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 2 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!

Marilyn Johnson, MSN, RN
Health Care Coordinator

I’m very excited to be the Health Care Coordinator at Emery Place. I have been in nursing for 35 years. I received my Diploma from Allen School of Nursing in 1982, my Bachelors of Nursing in 2001 and now have a Masters in Nursing Education since 2012.

I live in Brandon and was raised on a farm close to there. I have three grown children. My oldest daughter, Nicole, lives in Texas with her husband and my 2 beautiful granddaughters. My second daughter, Heidi, lives in Independence with her husband, and my son, Lucas, is in his final year of College at UNI in Cedar Falls.

My hobbies are singing Karaoke when I’m able. I love country music and going to concerts as well as being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and getting down to Texas when I can to visit my beautiful granddaughters.

I really feel Emery Place is a great community and I’m very happy to be part of the family here.

Sarah ZimmermanSarah Zimmerman

Community Relations Coordinator

I live in Vinton with my husband, Scott. We have two grown boys, Nic, 27 and Tony, 24. The past few years have been very exciting for my husband and me, as we added two daughter-in-laws and two 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
Life Enrichment Coordinator

My husband, Nathan, and I live in Marion with our son, Garrett. Garrett is thirteen and keeps us very busy with school and sporting events. As a family, we enjoy the Iowa State Cyclones, spending time with our extended families and participating in scavenger hunts. We are the 2014 and 2016 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Medallion winners and look forward to this event each spring.

Prior to Emery Place, I had the pleasure of teaching pre-school children for 10 years. It was an honor to shape the minds of the next generation. During these years, I also spent time volunteering in our school district with our PTO and other school events.

Emery Place is an amazing community and I am blessed to be a part of it. I joined Emery Place in August 2015, as a Resident Assistant, and have been in my current position as Life Enrichment Coordinator, since November 2015. I enjoy being creative in my roll, finding new activities of interest, and spending one on one time with residents. Creating new ways to play “classic” games is always a lot of fun. I am so proud to call Emery Place my “second” home.

Janene ThompsonJanene Thompson
Culinary Coordinator

I have lived in Cedar Rapids for 26 years. My husband, son and I moved here from the Oelwein area to be close to the airport because his job required him to travel weekly. Being from a small town, we were excited to live in a city that had so much to offer for entertainment, dining etc.

Four short years later my husband passed away from a massive stroke. I was working for Hawkeye Foodservice as a sales representative at the time and eventually took a position as a District Sales Manager. I had worked for Hawkeye for 23 years when they sold to U.S. Foods and I continued on in the same capacity for the next two years. By that time, I had 34 years’ experience in food sales and decided to try my hand at selling windows, siding and doors. It wasn’t long until I started missing the food business and happily found Emery Place!

During my years working in food distribution I called on many healthcare accounts and worked closely with our healthcare department. Also, in my church I found myself planning, shopping and cooking for all the church dinners, such as Mother’s Banquet and monthly fellowship lunches after the service. I really enjoy working with people along with cooking and baking.

My son graduated from Waldorf College with a business degree and currently works as a Regional Director of Admissions for the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. I share my home with my spoiled Cavachon dog named Bailey.

Greg JohnsonGreg Johnson
Maintenance Coordinator

I live in Marion with my wife Carol and our three children, Nate, 23, Suzanne, 19, and Kelly who is 16 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.