Our Team

Providing our residents “Compassionate Care with Heart”.

Lisa Clark

I am the Administrator at St Francis Woods and have been here since June 1, 2015. I have worked in the healthcare field with seniors for more than 20 years starting as an activity assistant. I fell in love with the elderly during my stint as an activity assistant in 1993 and continued my career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant, human resource director, social service director and much more!

I have two children that are grown and four grandchildren that are the loves of my life! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with them, reading, and being with other friends and family members.

My goal here at St. Francis Woods is to continue to make this a loving and caring home for everyone that lives here. The residents’ safety and happiness are always my priority! With that goal in mind, I try to also make this the best place for employment because a happy staff makes for happy residents.

Brandi Swanson

Human Resource Director

I have been the Director of Human Resources here since August 2016. I came to St. Francis Woods seeking a change in career. I had never worked in this type of facility before, but quickly grew to love it! I enjoy coming to work because the residents put a smile on my face every day.

In my spare time, I enjoy working outside in the garden and doing upkeep in my yard. For fun, I like to shoot pool and spend time with my boyfriend and his son.
The best part about life at St. Francis Woods is the fulfillment I get from working with employees and the residents’.

Lynda Rhodes.

Business Office Manager

I am the Business Office Manager having worked in the business office at St. Francis Woods since February 2009, and have worked in the healthcare field since 1995.
I have lived in Illinois most of my life where I have made my home and raised my three children, I also have three beautiful grandchildren and a wonderful man in my life who keeps me grounded. I enjoy going to the park, listening to music and spending time with my family.

One of my favorite parts of the job is assisting people in navigating the process of applying for public assistance. The residents and their families have enough to worry about without that added burden. With over 12 years of Medicaid billing experience it is like second nature to me.
The best part about my job though is the residents. I love helping them and seeing the smile on their faces. I only hope I bring them as much joy as they give to me every day!

Damara Johnson

Dietary Supervisor

I am the Dietary Supervisor of St. Francis Woods, and I have been working with this team for 2 years. I have worked in the dietary field for over 15 years. My career in the kitchen started when I worked for Rosewood as a Dietary Aid then later graduated to Cook. My long-time experience in the kitchen has made me more than proficient.

I am blessed with 5 children, 3 grandchildren, and am newly married. I love spending time with my family which keeps me busy when I am not working at St Francis Woods. You can usually find me at the mall with my kids or catching the latest movie.

Cooking for our residents is like having Thanksgiving every day. I am thankful for each and every one of them and consider them part of my family as well.

Kari Laughlin

LPN Service Plan Coordinator

I am the service plan coordinator at St. Francis Woods. I am relatively new here and one of the main things that I love here is that I have been welcomed with open arms not only by staff, but also by residents and their families. I have been an LPN for 18 years and by choice, have always worked with the elderly. I love to listen to their stories and experiences. I have learned so much from them. I came by nursing honestly as my mom is a retired RN. I believe that I earned my sense of compassion and empathy by her example.

I enjoy coming to work everyday, and making the residents smile, laugh or just lend an ear if they need to talk. It honestly makes my day better too! I am honored to work with a great group of people (staff and residents).

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, Grandchildren and 5 dogs.