Lu Janzen announced last week that she will be concluding 41 years with Parkside Homes Inc., effective within 90 days or by the end of the calendar year.
Janzen, currently working as chief executive officer and president, published her decision to retire in an open letter to residents, board members, staff and colleagues. She cited health issues as a factor in her decision.
“My heart and my head are in conflict over this decision, but I know that I have to listen to my head this time,” she said. “There are some projects that won’t be finished before I leave, so I will cheer you on from the sidelines.”
Janzen began working at Parkside in 1970 as an accountant. Five years later, the board hired her as the next administrator. She served in that capacity for 11 years before accepting an offer to work in another retirement community.
After two years, she accepted an invitation from the Parkside board to return.
“The board has given me the opportunity and privilege to be a leader of some new adventures and giving residents a high quality of living in one of the best retirement homes in the country,” she said.
One of the adventures Janzen cited was “culture change journey” of recent years that led to the construction of two Park Homes. Prior to that, she oversaw the development of the Park Village campus adjacent to the nursing home.