Meet Our Staff
Leilani Schenkel, Executive Director RN, BSN, NREMT-P
Founder and Executive Director Leilani Schenkel has been with Almost Home since day one. Her passion for caring for other people is evident in everything she does, and her drive to create a living option that breaks the mold in today's healthcare industry is the reason Almost Home is what it is today. Prior to founding our nonprofit organization, Leilani served in various leadership roles for local hospitals, staffing agencies, and healthcare providers for nearly twenty years.
Danielle has worked as a CNA/CMA from 2009 until obtaining her nursing degree from Barton Community College in 2017. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from assisted living to hospice. She is currently employed full-time at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She has a soft spot for the elderly, but loves caring for all ages. In her spare time she enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Kammi, CNA, CMA
Kammi received her CNA certificate at age 16 and has spent the last ten years working with and enjoying the elderly. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and their two sons, Cooper (6) and Kipton (8 months). She also enjoys reading and traveling. She says her favorite thing about working at Almost Home is building relationships with the residents. "It's satisfying knowing that I am able to give the residents the quality of care they deserve and knowing they are happy where they are at, at the end of the day."
Ayleen has been working at Almost Home since May of 2016. She earned her CNA license at age 16 and CMA at 18. Having completed the nursing program at Barton County College May of 2019, we are pleased to have her remain a part of our staff family. "I am grateful for the opportunity I am given to work with such great staff and residents. The thing I enjoy most about working at Almost Home is the interaction and relationships I have built with the residents." In her free time, Ayleen enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and going out for ice cream her friends.
Zusseth, CNA, CMA
Zusseth is a CNA and a CMA, and enjoys serving others. "I admire our residents and the wisdom and experiences they bring to Almost Home. I feel like we are family." Outside of work, Zusseth enjoys spending time with family.
Karly received her CNA certificate right out of high school and went to Barton for her Medical Assisting Certificate, which she earned in 2015. In April of 2017, she decided to try a new route away from her job at the Page, which she worked at for four years, and was given the opportunity to use her CNA certificate for the first time at Almost Home. Some of her hobbies include spending time with her family, especially her niece Cambria and her beloved dog Bentley. What she enjoys most about Almost Home is the loving, home-like environment and being able to get to know all the residents and their families. She is blessed to be apart of the atmosphere Almost Home provides for this community.
Sharon wanted to become a CNA for many years, and finally achieved that goal in 2007. Now she fills in at Almost Home when needed, and says she enjoys her time there. Her hobbies include seasonal decorating, reading, and shopping for treasures. She has been married for 29 years and has three adult children, 2 dogs, and 3 grand-dogs.
Brenda, CNA, CMA
"I look forward to Tuesday so I can work at Almost Home. It's nice to be in the small home sitting to be able to have one on one and more time with each resident."
Brenda has worked as a CNA for the past 15 years and a CMA for 12 years. After graduating, she worked at a nursing home for several years and then transitioned to assisted living, where she currently works. When she is not working at Riverbend Assisted Living, she works at Almost Home, part-time. Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, as well as her 5 dogs. She has a 32-year-old son and a daughter that is 20 and is in the nursing program.
Ana earned her CNA license in 2016, and has been working at Almost Home since then. She recently graduated from Barton Community College nursing program.
“Working at Almost Home has been such a blessing for me. The residents make my job easy, they all have a good heart and fun personalities.” In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.
Ebony, CNA, CMA
Ebony has been a CNA since 2010. "I've worked in many different nursing settings and genuinely love what I do." Ebony also recently received my CMA certificate. She loves spending time with her family and watching her kids grow.