Jana Paetznick - Blaine White Pine

Jana's Story

My husband, Travis, and I have been married since 2014. We live in the country where we raise our chickens.  We knew nothing about raising chickens at first, but it is quite neat! Before I moved to MN in 2013, I lived in Eau Claire, WI and attended UW-Stout. I graduated with a B.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I enjoy fishing and traveling with my husband, spending time with family and friend, as well as painting in my free time!

What do you do at White Pine Senior Living and what has your journey with us been like?

I am the Activity Coordinator in Memory Care at White Pine Senior Living in Blaine, MN.  I started working for White Pine in December 2013.  I started in the activities department and from there have worked as assistant manager and house manager.  But activities is where my heart is. I have gained knowledge in many areas throughout the company and I value all my experiences as they have molded me into the person I am today.  I would not change a thing!

Anything surprise you about your career thus far or something you have learned?

When choosing a career, choose something that makes you happy and that you are passionate about. Then you will soar!  Life is a journey and allows for many different experiences and every once in a while, you find that one thing, your niche, that lights a spark inside of you.  Go for it!  I have learned that bringing positivity and happiness is my niche and I grabbed it!

Why do you do what you do?

I do what I do because…someday I am going to need someone who cares about me the way I care about our residents now.  In my eyes my job at White Pine is to bring happiness.  It’s that simple. Every day it is my job to bring positivity and happiness to residents adding to their overall quality of life.  My job is priceless.   

What has been an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of in your work?

In my activity curriculum I incorporate four areas that add to a resident’s quality of life.  I have learned over time from my experiences that when your activity program includes activities that are spiritual, physical, social, and mentally stimulating the residents slowly begin to change.  Our residents show positive interactions between staff and each other.  They are asking what they can do to help in our community. Also, implementing the L.I.F.E. program has empowered the residents to complete daily tasks with the supervision of the activity coordinator and staff in a loving, safe, home-like atmosphere. 

What would you say to someone considering coming to work for our organization?

When you work with the elderly population you are giving back. How rewarding is that?!  Giving your time, giving your kindness, & giving your heart to serve someone who relies on you. Whether you provide the resident with daily cares, medications, activities, or meals, you are rewarding yourself with wonderful experiences that you will never forget. 

What would you say to someone considering being an Activities Director?

In my opinion being an Activity Coordinator is the most important job you will ever have. You will never have another job that is more rewarding.  The relationships you create with the residents and how the residents respond to the activities you provide them, is so heart-warming that it will change you. 

Anything you wish others knew about our industry?

It doesn’t matter what company you work for or what population you are working with; children, teens, adults, or the elderly. We are serving people.  We are all here for the same reason.  To make this world better, to treat people better, to care for people better, & to serve people better.