As long as Katie Quintanilla can remember she always wanted to be a nurse. Her work for over 20 years in that role and now as a nursing home administrator is more than a lifelong career, it’s a calling.

Quintanilla started at Ovation Jewish Home in January just before the pandemic hit and has supported residents, families and coworkers through one of the most challenging times in the organization’s history. She can’t imagine being anywhere else.

“Ovation’s mission speaks directly to who I am as a person,” said Quintanilla. “I have a strong purpose and truly love coming to work every day. I feel an immense responsibility and accountability to the residents who call Ovation home.”

Quintanilla’s extensive career has taken her around the state in a variety of nursing and administrator roles. She served as president of the Long Term Care Nursing Administration Group of Southeast Wisconsin and as a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Quintanilla received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and nursing home administrator’s license from University of Wisconsin- Madison Extension.

“We’re so lucky to have Katie join the Ovation team,” said Michelle Putz, Chief Operating Officer. “She is a kind and empathetic leader and is truly passionate about helping others be successful.”

A huge Beatles fan, Katie lives in Mukwonago with her husband and beloved Westie puppies Ellie and Rigby. She has two adult children and inspired several family members to follow in her nursing career path.