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Sara Kuempel
Director of Sales and Communications, Summit Pointe

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Life Choices: It’s All About Living

Meet Our Staff

Christina Bricker

Christina Bricker, RN, Executive Director

As Housing Director, I am passionate about bringing a ‘spark’ to the lives of our tenants.

I often hear people say, “I used to do that…but I cannot anymore.” At Summit Pointe Senior Living, we use imagination and support to show that you can garden, volunteer, dance, sing, conduct bible study, write books, exercise, meet new friends and continue a fulfilling social life. It makes me proud and happy to help tenants rediscover activities that have given them pleasure for many years.

I have more than 20 years of experience in the long-term care field with the past eight years focused on assisted living. My expertise ranges from management of skilled nursing care and assisted living facilities to serving people who have geriatric health concerns, particularly illnesses like Alzheimer’s Disease that affect memory.

I first developed a passion for this field when caring for my great-grandmother in my childhood home during her lengthy illness. I am blessed by the one-on-one time spent with tenants visiting about their lives and experiences. They have taught me so much about what they did to give us the quality of life and freedom that we enjoy today. All customers are special to me and feel like a part of my extended family. I look forward to enhancing the quality of life for all customers here.

I live in North Liberty, Iowa. I am married with four children and have one grandson.

Sara Kuempel

Sara Kuempel

Director of Sales and Communications

As the Director of Sales and Communications at Summit Pointe I have the pleasure of working with new people as well as our tenants every day! I am here to help each of you find the right living community for yourself or loved one.
I grew up in the Chicago land area and went to school at the University of Iowa where I received my BA in Finance and Marketing. Before Summit Pointe, I worked in the Beverage Industry for 6 years and realized my passion for working with people. Now I have the ability to use that passion aiding you or your loved one in making Summit Pointe your new home.
In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family. My husband and I live right here in Marion and have 2 sons and a black lab, Lily.

Kate Reilly

Kate Stevens, RN, Director of Nursing

As a Registered Nurse and Director of Nursing, I make sure that the health care that we provide at Summit Pointe is the best. I am very excited to lead the clinical team here at Summit Pointe so you get great care!

I was born and raised on a farm in Ames, Iowa and attended Gilbert High School. I began working as a CNA at 16, went on to nursing school and joined Summit Pointe in 2009. I live in Kalona with my husband and 6 dogs.  I enjoy playing with my dogs, swimming, rollerblading and playing cards. I look forward to meeting all of you. Feel free to stop in my office and say hi!

Cathy Weber

Cathy Weber, Community Outreach

In  Community Outreach, I plan and organize events at Summit Pointe for the greater Marion and Cedar Rapids area.

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduated from Iowa State, and have lived in Marion for the past 20 years. I have taught aerobics for 20 years and have spent the last four years teaching classes for senior care centers in the area. I owned my own business helping seniors with daily living tasks and recently sold the business to allow me to spend more time at home and on the golf course. I love volunteering in the community and join Summit Pointe customers and staff in their efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. My husband and I have three grown adult children.

Tami Pickering, Human Resource Specialist

As the Human Resource Specialist, I am building a dedicated team to ensure a great living environment for our customers. I enjoy working in an atmosphere like Summit Pointe where I can make a difference in people’s lives.

My experience as a general manager prepared me for working in a setting like Summit Pointe with a driven and motivated team of professionals. I am excited about the opportunities to recruit, train and retain staff for our community.

I grew up in Newhall, Iowa and have spent most of my life in the Cedar Rapids area. I previously worked in a variety of businesses and enjoy the aspect of bringing people together. In my free time, I am always on the go. I enjoy watching sports, attending theater productions, trying new recipes and entertaining friends and family in my home.

Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor, Environmental Service Director

As the Environment Services Director at Summit Pointe Senior Living Community, I am responsible for directing the general operating maintenance, transportation, repair and housekeeping of the faclities. Our department is dedicated to maintaining a safe, clean, and comfortable living experience for Summit Pointe tenants.

I grew up in a small Iowa town, where you knew everyone. Summit Pointe is like that to me, we know everyone, care for everyone and always here to listen and help. Working at Summit Pointe is very rewarding and there is always a new challenge. In my free time, you will find I do a lot with my own family, or out for a ride on my Harley.