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Roystan Pais

I am Roystan Pais, Executive Director at The Bluffs. I was born and raised in India. My personal life brought me to Missouri. I received an MBA from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Later I entered the senior living industry. When I started caring for seniors, I realized the most rewarding part was building relationships and making lasting friendships. The tremendous gratitude and appreciation shown by seniors lured me into the field deeper and deeper. My wife, Angela, is a Geriatric Consultant Pharmacist. We have two wonderful daughters. We both enjoy working with seniors.

Shauna Rios

Hi, my name is Shauna Rios and I am the Human Resources Director at The Bluffs. I am originally from Columbia, MO and have been a part of The Bluffs team since 2006 and have worked in several departments. Helping people is a passion of mine and The Bluffs gives me the opportunity to do that daily. I graduated from Columbia College with a BS in Management Information Systems. In my free time I enjoy playing pool, golfing, camping, and listening to music.

James Marz

My name is James Marz, and I have been a Bluffs team member for 24 years. One of my favorite parts of working here is that it does not feel like a job, it feels like a service. Caring for the residents and their well-being is a rewarding experience and makes coming to work easy and enjoyable. It matters to me that The Bluffs is a non-profit organization, which enables us to put as much as we can back into the facility and the residents. I love to bring my son in to visit with the residents and watching him interact with them.

Ashley Kleiner

I am Ashley Kleiner, the Long-Term Care Social Worker. I was an intern at The Bluffs in 2020 and was hired full-time in May 2021. I because a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in 2021, and my emphasis is on serving older adults. Most of all, I am passionate about supporting our residents! In my spare time, I also love playing guitar and spending time with my family. I have lived on 4 continents, and I am an avid reader and traveler.

Amanda McCully

Hi, my name is Amanda McCully and I am the Admissions Director at The Bluffs. I joined Team Bluffs in 2015 after graduating from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Prior to coordinating admissions, I was a care coordinator for long-term care and memory care. My role as Admissions Director allows me to help others and serve as a resource for the community! When not at work, I am a fur-mama to my dogs Remi and Max. I love scrapbooking and crafting in my spare time. My fiancé, Matt, and I are season ticket members for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Hannah Howdeshell

My name is Hannah Howdeshell and I’m the director of social services at The Bluffs. I graduated with my masters in social work from Mizzou and have passions for both mental health and geriatrics.  I love helping others and empowering them to meet their goals. In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking, spending time with my husband and cat, reading. I also enjoy traveling with my husband to see mountains and finding new adventures.

Karli Urban MD

My name is Karli Urban, and I am the Medical Director at The Bluffs. I am a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and stayed at MU to complete my Family Medicine residency and Geriatric fellowship training. I am passionate about the care of our aging population and enjoy working with the great team at The Bluffs to provide exceptional skilled nursing, memory care, and post-acute care. My husband, Michael, and I have three wonderful daughters. We love being a part of the Columbia community!

Stacy Hasselman

Hi, my name is Stacy Hasselman, and I’m the Clinical Liaison at The Bluffs. I studied Nursing and Business Administration at Columbia College, and I am a Registered Nurse. I have enjoyed a career working in the acute care setting, skilled nursing, home health, and behavioral health. My husband, Derick, and I have two sons between us, Nate and Jake. I enjoy traveling, reading, nature hikes, and trying new restaurants. I look forward to meeting you and talking with you about all we have to offer at The Bluffs!

Kirsten Simms

My name is Kirsten, and I graduated from MU in 2001 with my degree in Occupational Therapy. I have spent most of my 20+ years specializing in geriatrics. My experience also includes Home Health and Outpatient Occupational Therapy. I currently serve as an Area Director of Operations for Physical Performance Systems and Director of Therapy at The Bluffs. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, spending time outdoors, competitive weightlifting, and hanging out with my husband Jewell and our 2 dogs Cash and Luther.

Erica Utterback

My name is Erica Utterback and I am the Director of Life Enrichment. I have had many different roles at The Bluffs and have enjoyed them all. I started working as a Nurse’s Aide, became a CNA, Nursing Scheduler, and Restorative Aide before joining the Life Enrichment department. I have worked here for 20 years and feel there is no greater honor than caring for the elderly. I provide person-centered care and appreciate the uniqueness of each resident. In my free time I enjoy camping, billiards, telling jokes, and spending time with friends and family. I also love animals and have two dogs named Sam and Charlie.

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The Bluffs is excited to announce our kick-off of our charitable campaign in November. This month marks the start of our efforts to enrich the lives of our residents—but only with the help of our supporters! If you are willing to contribute to The Bluffs charitable campaign please click here.