Meet our Leaders

The entire staff at Santa Marta is dedicated not only 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.

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

Our Management Team

Chet Surmaczewicz

Chet 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 has developed relationships with many residents and 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. Chet currently holds a registration as an Adult Care Home Operator.

Marsha Anderson

Marsha Anderson

Sales and Marketing Director

Marsha joined Santa Marta in 2016 with 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit senior living and hospice industries. Her personal journey to securing care services for her parents led her to Santa Marta, the most rewarding chapter in her sales career. She’s committed to helping families and new Residents find solutions within a faith-based and fulfilling lifestyle. Marsha shares that nothing compares to the gratitude expressed by families who have found peace of mind and a new future at Santa Marta.

Kate Davison

Kate 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 family experience with senior living. Kate saw the positive effect that an active lifestyle can have for body, soul and mind with her late grandmother, who lived in a Colorado retirement community for more than 20 years. Kate graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family life.

Brian Haase

Brian Haase

Administrator

While attending college at K-State, Brian worked as a manager in the Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit at Meadowlark Hills in Manhattan, Kansas. He obtained his license as a Nursing Home Administrator in 2012, and has worked primarily in standalone skilled nursing facilities in the Midwest. His grandmother’s rehabilitation stay in a skilled nursing facility was his first experience with long-term care, and he’s been drawn to it ever since. He’s passionate about educating people and correcting misconceptions about senior living. He feels one of the best ways to achieve this is to provide Residents the best care and best experience possible, so they can help educate others.

Keli Demaline

Kelli Demaline

RAC-CT, 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.

Christina Bertrand

Christina Bertrand

Health Care Sales Manager

Christina has worked in health care since 2000. She was inspired to become a CNA after caring for her grandparents. She has worked alongside physicians, families, and other health care professionals in hospital and office settings. She takes great pride in building relationships and providing support for Residents and their families when navigating Residents’ health care needs. Christina is a caring advocate and guide to families and Residents looking for assisted living and memory support solutions.

Kelli Bailey

Kelli Bailey

Community Outreach Liaison

Kelli has worked in senior living in the Kansas City metro area since 1994. She served as a certified social worker in skilled nursing communities and hospice for over 15 years, after which she became the independent living director of resident services in a continuing care retirement community. She gained experience helping residents transition through levels of care and enhancing their lives through home health, private duty, hospice and other services. This led to a successful role as a community liaison helping families and residents understand and transition to the short-term rehabilitation setting. Kelli brings 10 years of experience in the liaison role to Santa Marta, and is excited to be part of such a professional and hospitality-focused community.

Gina Zwickel

Gina Zwickel

Director of Resident Operations

Gina has worked in senior living since 2003 and has been at Santa Marta since 2008. She has an extensive background in fitness and senior exercise programs. She has a special appreciation for seniors and cares about keeping them active. She works hard to provide a variety of activities in new and creative formats, and is always attentive to new ideas and requests from our residents. Gina currently holds a certification as an Adult Care Home Operator.

Marvie Dirks

Marvie Dirks

Director of Human Resources

Marvie came to Santa Marta with over 20 years of human resources experience in Kansas City. She has a strong focus on serving her “customers” – our Associates – believing that when the people who work here are well taken care of, they’ll provide the best service for Santa Marta’s Residents.

Mark Canant

Mark Canant

Director of Finance

Mark joined the organization in 2017. Mark has over 10 years of experience in not-for-profit accounting within the health care industry. He has extensive knowledge of grant management, streamlining accounting processes and financial audit procedure. His prior employers include American Academy of Family Physicians and the Johnson County Health Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management from Park University.

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors is composed of community volunteers and members of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

  • Carol Ahlvers, Ph.D.
  • Debra Blecha
  • Tom DeBacco
  • Catherine Erkmann
  • Ed Herman
  • Theresa Hursh
  • Randy Kancel
  • Rick Lane
  • Paul Malir
  • Daniel McKean
  • Doug Moorman
  • Michael Payne
  • Kevin Petracek
  • Andy Schmidt
  • Monsignor Thomas Tank
  • Tim Urban
  • Radd Way
  • Jane Zaccardi

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