Jim Bettendorf joined Vista Prairie Communities as President and CEO in January of 2015, bringing with him over 35 years of senior living experience. At just 17 years old, Jim started a job at Crest View Lutheran Homes in Columbia Heights, working alongside his mother and sister. He discovered he loved working with residents and continued to work at Crest View for another 16 years, climbing the ranks from dishwasher to Assistant Director of Food Services to, ultimately, a member of the Senior Management Team.
Tami’s first contact with Vista Prairie Communities was in her time at Citizens Independent Bank, where she handled Vista Prairie’s accounts. Over the years, she watched Vista Prairie grow and came to love and feel inspired by our mission. In October of 2012, she acted on her instincts to make a career change and officially joined the the Vista Prairie family as Executive Assistant to the CFO/President.
Many people employed in caregiving professions have a personal investment in the field that invigorates and inspires their work. For Deborah Bodine, Executive Assistant to Vista Prairie’s president, Morris Knopf, her work became personal when her mother was diagnosed with dementia.
Arianna Schultz has developed her skills working for a number of organizations, but they all have one important unifying quality: They allowed her to devote her talent and energy to a cause she believes in. Her new position as Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Vista Prairie is no different. She says, “I love working for Vista Prairie Communities because I strongly believe in our mission – I’m so grateful to be a part of a team that is invested in our community’s future!”
Community is at the heart of everything Laura Borris does. Laura was born and raised in the same southern Minnesota community where she is now raising a family of her own – in addition to caring for her second family at Vista Prairie at Goldfinch Estates, where she has served as executive director since 2014. Her background in organizational leadership and development, which she studied at Waldorf College, and experience in HR and working in a skilled nursing setting made her a natural leader for Goldfinch Estates, which has prospered under her guidance.