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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Debbie Crosser - Manager Emery Place Senior LivingDebbie Crosser

I am very excited to be the Manager at Emery Place Assisted Living and Memory Care, an award-winning Community for the past three years!

I lived in Robins for 20 years and loved raising our children there. I still have family living in Robins and love being back in the community. I have two children; Andy, who graduated from the University of Iowa and is now living in Washington State and my daughter Callie, is a senior at UNI and will graduate in May. She plans to move to Kanas City to start a career in Marketing and Public Relations.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, fishing and spending time outdoors at our cabin with my family and friends.

I retired from American Airlines after 26 years of employment and I look forward to bringing my customer service and management experience to Emery Place. Filling Emery Place with wonderful staff who will bring a smile to the resident’s face is worth a thousand words! I love meeting new residents and families along the way and helping them start this new journey in their life. We are all committed to creating a warm and loving environment for our residents who live here and call Emery Place home! Please stop by Emery Place and take a tour!

Sarah Kastli, RN
Assistant Health Care Coordinator

After high school, I attended University of Iowa to study dance for two years. I then transferred to NICC in Calmar where I changed my major to nursing and moved back home with my parents. During nursing school, I worked as a CNA at a nursing home and taught dance classes in Oelwein. I have always appreciated and had so much respect for the elderly population. Working at the nursing home made me love caring for them and helped me realize what field of nursing I’m most interested in.

Once I graduated I moved to North Liberty and started working in a nursing home in Coralville as an RN, I then decided to switch up the setting a little bit and try assisted living. I’m so glad I gave assisted living a chance! I really enjoy the more homelike setting that nursing homes aren’t able to offer. I am so happy and excited to be at Emery Place to help care for all the residents!

On a personal note… I LOVE to dance, do yoga, and go shopping. I also like being outside and enjoying the sun and warm weather. I’m originally from Oelwein, where my mom, dad, older brother Matt, and dog Remmy live. Growing up with an older brother that was in every sport and a dad as the wrestling coach, I’ve learned to enjoy watching sports. Although I’ll watch any sport (except basketball), I have always loved the Cubbies! I look forward to baseball season and going to Cubs games every year.

Sarah ZimmermanSarah Zimmerman

Community Relations Coordinator

I live in Vinton with my husband, Scott. We have two grown boys, Nic, 30 and Tony, 27. The past five years have been very exciting for my husband and me, as we added two daughter-in-laws and four grandchildren! Wow! Who knew grandchildren were so much fun?! I am loving every moment of time with them!

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in graphic design and marketing. For the past 30 years, I have been in marketing and sales positions. Because I love caring for people, I considered changing my field and going into nursing. In November 2014, I completed a Certified Nursing Assistant course and I was on my way. Then I heard about Emery Place opening in the spring of 2015 and I knew that I had found the best of both worlds!

I adored my grandparents and now that my parents are in their 80’s, I want to involve myself in a career that gives exceptional care to our elderly community. I feel that the Emery Place is a perfect fit for me, combining my past experience with the opportunity to care for our residents.

Misty Cottrell

Misty Cottrell
Administrative Assistant

My husband, Nathan, and I live in Marion with our son, Garrett. Garrett is 16 and keeps us very busy with school and sporting events. Garrett recently joined the Emery Place family as a member of the culinary team. As a family, we enjoy the Iowa State Cyclones, and spending time with our extended families. We have several nieces and nephews that we enjoy spending time with!

I began my career with Emery Place after the passing of my grandmother. I miss her stories, hugs and her sense of humor. She always had memories to share about living on the lake in Minnesota. After her passing, I was looking for a way to bring joy to seniors while healing my heart.

I joined Emery Place in August 2015, as a Resident Assistant. Following my role as Resident Assistant, I was able to spend time with residents and families as the Life Enrichment Coordinator. In my role as Life Enrichment Coordinator, I was awarded the 2017 Iowa Assisted Living Association “Hero Of the Year” award. In, January of 2018, I accepted the position of Administrative Assistant. In my new role, I enjoy greeting our visitors and assisting residents. My favorite part of Emery Place is our residents, it is a pleasure to spend my days doing what I love with people that I care about!

Laura Keuter
Life Enrichment Coordinator

I live in Cedar Rapids with my fiancé, Justin, and our four-month old son, Asher. I have two adorable dogs, Maisie and Norman, and I enjoy spending time with friends and family, as well as spending time outdoors hiking, fishing and camping!

I graduated from University of Iowa in 2018, and worked in the human service field for two years as a social worker, working specifically with individuals who had mental health needs. I am passionate about working with others, and when I heard about Emery Place in the fall of 2019 I knew it would be a great fit and I would be able to continue to work with wonderful people!

I am very excited to be the Life Enrichment Coordinator here at Emery Place, and I enjoy playing games, being creative and spending time with our wonderful residents. I have met so many wonderful people while at Emery, and I feel lucky to be a part of the team here at Emery Place!

Greg JohnsonGreg Johnson
Maintenance Coordinator

I live in Marion with my wife Carol. We have three children, Nate, 26, Suzanne, 21, and Kelly who is 19 years old. We have two dogs, Murphy (Schnauzer /Cocker Spaniel mix) and Roxie (Golden Retriever).

I graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree. After spending several years in Regulation and Compliance in Telecommunications I left that industry and changed carrier paths. Since 2009, I have been a Home Improvement Contractor. I am also a Boys and Girls Middle School Soccer Coach for Linn Mar School District.

I joined Emery Place in May of 2016 and love it! The residence here have so much to offer and I have made many great friends here at Emery Place. In my spare time I can be found outdoors with family and friends, possibly fishing, listening to music or spending time working on a classic cars.