GERTI Leadership Team

Chris OsbornChris Osborn, RN, MBA, LACHA - Chief Executive Officer

Chris is a registered nurse and licensed adult care home administrator. He joined Evergreen as a GERTI Instructor in 2006.  He has worked in long-term care since 2000 in various roles; CNA, Charge Nurse, Quality Assurance Nurse, and Director of Nursing. Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer at Evergreen before accepting the CEO role in 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pittsburg State University and Master of Business Administration from Baker University. Chris may be contacted by phone at (913) 477-8227.

 

 

Karen Craig

Belinda Vierthaler, LMSW, LACHA - Director of GERTI

Belinda received her bachelors and masters degrees in social work from the University of Kansas. In 2001, she began her career in senior living as an assisted living operator.  It was during this time that she solidified her passion to ensure residents are the center of everything we do. She also has served as a nursing home administrator and executive director.  She was appointed as Kansas State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in 2009 by Governor Mark Parkinson. Her advocacy continued as she instructed future assisted living operators and nursing home administrators at Johnson County Community College.  Her most recent position, prior to GERTI, was the Community Leader at The Piper Assisted Living in Kansas City, KS. Belinda may be contacted by email at belindav@gerti.org or by phone at (913) 477-8242.

 

Karen CraigKaren Craig, RN-C - Consultant

Karen has worked in long-term care since 1993 when she became a surveyor with the state of Kansas. She served as the Regional Manager for the Lawrence District from 1997 to 2006. She has worked as a Director of Quality Assurance and Staff Development, a long term care nurse consultant, and adult educator.

Karen brings her years of experience in long-term care alive in the classroom through personal stories. Her in-depth knowledge of the survey process and regulations has proven invaluable to participants. She has developed and presented numerous programs at nursing homes and Johnson County Community College. A passionate supporter of person-centered care, she is a member of the Pioneer Network and the Kansas Culture Change Coalition. In fall of 2013, Karen was presented the "Excellence in Leadership" award by LeadingAge Kansas for promoting high-quality elder care across the State of Kansas. Karen may be contacted by email at karenc@gerti.org.

 

Shawna WalbergShawna Walberg, B.A. - ELI Business Coordinator

Shawna received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. She has over 20 years of experience in research, development, writing, and delivering computer software training. Shawna may be contacted by email at shawnaw@gerti.org or by phone at (913) 477-8251.