Meet the team that leads our efforts to provide service excellence at The Classic.

Greg Spindler
Executive Director

Greg provides oversight for all aspects of The Classic community.  He works closely with our management team to enhance each resident’s quality of life. Greg has an extensive background in Respiratory Therapy, Healthcare Management and Administration.  He has been a Chippewa Valley resident since 1994 and lives in rural Chippewa Falls with his wife and three children.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Dean Mathwig
Community Relations Director

Dean is responsible for the overall coordination, development, and maintenance of the organization’s marketing and sales program. He is the first point of contact for providing tours as well as sharing information about The Classic with potential residents, families and the general public. With nearly 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, and public relations, Dean has worked for several healthcare entities in the Chippewa Valley, including: Mayo Health System, Sacred Heart Hospital, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and Community Health Partnership.

“When you’re kind to people, pay attention to their concerns, and truly listen… you make a field of comfort around them, and you will get it back. I call it Golden Rule meets Murphy’s Law.”

Steve Knowlton
Culinary Director and Executive Chef

Steve is in charge of the culinary program at The Classic. He works directly with nursing and families to ensure that residents have an outlet to maintain a healthy diet. With over 40 years in the food and entertainment business he has a vast knowledge of customer service and culinary arts. Steve has owned two restaurants and has worked with Dunn County Meals on Wheels Program. Prior to joining The Classic, Steve headed up the culinary function at Oak Leaf Surgical Hospital in Eau Claire.

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”

Matt Kendziera

Life Enrichment Director

Matt is our leader for organizing all events and activities at The Classic including fitness, music, discussions, lectures, religious services, and social opportunities.  Each day offers 10-15 separate activities for those who call The Classic home.  Matt has lived in the Chippewa Valley for the better part of two decades fostering a career that involves music, education, and event planning in various capacities.  His daily work motivation comes from a deep desire to honor seniors in our community and see them as a great and valuable resource to our culture.

“Judging others makes us blind whereas love is illuminating.”

Donna Shellenberger
Registered Nurse

As a nursing professional for over 20 years, Donna’s primary experience has involved working with the older adult population through home care services and in long-term care facilities. During her career, Donna has held the positions of charge nurse, unit manager, case manager, and Director of Nursing. In addition, she has served as an instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Nursing program. Donna currently resides in Eau Claire with her husband and four children.

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Stacy Wozney
LPN

Stacy is a member of the nursing service at The Classic. She works closely with the Resident Services Supervisor, our Resident Assistants, our Registered Nurse, and the entire management team to provide optimum care for our Memory Care residents as well as our Independent Living and Assisted Living tenants. Stacy is responsible for updating and maintaining health care records, providing assessments and treatments, and for requesting and processing physician orders. She also provides updates to physicians and family members on significant resident health care changes and needs. A graduate of the Practical Nursing Program at Winona Technical College in Winona, Minnesota, Stacy has over 20 years of medical/surgical nursing experience, with an emphasis in geriatric caregiving. Stacy enjoys interacting with the residents and their family members, and is delighted to have the ability to work with the loving and dedicated staff and management team at The Classic.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

 

Kelsey Schwellenbach
Resident Service Supervisor

Kelsey carries out training and scheduling for the Resident Assistant staff to ensure our residents’ safety, personal cares and needs are met.  Kelsey’s initial position at The Classic was as a Resident Assistant. Her previous background as a CNA along with extensive management experience from her previous employment at Dove Healthcare South has allowed Kelsey to take on her important leadership role at The Classic.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Katie Lundebrek
Human Resources

Katie does recruiting and placement for those seeking employment at The Classic. She also handles payroll and benefits while performing daily Human Resources functions. Katie graduated from University of Northwestern St. Paul with a double major in Human Resources Management and Marketing. Katie’s roots in working with the senior population began in college when she worked for an Assisted Living community in Minnesota. Upon relocating to Wisconsin, she initially worked as a staffing consultant for a manufacturing company, but in discovering The Classic, she knew that this is where her heart was at — serving the best residents from around the Chippewa Valley.

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Mikelle Larson
Front Office Manager

As Front Office Manager, Mikelle ensures the smooth operation of daily functions at The Classic. Greeting guests and visitors, answering phone calls and resident questions, while helping staff members with administrative projects are among her responsibilities. In addition, Mikelle manages the team of Front Desk Concierges and is responsible for day-to-day accounting, including our accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. Mikelle graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with degrees in Organizational Communication and Graphic Design, and has greatly enjoyed using those skills to serve the community at The Classic.

“Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.”

What Our Residents and Their Families are Saying About Us
“What a beautiful gesture when I found that lovely plant on my counter. Yet another reason to count my blessings for having found you.”
“We can’t thank you enough for all you did for our mom. You made her last days as comfortable as possible. We will always be thankful for your very professional, yet caring approach to every aspect of our contact with you. Do not underestimate that as you continue to serve people who are in their final days or years, that anyone can have a business, but you by your approach, show a genuine concern that’s hard to come by these days.“
“Thank you Memory Care staff for your wonderful care of mom. We cannot adequately express our thanks for your team always seeming to know what mom needs and to make her genuinely cared for. Kindness is never forgotten!”
“A grateful thank you to the cooking and services crew. We truly appreciate the great meals you put out!”
“I have so much to be thankful in my new home. To all The Classic staff, you are such a big part of my thankfulness. You are so thoughtful, caring, and willing to help me through my difficult days. Blessings to all!”
“Thank you for your professionalism, your kindness, and your abundant patience. We have required all of these attributes of you over the past many days and you have assisted us with smiles at every turn. None of the other facilities we visited had the same vibrant sense of community that we have witnessed and experience here. We feel blessed that our parents’ daily care is entrusted to you.”
“I want you to know that your concern, care, and commitment to my feeling comfortable and “at home,” has been a bountiful blessing. Your open, happy, welcoming smiles are a real day brightener. How beautiful a day is when kindness touches it!”
“I have happily lived with you for one year, one month, and one week. Had I searched the whole wide world, I don’t believe I would have found this perfect place. I wanted to live comfortably and in my “home of happiness!” And now I have found it. I live the sought-after classic lifestyle right here at The Classic! All the staff is the final link in my circle of content. Bless you all.”