Meet Our Team

Chris Ruzicka


Chris ensures resources are in place to deliver quality essential services, maintain budgets, follow policies and procedures necessary to carry out organizational tasks.

Ambika Sharma

Assistant Manager

Ambika assists with new-hire paperwork, orientation, and training. She prepares monthly resident invoices and accounts payable. Ambika also answers the phone and directs caller to necessary Coordinator.

Lee Thoma, RN

Health Care Coordinator

Lee is responsible for planning developing, organizing, and directing people-centered care programs for all residents, as well as enhances the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of residents. He provides coordination and direction of the resident care staff and maintains resident files with all forms required by state law.

In 2017, Lee Thoma RN was named one of the Top 100 Nurses in Iowa!

Garnett Place has been Regulatory Insufficiency Free by the State of Iowa under Lee’s guidance for over 10 years.

Kari Santos, MA, CTRS

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Kari develops a program and appropriate activities for each resident. The activities reflect individual differences in age, health status, sensory deficits, lifestyle, ethnic and cultural beliefs, religious beliefs, values, experiences, needs, interests, abilities and skills by providing opportunities for a variety of types and levels of involvement.

Jeremy Curl

Culinary Coordinator

Jeremy has overall responsibility for operating the Culinary Department in a quality manner. This includes responsibility for delivering quality dining experiences for the residents who call Garnett Place home.

Chris Anderson

Maintenance Coordinator

Chris ensures the provision of quality maintenance care in accordance with Federal, State and Local regulations while maintaining the community, interior of building and grounds safely.