Wesley Towers' new Vice President of Health Services/Administrator says she enjoys being around seniors. "My love for working in senior living began when I was a child and spent time in Sun City, Arizona, with my grandparents," says Gretchen Wagner. "There I played chess, swam and did lots of activities at the recreation center. I had the privilege of developing lasting friendships with my adopted grandparents."
A graduate of Liberty University, Gretchen holds a BS Human Services and BS in Music Education, and has focused ongoing education in leadership development and dementia care while working for senior living providers.
"I've worked at both for-profit and not-for-profit retirement living providers," she says. "While there can be good care providers in both types, the fundamental difference of where money is invested creates a different culture. It's rewarding to know that my work makes a difference for the very people I see every day."
Gretchen has one son, Leighton, and one daughter, Lanna, both in college. "My son recently got engages, so I'm excited to welcome his fiance into the family".
In her spare time, Gretchen enjoys historical reenactment, Music Theatre, traveling, waterfall hikes, the beach and Colorado. She spent several years ice skating competitively and still enjoys getting on the ice periodically. Smiling, she says she once danced the polka with Lawrence Welk.
Gretchen draws inspiration from quotes. "Sometimes it's the words of famous people, but often it's something that someone I encounter during everyday life says."