Meet Our Care Professionals Team!

Rachel Feeney


Rachel Feeney is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) with a degree in Long Term Care Administration. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. In May 2019, she began an internship with Shady Rest. After completing the internship, she was offered a Marketing position and created the Shady Rest website. Rachel will be taking her official Administration board certification in the coming months. What she loves about working at Shady Rest is building relationships with staff, residents, their families, and the community! She enjoys every conversation she has with residents; communicating with them and learning about their lives makes it feel like you're part of their family! It is truly an honor for Rachel to work for Shady Rest, she excited to meet everyone while offering any insight and assistance. Please contact Rachel if you have any questions or concerns at:

Laura Kurt, RN

Director of Nursing

Laura is currently a RN here at Shady Rest and recently accepted the DON position. She has worked for Shady Rest since January 2019, and graduated from NICC in Peosta with her RN degree in December of 2019. Laura's favorite part about her job is interacting with residents, families and staff. Listening to their life stories and all they have been through brings a huge smile to her face. The residents and staff have become like family to her. She excited for my new position with Shady Rest. Please contact Laura with any questions or concerns at:

Karie L. Kuntz BSN, RN

MDS Coordinator/Infection Preventionist

Karie began working for Shady Rest Care Center as a Nurse Manager in August of 2015. She completed Resident Assessment Coordinator training as well as Infection Preventionist training to advance to her current position. Karie obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing and an Associate Degree in Human Services from NICC in Peosta, IA. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Her favorite thing about working at Shady Rest is seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces and getting to know their history.

Please Contact Karie with any questions or concerns at:

Leisa Osterhaus, LBSW

Social Services Coordinator

Leisa Osterhaus, LBSW began her career in long term care nearly thirty years ago and has worked at Shady Rest Care Center as the Social Services Coordinator since 1998. She loves visiting with residents and families in the homey environment of Shady Rest. She has been a firsthand witness to the many great additions to Shady Rest including the twelve-bed memory care unit and skilled care services. Her role as a Licensed Social Worker covers many areas including admissions and discharge planning, assisting current residents and families with psycho-social and financial needs and providing education on dementia and resident rights to staff members, families and residents.

Please contact Leisa with any questions or concerns at: 

Charity Crist, CDM-CFPP

Dietary Manager

Charity has been in the food industry for over 16 years, she began working for Shady Rest in January of 2018, prior to that she worked in the culinary world as a Culinary Chef. Charity received her Culinary Degree and CDM-CFPP training from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Her role at Shady Rest is to oversee the purchasing and preparation of foods, creating meal plans and menus while work closely with a registered dietician.  Charity also supervises and educates team members on food safety and sanitation, residents’ dietary restrictions, and food preparation. Charity enjoys getting to know the residents, their families, their life stories, it truly is a privilege to become part of their life’s journey.

Please contact Charity with any questions or concerns at:

Tracy Starr

Business Office Manager

Tracy began her career at Shady Rest in 2014 as a CNA/CMA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Upper Iowa University in 2006. She transitioned to Business Office Manager in September 2019. 

Please contact Tracy if you have any questions or concerns at:


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