Recruiting & Development Team
Laura is our Vice President of Recruiting and Staffing. She has over 20 years experience in long term care. While receiving her Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, she worked as a CNA in a nursing homes and hospitals. Since graduating from Creighton University in 1993, she has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, pediatrics, hospitals, and adult developmentally disabled. Currently, Laura’s role is to assure that our staffing levels meet the needs of each patient and facility. She supervises the recruiting department including managing Key’s employee retention programs. She also maintains her OT license in 2 states and provides occasional OT services for the agency.
Christopher is our Recruiting Coordinator and is based out of the home office in Murfreesboro, TN. Christopher’s background includes over 14 years in recruiting, as well as experience in news writing and radio broadcasting. Christopher excels in talking with therapists and persuading them to join the Key Rehab team.
Julye Smith, MBA, is our Director of Development. She is centrally located in Girard, KS. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BBA and MBA, both with emphasis in Marketing. Julye is the contact for marketing and new program development in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Larry Nickelson is Regional Vice President in Central and Western Kansas. His office is centrally located in Wichita, Kansas. Larry has over 10 years of experience as a physical therapy assistant and has worked primarily with the geriatric population, in addition to hospital in-patient and out-patient settings. Larry maintains his Kansas PTA license and is an integral part in providing quality care in the rehab programs in his regions. In addition to his clinical and financial management responsibilities, Larry is active in the therapy community and is extremely successful with networking and recruiting.