River City Six – Michele Magner
Meet Michele Magner, public relations coordinator for Brookestone Meadows (www.BrookestoneMeadows.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Brookestone Meadows is a skilled short-term rehabilitation and long-term care community. We are one of over 30 Vetter Senior Living properties. We provide inpatient and outpatient care of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and aquatic therapy. In just over 11 years we have served nearly 11,000 people! Many people also call Brookestone Meadows home for long-term care. We are focused on living life to the fullest and having a lot of fun while nurturing each resident’s sense of purpose.
How did you get started in the business?
I was blessed to stay home with my children for 12 years, which provided me the opportunity to care for both of my grandmothers over the course of seven years. While in different assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, I developed a love of the residents and staff who chose to work there. For me, working in a building is coming full circle to understand how much dedication and love goes into caring for each person that we are honored to serve.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I moved from Brooklyn Heights, NY to Berkeley, CA when I was 10. My parents were originally from the Midwest, but I grew up on the coasts. College brought me to the Midwest and God kept me here!
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
Kind. We frequently will tell children to be nice, but that is a superficial request. Being nice can be a way of trying to quickly smooth something over, being polite to someone’s face or placating a situation to avoid confrontation. Kindness is from the heart. It is thoughtful, intentional, inclusive, and fueled by love.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To speak every language on the planet. I wish everyone could feel understood, helped, appreciated, and loved. Having a super power that would ease language barriers would make this grand task more achievable.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
It would be fun to work for a motivational self-development company. I love the idea of helping people find resources to meet their needs in a way that can transform their life in a positive way.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
The Vetter Foundation, run by Vetter Senior Living, assists local community non-profits and organizations that assist those in need around the world. This foundation is primarily funded by 10% of the profits from our buildings. I love working for a company that recognizes that the success of our business is about people and for people. Additionally, the West O Chamber is dedicated to helping local businesses experience robust growth, but also connecting resources to needs in our community. Annually, they provide scholarships to students and love to highlight other non-profits within the chamber to allow people to contribute in a more personally connected meaningful way.
What is your favorite movie?
The Greatest Showman. I was very late to the party and didn’t see it in the theater. The music is incredible, and you really feel what the character is going through. It is a remarkable story about family, priorities, respect, embracing each person’s unique strengths, and unconditional love.
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