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Meet the Team

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeExecutive Director:  Ms. Jennifer Youngsteadt

I come from a background in Education and Early Childhood School Administration. Previous to my career in Senior Living I also spent several years as a Youth Ministry Director for the LCMS working with Jr. and Sr. High students.
I have worked in the field of Senior Living for the last seven years as an Assisted Living Coordinator, a Resident Care Coordinator, and an Interim Executive Director. I am also a Certified Dementia Practitioner with a true heart for Memory Care.
I was drawn to Senior Care after caring for my dad with the support of hospice as he battled lung cancer. I was fortunate enough to be able to care for my dad in my home and this experience stirred in me what I can only describe as a true calling that began my career in Senior Care. The wonderful nurses, CNAs, social workers, and other supportive individuals that touched our lives through this very difficult time inspired me to leave my career in Education in order to give back what I had been so blessed to receive.
I believe that this experience has given me an empathy and understanding for family members and loved ones who find themselves in a similar circumstance. My continued goal is to make a difference in the lives of seniors and their loved ones.
I have four grown children and a daughter in law. Brittany lives in Florida. Seamus and his wife Olivia live in Colorado. My husband and I live Huntley along with my two stepsons Finn and Kai. Our family enjoys the outdoors and we spend our free time hiking, white water rafting, and visiting the National Parks out West. In the past we had been very avid back country campers as well, but age takes is toll and we no longer do this very often. I am an avid reader and I enjoy needle work, paper quilling, and singing (mostly folk and bluegrass music) with my husband who is a very talented guitar player.
On Saturdays you will find me watching College Football from sunup to sundown or at a Badger Football Game as my husband is a UW Madison Alum. This passion comes from my dad, and I have many fond memories of watching Alabama Football with him growing up. Roll Tide!
My mother was a Registered Nurse who also worked in Senior Care later in her career. Her picture is displayed in my office and serves and an inspiration for me to serve as she did and continue to do my best to make a difference every day.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeDirector of Sales & Marketing:  Shari Zimmerman

I am a native Chicagoan with a background in real estate and have been helping families find their dream homes for over 20 years. Until recently, I resided in Florida and worked predominantly with older adults. A personal experience with my own family member made such an impact on me, I chose to take a leap from real estate to senior living. It was a natural transition as I was still helping families find their dream home! After several years with an assisted living and memory care community in the Sunshine State, family brings me back home to the Midwest. Helping others find homes isn’t just for people, I have volunteered throughout the years with animal rescue organizations, focusing on rehabilitation and rehoming of off track racehorses. I have settled back in Illinois and love spending my time with my horses, chickens and 2 boxer dogs.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeBusiness Office Manager: Ally Dunskis

Hello, my name is Ally Dunskis; I am the Business Office Manager for the Cottages. I have been with Charter Senior Living for 5 years. I started in 2017 as a caregiver for the Cottages and stayed with this community for 3 and a half years while filling in various roles. In January of 2021 I transferred to one of our sister communities with the promotion of Business Office Manager. I have officially transferred back full time, and I am so excited to be able to bring my experiences and expertise to this community. I originally came into this community with no previous experience in healthcare; it is safe to say I had found my calling. I love having a career in Senior living as my passion and drive is helping others. I am happy to be home!

I live very close to the community, and I have 2 pets! I have a hamster named Oreo and a Yorkie named Toby. I adopted Toby from one of my past residents at the community I transferred from. He is so full of life, and I am happy to have been able to give him a loving home.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeMemory Care Director:  Keri

Keri has over 10 years of experience in memory care. Her core focus is to slow the progression and focus on normalization with day-to-day experiences for our residents. I am a mom and a foster mom. I am a huge Cubs fan. I love to travel, spend time with my family, cook, and bake. More than anything, I think music and laughter is essential to our quality of life. The reason I love working in memory care is because even if it’s only for a short moment, seeing the smiles and toe tapping to music makes it all worth it.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeDining Services Director:  Amy

I grew up in North Dakota and moved to Woodstock in 1997. I have an Associates Degree in Pastry Arts with an extensive background in culinary management. I have a love and passion for making others smile by cooking for them, especially our seniors! I am driven to enhance the senior living experience through food and understand the importance of providing an enjoyable and nutritious meals. I am a mom of 3 teenagers, 2 cats and 2 dogs. I love to travel, NASCAR, going to the local dirt track on a Friday night, country music, concerts and of course trying new restaurants! Most importantly, I love spending quality time with my kids.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeResident Care Coordinator:  Katie

My name is Katie and am the Resident Care Coordinator. I’ve been with the Charter since June of 2021. I started as a caregiver and wanting to further my career, I was offered a promotion which led me to being in the position I am in now. The motivation and drive to be successful is very important to me. I’ve wanted to be in the health care field since I was really little. I love what I do and enjoy helping the residents, as well as the team. Life has its moments but I wouldn’t trade my position for anything. I want my son and husband to know that even when it gets tough; never quit!!! Challenges and learning new things are key to a powerful journey.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeHealth and Wellness Director: Barbara Decelles

My name is Barbara Decelles and I have been an RN for 38 years. I live in Wisconsin with my husband and rescue dog Luna. I grew up in central Illinois and I have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren that I love to spend time with at every opportunity. I am excited to be on the team at the Cottages of Fox Lake!