METAMORA, IL, January 17, 2022 – After 34 years serving at the non-profit organization, Snyder Village Executive Director Keith Swartzentruber has announced plans to retire by December 31, 2022.
Keith joined the staff as an administrator of Snyder Village when it opened its doors in 1988. He came to Snyder Village as a young professional with prior experience as an ‘orderly’ (comparable to today’s CNA), community service director and assistant administrator at Maple Lawn in Eureka. He has held the position of executive director at Snyder Village for the last 17 years. Under his leadership, Snyder Village has grown from a modest organization offering a health center and six independent living cottages to the full life plan community that it is today. Spanning over 48 acres, Snyder Village now encompasses a skilled nursing health center, assisted living, home care services, inpatient and outpatient therapy, and a retirement community with 40 apartments and 170 cottages. Over 400 residents currently call Snyder Village home and roughly 240 staff members make up the Snyder Village team.
As a true servant leader, Keith encourages and supports staff to embody the Snyder Village mission statement: to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others in a loving, dignified, and Christian atmosphere. Keith himself exemplifies the high level of care and service that is expected of all employees. He can often be found visiting with residents and staff members, ensuring they feel valued and cared for. His leadership and service have been recognized by his peers and the community through several awards, including the Life Services Network Leadership Recognition Award.
“While it is never easy to replace a founding executive director, we embrace the change this brings for Keith and his family, as well as new opportunities for Snyder Village. Keith has served Snyder Village for over 34 years and deserves a healthy, happy retirement knowing that Snyder Village is in good hands. We certainly acknowledge his leadership and the growth he has brought about during his tenure with us,” says Greg Minger, Snyder Village Board President.
“It’s been my pleasure to serve as director here at Snyder Village, and I want to thank God, our staff, and our residents for what they’ve taught me. I’ve formed so many great relationships here, and I’m truly thankful,” says Keith Swartzentruber.
The Snyder Village community is grateful for Keith’s many years of service and leadership. A transition committee has been formed to conduct a thorough search for a new executive director. Plans are being made to allow adequate time for training and assimilation of the new director into the Snyder Village community.