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OWL Achievement

In October 2012, we announced the OWL Achievement Award; an award that recognizes truly outstanding individuals working at On With Life who have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to their job and our mission. An employee is awarded based on the following criteria:


• Always treats others with respect and kindness.
• Frequently volunteers to help others.
• Is truly a team player.
• Positively handles challenges. Seen as a "go-to" person.
• Is supportive, optimistic, and has a welcoming smile.
• Keeps up with compliance requirements such as in-service attendance, licensure due dates, CBIS

renewal, abuse training, etc.
• Is "engaged", and offers suggestions to make OWL the best it can be.
• Volunteers to serve on OWL event committees as other commitments allow.

Further eligibility criteria:

1. At least 3 years' service as a full time employee at OWL
2. Received a score of 4.0 or better on last performance evaluation
3. Has completed the CBIS or OWL-BIS 
4. Shows an eagerness to learn more about OWL and brain injury
5. Has had no formal disciplinary action (verbal coaching does not apply) in the past 3 years

(This award is not designed for department heads or senior leadership.)


OWL Achievement Award Winners:

Shelly Doubleday, Nursing Administrative Assistant and CNA

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation


Shelly's passion to help persons served and drive to make On With Life the best it can be have been evident since the day she started. 


"I'm so proud to tell people I work at On With Life. I get the opportunity to see miracles happen every day and I find it so rewarding to work with persons served on their journey to recovery. I love this place," she said.


Whether it is helping a family member visiting their loved one, ordering supplies for her department or lending a hand to a coworker, Shelly continues to show her great commitment and dedication to the individuals and families we serve. Congratulations Shelly, and thank you for all that you do!


Heather Elasser, Licensed Practical Nurse

Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


Heather has demonstrated On With Life's mission by forming relationships with persons served and making an effort to treat each individual like family. "Persons served deserve the best from us because they are people, just like us, with loved ones who expect excellent care."


Since starting her career at On With Life, Heather has actively pursued ways to continue her education and skills. Heather joined the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, went back to school to get her nursing degree, attended continuing education classes and conferences, helped develop the wound protocol and also helped with scheduling nursing staff for our Long-Term program. Heather continues to set a great example for all employees in her commitment and dedication to serving those living with brain injury. Congratulations, Heather!


 Mary Johnston, Licensed Practical Nurse

 Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


Since the day Mary began working working at On With Life she has made it her goal to make On With Life's mission a reality. "Our mission means caring for all of the needs of our persons served and doing so with kindness, respect, care and empathy. Our persons served deserve nothing less," stated Mary. 


Mary has received her Certified Brain Injury Specialist Certification and plans to continue her nursing career at On With Life until she retires. Mary has attended many continuing education classes and conferences, has read a number of books to further her understanding of the recovery process and takes pride in providing a safe and comfortable environment for persons served. Mary continues to be invaluable to On With Life and we couldn't be more grateful for all that she does to live out our mission. Congratulations, Mary!


Alissa Fastenau, Certified Nursing Assistant

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation


Alissa was introduced to On With Life nine years ago when her brother was a person served in our Inpatient program. She knew at that point that she wanted to give back and felt On With Life was a special place saying, "The mission is a gift, not only to the people we serve, but to employees as well."


Alissa is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and continues to seek out ways to learn more about brain injuries. She has attended multiple brain injury and caregiver conferences, completed training to become a MANDT instructor for On With Life, attended Smart Talk and serves as someone persons served, families and coworkers can consistently count on. She currently trains new CNA's, serves on the Safety Inspection Committee and assists our therapy staff on outings. Alissa continues to be invaluable to on With Life and we couldn't e ore grateful for all she does to live out our mission. Congratulations, Alissa!



Marcia Deitchler, Registered Nurse

Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


Whether she is living out our mission by providing direct care as a nurse, continuing her education or being a team player, Marcia continues to show how valuable of an employee she is to On With Life. She described our mission as, "an ongoing journey to ensure our persons served lives are as normal as possible considering the circumstances. It's important for all staff to work together to live out our mission so persons served can be the most comfortable and have a meaningful recovery."


Marcia has continued to keep her nursing license current over the years, is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is working towards getting her National CBIS certification in February of 2014. Thank you, Marcia, for your continued dedication to provide the highest quality care and loyalty to making On With Life a great place to work.



Laura Hatcher, Registered Nurse

Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


When Laura was asked what the OWL mission means to her, she responded:


"It means that we provide persons served with a home where they can live for as long as they need to. The building at Glenwood Resouce Center is a place, but inside On With Life's doors, is a home. Our persons served live here and we come into their home to care for them. Respect is given to their home by cleaning up messes, keeping odors to a minimum and knocking on doors and telling them who we are. The sum of the "little things" help to show them respect. Talking to them and not at or about them to others shows kindness and concern for our persons served."


Laura has gone above and beyond to provide outstanding care, and we thank her for her commitment and dedication to the persons we are privileged to serve.



Nancy Brightwell, Nurse Manager/MDS Coordinator

Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


When asked what our mission means to her, Nancy responded, "I look back at my time with the OWL family and although we are made up of many individual people, our strength-my strength, comes from working together with all the people  who work here. We are all part the puzzle, and if one part is left out, the picture is incomplete."


Nancy is currently involved in the ongoing process of incorporating electronic medical records and the implementation of new pharmacy providers for On With Life. Congratulations Nancy!



Dan Ihrke, Physical Therapy Assistant

Post-Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation


Dan has demonstrated commitment to our mission in more ways than just on-the-job. "Truly accepting and living the OWL mission not only makes me a better employee, but it will someday make me a better husband, a better father, a better friend and an all-around better person," said Dan. "The more we come together as a family and embrace our mission, the more likely we are to give each person a sense of purpose and belonging during the journey to recovery."


Dan has participated in a number of activities to benefit On With Life, including:  joining the Foundation committee in his first year, assisting every year with he SummerFest float, Iowa State Fair outing, Hill Day, conducting a Mandt Training class to direct care staff, and most recently organizing a donation drive for a persons served family member. Congratulations Dan, and thank you for your commitment to On With Life!


Heather Elasser, Licensed Practical Nurse

Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


Heather has demonstrated On With Life's mission by forming relationships with persons served and making an effort to treat each individual like family. "Persons served deserve the best from us because they are people, just like us, with loved ones who expect excellent care."

Since starting her career at On With Life, Heather has actively pursued ways to continue her education and skills. Heather joined the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, went back to school to get her nursing degree, attended continuing education classes and conferences, helped develop the wound protocol and also helped with scheduling nursing staff for our Long-Term program. Heather continues to set a great example for all employees in her commitment and dedication to serving those living with brain injury. Congratulations, Heather!

Heather Elasser, Licensed Practical Nurse

Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adults


Heather has demonstrated On With Life's mission by forming relationships with persons served and making an effort to treat each individual like family. "Persons served deserve the best from us because they are people, just like us, with loved ones who expect excellent care."

Since starting her career at On With Life, Heather has actively pursued ways to continue her education and skills. Heather joined the Brain Injury Association of Nebraska, went back to school to get her nursing degree, attended continuing education classes and conferences, helped develop the wound protocol and also helped with scheduling nursing staff for our Long-Term program. Heather continues to set a great example for all employees in her commitment and dedication to serving those living with brain injury. Congratulations, Heather!