A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Sister M. Anselma spent her childhood on the ski slopes of the Upper Peninsula, camping in the northern woods and enjoying the excitement of Green Bay Packers home games at Lambeau Field. She is youngest of seven children and entered the religious congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 1997. During her years of apostolic work, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an MBA from St. Louis University, using them as she served in human resources and hospital administration in the OSF Healthcare system.
In January 2020, Sister M. Anselma came to serve as Administrator here at the Mother of Good Counsel Home after having become familiar with the Home as one of its Board members. Using her education and experiences in healthcare, she is passionate about building a team focused on living the Sisters’ Mission and creating a true “Home” for each of our residents where they are loved, nurtured, and can live the mature years of their life with great joy and freedom of spirit.
Director of Nursing
Joining us from her hometown of Wood River, IL, Robin graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College as a Registered Nurse in 1993. Growing up, the opportunity to have a close relationship with both sets of grandparents, two great-grandmothers and one great grand-father instilled a deep familiarity and respect for our elderly. Before joining our team, she spent the past 27 years in several skilled facilities in a variety of capacities, but felt a genuine connection with the mission of our Home to provide the care and love our aged residents deserve. Her efforts at streamline nursing processes, yielding increased consistency, and all while laser-focused on the well-being of our residents, yield a seamless and genuine acclimation of our residents to the Home. And when she’s not here cheering on our residents and staff, she enjoys being with her family and ardently cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals- GO CARDS!
Director of Finance
After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Finance at University of Missouri-Columbia and Master’s degree in Business Administration at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Keith Vollmer spent the next 28 years working as a construction accountant in the private sector. In 2012, he sought work that he would find more intrinsically rewarding and spiritually satisfying. He was led to Mother of Good Counsel Home, where his grandmother lived in the 1960s, his aunt in the 1980s, and his father in the late 1990s until his death in 2000. His mother also was a quilter here for decades. After tackling the finances every day, Keith helps paint rooms, trim trees and plant flowers. He is a “handy” and generous man who embodies the Home’s mission of joyful service in all things.
Activities Department Supervisor
One of 12 children from Texas, Sr. M. Juliana’s reversion to the Catholic faith led her to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 1997. She was transferred to MOGCH in 2008 were she began as a CNA. After receiving her Associates Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, she assumed the role of Activity Supervisor where, alongside her Activities team, she enjoys creating resident experiences that engage heart, mind, body, and soul! To know they are loved is her goal. Her own encounter with God’s mercy and healing in her life is her driving force and source of passion for sharing God’s unconditional love with those who feel unworthy and broken in spirit.
Director of Facilities
Tim came to us from work in other senior properties and facilities. He is a certified manager of maintenance, a certified pool operator and holds EPA and HVAC certification. Here at the Home, he manages the facility and grounds. He and his team oversee and maintain all of the day-to-day operations. They can be found doing everything from hanging pictures to creating an isolation unit – and fulfilling this service with kindness, courtesy and diligence. Tim enjoys all things outdoors. His hobbies contribute to his skill in maintaining properties. Tim is devoted to his family, having three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Food Service Manager
Being raised on a very large grain and livestock farm, Betty learned to “live off the land” at a young age. After graduating from Lewis & Clark Community College with a business degree, Betty bought her first restaurant located in Alton, IL at the age of 21. Almost 20 years later, she sold the restaurant and brought her experience here to MOGCH. Betty likes to incorporate the “farm to table” mentality she had growing up in her ventures here at the Home. When she isn’t working, she loves spending time with her family and friends. Her motto is “There is always room at the table for another!”
Admission Coordinator & Social Services
Lynn is a 2nd generation Mission Partner. Her mother was the administrative assistant for 11 years and her father was a resident. Lynn joined the team knowing first hand about the care and community of this Home. She began as the laundry supervisor and after working various jobs and departments she has settled into her current role. Lynn’s goal is for the transition to our Home to be pleasant and comfortable for our residents and their families. This continues with communication with each of our department heads to ensure our residents live fully in every aspect of their lives. Lynn likes reading, sewing, and traveling on short weekend adventures.
“Obedience Works Miracles” guides Sister M. Luka’s philosophy of service. Hailing from a much-moving military family, she entered the Sisters of St Francis of the Martyr St George right after graduating from high school. Initially educated at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a high school Mathematics teacher, she later earned a master’s degree in education from St. Xavier University in Chicago. Before coming to our Home, Sister M. Luka, taught every level of high school math for 17 years, as well as a multitude of other jobs before landing here as our sacristan and now, administrative assistant . She loves to read – anything, everything. She enjoys new challenges and learning new things. Her favorite activity (and real mission in life) is to help each person she meets to grow and mature, and draw closer to God.
As a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Chloe came to us with fresh, innovative ideas. She thrives on creativity and surrounding herself with beautiful things. These two characteristics blend seamlessly with our mission of fostering a beautiful Home. Chloe is from a small town of 900 in rural Southern Illinois. Being far from home, she often misses her family and thinks of the residents as her second family. She calls our Home her “happy place” and loves showing how happy it is through her creative works! In her free time Chloe enjoys visiting her family, exploring new places, and creating – of course!