Community Leadership

Advena Living at Fountainview celebrates the importance of ethics, compassion and commitment in the healthcare profession as we honor our nurses, volunteers and staff, who demonstrate such passion and dedication to our community members every day.

Our staff works side-by-side with families and physicians to ensure our community members are in the most appropriate care setting, customized for their needs and preferences. Our licensed professionals are available to answer questions and address any concerns you or your family may have.

Please feel free to contact our key staff members about our services.

Rodney Close, Administrator

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We are pleased to welcome Rodney Close to Advena Living at Fountainview. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. We will provide more information shortly.

Landon Lauer, RN, Director of Nursing

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I began my healthcare career in 2016 as a health unit coordinator & EMT in a Wichita emergency department. Over the years I furthered my education and eventually obtained my RN/BSN in 2020.

I continued to work in critical care settings until I decided it was time to change my field. This led me to long-term care. I joined the Advena Living at Fountainview team in May 2022 and have really enjoyed this experience and working with the residents.

Shellie Weilert, Business Office Manager

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Thirty years ago, I went looking for a job. Not knowing what I was getting into, I took a Certified Nursing Assistant class. I was not sure I would be able to do the job, but I fell in love with it. I worked in home health and later decided to go into long-term care. I have been at this building for 20 years and have worked many positions. Each department has challenged me to do better. I enjoy getting to know the community members and their families, and learning all about their life. When I found out my grandmother had dementia, it inspired me to learn more and become certified in dementia. My love for my residents, and getting to see them smile daily, makes doing all I can for them worth it.

Liberty LeGrand, Director of Marketing and Admissions

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I got into this industry in 2002 and have had a variety of jobs in senior living before becoming the Marketing Director. I first started in the dietary department, then was a CNA for 14 years and an Activity Director for six years. I have been at our other location, Advena Living of Clearwater for eight years and recently joined the Advena Living at Fountainview team in early 2022.

As a marketer, I get the best of both worlds. I get to be in the building and spend time with the residents, as well as out in the community connecting with the people and local businesses of Rose Hill.

Leslie Poelstra, Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) and MDS

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In 1996, I took a Certified Nurse Aide course to find a job. My first job was at Riverside Hospital, and I quickly found that my calling in life was to work in the medical field. As I gained experience, I decided to apply at the local nursing home in Mulvane, Kan., which I enjoyed very much. I loved the stories the elderly would tell me about their lives. I discovered that I could better advocate for them as a licensed nurse. I completed my Licensed Practical Nursing certificate in 2002 and went on to obtain my Registered Nurse license at Bethel College in 2009. Over the past 20 years, I have worked in hospital settings from ER to ICU and Med Surgery, but I always wanted to return to long-term care. I cannot imagine doing any other profession. I still love the challenge and the wonderful stories I get to hear.  

Chelsea Simmons, Social Services Director

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I started my medical field experience as a CNA then CMA.  After 6 years of working the floor, I got the opportunity to see how the other side long term care works. I moved into the social services role, which has been a huge change from being hands on with the residents. I have a new respect for the work that goes into making sure every resident is taken care of before they move in. It’s also important that they have someone to turn to for support once they’re here.

Advena Living at Fountainview has become my second home. The residents welcome me with open arms and I’ve grown to really value my time with them and their families.

Tennille Williams, Activities Director

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I first started off as a CNA because I was good at caring for people and it came naturally to me. I started off working in home health and quickly realized how emotionally connected I became to the people I served. Working in long-term care was more of a fit for me, so I joined Advena Living at Fountainview.

I recently switched roles from CNA to Activities Director to provide support to residents in a different way. Now I get to schedule activities, socialize and have fun with them. My favorite activity is arts and crafts. You get to laugh and create something new together.

Sara James, Director of Therapy

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Helping others is my passion, and skilled nursing is my where my heart is. I began my career as a certified nurses’ assistant when I was 19 years old with the intention of becoming a registered nurse. As time passed and I continued my work with the elderly population, I eventually changed my career path to occupational therapy. Everyone who goes into the healthcare field wants to help others, but what sets OT apart is that we help patients regain their independence. Occupational therapy lies between physical therapy and speech therapy. We use a patient-centered approach to help individuals regain their independence in anything that is meaningful to them. From walking the dog to preparing a meal, if it’s meaningful to the patient, it’s what we help them to do. As an OTA, the skilled nursing setting is where I feel like I belong. Helping the elderly population relearn and retain their independence is so meaningful to me. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet and help some of the coolest people I’ve known. I love having the chance to make a positive difference in someone’s life, and I look forward to many more years in my profession.

Barry Farley, Environmental Services

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I was raised in a small town in Barber County, Kan. My family moved to Wichita, where I graduated from Northwest High School. I worked in service stations, went to school as an automotive mechanic, worked in construction, and spent 20 years at Bombardier (Learjet) in the engineering and I.T. departments. I started part time at Fountainview before becoming full time, and then Director of Maintenance. I enjoy the satisfaction of repairing things that do not work and making them usable or improving their appearance. I like the facility because of the community members’ appreciation of my work, and it feels like a small community.