Meet Our Team
The individuals who make up the Gables leadership team come from different professional backgrounds, and bring with them a variety of career experiences. The thread that ties them all together is their dedication toward improving assisted living experience for seniors today, and in the future. It’s a commitment they fulfill through innovation and a tireless pursuit toward 100% resident satisfaction. The Gables Assisted Living and Memory Care has been providing quality care to seniors in Idaho and Utah for over ten years. We are proud of our long term team members, some of whom have been committed to caring for seniors for well over a decade.
Michael Robbins, Operating Partner
Michael found his passion for assisted living and memory care after being in the construction industry for several years. He first heard of The Gables when he was asked to build The Gables of Blackfoot in 2008. In early 2010, he was approached by The Gables about working for them, and accepted, knowing this was a great opportunity to do something meaningful in the lives of others. Being able to combine his passion for construction and development, and being involved in this precious part of people’s lives became a rewarding and passionate career.
Michael is very passionate about ensuring the highest quality of care at The Gables, and helping to provide residents the best quality of life possible. He says, “There is nothing more rewarding in this life than knowing the residents in The Gables are taken care of the way I would want to be taken care of, and being able to do so in such a beautiful and comfortable environment.”
Caroline Young-Hansen, Regional Director Of Operations
Caroline has been in the assisted living industry since 2002. The desire for her to be involved with the elderly stems back to her childhood. She remembers serving her elderly neighbors and grandparents any way she could. She enjoyed sitting with them reading stories, baking, and helping around the house. When she was eight, her grandfather was diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer’s disease). The memories she has with him are very precious and heartbreaking at the same time. Those are the moments that drive Caroline to ensure all residents get the quality of care and love they deserve.
When she started her first job as an Assistant Administrator, she knew early on this was exactly what she needed to be doing in life. Later, she pursued her career further and became an Administrator.
When asked what her “why” is, Caroline’s response was, “I ponder my “why” often. There are so many things that come to mind. I absolutely love what I do to make a positive difference in the lives of my residents, families and staff! Being able to make a difference by showing compassion and love is exactly what drives me every single day. The different life lessons I have been taught by my residents throughout the years are priceless. I can’t express my gratitude enough for this.”
Casie joined The Gables in 2008. She began her career working as a caregiver. This is when she fell in love with the elderly and her passion to serve seniors began. Casie took a hiatus from caregiving to go to work in a physician’s office for a couple of years. She never could get Gables off of her mind. She enjoyed working with the elderly patients when they would come into the doctor’s office, but it just wasn’t the same. A series of events took place that led Casie back to The Gables, and once again she felt at home. She has since furthered her career by obtaining her Administrator’s license and becoming an Administrator.
Casie is passionate about providing great care and making sure that her residents are getting the love and care they deserve. Casie considers all those involved with The Gables family. She sincerely loves and appreciates her residents and their families, her amazing team of caregivers, and the community volunteers that are all involved in her building. Casie enjoys her time with the residents and the many things she learns from them. She shares that, “Each and every one of my residents have a special place in my heart. Every other job that I’ve ever had has felt like just that. A job. Working at The Gables feels like an opportunity to serve others daily.”
Terri has had a lifelong connection, and affection for the elderly, beginning with the significant role her Grandmother played in raising her for much of her childhood. Terri remembers fondly the interactions and games she would play with her Grandmother and her community of elderly friends. These experiences shaped not only her outlook on life, but eventually her career choices as well.
Terri has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 1987 when she completed the nursing program at South Plains College in Leveland, Texas while accompanying her husband RJ, who was stationed near Lubbock at Reese Air Force Base. In her 30 year nursing career, Terri has worked in a wide array of areas, including hospitals as far away as Germany and Texas, and in clinics and Doctors’ offices throughout southern Idaho. Terri focused her passion for caring for others in the area of elderly care early on in her career, spending most of her career in long term care, home health and hospice, and most recently as a Clinical Care Manager and Assistant Administrator in Assisted Living Facilities since 2010.
Terri recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with her high school sweetheart, R.J. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren who are the light of her life.
Kylie joined The Gables in 2015. Ever since she was a little girl she loved to be at her grandparents’ house. She couldn’t wait to get home from school so she could go help grandpa feed the cows and then help grandma cook dinner so they could all watch Wheel of Fortune together. When Kylie was fifteen, her grandpa got sick. The day his appendix burst, they found him on the floor. When they got him up in his bed his first words were, “We have to leave so we can make it to Kylie’s volleyball game.” Her grandma told him they had to take him to the hospital and that Kylie would meet him there later. Kylie shares, “I lost my best friend on August 30th of that year. Before every sports game I would go to his grave and say a prayer. To this day my grandpa gives me the strength to get through any trial that comes my way.”
“When I started working at The Gables I felt at home. I loved going to work so I could see all my residents. I left for a few months to help my sister in Washington D.C. When I came back I could not wait to get back to The Gables. I am now an administrator in training and pursuing my administrator’s license. I could not be happier! I get to make an impact in someone’s life every day. I am very blessed to be able to do something I love for my job. I know this is exactly where I need to be in my life.”
Heather started her career in health care working as a CNA at a nursing home in Nevada. She moved to Idaho in 2008 and knew that she wanted to continue caring for the elderly. Shortly after relocating, Heather joined Gables and has been a loyal member of the team ever since. A few years ago, Heather went to work for a local hospital working in the Women’s Center and Labor and Delivery, while still working for Gables part time. She enjoyed the ex
perience of working at the hospital with the women and babies, but always knew that caring for the elderly was where her heart was and eventually returned to Gables full time. She is committed to providing high quality care to her residents. Heather shares, “I am grateful and appreciate everyone involved in making the Gables the best it can possibly be! There’s no better feeling than knowing that you are able to make a positive difference in the resident’s lives each and every day.”
Jannie was born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. She is the youngest of three children. She was raised by goodly parents that instilled strong values and work ethic.
Her parents had, and continue to have, a huge impact on her life as she watches them serve and love one another and their family. Jannie was a cheerleader in high school. Her love to cheer others on and lift those around her carries on today. Her passion is motivating other to enjoy a happy life. She married her hi
gh school sweetheart in 1982. They have four beautiful children, along with two wonderful daughter-in-laws, and a son-in-law whom they adore. Jannie treasures her 4 grandchildren along with another grandchild due in
Jannie’s mother taught her about long suffering and perseverance as her mother experienced health problems shortly after Jannie was born in 1964. She watched her mother plow through life with a smile in spite of any physical pain and hardship. Jannie learned how to care for the sick and weary, and bring sunshine to those who are suffering.
She loves to sing and dance and lives life to the fullest. She enjoys skiing and ice skating with her family in the winter. She enjoys planning parties and loves to laugh. She also loves to bake, decorate, and garden. Jannie loves the sunshine and tries to spread that wherever she goes. Jannie has been in the affordable housing industry for the past 13 years. She enjoys helping families and individuals start new chapters. Jannie has a gift of knowing how to help others and provide the services they need for a peaceful, happy life surrounded by love. Jannie has extreme love and compassion for the elderly and disabled. She believes if we will take the time to listen and get to know each other, we can all learn and live happy.
Dave Willits, Office Manager
Dave worked in retail management for 10 years certain that it would be his lifelong career. However, things came to a head in 2011 and he had a decision to make. Dave shares, “I knew if I was ever going back to school, there was no better time to do so. Fast forward five years and I have a degree in Health Administration from BYU- Idaho! I’ve worked as the Gables Office Manager since April 2016 and it has challenged me in ways I never thought possible! The people I get to work and converse with each day are all fantastic! Never in my life did I think I would work in the field of Senior Care but here I am with a new career and I love it!”
Quinn Oliver, Maintenance Director
Quinn joined The Gables in 2014 as the Maintenance Director for our Idaho locations. Quinn is not your typical Maintenance Director. He is well known for his positive attitude, friendly personality, and always going the extra mile to help keep our homes beautiful and safe. Quinn takes the time to visit with our residents and get to know them and their families as he travels from one location to the next. He truly cares for the residents and wants them to feel at home, safe, and loved.
Quinn shares, “I want to express how much The Gables means to me and my family. About 7 years ago I suffered a neck injury that left me unable to work full-time. This was a very difficult, life changing experience for me as I am one who likes to stay busy working. Maintenance is something that I have always loved to do. Two years ago, Gables gave me an opportunity to go back to work. They allowed me to work a few hours a week to start, until I was able to work more hours. Working for The Gables is not just a job. It is much more to me. It’s an opportunity to serve our residents. Some of them even have me on speed dial! I feel that between our residents, their families, and all of The Gables’ staff, we are a family. It is a blessing to work for The Gables.”
Rachel Spackman, The Gables of North Logan Assisted Living and Memory Care
Rachel started her healthcare journey as a caregiver at Gables in 2015 while she attended school in hopes of becoming a nurse. Rachel went on to work in the ICU at McKay Dee hospital where she learned a lot but also realized she missed the elderly and relationships that build in assisted living. After working in the ICU, she worked as office administrator for a home health and hospice company and decided to change her degree from nursing to Healthcare Administration, specializing in long term care. She excitedly re-joined the Gables team as administrator in August 2018. Rachel loves the family centered atmosphere found at the Gables. “Each resident becomes a family member to me. There’s nothing I love more than getting up every day to see and feel the love they bring to the facility. Getting to know each of them brings so much joy and happiness to me. I feel so blessed to be back and have the opportunity to do what I do”.
Desi Richards, Community Relations Coordinator
Desi Richards has been working for the Gables since 2016. She has a love for life that is often quite contagious. She is known for being very creative and hard working in all that she does. Desi has worked in the food/customer service most of her life and has been in management positions since she was 16 years old. She enjoys working with all age groups. She has coached gymnastics for many years, encouraging consistent hard work in the youth. She finds great joy watching individuals become the best version of themselves. She also has a passion for baking and creating. She teaches Sugar Art Classes in her free time. She owns a cute little Sugar Art school in her home town. Often there will be left over cookies that the residents enjoy. She loves being a positive part of the community and serves on the Kiwanis club. You will often see resident at community events being able to share in the fun because She’ll even push a wheelchair filled with one of our beautiful residents, just so that they can participate in 5- mile relays. She says, “I have made many great friends in our Gables community, ones I will always cherish. As I look at the many accomplishments, I have done in my life so far, being able to provide a service to our aging communities is by far, one of my favorite for sure!”