Theresa (Terry) Kolaz
Theresa (Terry) Kolaz, has served as President and CEO of the Lutheran Community at Telford since October 2003. Kolaz established a proven track record in senior housing and health care management based on thirty years of earned promotions. Beginning her career at the age of sixteen as a dishwasher, she worked her way through the career ladder serving as laundry aid, activity aid, receptionist, secretary, and bookkeeper prior to receiving her nursing home administrator license in 1991. She served as the Healthcare Administrator for three for-profit healthcare systems located in Tennessee and Illinois before entering the non-profit, faith-based arena. Kolaz's experience includes Medicaid and Medicare certified facilities operations; Medicare unit start-up; rehabilitation unit start-up; independent living community start-up; assisted living unit start-up; full-scale continuing care retirement communities operations; corporation restructuring; and operations enhancement. She has had oversight of facilities as small as 84 beds to sites as large as 380 units with annual operating budgets as high as $16,000,000; total assets as high as $62,000,000; endowment funds as high as $7,000,000; and as many as 325 employees. Kolaz received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a Minor in Mathematics and Language Arts from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.