Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric once said, “No company, small or large, can win over the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it”.
At JEA Senior Living, our Team Members are not only energized, but they are also highly engaged in our mission of Caring Together to Honor Aging. Founded by Jerry Erwin after losing his mother, Margaret to Alzheimer’s disease, JEA delivers care with a true family focus. We equip and empower each Team Member to do what is best for the resident, creating Meaningful Moments for them each and every day.
We have been incredibly blessed to attract and retain our incredible Team Members at JEA. Finding exceptional people whose values align with our own allows us to engage on a personal level and create strong working relationships. Many members of our Team have been with us for 5 years or more – and in some cases, many more. Thanking all of our Team Members for their service, our VP of Human Resources and Employee Relations, Alisa Clark, had this to say:
“Employees of JEA, thank you for choosing us as your employer. Out of all the employers, you found alignment in what JEA Senior Living stands for and your own personal values. Whether you had a desire to work in long-term care or found us as a job opportunity to grow in a career path, your decision to join our team in Caring Together to Honor Aging has made an incredible impact on countless residents and their families.
This year as we reflect, we have many things to be thankful for – namely, we are thankful for each and every one of you. For your service, continued success, and the selfless way that you give each day to create Meaningful Moments for your residents. To each and every one of you – thank you! You are the reasons that we are able to accomplish great things. Through your commitment and teamwork, we will continue to help seniors and their families.”
Alisa Clark | VP Human Resources and Employee Relations
Pictured below are some of our most tenured Team Members from communities across JEA. Please join us in celebrating their success by commenting on this post with some words of encouragement for their dedication to their residents at each respective community.
Also, check out our interview below with our most highly tenured Team Member – with over 37 years of service – for her take on why JEA Senior Living is an employer-of-choice.
Our most tenured employee, Jenifer Merz, has been with JEA Senior Living for over 37 years. Starting at Olympics West Retirement Inn out of High School, Jenifer has shared that she stayed with JEA all these years for her residents and because she has always “felt at home here”.
If you’re curious as to why our Team Members become family and find such fulfilling careers with JEA, take a moment to learn a bit more about Jenifer. She shares some great feedback on why she loves working with JEA.
What do you love most about working at Olympics West/JEA Senior Living?
“I love interacting with the residents and getting to know them on a personal basis.”
Over the past 35 years, why have you stayed with Olympics West over other employers?
“This was my first job out of high-school. I have stayed with JEA all these years because of our residents. I’ve always felt at home here.”
What is your favorite part about your job?
“My favorite thing about my job is interacting with our residents. I love hearing their stories, meeting their families, and being able to spend time with them.”
What have your learned in your time with Olympics West?
“In my time with Olympics West, I’ve learned so much history from our residents. It means so much when they share their life stories with me.”
What do you value most when working for a company?
“When working for a company, I most appreciate being valued.”
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