Connie Michaelis is The Piper’s senior living advocate. An enthusiastic and passionate voice for the entire arena of successful aging, Connie’s years of work in senior living, hospice and durable medical equipment have made her a knowledgeable problem solver for the many issues related to seniors who are transitioning from a family home to a senior living community. Connie is an expert in the senior living field, and speaks and writes to encourage and support her audience. Through storytelling and humor, Connie can move her audience towards embracing the necessary changes to live the last chapters of life to their fullest.
Jean Dennis, director of sales and marketing at The Piper, appreciates how difficult it can be to make the decision to move a loved one into assisted living. She works hand-in-hand with families to help them navigate through the financial and emotional issues surrounding transition to a senior living community. A leader and innovator, Jean is instrumental in managing move-ins, expanding service offerings, and developing strong business and community relationships that attract new residents to The Piper. An active community volunteer, Jean gives back through the United Way, her local Church, and Girl Scouts of America.
As community outreach leader, Leslie Rounkles spends her time cultivating relationships and educating the community about options for senior living and life at The Piper. Through her outreach activities, seniors, adult children of aging parents, referral sources and others learn the difference between senior living options and gain insight on questions to ask when researching communities. A former teacher, Leslie is an attentive listener who makes people feel heard and understood. From there, she can give them the information they need to make the right senior living decision. She also has experience as an activity director in a senior living community and a high school recruiter for The Art Institute International.
As sales counselor for The Piper, Kim Steakle works tireless to educate and support elders and their families to ensure a smooth transition into assisted living, memory care or physician-directed nursing. From home and hospital assessments to training professionals and community organizations, Kim is an ardent advocate for seniors. She has held multiple positions within the senior living communities she has served. A veteran of the United States Navy, Kim is actively involved in raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a Memories in the Making Facilitator, certified through the Alzheimer’s Association for Alzheimer’s Watercolor Classes, and has participated in Paint the Town Purple and served as captain of a team in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She also volunteers her time with Metro Senior Resources and the Kansas Mental Health and Aging Coalition.