Board of Directors Appoints New Vice President
MILWAUKEE, WI (June 20, 2012) – At a recent Board of Directors meeting, Saint_John's On The Lake, located at 1840 N. Prospect Avenue on Milwaukee’s east side, approved the promotion of Donna Spars to Vice President. Ms. Spars has been employed by Saint_John's for the past 28 years and has served in a variety of roles. Most recently, Donna has been the Director of LifeStreams, Saint_John's cutting edge whole-person wellness program which focuses on the six dimensions of wellness. In this role Ms. Spars leads the staff responsible for providing the over 300 residents of Saint_John's with opportunities in emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual wellness. According to Spars, “LifeStreams gives our residents an opportunity to explore how they want to grow as their needs and interests change. A key component of LifeStreams is identifying any barriers residents have to achieving wellness in all the dimensions of their lives and helping them remove those barriers.” Saint_John's President, Renee Anderson, commented: “Donna embodies Saint_John's mission and consistently demonstrates her commitment to our Person First philosophy. She has been, and will continue to be, an extremely valuable asset to Saint_John's. I look forward to the guidance and counsel she will provide me in her new role as Vice President.”
Saint_John's roots date back to 1868 when the organization was founded as shelter services by Women of the Episcopal Church. Today Saint_John's is an independent, non-profit organization and the community includes 197 independent living residences, 17 assisted living and 52 skilled nursing beds. This includes 87 independent living residences which just opened in July of 2011and is already 95% sold and 91% occupied. Saint_John's commitment to seniors includes not asking any resident who has exhausted their funds to vacate their residence – thereby potentially becoming a burden on the State. In 2011, Saint_John's subsidized approximately $15,000 in resident fees and provided approximately $600,000 of uncompensated health care. In addition, Saint_John's Board of Directors and Leadership Team are engaged in a variety of local nonprofit organizations and Saint_John's regularly works with the surrounding community to provide meeting space with no room-reservation charge.