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Tim Hayes

After a 25 year career in the automotive industry which included overseeing the production of prototype vehicles for GM, The Detroit Auto Show and Pace cars fo the Indianapolis 500, and leaving as the VP of Sales & Marketing, TIm decided to change careers into Long Term Care overseeing, skilled nursing facilities as an Administrator and Regional Director of Operatioins.  Tim served in the U.S. Air Force as a Sergeant in the Security Police in both the USA and Europe and attended both Cleary University and Michigan State University and earned his Master Automotive License and Nursing Home Administrator License.

Tim joined The Whitcomb team in December 2016



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Heather Krueger

Heather Krueger joined the Whitcomb in 2008 as Director of Sales and Marketing.  Heather implements all aspects of the leasing process from initicial contact to moving the resident in. In addition to leasing Heather is responsible for the marketing and branding of the Whitcomb.

Heather is driven by her passion for making senior citizens comfortable and happy as well as for marketing, sales and social media.  Heather has over 15 years of marketing and sales experiance and obtained her BS degree from Western Michigan University.








Director of Resident Care

Autumn Pate RN


Autumn Pate joined The Whitcomb family in July 2019. Autumn has a BA in psychology from North Central College and graduated from the Christ Hospital School of Nursing in 1995. She has worked in many areas including Labor & Delivery and Hospice. She is very excited to be included as a the Head of the Resident Care Team at The Whitcomb. 


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Heather Starkey

Heather joined the Whitcomb family in the spring of 2018 after 20 years in the hospitality industry at Lake Michigan College Mendel Center where she planned and organized social events and led a team of senior volunteers.  She is looking forward to managing activities which engage the residents through socialization in order to make everyday their best day.

Volunteers are always welcome! Heather is developing a viable network of local volunteers so if you are interested as a group or as an individual please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A couple of hours here and there can make a difference and our residents love to meet new people.!




Director of Housekeeping, Laundry and First Impressions

Amy Pedde

Amy joined the Whitcomb 17 years ago.  Amy absoutley loves the elderly and treats the residents like family. She is the Director of Housekeeping/Laundry and the Front Desk Manager.









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Director Of Maintenance

James Popke

James has been in the maintenance field for over 15 years.  He has been at the Whitcomb in maintenance for 11 years and became the Director of Maintenance in 2017.  James is dearly loved by many residents and puts all of the residents needs first.