Our team

Jennifer Abernathy, Administrator

I’m the Administrator for Villas at Maple Ridge and Maple Ridge Care Center. I feel very blessed to be here leading these phenomenal teams. I have been in long term care since about 1995 and am a Registered Dietitian and Nursing Home Administrator. I worked at Mayo Clinic for approximately 20 years in administration in long term care, critical access hospitals and home health and hospice, and most recently in a nursing home in Ladysmith.

I live in Exeland on a small hobby farm with my husband, Rich, and my three children, Brianna (21), Olivia (19) and Isaiah (14). We live on the old family farm that my parents farmed and raised dairy cows for many years. I love the outdoors, being with my animals and my family. I also enjoy cooking, baking and canning in the fall. 

Resident Assistants: The heart beat of our home

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Resident Assistants (RAs) have a very rewarding role and are a vital part of our assisted living community. They provide daily care, compassion, and companionship to our residents and have a direct, positive impact on their lives. RAs help with tasks such as dressing, hygiene, bathing, toileting, cooking and serving food, and other daily or social activities. Sometimes tasks may include non-acute nursing care such as administering medication under supervision, or changing dressings. A certified nurses assistant (CNA) is the next step in a healthcare career and involves more advanced levels of care. 

Find our how to become an RA or CNA here.


Our RAs come from all walks of life and can work either full or part time, with night and weekend shifts also available. And because a college degree isn't required, it's the perfect job for those starting out in healthcare, those who want a flexible part-time job, or those who just like to help others. 

RAs often say the thing they like best about their job is that they get to help people and make someone's day better. As an extra bonus, because the job of an RA is personal service and caring for our residents, RAs and residents often become friends and experience very satisfying personal relationships. Come join our team, earn some money, and help others at the same time!