Meet the Staff

Mike Homme


Mike Homme

Mike was approached in 2018, by ownership, the opportunity to take over management company responsibility of Willowbrook Place. Mike worked with the prior management company, that was retiring from the business, and formed a new company while retaining all the existing employees. Prior to Willowbrook Place, Mike had a successful 25-year corporate career with the last 15 years managing large enterprise projects at M&I Bank then Northwestern Mutual.

Mike graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After graduation, Mike moved to Chicago and worked in Management Consulting for 10 years. Mike met his wife Heidi in Chicago and after accepting a position with M&I, they moved to Cedarburg which is still home today.

Mike has a long history with Willowbrook Place as Heidi’s Grandmother was one of Willowbrook Place’s first residents back in 2004. Mike and Heidi along with their three children and two dogs enjoy all sorts of sporting and vacationing activities along with extended family and friends.

Emily Sprtel

Executive Director

Emily Sprtel

Emily has been a familiar face to the Willowbrook Place team since early 2016.

She was then tasked with helping open a brand-new building in Grafton before returning back to Willowbrook Place at the beginning of 2018, in her current role as Executive Director.

The Executive Director oversees the day to day operations in the community, manages staff, and takes part in resident and family relations.

She has a true passion for helping others and enjoys building relationships within the community.

Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration and Business Management.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending quality time with her husband and son, time with family and friends, being outdoors with her dog, and also traveling and time at the lake.

Jennifer Hyler

Assistant Executive Director/Community Relations

Jennifer Hyler

Jenn joined the team as Assistant Executive Director in September 2019. This position oversees the day to day operations in the community and assists the Executive Director.

Jenn has been working in the healthcare field for 11 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has experience in skilled nursing, rehab, hospital, and a leadership role in home health. Jenn has a true passion for helping others and enjoys building relationships with the residents in the community.

In Jenn’s spare time, she likes to hang out with her family, travel, volunteer at her church, and be active at the gym with her husband.

Shannon Zodrow

Wellness Director, RN

Shannon Zodrow

Shannon joined the team as Wellness Director in March of 2018. This position oversees the caregiving team and directs the care of the assisted living residents. She assesses new residents prior to admission and coordinates an individualized service plan for each resident. Shannon oversees the overall wellness program for residents with the goal of providing a safe and healthy environment for all while providing for personal resident needs.

Shannon graduated from MATC with an associate degree in Nursing and obtained her RN license in 2010. Shannon’s background is primarily in skilled nursing rehab, but she wanted a change, as it is nice to be with the same resident’s for years versus the short term of rehab. She enjoys getting to know the residents she cares for and building relationships with them.

Shannon has two children and enjoys taking her kids to the park, going “up north,” taking family vacations, and spending time with her family.

Blake Brown

Dietary Supervisor

Chelsea Brown

Blake joined the team as Dietary Supervisor in March 2022. This position oversees all dietary and foodservice needs.

Blake's culinary background and positive outlook will lend itself to new ideas. She has been in the foodservice industry for 16 years, 10 of those years in healthcare. Blake's delighted to build relationships with the residents in the community.

In Blake's spare time, she writes short stories, records music, and plays on an adult volleyball league.

Deborah Smith

Community Life Coordinator

Deborah Smith

Deborah joins us bringing over a decade of experience as an Activity Professional working in skilled Nursing, Assisted Living & Memory care facilities. Deborah is Activity Director Certified Provisionally and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Deborah is also very active on the local and state level, as she is the MAAP-Milwaukee Area Activity Professional President and the WRAP-Wisconsin Representative of Activity Professionals regional representative and the Government Relations Chair. She also serves on the Dementia Friendly Ozaukee County workgroup.

Deborah has many ideas for programming here at Willowbrook, whether you enjoy socials, outings, fitness, The Arts, crafts classes or educational programs, there will be something for everyone! When not at work Deborah enjoys photography, gardening and her spending time with her 4 children and 5 grandkids.

Lisa Brost

Housekeeping Director

Lisa Brost

Lisa has been employed at Willowbrook Place since 2004! Lisa takes great pride in maintaining our community as well as keeping our resident homes as clean and tidy!

She is an avid dog lover and has two great dog companions. Lisa is married but her first love will always be her dogs!

Steve Ulm

Maintenance Director

Steve Ulm

Steve has 30 years of experience in building maintenance, and 20 of those years maintaining Senior Living communities. He also has 26 years of fire service and the last 21 years are with Port Washington Fire Department where he holds the rank of Captain.

Steve has been married to his wife Sandie for 18 yrs. They have two children and two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, volleyball, and spending weekends with the family at their place in Wautoma.