Our Associates

Our Associates

The entire staff at Santa Marta is dedicated not simply to meeting the needs of our Residents, but to anticipating them. All Associates receive detailed training with an emphasis on creating a culture of hospitality for Residents.

Each quarter, Residents honor an Associate with the P.E.R.F.E.C.T. award. The award is an acronym for:

Extra Mile

And each quarter, Associates select another Associate to receive the Superstar award for excellence.

As a result of our positive and appreciative culture, Santa Marta has one of the lowest turnover rates in our industry. So our Residents, and their family and friends, can truly develop lasting relationships with our Associates.

Staff Bios

chetChet Surmaczewicz, Executive Director
Through leading by example, Chet has earned the respect of Santa Marta employees and residents. He enhances the lives of residents by serving their needs and preferences through memorable dining experiences, engaging wellness programs and a multitude of personal services.
Chet knows each resident by name and has developed relationships with many of their family members. He believes a hands-on approach makes residents’ living experiences more pleasurable.
His highly successful hospitality program applies to senior living the same ideas of customer service from Chet’s work at exclusive restaurants and hotels. He has trained and inspired his employees to provide the same exceptional service, and residents and staff members alike enjoy the results.
bobwoodyBob Woody, Managing Director
Bob joined the Santa Marta team in 2007 prior to the community opening. He has 38 years of experience in the senior living industry, from working with management companies to consulting coast to coast. Bob has a vast amount of experience in building planning and maintenance, and knows how to keep the community running smoothly behind the scenes.
KateKate Davison, Sales and Marketing Coordinator
Kate loves helping others and her work in senior living allows her to help people every day. She also has firsthand experience with senior living. Kate saw the positive effect an active lifestyle had on the body, soul and mind of her grandmother, who lived in a Colorado retirement community for more than 20 years. Kate graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s in human development and family life.
NancyNancy Durant, Sales Counselor
Nancy has a sales background and has worked in senior living since 2009. Nancy has an appreciation of the challenges of seniors and their children. Having a father with Alzheimer’s, Nancy experiences first hand the peace of mind knowing her father is in a community where he is well taken care of and loved.  Nancy was born and raised in Illinois but has lived in Arizona, Florida, Germany and Oklahoma before moving to Kansas in 1987.
Dan ChikIMG_1666, Director of Healthcare Sales & Marketing
Dan comes to Santa Marta with a background in Business Sales/Management and Hospitality Management for over 10 years. His core values of Faith, Family, and Commitment allow him the desire and ability to connect with families as they look for the best place for their loved ones within The Plaza Health Services at Santa Marta.
Marvie Dirks, Human Resources Manager
Marvie comes to Santa Marta with over 20 years of human resources experience in Kansas City. She has a strong focus on serving her “customers” – the associates – believing that when the associates are taken care of, they’ll provide the best service for Santa Marta’s residents.
Gina2Gina Zwickel, Director of Resident Services
Gina has been fortunate to work in senior living for the past 12 years. She has an extensive background in fitness and senior exercise programs, and has a special appreciation for seniors and keeping them active. She works hard to provide a variety of activities, and is always attentive to new ideas and requests from the residents, delivering them in new and creative formats.
donnathornton Donna Thornton, Director of Accounting
Donna has a background in Finance and Accounting and has worked at Santa Marta since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer information systems from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Donna grew to appreciate helping others during her time at Swope Health Services, a federally funded nonprofit organization in Kansas City, and continues that spirit at Santa Marta.
marksuttonMark Sutton, Director of Dining Services
Mark has managed restaurant and hospitality operations for 15 years, and has been at Santa Marta since 2011. He has earned his degrees in food & beverage management and business administration, and is a Certified Dietary Manager, and a member of the Association of Food and Nutrition. Mark is very proud that Santa Marta’s dining services program has been recognized in the industry for creating a new standard of excellence.
kelliKelli Demaline, Director of Nursing
Kelli has worked with seniors her entire career, starting in 1992 as a CNA before becoming a nurse. For Kelli, a hands-on approach works best for creating relationships with employees, residents and family members. As a child, Kelli helped care for her grandmother who had multiple medical conditions, as well as her grandfather who had Alzheimer’s disease. She credits this as the motivation to devote her life to helping seniors. She has a strong background in nurse leadership, which enables her to educate employees on ways to provide excellent care and customer service to our residents.
ryangraceRyan Grace, Administrator, Plaza Health Services
Ryan is now entering his tenth year as an administrator and fifth year as Administrator of The Plaza Health Services at Santa Marta. Ryan is a third-generation health care administrator. A graduate of Kansas State University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, a secondary degree in gerontology long-term care administration, and continued on to receive a master’s degree in not-for-profit management. In his professional life, he has only worked for Catholic-sponsored nonprofit communities like Santa Marta, as he prefers the focus on mission and vision that nonprofits honor and pursue.

Our Leadership Sets the Standard.

Our sincere thank you to our Board of Directors, which is composed of community volunteers and members of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Ronald L. Benjamin
Robert (Bob) E. Bregant, Jr.
Tom DeBacco
Catherine Erkmann
Ed Herman
Rhonda Janky
Randy Kancel
Rick Lane
Paul Malir
Jerry Mayne
Doug Moorman
Kevin Petracek
Monsignor Thomas Tank
Tim Urban
Jane Zaccardi
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