Echoing Hills Community Living of Northeast Ohio welcomes Eileen Kepple as the new Director of Nursing. Eileen brings 32 years of nursing experience to her new position, 20 years of that working with the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
Eileen started out as a nursing assistant in long-term care. Upon RN licensure, she worked in a hospital setting in med/surg, alcohol and drug detox, oncology, and then intensive care, before transitioning to an ICF which also provided care to individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities, where she worked initially as their Assistant Director of Nursing, Restorative Nurse, and Staff Development Coordinator. From there she worked as a Director of Nursing and later as the Executive Director of Nursing Services and Billing Coordinator of the ICF. During her time as Executive Director of Nursing Services, she also worked as a Nursing Instructor (both classroom and clinical) for an Associate Degree RN program in Akron.
Eileen holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Akron.
When asked what the best part of working with people with disabilities is to her, she stated that improving each individual’s quality of life and helping to ensure each individual achieves and maintains optimal health is her goal. “Working with people with disabilities requires patience and compassion, but is very rewarding, even when small goals and accomplishments are realized”, said Eileen.
Eileen’s well-rounded life includes stress relief in the form of cooking and baking, music, singing and playing trumpet in a Dixieland band, playing baritone euphonium in a community band and, as needed, for a musical ensemble at church. Exploring caves is a favorite hobby.
“I am looking forward to joining a team of employees in a Christian atmosphere who care about the individuals we serve and provide care for, and work collectively to continuously refine our abilities and services in order to meet the needs of each individual in a constantly changing regulatory environment” explained Eileen.
Eileen has a daughter (age 20) who is studying to become a pharmacist, and hopes to one day work with critically ill children.
Welcome to the Echoing Hills Team!