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Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Leia Morrison, B.S., Executive Director, Hancock Village

Leia is a native of Hancock County and graduated from Hamilton High School. Leia has a long history of working with the senior population and began working at Hickory Grove in 2012. Leia has a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and is currently working towards her MBA. She has received numerous recognitions and awards for innovation in senior living and her work at Hancock Village. Leia is a member of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition and is also a member of their Board of Directors. Leia sits on the Public Policy Committee with the Illinois Healthcare Association and is part of the Illinois Leader Program as well. She is also a member of both the Illinois Center for Assisted Living as well as the National Center for Assisted Living.  Leia is a member of Leading Age of Illinois and sits on their Public Policy Committee and is a member of the Supportive Living Cabinet which works closely with legislators in ensuring the needs of the senior community are at the forefront for our government. In 2017, Leia was recognized with the Argentum 20 Under 40 Award for Senior Living Leaders. Also in 2017, Leia was recognized through the Illinois Healthcare Association as the Assisted and Supportive Living Director of the Year. Under Leia’s leadership, Hancock Village has been recognized with the Partner in Quality Award every year and in both 2016 and 2017, volunteers to Hancock Village were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award through the Illinois Healthcare Association. Leia and her team have been featured in numerous stories through LTC Today magazine and our local media. Hancock Village has also received recognition through United Way for its volunteer programs and its focus on multi-generational programs which benefit both seniors and our youth. Leia is the proud mother of three children and enjoys spending time with her children, family and friends. 
 

Haley Edwards, BSW, LEJA,  Administrative Assistant, Hancock Village

Haley is a native of Nauvoo, Illinois. She began working at Hancock Village as an assistant to Executive Director, Leia Morrison, in 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work at Quincy University in 2009 and her Master of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University in 2011. Haley has worked with disabled adults and has been the programming director for a long term care facility prior to joining Hancock Village. She enjoys helping others and has a great appreciation and respect for the leadership, team and culture at Hancock Village. She loves to organize things and spend time with her family and is a self-professed homebody. Haley is married and she and her husband have four children.

Colleen Ewing, B.S., Wellness Coordinator, Hancock Village

Colleen is a native of Hamilton, Illinois. She began her work at Hancock Village in 2015 as a Universal Worker and has used those experiences as the foundation for her work in developing programming specific to the senior population at Hancock Village. She is passionate about ensuring seniors has opportunities every day to enrich their lives through education, physical activities, intellectually stimulating experiences and having fun with others. She completed her Bachelor of Psychology from Quincy University and is a Certified Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator through the Alzheimer’s Association, Certified in Healing Touch, Certified Activity Director and Certified as a Special Care Unit Coordinator through Healthcare Management Solutions. Colleen has always had a passion for geriatrics and many of her undergraduate courses at Quincy University focused on geriatric issues. Colleen says, “The relationships you can build with residents and the opportunity to really get to know them goes beyond activities. I love the family environment here and the opportunity to further create that sense of family between residents, their families and our team.” Colleen enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being active.
 

Connie Wright, R.N., Director of Nursing, Hancock Village

Connie is a native of Basco, Illinois.  She has been involved in nursing since 1989 and completed her clinical education at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa.  Throughout her career, her primary clinical focus has been with the geriatric population and she devoted thirty years of her life to working at the Hancock County Nursing Home in Carthage. She is a member of Leading Age of Illinois.  She is married with two grown children and a growing number of grandchildren. She loves trail riding, canoeing, gardening, line dancing and spending time with her family. Connie is often heard to say she gains more than she gives in her ministry with the seniors who choose to make Hancock Village their home.

 

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