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Prairie Ridge is a warm, friendly, secure 55+ retirement community in Galena, IL where you live, your way! Our incredible team is here to serve you.
Executive Director - As the Executive Director, Megan manages the community’s day to day operations. She ensures residents needs are being met and also helps with guiding new and potential residents in the moving process. Megan graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education. She has over 10 years of experience in the senior living industry, as well as holds an Illinois Nursing Home Administrators License.
Activities & Events Coordinator - Suzy creates activities and coordinates events for Prairie Ridge residents. Suzy graduated from Ray Vogue School of Design with a degree in Interior Design. She worked in the home and design field the past 30 years, until recently making a career change. She has been helping care for aging family members that past 15 years. Suzy also has cared for loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and brings her love and passion for helping others to this position.
Maintenance Coordinator - As the Maintenance Coordinator, Tom oversees the building, grounds, transportation and ensures that the building is up to code by conducting daily preventative maintenance.
Prior to working at Prairie Ridge of Galena he worked for a small construction team for a little over 4 years. After learning his trade in carpentry, he expanded his knowledge and experience into the maintenance field. For 4 years was the Maintenance lead at Wyndham Hotel- Galena.
Chef - As the Chef of Prairie Ridge, Taylor manages the kitchen and all food provided to residents and guests. He also builds the seasonal menus as well as catering for private in-house parties. Taylor graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School with an Associate’s Degree. He has been cooking for a little over 12 years. Taylor brings with him experience from local restaurants such as The Goldmoor Inn, Brazen Open Kitchen, and The Dubuque Country Club.
Concierge - As the Concierge, Pat provides assistance to residents and guests, as well as needed transportation. Pat graduated with a degree in Home Economics and Physical Education from UW-Stout. Pat has a background in customer service with owning her own wallpaper business and working in retail. Prior to coming to Prairie Ridge, Pat was the Office Manager at McCoy Real Estate Service for 12 years.
Concierge - As the Concierge, Sue provides assistance to residents and guests as well as transportation. Sue Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Elementary Education and Graduate work in Special Education. Sue has 26 years of teaching experience, as well as being a director of a parent cooperative preschool. Prior to Prairie Ridge, Sue spent close to 10 years at the Galena Welcome Center as a Visitor Service Representative and Office Manager.
Board of Directors
John Cooke - Chairman of the Board
Eric Dregne - President / CEO
Bill Miller - director
Emily Painter - director
Jean Dregne - director
Kate Freeman - director
Marty Johnson - director