Jenni Jones grew up in the country, 22 miles from Salina. When she was 12, new neighbors moved in one mile south. In the country, that’s next door.
Even though a mile apart, they became close and knew they could call on each other for anything. Jenni liked to visit with the couple “next door” and remembers they always waved when they passed on the road.
The neighbor’s name? Kim Fair, who just retired as marketing director at Salina Presbyterian Manor. Jenni spent December training to be Kim’s successor.
“It’s an honor. Someone said to me, ‘You have big shoes to fill,'” Jenni said. “I said, ‘I’m trying to get my feet to grow.'”
Jenni comes to us from Brookdale Salina Fairdale assisted living (formerly Sterling House), where she worked for about five years. She did sales and marketing there as well, and she served as home health coordinator and, for a time, executive director.
“I enjoy helping people and finding out where they want to be. I love our tagline: “the way you want to live,” Jenni said. “At a young age, my grandmother taught me to appreciate my elders, and I feel like so many of our seniors have paved the way for us.”
Jenni is looking forward to meeting all of the residents. She’s working on learning all of their names and earning their trust. “One morning, I knew all of the gentlemen’s names at the men’s coffee except one, and so he got a hug,” she said.
Jenni is a lifelong resident of the Salina area; she graduated from Ell-Saline High School and Bethany College. She’s married to Jerry (“my best friend”) and they have three daughters: Kylee, 18, and 3-year-old twins Hadlee and Jerni. She calls the twins “our 2-pound miracles” because the girls were born more than 12 weeks premature.
“All three of the girls are equally special,” she said.
The family still enjoys country living, from long walks in the outdoors to hunting and watching wildlife.
Jenni arrives at Presbyterian Manor just in time to dive into our annual Art is Ageless competition and exhibition, which will be March 7-9. It will be one of the biggest tasks of her new role. Fortunately, with Kim staying on as a resident, Jenni won’t have to go far if she has questions. Please be sure to give Jenni a warm welcome!