Green House Team Members
Core Team Members
Social Services Coordinator
Born and raised in Sheridan, Bessie received her BSSW from the University of Wyoming. She has worked with the developmentally delayed population, people with traumatic brain injuries, and dementia. Bessie specializes in working with families and Elders during the transition into long-term care and is knowledgeable about dementia-related illnesses. One of the best parts about her job at the Green House is listening to Elders’ stories, and Bessie welcomes families anytime.
Leslie grew up in Gillette, WY. She moved to Sheridan five years ago and fell in love with its beauty. She attended Casper College where she received her Activities Professional certification. She enjoys working with the elderly and bringing joy to their lives. Her hobbies are fishing and camping with her husband, crafting, and photography. Her life motto is “Be the reason someone smiles today.” She lives that motto every day at GHLS!
My name is Jeff Hall, and I am the Maintenance Director at Green House Living for Sheridan. I have a strong background in electrical science, and I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the daily repairs and preventative maintenance at Green House Living. I graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Science/Electrical Engineering and graduated from Ohio State in 2002 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Prior to my decision to pursue my degrees I served 6 years in the Army. I served the 101st Airborne Division and graduated from Ranger School.
Kathryn “Muffy” Poprycz
Kathryn was born and raised in Westminster, Maryland. Her family eventually moved out to Sheridan, where she graduated high school. She went to East Carolina University in North Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management/Business Administration. Kathryn has twenty years of experience in the Food and Beverage Industry. She traveled around a lot and lived in many states in her 20’s, as she dabbled in the Music Industry. Kathryn brings an abundance of knowledge in the areas of menu planning, nutrition, and building recipes. She loves the Green House philosophy and enjoys spending time with the Elders.
Human Resources Manager, Education Coordinator & Employee Health Nurse
Megan was born in Montana and raised in Wyoming. Megan has a background in Criminal Justice, Business Management and an extensive background in healthcare, starting out as a CNA and Medical Records Assistant many years ago. Sher earned her LPN in Kalispell, MT, where she worked as a floor nurse for a period of time and then became a Resident Care Coordinator and Nurse Manager over a specialized Memory Care Unit. Megan joined GHLS in 2020 as a nurse, progressed to Restorative Nurse, Educator and now Human Resources Manager and Employee Health Nurse. She holds certifications in HR Management, Performance Management, Laws Relating to HR & EEOC, as well as Benefits Administration. She enjoys camping, hiking, paddle boards, plants and anything outdoors!
Interim Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Quality Assurance Manager, Wound Nurse, Infection Preventionist
Itealya is the Interim Director of Nursing for Green House Living for Sheridan. She began working with Green House in 2012 with a diverse background in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, and of course healthcare. She began her career in healthcare after the passion ignited whilst assisting her grandmother who has since passed. Throughout her time with Green House, Itealya has worked as a Shahbaz, Certified Dietary Manager, and Staff Educator. In 2016, she had the opportunity to speak at the National Green House Conference and attended their Green House Educator training in New York. Itealya has strived for continual educational growth over the past 10 years through many certifications, licenses, and educational opportunities as time has allowed to both better herself as a care giver and to better the lives of those she cares for. Itealya is a wonderful asset here at Green House and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to help encourage others to work hard and succeed. Itealya is inspired daily by family and in her free time enjoys finding those fun gift ideas or shopping bargains.
Barbara was born and raised in Wyoming. Barbara has 29 years background experience in health care. Started with personal health assistant, medical clerk, and job coaching individuals with mental disabilities in Thermopolis. Then in 2018 received a CNA license and began an adventure to Sheridan WY. Started working at Green House Living as a Shahbaz. In 2022 advanced to Administrative Assistant. Barbara’s passion are her family. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and camping. Wyoming is her home and she plans on a long time of work with Green House Living.
I am Sage Schultz, I was born and raised here in Sheridan Wyoming. I have worked at Greenhouse Living for Sheridan since 2016, over the years I worked in all four cottages and worked every shift at one point or another. When I accepted the Guide position in August of 2021, I was overly excited and incredibly nervous! It has been a huge learning curve for me over the year, going from CNA to somebody who over sees the CNA’s. My role as Guide is to help keep the peace between teammates, ensure the best routines and training for our staff, and to ensure the best home for our elders. One professional achievement would be creating a schedule for my employees to coincide with the COVID-19 era, being short staffed and coping through all the tremendous events has caused us to remake our staffing schedule, it was quite the epoch. Sometimes were trying when it came to keeping a smile on my face during those times, but it paid off. My passion has always been to help others out, and to leave them with a smile. I exceed this passion of mine multiple times every day, working at Greenhouse Living for Sheridan. My value in this place is making sure everybody is treated the same way I would want my family to be treated. On a personal note, lifting weights and encouraging my kids to succeed at their extra-curricular activities and schooling at Holy Name Catholic School has helped me cope through the last year.
Board Of Directors
Hayden F. Heaphy, Jr.
Hayden is a partner in the Sheridan office of Davis & Cannon, LLP. With careful attention to detail, Hayden makes sure that each client’s legal needs and interests are served well. Over the years Hayden has been fortunate to work with the Sheridan business and nonprofit community in meaningful ways. He was President of the Downtown Sheridan Association when it developed Sheridan’s first streetscape project. Currently, he is a director and treasurer of Sheridan’s signature community event, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo. Hayden is legal counsel to the Northern Wyoming Community College District (Sheridan College). Recently, Hayden was appointed by the Wyoming Supreme Court to serve as a Disciplinary Judge for the Wyoming State Bar Board of Professional Responsibility. Hayden graduated from the University of Tulsa, College of Law in 1981, after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville in 1973.
Tyler became involved with the Green House in 2017, almost two years after moving to beautiful Sheridan. He moved to Sheridan from Tucson, Arizona, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and his Master of Business Administration.
Tyler brings over 15 years of healthcare experience to the Board. He started out as a teenager (14-year-old to be exact), scrubbing the floors of his hometown hospital in Havre, MT, as an environmental services aide after school. Training and education evolved into more direct patient care, which he was passionate about. He worked as an emergency room technician, mental health aid, and CNA in a long-term nursing facility, all while going to school. His education and experience brought him to Sheridan Memorial Hospital, where he works as the Manager of Outpatient Services. Tyler finds the administrative, operational side of healthcare to be just as rewarding and fulfilling as caring for patients directly, and he believes that this area is where he can make the most impact with his skills and knowledge.
Tyler’s other passions include anything that encircles him with family and friends: fly fishing, camping, racing cars with his father, spending time with his wife and their two dogs, Mocha and Winston, and collecting vintage cars (the latter described as purely fantasy by his wife until they get a bigger house). Tyler looks forward to serving the community and the Board, and—most importantly—safeguarding a comfortable and honorable location for our community’s elders to reside for many years to come.
Kat is an instructor of nursing at Sheridan College and has been a nurse for 10 years, spending most of that time in critical care in which she is nationally certified (CCRN). Her education consists of a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Nursing Education from the University of Wyoming. Nursing has presented many opportunities for Kat to be thoroughly embedded in Sheridan’s population and she is enthusiastic about supporting the community. She enjoys outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, cycling, and hiking the Big Horns!
Tommi is a lifelong Sheridan resident who is passionate about quality healthcare and patient experiences. She is eager to bring her experience in these areas to the Green House board!
Having graduated from Sheridan College in 2014 with her associate degree in nursing, she began working at Sheridan Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Quickly finding oncology as a specialty of interest, Tommi began working as a nurse at Welch Cancer Center, which led her to earn her national certification as an oncology nurse through the Oncology Nursing Corporation. She continued her studies and obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming in 2016.
In 2017, she discovered her interest in healthcare leadership and accepted a position as the manager of Welch Cancer Center. Knowing healthcare administration provided the opportunity to make a positive impact in the overall quality of care and ensure excellent patient experiences, she obtained her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Nursing Dual Degree with a focus in Healthcare Administration from the University of Mary in December 2019. Recognized as the Wyoming Nurses Association Northeast New Nurse of the Future in 2018, Tommi was credited as a nurse who focuses on advocating and serving patients with exceptional patient-centered care.
In her free time, she enjoys camping, four wheeling and exploring in the Bighorns with her husband, Grant, son, Jack, and their golden retriever, Murphy.
Linda has been cheerleading for Green House for Living since the early days when it was just an idea in the community. Dedicated to the GHL philosophy, Linda is committed to the respectful and appreciative environment that honors the community’s elders.
A lifelong Wyoming resident, Linda is actively involved in the family’s ranch business. She has enjoyed a 20-year career at Sheridan College and advocates for the opportunities that can be achieved through a college education.
Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is passionate about being a life-long student, spending lots of time outside, traveling off the beaten path, social activism and community involvement.
Elizabeth Craft, co-owner of Ebia Hearing & Sound, LLC (EHS – recognized as ‘Runner Up’ in The Casper Star Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Best of WY 2018 competition in ‘Ears and Hearing’), grew up in Sheridan, Wyoming. She attended Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC) and Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) and from these institutions earned a bachelor’s degree in English/Women’s and Gender Studies and a master’s degree in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), respectively. Though she loved the classroom, working with the hearing impaired and the elderly has been very rewarding. Craft’s father, Walter Ebia, is a profoundly deaf entrepreneur and the founder of Ebia Hearing, which is why Craft found herself in the hearing business and feels passionate about caring for people with hearing loss. For several years, Craft and her husband, JT, have been volunteering their time cleaning hearing aids at local nursing homes and playing music for various community events. The two just became Dementia Friendly Wyoming Champions, educating local employers about how to make their business ‘dementia friendly.’ Also, recently, the pair were selected as recipients of The Sheridan Press’ 20 under 40 recognition and Craft was nominated for FAB Woman of the Year in 2019. Currently, Craft serves on the Witzel Family Foundation and the Green House Living boards of directors.
My husband and I moved to Sheridan in 2011 and shortly after relocating I was introduced to the Green House. What I found was an innovative form of elder living I had never experienced in Ohio or Michigan.
I was given the opportunity to volunteer and found myself engaged in a culture that was inspiring. I enjoyed the residents and they were loving and spirited. Their life stories were always fascinating. The Green House was home to them and a place of comfort.
I was fortunate to bring my mother(June Linz) to live with us here in Sheridan. Several months later due to severe dementia she became a resident of the Whitney Cottage. It was a gift. Needless to say, my involvement with the Green House grew and my conviction of its mission and vision deepened.
The result of all these past events led me to accept a position on the Green House Board of Directors and to develop, with the collaboration of founders of the Green House, the June Linz Memorial Education Fund. This Fund supports the education of the Administrator, all support staff, nurses and shahbazim.
I am proud to be part of this worthwhile, loving and caring organization – Green House Living for Sheridan.