Our Staff

JoElla O’Connell, Director


JoElla O’Connell is the Director at Maggie’s House and had been the Marketing Consultant since February of 2014.  She was thrilled when she was asked to change positions.  She now has the pleasure of seeing our residents daily and work with a great staff.  JoElla has lived in DeWitt nearly all of her life, growing up in Davenport and moving to DeWitt during her early high school years.  She had been in the marketing and administrative position for nearly 20 […]

Vanessa VanZee, Director of Nursing


Vanessa Van Zee, RN is the Director of Nursing at Maggie’s House.  She grew up in Moline, Illinois and was raised by her grandparents.  Before becoming a registered nurse, she worked at Medical Arts doing phlebotomy for many years.  At age 28, she married and decided to return to college for her nursing degree.  She worked at Mercy Medical Hospital on the medical/surgical floor after graduating. She later took a position at a long term care facility working as a […]

Deb Hermann, Activities Director


Deb Hermann is the Activities Director at Maggie’s House and started the first of   November 2015.  Deb and her husband, Scott live in Camanche, Iowa and have been married for 40 years.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren.  Melanie and her husband, Mike have 13 year old Sklyar and three month old Wil.  Ashley and her husband, Chad have 10 year old Madison and seven year old Kian.  Deb also has two foster sisters.  She loves spending time with […]

John Ihns, Dietary Manager


John is the Dietary Manager for Maggie’s House Assisted Living.  John has been in food service since 1990.  He managed a local restaurant for 14 years and has been with Maggie’s House for 11 years.  Meatloaf, lasagna, and baked desserts are his favorite things to cook.  John has a sweet tooth and is known for his delicious bread pudding.  John is an avid antique collector.  He collects Fenton Glass, antique furniture and picture frames.  His friendly personality and enthusiasm for […]

Lori Rhodes, Featured Caregiver


Lori Rhodes has lived in DeWitt with her husband, Alex and three children for the past 18 years.  She had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years before she got another privilege of becoming an employee at Maggie’s House Assisted Living in July of 2011, which is also her birthday.  Lori has been with Maggie’s House for almost four years and obtained her Certified Nurse Aide through Scott Community College in March of 2011.  She loves working […]