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Welcome to Holland Farms

Holland Farms is Norwalk’s newest senior living community. We opened our doors in May 2021. We’re pleased to offer Carefree Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care all in one beautiful community. Located in Norwalk, IA, right next to Elizabeth Holland Park, Holland Farms provides easy access to walking trails and great views of the Echo Valley Country Club and the Des Moines skyline.

To learn more or schedule a tour, contact our Senior Living Consultant.

Community Leadership

Each member of our team has been carefully selected. We look for individuals that embrace our core values: professionalism, integrity, commitment and compassion. In addition, empathy, great communication and willingness to go the extra mile are key for all who serve residents of Holland Farms.

“I am excited and blessed to work for a company that mirrors my core values. I chose to come to Holland Farms, because of the opportunity to achieve my personal and career goals. I plan on working to instill a culture that all employees want to be part of and create a community that I'd want my parents and grandparents to experience.”

Alexis Morrow

Executive Director

Alexis Morrow joined the Holland Farms team in June 2022. 

An experienced leader in senior living, she was Executive Director at a neighboring community for the last two years. Prior to that, she served in a Marketing Director role in senior living for three years.

Alexis is a veteran of health care, starting first in the industry as a caregiver while in high school. She has a great love for serving seniors, and enjoys the opportunity to create happiness for residents each day. 

Alexis and her two children, Kaitlyn and Jaxson, make their home in Bondurant. The family enjoys spending time with their sheepadoodle, Bella, and a munchkin cat named Missy. 

  

“I chose to work for Agemark and Holland Farms because I feel like this company and community share my same values. I care deeply for seniors and Agemark does too!”

Jaime Paca

Senior Living Consultant

A Norwalk, IA native, Jaime Paca joined the Holland Farms team as Senior Living Consultant. In her role, Jaime works closely with families and residents who are considering making a move to Holland Farms, walking hand-in-hand through the process of choosing their potential new home.

Jaime has more than 20 years of sales experience, including 10 years working in medical and pharmaceutical sales. Through her experience, she was able to make connections with many seniors. This experience, combined with her love for her grandparents and an overall passion for assisting seniors, prompted her to make a career move to Agemark Senior Living.

Jaime and her son, Frank, make their home in Norwalk. She enjoys animals, cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs and the Norwalk Warriors and reading historical mysteries.

“I am honored to serve the residents of Holland Farms and am proud to be part of this team!"

Misty Alberigo

Director of Nursing

As our community’s Director of Nursing, Misty Alberigo is tasked with overseeing wellness personnel and ensuring the physical wellness of all Holland Farm’s residents. 

She began her career in healthcare at age 14, working first as a dietary aide in a long-term care facility, before serving roles as a CNA, LPN and RN. With well-rounded experience including stints in long-term care, home care, hospice, acute care, psychiatric, optometry and post-surgery, Misty offers a wonderful perspective. Seniors hold a special place in her heart, and she greatly enjoys building relationships with those in her care.

Born and raised in Iowa, Misty is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College and Dallas Center-Grimes High School. She is married to Rich and has a daughter, Lyric. Together, the family enjoys spending time with their seven pets, kayaking, and traveling.  Music is a huge passion for Misty and she also enjoys attending concerts. 

 

“Working at Holland Farms truly fills my cup! I love making connections with residents and helping make their days a little brighter!"

Sarah Bennett

Sales & Marketing Assistant

Sarah Bennett joined the Holland Farms team in June 2022 as the community’s Sales & Marketing Assistant. In her role, she plans and executes community marketing events and develops close relationships with prospects and families considering Holland Farms.

Sarah began her career in senior living in October 2020, and previously worked in the health care industry. She chose to join the Agemark family due to the warmth and kindness she experienced from the first moment she stepped through the community’s door. Her ability to create strong and meaningful connections with seniors makes her outstanding in her role. 

Sarah is a December 2018 graduate of Iowa State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Theatre Direction and Design. 

She and her fiancee live in West Des Moines. They, along with their dog and three cats enjoy spending time with family and friends. Sarah also enjoys painting and sewing. 

“When I came to Holland Farms, I could immediately sense the care and empathy of the community, as well as our parent-company, Agemark. I am excited to start my career here and grow within the company."

Halley Mason

Wellness Assistant

Halley Mason serves as the Wellness Assistant at Holland Farms. She brings well-rounded experience in senior living to our team and previously worked as a CNA, in in-home care and in staffing. She has also served roles as an activity director and paraeducator. 

Inspired to pursue a career in senior living in part due to her close relationship with her grandparents, Halley has a heart for seniors and truly enjoys serving others. A caregiver at heart, she looks to provide wonderful and supportive care in her role at The Farm. 

She received her CNA certification from Des Moines Area Community College and holds a Paraeducator license. 

Born and raised in Iowa, Halley and her boyfriend, Marcus, enjoy spending time with their cats, Willow and Malificent. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, trivia and spending time with her best friend – her grandmother.

“I'm so happy to be part of the Agemark family! Their values are true and I love working amongst a team of strong leaders, especially strong female leaders!”

Hannah Portinga

Human Resources Assistant

Hannah originally joined the Holland Farms team in July 2022 as a Service Coordinator, and then was promoted to HR Assistant in October 2022. 

Prior to working at Holland Farms, she was employed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for three years. She also worked in customer service at a local coffee shop. Her pivot to a career in senior living allows her to enjoy helping others and learning from the residents of Holland Farms, something Hannah greatly enjoys. She looks to follow Agemark’s mission of treating all residents like family.

Hannah was born and raised in Des Moines. In her spare time, she enjoys sports and spending time with her boyfriend, Dez. 

“I'm so excited for the opportunity to grow in my career here at Holland Farms. Agemark is providing me an opportunity to make that growth possible, and I'm thrilled to work for a company with such an outstanding company culture and philosophy.”

Karin Price

Life Enrichment Coach - Memory Care

Karin Price joined our team as a Life Enrichment Coach in June 2022. In her role, she will primarily direct Life Enrichment for The Homestead, our memory care neighborhood. Karin will work to ensure the physical, spiritual, intellectual and social wellness of all residents in her care. 

Karin brings a variety of experiences to our community, including past roles as a Life Enrichment Coordinator in senior living, as well as a Child Educator, Freelance Artist, Production Assistant and a Paraeducator. She greatly enjoys working in senior living, and takes pride in the opportunity to create happiness for seniors in their last stages of life. She strives to help them feel purpose, personhood and dignity. 

A graduate of Nebraska-Wesleyan University, Karin earned a degree in Music with a minor in Communication. She is a certified Activity Director. She and her husband, Marcus, have three children: Lydia, Wesley and Flossie. Marcus is a band director for Ankeny Community Schools. The family has two hound dogs and as native Nebraskans, enjoy rooting for the Cornhuskers. In her free time, Karin enjoys cake decorating and other artistic and musical pursuits. 

"I have met some of the most wonderful people while working in senior living. I am so honored and proud to be part of the Holland Farms and Agemark team!"

Katie Salinas

Memory Care Manager

Katie Salinas was promoted to Memory Care Manager in 2022. Previously, she was the Life Enrichment Coach for residents of The Homestead. In that role, she ensured that residents are participating in life-enriching activities which address their physical, social, spiritual and intellectual wellness. In her current position, she’s responsible for all oversight of The Homestead Memory Care.

Katie enjoys making connections with residents, and finds she’s learned many life lessons by spending time in the presence of seniors. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree from William Penn University and an associate’s degree from Iowa Central Community College. After graduation, she took a chance on a career in senior living, which she says is the “best decision she could’ve made”. Prior to joining the Holland Farms team, she was activities director at a senior living community in Indianola for three years. She enjoys being part of the Agemark Senior Living family of communities and feels that the family atmosphere and values they demonstrate are unmatched.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors.

"At Holland Farms, we care deeply for our residents. I truly love my job. I love bringing happiness to all in our care."

Julie Smith

Life Enrichment Coach - Assisted Living

Julie Smith serves as the Life Enrichment Coach for Holland Farms. She works primarily with residents in assisted living.

Prior to coming to Holland Farms, she worked for three other senior living communities, all in activity and life enrichment roles. She truly enjoys serving seniors and bringing joy to their lives. She also loves working with the strong leadership team at Holland Farms to ensure all residents of the community experience fun and happiness each day. 

Julie earned a certification as an activity director from Des Moines Area Community College in 1998 and completed her MEPAP (a professional online course for activity professionals) in 2005.  

Julie and her husband, Wade have been married for more than 30 years. They have a son, Patrick and a daughter-in-law, Alexandria. Patrick and Alexandria are expecting their first child, a boy. Julie also enjoys spending time with her dog, Jilly, reading, and spending time with her mother.