Wendy Kleppe to bring experience and leadership to the VCC team
VASHON ISLAND, Wash. – December, 3 2019 – Vashon Community Care, the nonprofit senior living community located on Vashon Island, announces the hiring of Wendy Kleppe as their new Executive Director. Kleppe brings more than 25 years of health-care leadership experience to VCC. Her nonprofit background and passion for residents and team members makes Kleppe a welcome addition to further the mission of VCC. For over 90 years, VCC has been an central member of the Vashon Island community, which has helped sustain the organization through volunteerism and generous financial support. In 2017 the community affiliated with Transforming Age.
“Wendy is a great addition to our team and the Vashon community,” says Kevin McNamara, Regional Director of Operations at Transforming Age. “Her leadership experience in nonprofit senior living combined with her clear passion for our mission will be an invaluable resource to VCC as we continue to build a sustainable future and enable seniors to remain on the Island.”
Most recently, Kleppe served as the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at CRISTA, a multisite senior living organization in Seattle. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Kleppe’s work in the field of health care began at the age of 13 as a dental assistant to her father, the longtime dentist of Mossy Rock.
“I am honored to be welcomed into a community with such rich history,” states Kleppe, “It is really quite incredible to think that VCC has roots dating back to 1928; it such a part of the Island.” She also adds, “I believe in fostering a culture where team members love to work and seniors love to live.” Kleppe and her husband have been married for 23 years and have two boys, Karl (22) and Nate (19). She grew up in Mossy Rock, a small town in East Lewis County. Kleppe is committed working in the nonprofit sector. In 2010 she co-founded Kid in Concert, a nonprofit music education program inspiring underserved resilient children through vibrant music and play. She enjoys gardening, entertaining, traveling and learning the art of empty nesting.
Kleppe is coming on board at an integral moment in VCC’s history. The community is currently undergoing an ambitious $750,000 dollar renovation which will bring much-needed memory care services to the Island. The new memory care neighborhood will bring new common spaces, a lovely garden space for secure outdoor access, and 16 beautiful apartments. Memory care is different than assisted living in that it focuses on each resident in the moment as their attentions demand. With a smaller ratio of residents to nursing assistants, residents will get individualized attention from caregivers. The space is scheduled to open in early 2020.
About Vashon Community Care
Vashon Community Care has roots dating back to 1928 when Goodwill Industries purchased the Ellsworth Ranch and established a working farm and boarding house for destitute men from “Skid Road” in Seattle. Today, VCC is home to 40 residents and employs XX team members. The community includes 40 assisted living apartments and soon will offer a memory care neighborhood with 16 apartments. VCC proudly remains an active and vibrant member of the Vashon Island community.
About Transforming Age
Transforming Age is a leading nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of older adults through community housing and services, technology development, research and advocacy. Founded in 1956, the organization operates 28 communities in Washington, Minnesota and Nebraska. In addition, it runs an online advocacy forum to combat ageism and its affiliated partner, GSI Research & Consulting, provides business service solutions to the industry. Its affiliate Full Life Care provides critical home and community based services to older adults and people with disabilities. The Transforming Age Foundation and affiliated foundations provide philanthropic programs aimed at supporting those in need.