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Program & Outreach Director
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Kathy A. Miller is the Program and Outreach Director for Leeza's Care Connection at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. With experience working in an assisted living and Alzheimer’s community in her home state of Iowa, and as an Alzheimer’s Support Group facilitator, Kathy understands the challenges caregivers face. Besides her experience in assisted living, Kathy was also a caregiver for individuals with mental disabilities. 

Kathy learned personally about the difficulties of caregiving, first with her grandfather who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 1973, and again when her father died of cancer in 1995. Kathy witnessed the physical, mental, financial, and emotional toll upon her mother and knows that caregiving is the most difficult job of a person’s lifetime. Because of her personal experiences, Kathy’s motto has become, “the best way to take care of others is to take care of ourselves,” though she knows those words are sometimes difficult to live by.

Prior to working in the field of healthcare, Kathy lived and worked in Rochester, MN for 20 years. Eighteen of those years, Kathy handled purchasing, business planning, market research, and marketing for IBM. She also worked for two years at Rochester Community and Technical College in the field of client relations for continuing education and workforce development.

Returning to Iowa, Kathy fell in love with making a difference in the lives of others. As the marketing and public relations coordinator for an assisted living community in Maquoketa, IA, Kathy was a true advocate for community awareness, education, and supportive programs available for caregivers and their loved ones. Kathy has that same passion for telling the world about Leeza's Care Connection.

Kathy has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie, WI, and an MA in Management from St. Mary’s College in Rochester, MN.

 


 


Program & Outreach
Assistant Director

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Kim Jackson is the Program and Outreach Assistant Director for Leeza's Care Connection at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois. Kim’s desire to work with the community and reach out to others drew her to Leeza's Care Connection. The door to LCC was opened; Kim stepped through that door and found a place to hang her heart. She saw a need and soon was chiming in with the challenges that many caregivers face. Her talents are used to design programs that will help energize, educate and empower the mind and body. Programs in art, walking it off, journaling, memory workshops, photography, paint to music and crafts are just a few of the classes Kim has brought to the caregiver to utilize as a stress release.