Your Dedicated Team At Hershey

Service Through Friendship

We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care through our well-trained, competent staff in our homelike, relationship-focused atmosphere. We encourage everyone at Columbia Cottage Hershey to foster close relationships with those around them, and that starts with getting to know some of our friendly staff.

Columbia Cottage Team Members

Our team knows that a friendly smile from a familiar face goes a long way, so we spend extra time getting to know you personally. With our team-centered mentality, each Caregiver here gets to know who you are, your preferences, and how we can best meet your care needs. We believe there is true joy in serving others, and we are honored to serve you. Get to know some of the quality people you will meet at Columbia Cottage Hershey by reading their short bios below.
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LaDonna Burns

Columbia Cottage Hershey Managing Director

LaDonna was raised in Texas, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also has a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. Prior to joining the Columbia Cottage team, LaDonna was the interim CEO and Nursing Home Administrator for United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz, where she previously served as the Human Resources Director and Compliance Official. LaDonna resides in Palmyra with her husband, Bruce, and enjoys building connections in the Hershey community.
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Risa Trautman

Columbia Cottage Hershey Resident Services Director

Risa has been the Resident Services Director for 4 years. She has worked with Columbia Cottage for 13 years and brings nearly 35 years of nursing experience. Her “lead by example” management style, knowledge, and expertise engage residents, families, and employees alike. Risa is highly skilled at assessing resident needs and developing solutions to problems.
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Amy Yordy

2018 Caregiver of the Year

Amy Yordy has worked at Columbia Cottage for a little over a year and she enjoys the opportunity to meet such amazing and welcoming people. She is the mother of 2: Marc 18 and Hailey 14. They enjoy campfires and kayaking in their free time. She looks forward to many more years working at the Cottage!
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Kathy Brandt

Medication Technician

Kathy Brandt has faithfully served at Columbia Cottage for 15 years. She started as a part-time Caregiver, and she is now a second shift medication technician. Kathy is a life-long resident of Palmyra and a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. Over the years, Kathy has proven her dedication to caring for residents, and as a result, she enjoys a special bond with residents and families.
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Les Garis and Les Knecht

Columbia Cottage Hershey Maintenance Team

Les Garis and Les Knecht are our top-notch Maintenance team. All you have to do is ask for Les! Both gentlemen enjoy making each resident feel at home by ensuring their apartments are in tip-top shape for move-in, and by adding finishing touches like wreath hangers for doors, proper cable hook-up, and adjusting the room temperature. They maintain the interior and exterior of the Cottage and help ensure the safety of the team and residents.
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Sharon Jurell

Food Services Director

Sharon, our Food Services Director, has been employed with Columbia Cottage for 14 Years. She is a life-long resident of this area and, as a local, appreciates residents’ preference for Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. Resident favorites include Sharon’s homemade crab cakes and macaroni and cheese. Sharon also enjoys baking, and she has often prepared cakes for others outside the Cottage. Her chocolate cake with peanut butter icing is a top request.