Meet Our Staff

Newton Health Care Center is fortunate to have such a dedicated team to serve our Residents. We understand by choosing Newton Health Care Center, Residents and families are placing their trust in us to provide excellence in care. Managers and staff are empowered to create a home-like environment in the facility. Caring staff, combined with continuing education, ensures our facility is working to improve upon the services we provide seniors. We believe in a holistic approach to care by meeting the needs of our Residents medically, emotionally, and socially.

Administrator – Bethany Lee
Bethany comes to Newton Health Care Center from Adel, Iowa.  Bethany and her husband, Dave, have 4 children, Katelyn 15, Treyton 9, Jadelyn 8, and Coleton 2.  They definitely keep her hopping!  Bethany has always loved working with people and started as a C.N.A. in her hometown Marcus, IA in high school.  She completed nursing school before finding her love in administration.  Bethany spent 8 years working in mental health before completing her BA in Healthcare Administration and making the move to long term care in which she was licensed in 2015.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, exercising, golfing, listening to country music and is an avid Hawkeye fan!!!

Community Liaison Director – Katie Kuhn
Katie started her healthcare career at Urbandale Health Care Center as the Payroll, Accounts Payable Manager.  She has a degree in Sociology from Central College in Pella, Iowa.  Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog Murphy.

Director of Nursing – Kylie Cooper, RN
Kylie has worked in healthcare for over 10 years, starting as a direct care worker.  She received her LPN from Kaplan University, then went on to receive her RN from Des Moines Community College.  Kylie enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, and swimming.  Kylie joined the NHCC team in August of 2007.

Assistant Director of Nursing – Mikie Hansen, RN
Mikie has worked for NHCC for 4 years.  She received her RN License from DMACC.  Before becoming a nurse she went to cosmetology school.  She has a beautiful 10 year old daughter, Kaylee.  Kaylee loves to dance and care for her chickens. Mikie enjoys camping, and spending time with family and friends.

MDS Coordinator- Kenndrea Wolka, LPN  
Kenndrea has been a nurse for 17 years, all in long term care.  Kenndrea earned her LPN from Marshalltown Community College.  She enjoys spending time with her husband of 12 years and 2 dogs.  Kenndrea also likes scrapbooking and The Beatles type music.  Kenndrea joined the NHCC team in January of 2016. 

Business Office Manager – Barb Birkenholtz
Barb has been in the healthcare business 5 1/2 years.  Barb likes to read, crochet doilies, flower gardening and feeding/watching birds.  Barb truly enjoys interacting with the residents and their families.  Barb joined the NHCC team in May of 2016.

Life Enrichment Director - Kim Judge
Kim started in healthcare working in laundry and housekeeping, then moved into a direct care worker and restorative aide roll.  She received her Activity Coordinator certificate from Indian Hills Community College.  Kim enjoys swimming, going to movies, and traveling.  Kim joined the NHCC team in May of 2009.

Rehab Coordinator - Nichole Dearborn, LPTA
Nichole has 17 years of experience working in long-term care. Nichole received her Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. She has extensive experience in both orthopedic and neuro rehab.  Nichole enjoys gardening and attending her children’s sporting events.  Nicole joined the NHCC team in September of 2012.

Human Resources - Kim Bates
Kim had several years of experience working as a business office manager before joining the team at Newton Health Care Center.  Kim enjoys spending times at family gatherings, grandchildren’s sporting events and community plays.  Kim joined the NHCC team in April of 2013.

Social Services Director - Mariah Fox, BSW
Mariah started out in healthcare as a CNA working in long term care.  After receiving her Baccalaureate of Social Work degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, she went on to practice Social Work in residential substance abuse and community based mental health.  Mariah enjoys exercising, swimming, being outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family.  Mariah joined the NHCC team in September of 2013.

Housekeeping/Laundry Supervisor - Jaci Umbarger​
Jaci is married to her wife, Ashley they have 2 daughters, Makenzly (6 years old) and Eastyn (2 years old), they have a dog Bentley.  Jaci enjoys camping, fishing, hunting and slow pitch softball.  She has a beautiful black pick up.

Dietary Supervisor -  Dee Jones
Dee enjoys cooking.  When the residents tell her how much they liked her food, it warms her heart and gives her great pride.  She is in school at DMACC in Ankeny, she graduates in May.  Dee has been married for 30 years and has 2 sons, 1 lives in Virginia and her youngest is in the Air Force in Washington.  She loves to help her plants grow.  She says they tell her when they are thirsty and she takes care of them.

Maintenance Manager - Jim Good
Jim previously worked at Maytag Manufacturing in the power plant for over 30 years before transitioning to Newton Health Care Center.  Jim enjoys racing, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.  Jim joined the NHCC team in December of 2013.