Celebrating International Women’s Month: Episcopal Homes’ Women in Leadership
Meet Melissa Schneider, Administrator, Episcopal Church Homes Long Term Care and Transitional Care
Melissa has worked for Episcopal Homes for 6 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration which is how she got started in senior living leadership.
What qualities make a good leader?
Authentic leadership I think is key especially in our line of business. It’s important for a leader to have passion for our work and to inspire others to see the purpose that makes this industry special.
What are the most important skills you use as a leader?
Transparency, respect, and a calming influence.
Please share an accomplishment you are especially proud of
The consistency of leadership we have had at Episcopal Church Home. Not losing any key leaders over the COVID-19 pandemic is a big reason why ECH has such stability in staffing currently compared to our peers. Our team works together well to support both our staff and our residents creating a positive environment in a challenging time.
Please share a goal you have set for 2022
Growth for the number of residents we serve through transition care and getting back to fun! We really are looking forward to big group events and socials for residents and staff.
Tell us a bit more about you personally
I grew up in the Midway area about 10 blocks north of Episcopal Homes. Working here has always given me the satisfaction knowing that I am helping the community I came from. I have two daughters who attend Kinder Village on site here which I love.
Episcopal Homes is taking time during International Women’s Month to honor its women in leadership. Women make up two-thirds of Episcopal Homes leaders. Episcopal Homes very existence is thanks to Sister Annette Relf. In 1894, Sister Annette founded “The Home” for four elderly persons; today, Episcopal Homes serves over 1,400 people annually. Sister Annette dedicated her time and energy to serving others. Her marvelous legacy continues on leaders today. We thank them for their service.