and make sure they get the best care possible. I also like to make families feel at ease when they are making the difficult decision of moving a family member from home to our community.” If you would like to set up a tour of our facility or just have some basic questions, give Keely a call and she will happily help out.

Kelli Howes
Director of Activities

Kelli began working at Hawkeye care Center Dubuque in August of 1979 as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide. She decided to leave and worked at Mount Carmel, where she became an Activity Coordinator and worked primarily with Alzheimer patients.

Joann Pregler

Director of Nursing

Dana Fessler
Human Resources Manager

Kathy Graves
MDS Coordinator

Kathy has been in the healthcare industry since 1987, beginning her career in the hospital, only to find her passion to be in long-term care working with the elderly. Kathy has been an L.P.N. for 12 years.

Jen Wernimont
Social Services Director

Jen oversees the Social Services department handling many different responsibilities. Of these, she feels the most rewarding is assisting families with the difficult decisions of placing loved ones and following them throughout their journey, wherever that may lead.

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