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Our Team

Jay Murray – CEO/Care Manager

Jay Murray

Jay was born and raised in rural northern Iowa and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1990. He has worked in Health Services for the last 6 years, after working as a commercial loan officer and financial services representative for more than 20 years. His responsibilities at Prairie Rose include developing relationships with families of locally situated persons in need of services and spending sufficient time with them to determine their loved ones’ needs and concerns, then carefully drafting individualized written care plans that would safely allow their family member to remain as independent as possible.

Jay has expertise in dealing with the array of services available to people living in Eastern Iowa. He is very familiar with eligibility requirements for Veteran’s Administration benefits and can recommend and inform about VA programs that many veterans and their families are often unaware of. Jay lives in North Liberty with his wife and three daughters. In his spare time he enjoys coaching girls’ fastpitch softball, playing golf, and making music on his guitar.

Member of the Guardianship Association of Iowa Network (GAIN)

Member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)


Ann Ruckdaschel – Care Manager

Ann RuckdaschelAnn has worked in the Human Services field for over 25 years in Missouri, Virginia, Michigan, and Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 1989 from the University of Kansas. She began her career in an Adult Day Center, then moved on to Long Term Care facilities. While in Michigan, she worked for the county government in Detroit helping develop a recreation program for incarcerated, mentally ill adults.

Ann is also the owner of a non-medical, in-home care agency in the Iowa City/Coralville area. While working with her in-home care clients, Ann realized that there were other services that her clients needed in order to make independent living  easier for them and their families. Providing clients with a vast array of care management services, resources, and opportunities is what Ann truly enjoys about her work. She has two wonderful sons and lives in North Liberty.

Member of the Guardianship Association of Iowa Network (GAIN)

Member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)


Jaclyn Westhoff – Care Manager

Jaclyn Westhoff is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Nursing Home Administrator and currently a Care Manager with Prairie Rose Care Management in North Liberty.  She graduated from the University of Iowa and took classes through the Aging Services Department at Des Moines Area Community College to obtain the coursework necessary to become a Nursing Home Administrator. Jaclyn has spent several years working with individuals with developmental disabilities, medically fragile and the elderly.   She has been employed by the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Systems Unlimited, Woodward State Resource Center and nursing homes.


Karen Bandy – Care Manager

Karen Bundy has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. Most recently, she supported a Community Living Supervisor, coordinating care for 24 hour clients and supervising staff. She attended the University of Iowa and received a degree in Radiologic Technology and Nuclear Medicine.

Karen communicates well with all parties involved in clients care, keeping both Prairie Rose management and families updated on any changes or revisions needed for clients care plan.

Like all Prairie Rose Care staff, she goes above and beyond to get clients the care and resources necessary to keep clients safe, healthy, and independent.