Pine Village Employees Honored

By Chris Conde
March 09, 2017

Pine Village hosted its Annual Corporation Meeting on March 7, where they honored a Volunteer of the Year, Employee of the Year and held election of board members.

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Dana Bauer. He was selected because of his open heart and dedication to the residents of Pine Village. For more than 8 years Dana has been playing cards with residents every Tuesday evening. Not only does he play a mean game of Pinochle, but Dana always provides the tools for the games – even down to a nice table cloth for the card table. He supplies two decks of cards in the event one deck turns out to be ‘unfavorable.’ “Dana is more than just a volunteer on campus, he’s a friend and family member,” said Shelby Shaw, Administrator. “The residents describe an essence of good will and humor centered around the Tuesday evening card games. We are grateful Dana chose to get involved on campus years ago and look forward to making many more memories with him!”

Wendell Becker was named Employee of the Year through nominations from his peers. Wendell works in the Environmental Services Department and has been part of the Pine Village team for 8 years. The pride he takes in his work is evidenced by the fresh smell you receive upon entering the home from any entrance. Wendell is the floor technician and literally keeps Pine Village smelling like a true home. Wendell also can be seen quietly visiting with residents as he works throughout the day. While Wendell’s quiet demeanor keeps him pretty low key, the contributions he makes to Pine Village are anything but low key! “Wendell is a tremendous asset to our team,” said Shaw. “He is always willing to help wherever, and is an example of a true team member. We’re thankful Wendell chooses to be part of the Pine Village team!” Election of board members also occurred.

For the Pine Village Board of Directors the following were re-elected to serve another 3-year term:

 Ken Neufeld from First United Methodist Church,

Richard Zerger from First Mennonite Church of McPherson,

Erin Rosfeld from Moundridge Evangelical Free Church,

Brion Fensky from St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The Memorial Home Endowment Foundation honored retiring board member Duane Becker for his 6 years of service.

Newly elected board member was Phil Lohrenz and re-elected to serve another term were Michelle Durst and Marla Ullom-Minnich.

Connie Graber was elected to serve on the Nominating Committee. 

About Pine Village: Pine Village is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, offering gracious living for adults 62 and older with an active and independent lifestyle for today in a supportive Christian environment. Services include independent living, assisted living, health care, skilled care and memory care. For more information, visit us online at or come by for a visit at 86 22 nd Ave., Moundridge, Kan.