Chris Anderson,

Meet Fountain West’s new Administrator, Chris Anderson. A familiar face to the Fountain West team. In 1998 Chris joined the Fountain West Team as an Administrative Assistant before becoming the Office Manager, then promoted to Assistant Administrator and now Administrator. Chris has been responsible for the operation of the business office with duties ranging from payroll, billing, accounts payable, human resources and information technology.

Chris and her husband, Steve have two children. Devin lives in Iowa City while attending Kirkwood Community College and Kali is in eighth grade in Johnston. As a family, they enjoy camping, kayaking, and watching college and professional football. Go Hawks!!

Sarah Sanders L.B.S.W.,
Director of Resident and Family Services

In 2005, I graduated from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA.  I then moved to Des Moines and began working with women and children.  Following that I worked in the medical field, including Mental Health and Geriatrics.  I found that working in geriatrics is my passion.

I began my career with Fountain West in 2014 as the Director of Resident and Family Services. The position allows me to work directly with the residents and families to ensure that their needs are being met. One of my responsibilities in this position is to provide tours to potential residents and assist with the admission process. Another main responsibility is the handling of the discharge planning for patients going home.

My time away from Fountain West is spent with my 7 year old son who is my joy and my fiancé. I love spending my time with them!

Julie Johnson, RN
Director of Assisted Living

I started employment at Fountain West in June of 1998 as the evening unit secretary.  As my love and passion grew of working with the elderly I decided to start nursing school in 2002.  In 2004 I became a LPN working as a team leader in multiple areas of the building.  I graduated from DMACC with my RN in 2006.  Once receiving my RN I became the full time skilled unit charge nurse on the day shift.  I would often fill in for case managers when needed, extending my knowledge on care plans, MDS process, and management skills.  In 2007 I transitioned into the Assistant Director of nursing role.  In this position I was responsible for orientation of all new nursing staff, quality assurance and protocols, managing Heritage Court assisted living and multiple other duties.  In my years as the ADON, I gained a huge knowledge base of long term care rules and regulations, survey process, customer service and management.  I became the Director of Nursing in July of 2012.  I now manage the nursing department employees, assist in hiring of new nursing employees, create and implement policies/procedures, educate staff on best practice, and much more.  My focus always remains on the residents and their quality of life.  I enjoy being out working with them personally and getting to hear about their life prior to Fountain West.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two beautiful daughters.  I am a huge Hawkeye fan, love to shop, and be outdoors!

Jana Kolk, RN
Director of Nursing
Kayla Zellmer
Kayla Zellmer,
Director of Admissions and Marketing