The Friendly Entertainer
For Donna Riedl, family is one of the most important aspects of her life. She met her husband Tom when she was seventeen years old and together they have raised three children over their 35 years of marriage.
“Like I said, family is very important to me,” she said with a smile. “Even in my spare time, family is at the center of my world. We have two daughters in Omaha and a son in the Navy. Our family is growing with two grandsons and a granddaughter on the way,” she added with some excitement.
In her personal life, service and hard work has always been paramount. Donna has made career choices based on the principal of good works. After many years volunteering for her church in varying capacities, she perused a career in youth ministry.
“It didn’t take long for me to realize that it’s hard to keep up with a big group of teens.” Donna said, describing how she took a step in a new direction. “I took a deep look inside and discovered my passion for helping individuals who are making totally different life decisions and moved my focus to adults who are exploring retirement and elder care.”
Donna has over eleven years of experience in retirement living and was working in a regional role before discovering the opportunity at Ovation.
“I was immediately excited about Ovation because of the concept and what we offer. I had never seen a rooftop bar or four restaurants at an independent or assisted living community in Omaha before. We will have Starbucks here, too. Treating residents with respect by offering amenities and programing that is meaningful is so critical. I fall more in love with Ovation the longer I work here. We really do believe in hospitality, listening to, and taking care of our residents.”
While this mom and grandmother might seem quiet and contemplative to those at work and the residents who interact with her, at home she is a powerhouse of family and friendship with a side-interest in crafting that boggles the mind.
“We really enjoy our home on Lake Candlewood,” Donna commented. “It’s so conveniently located in the middle of Omaha. In the summer, we have friends, family, and the kids over to play on the water and enjoy time at our home playing foosball, ping pong, and pool. We’ve even built a full-size bar and stocked it with everyone’s favorite libations.”
To decorate the place, Donna began working on a huge “Wine” sign that she is currently covering in wine corks.
“It’s a work in progress. But then again, so are friends and family. When you give them your all, amazing things happen.”