Family Support Mentor
Linda DeSmet, MA, Gerontology, joins Provision Living at West County after working for the Alzheimer’s Association for 18 years. In her capacity there she did extensive work helping families with disease education, community resources, care options and consultation. Linda served as Respite Coordinator and managed early stage programs, performed care consultations, completed home safety assessments, held many annual Caregiver Retreats, and lead the Helpline Team. She is knowledgeable about the various types of dementia and the impact that dementia has on families. Linda is passionate about helping families have the best possible caregiving experience and is looking forward to supporting those at Provision Living at West County.
Community Relations Mentor
Katy Rice, a native to St. Louis, has been working with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias for over ten years. Her passion for this population of older adults led her to Missouri State University, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Gerontology and in Psychology. Katy has worked, volunteered, and educated others in diverse organizations across the aging services field. She is dedicated to the enhancement of each individual’s psychological, social and spiritual needs, while moving forward in culture change within the aging community.
Teresa C. Stamey, MT-BC, comes to Provision Living at West County with 23 years of experience in music therapy. In 1993, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. She has worked with a variety of populations with much of her focus with Elders, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and hospice. She is highly regarded in the community and knowledgeable in her field and has had the opportunity to give presentations throughout her career. Teresa is excited to be a part of this amazing team at Provision Living at West County community.
Ryan Muzzey is a neighborhood mentor and a certified person centered care specialist. He has over 15 years of experience serving the geriatric population in volunteer, care giving, and professional capacities. He has a degree in music from Lindenwood University and is certified in dementia advanced care through the Alzheimer’s Association. Ryan was also recently certified as a CST (cognitive stimulation therapy) leader in 2015.
Heather has over 14 years of nursing experience and was the Director of Nursing at Provision Living at St. Louis Hills prior to joining the team at West County. She has a passion of working with elders to enhance their lives. She is the mother of two, enjoys playing music and singing at her church.
Work Life Mentor
Kewana brings more than 10 years of experience in hospital and long-term care operations to her role at Provision Living. Kewana’s passion is to create a rewarding work–life experience for our associates, while maintaining a loving, vibrant community for the elders and families we serve.
Kewana believes you can’t fully care for a person without understanding who they truly are. She encourages our employees to get to know our elders and families to deliver total care and attention to their individual needs and preferences.
Anel Kulasic, having been born in Zagreb, Croatia and grown up in north west Germany, is fluent in German, Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian. He recently relocated to St. Louis from Chicago and has 15 years of facility/maintenance management centered in elder care and healthcare environments.