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2020 Partners in Mission

Posted 1/1/2020

The new year is the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to our employees who care for our residents.

Betty Johns is a valuable, caring, hard-working, and dedicated STNA who came to the Ursuline Center through an agency 18 years ago. When we learned how well she meshed with our residents, she was asked to come on board.

Betty’s motto is, “Treat people the way you would want to be treated.” She enjoys helping people, laughing with them, making them smile, seeing residents doing the best they can, as well as listening to their thoughts and ideas. In return, she appreciates the residents’ prayers for her and her family.

“We are told not to get attached to the residents, but that is hard to so,” Betty says. Some of her most precious and meaningful moments while working at the Ursuline Center include sitting and praying with a resident for the last time before he or she passes.

In her spare time, Betty enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and one granddaughter. Betty lovingly talks of her mom and cherishes the memory of her dad who passed away recently. She says she tries to instill in the girls the values that her parents have instilled in her.

We are fortunate to have Betty working among us at the Ursuline Center.



Dedicated, creative and hard-working, Jess Gamby in a gem to the residents and staff at the Ursuline Center. As Life Enrichment/Reception Director for the past six years, Jess oversees all activities, volunteers and reception staff.

Jess graduated from BGSU with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and decided to go back to school. She recently graduated from Owens Community College with an Associates of Applied Science as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. “I had a lot of non-traditional clinical experiences, and one of the experiences was working with those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, including all of the stages from early diagnosis to end of life. Through these experiences I was able to develop an exercise program. I found a love for the elder population that I never knew I had, so I searched for a non-traditional career path. I saw the posting for the position at the Ursuline Center. I was a 2000 graduate of SUA and thought why not apply. This is my first full time position utilizing my degree, so everything came full circle and brought me back to the Ursuline Community."

Jess says she enjoys working and interacting with all kinds of people on a daily basis, from residents, staff, visitors, and volunteers. The highlight of her time so far has been attending the training and successfully running the OMA (Opening Minds through Art) program for three years now.

When she’s not working, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband, family and two dogs.

We thank Jess for her presence and for enriching the lives of all of us at the Ursuline Center.