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Meet the Team

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - Employee

Dining Services Director:  Karel Wells

Hello, my name is Karel Wells and I’ve been a chef for the last 29 years. I’ve been working in Senior Living for the last 16 years. It’s my passion to care for others through food. Nothing is more rewarding to me than making someone’s day with a satisfying meal. I make a point of getting to know all my residents and their likes and dislikes. We’re not only nourishing their bodies but also their souls with the love and care we put into the food we prepare.

I have three grown children, two beautiful grandchildren with another one on the way. I live in McHenry with my wonderful husband and his two kids. In my free time I enjoy writing, painting, cooking, listening to music, road trips, stargazing, hiking, camping and fishing.

My door is always open and family members are welcome to come see me anytime. I feel so blessed to be the dining services director here at the Cottages of Fox Lake.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeEnvironmental Service Director:  Deanna Jencks

My name is Deanna Jencks I am the Environmental Service Director for Cottages of Fox Lake. I lived in Iowa for most of my life. Moved here for a work opportunity and advancement. My first place I worked at here in Illinois was all memory care. My personal goal was to stay there until I retired. I came across this job on the indeed website and thought I would check it out. Well, Of course I took the job offer here as the Environmental Service Director and the best part of my job is the residents. I enjoy the different personalities that they all have to offer. I take care of the operations of the building with the help of my ED. I love my family and whenever I get a chance I like to go back home and visit them.

Cottages of Fox Lake - Assisted Living and Memory Care - EmployeeHealth and Wellness Director:  Kate Roberts

I have been working as a Nurse for 10 years specializing with mental health and dementia. I started as a CNA in High School. I went to school in Washington state where I attended school for nursing.