Gail Wilkins, Executive Director
Gail Wilkins is the Executive Director of Stoney River Assisted Living and Memory Care. Gail has been in Assisted Living management for over 12 years and has a great passion for leading a dynamic team to serve the senior population in her community.
Gail got her start in the field about 16 years ago when she became a certified nursing assistant to learn how to help take care of her mom who had cancer. This experience and using her certification going forward in senior care is where she developed her path in life.
Gail has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from UW-Stevens Point and is a certified administrator for Community Based Residential Facilities in the state of Wisconsin. She lives in Marshfield with her husband Andy and their two children, Christopher and Ella. Gail enjoys spending her free time with her family, being on the lakes up in northern Wisconsin, and reading a good book.
Melissa Hilgart, Memory Care Manager
My name is Melissa Hilgart. I was born and raised in Marshfield, WI. When I was in high school I played basketball as well as volleyball for the Marshfield Tigers. I've always enjoyed being active and being outdoors. I enjoy baking for my family and gardening in the summertime. I have two wonderful children, Christina who is 22 and is finishing up her last year at UW Stevens Point and Nicholas who is 19 and working fulltime as a welder here in Marshfield. Recently, I met my husband Larry who has worked for V&H Trucks Inc. for over 30 years. Larry also has two children Eric and Alyssa who are also very dear to my heart. Family has always been the center of both of our lives.
Even as a young teenager, I knew that helping others was a passion of mine. I started out as a volunteer at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. From there I became a CNA which led me to pursue nursing school. I soon realized that caring for the elderly was my true calling. After nursing school I worked as a nurse at the Marshfield Care Center.
In December 2016, I took a position as the LPN for Stoney River Memory Care. Here I learned a new approach for caring for individuals with Dementia. With my new position as Memory Care Manager, I look forward to teaching our staff ways to engage each individual to their fullest potential. Using a positive approach when caring for our residents will allow us to focus on what each resident "can do" not what they "can't do." I will strive for each resident to be engaged and have a purpose each day while making them feel at home here at Stoney River Memory Care.