Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Newton Health Care Center is fortunate to have such a dedicated team to serve our Residents. We understand by choosing Newton Health Care Center, Residents and families are placing their trust in us to provide excellence in care. Managers and staff are empowered to create a home-like environment in the facility. Caring staff, combined with continuing education, ensures our facility is working to improve upon the services we provide seniors. We believe in a holistic approach to care by meeting the needs of our residents medically, emotionally, and socially.

Administrator, MBA – Sharon DeSpain
We would like to welcome our new Administrator, Sharon Harrington to our Newton Community. Sharon grew up in Waterloo, IA and has 2 younger brothers. She joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17 and was honorably discharged. She started her journey in Long Term Care as a C.N.A. She has worked in Hospice, Hospitals, Home Care, and Clinics before coming to our facility. Sharon attended college at Upper Iowa University and received her BS and MBA there. She currently resides in Waukee, IA. She has 3 daughters, ages 24, 23, and 16. Her hobbies include trying new foods, watching good movies, reading, and traveling. She looks forward to moving closer to Newton and beginning her new career as an Administrator!

Director of Nursing – Shaina Squire​ 
Shaina started in LTC and branched out to hospice and home health management before returning to LTC which is where she feels at home. She is passionate about people and families. Shaina’s focus in life is to do her best and encourage others to do theirs.

Assistant Director of Nursing –   Melissa McSparen, RN ​
Melissa is originally from Newton and recently moved back to be close to family.  She has been in the healthcare industry for 25 years.  She loves being a nurse and spending time with her residents.  She loves purple and enjoys traveling to warm places.

Community Liaison Director – Katie Kuhn
Katie started her healthcare career at Urbandale Health Care Center as the Payroll, Accounts Payable Manager.  She has a degree in Sociology from Central College in Pella, Iowa.  Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog Murphy.

Human Resources Manager – Kim Bates
Kim had several years of experience working as a business office manager before joining the team at Newton Health Care Center.  Kim enjoys spending time at family gatherings, grandchildren’s sporting events, and community play.  Kim joined the NHCC team in April of 2013.

Dietary Manager​ – Rhonda Kubli ​
Rhonda lives in Newton with her husband, Kevin. She has 2 kids, Suzanne and Christopher.  She has 2 grandkids, Maci and Levi.  And a dog named Buddy.  She loves to camp and spend time with her family.

Business Office Manager – Amanda Vegter
Amanda has worked in long term care for a little over 3 years as a Business Office Manager.  She started with IMG at Urbandale Healthcare Center in February 2019, and recently transferred to Newton Healthcare Center.  She spends her spare time with her 2 daughters and the rest of her family and friends.

Life Enrichment Director – Kim Judge
I graduated from Ottumwa High School and attended college at Indian Hills Community College. I have worked in Long Term Care for 19 years, 11 of them being here at NHCC. I started off in housekeeping/laundry, then went on to be a nursing assistant and restorative aide, and finally an Activity Director. I basically grew up in Nursing homes, as my mother and grandmother were both nurses there. My favorite part of working in nursing facilities is being able to hear our resident’s stories and spending quality time with them. They have amazing stories and adventures if you take the time to listen. As for my hobbies, I love spending my summers in my pool and at the lake. My husband, Eric, and I enjoy jet skiing, camping, swimming, traveling, mowing, and spending time with family. My other passion in life is remodeling, decorating my home, and DIY projects.

Rehab Coordinator – Nichole Dearborn, LPTA
Nichole has 17 years of experience working in long-term care. Nichole received her Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois. She has extensive experience in both orthopedic and neuro rehab.  Nichole enjoys gardening and attending her children’s sporting events.  Nicole joined the NHCC team in September of 2012.

Social Worker – Toni Richards​
Toni started her healthcare career in a hospital as a CNA and ER Tech. She attending the University of Wyoming where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree. She is currently working on her Masters Of Social Work At ASU. Toni enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends.

Maintenance Manager – Matthew Perdue
Matthew started in Maintenance in August of 2018 in a Long-Term Care Facility. He enjoys spending time with his family and reading! I was born and raised on a farm in Ottumwa, Ia. and have one sister, Kelly Jo.  

Let's Chat

Katie Kuhn
Community Liaison Director
(515) 745-2411