Julie Pudvay, BS, RN, Director of Nursing
Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Science from Michigan State University and her Registered Nursing Degree from Lansing Community College. Julie has worked at Dobie since 1988 when she started as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She has worked all three shifts and has been in almost every position in nursing while at Dobie. In 2003, Julie became the Director of Nursing and has enjoyed it ever since. She is an active board member of the Michigan National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/Long Term Care and supports their mission of developing and promoting ethical principles, practices, and services to those who work in Long Term Care. What Julie enjoys most about working at Dobie is the interaction with the residents and patients, the clean building, beautiful grounds, and the caring and dedicated employees. Julie says, “I enjoy seeing the smiles from our residents and patients; knowing that they are happy and well cared for makes all the difference to me. I am lucky to have started here all those years ago and to be part of such a great team striving toward our mission: Dedicated to Improving Lives.
Sarah Jones, RN, BSN, RAC-CT Assistant Director of Nursing
Sarah started at Dobie Road in April 2006 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She continued her education and became an RN in May of 2013, completed her Resident Assessment Coordinator certification in 2014 and completed her BSN in May of 2018 with a focus in Geriatric nursing. Sarah enjoys working with staff and other departments in the facility to help provide quality care to our residents, patients and families.
Wendy Devlin, LPN, North Ridge Day Shift Unit Manager
Wendy graduated from Jackson Community College over 20 years ago where she received her LPN License. Her passion has always been helping our geriatric population. She started her career as a pulmonary nurse and her path was paved with many years of wonderful experiences in family practice as well as helping those with Dementia. Wendy is a Certified Dementia Trainer and has been here at Dobie for over two years. “I absolutely love our residents here at Dobie Road and I cannot imagine my life anywhere else.” Wendy has spent the last two years as a float floor nurse and has loved getting to know everyone here at Dobie. She is excited and passionate in her position here as the North Ridge Nurse Manager.
Rita Beach, RN, North Ridge Afternoon Shift Unit Manager
Rita worked at Citizens Insurance for 25 years as an underwriter when she got the bug to be a nurse. She started college at age 45 and graduated as an RN 5 years later from the LCC nursing program. Rita has always wanted to help others so nursing was her calling. She loves the elderly and started at Dobie as a floor nurse in 2011. Rita’s passion is working with residents and families in the last season of life. “These residents, staff members, and families are my family away from home and I am honored and happy to be spending my work life here at Dobie.”
Kelli Verlinde, BS, RN, North Ridge Assessment Nurse
Kelli graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, and then went on to attain her Registered Nursing degree from Lansing Community College. Kelly has been an RN since 1999 and has worked at Dobie since 2009. Kelli followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a nurse, and started working with pediatrics before finding her true calling, which was working with the elderly. Kelli says, “I love working here because of the wonderful care, understanding, and love that the staff shows to each and every resident! I have really great co-workers that make it easy to come to work every day!”
Kris Litz, LPN, North Ridge Restorative Nursing Supervisor
Kris received her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Lansing Community College in 1996. From a young age, Kris has always wanted to help people and care for them. She has a variety of nursing experiences, including Mental Health, along with roots as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). She has been a Restorative Supervisor for over 13 years and a part of Team Dobie since 2001. She enjoys helping residents maintain and/or improve their mobility, in addition to keeping the residents and their environment as safe as possible in order to reduce falls and injury. Kris says, “This is a great working environment! The residents and staff are incredible and the building and grounds are beautiful – I am proud to work in such a wonderful place”.