Our team at Reflections at Garden Place in Columbia, Illinois.

Our Team

We have a great team at Reflections at Garden Place. We invite you to get to know them and come meet them in person.

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Leha Russell, Executive Director at Reflections at Garden Place in Columbia, Illinois.

Leha Russell, Executive Director

I started my career in the healthcare industry at the age of 17. I became CNA certified and worked as a CNA for 5 years. During that time, I had my son and decided I needed to further my career. I always loved caring for the elderly. I decided to pursue my nursing degree. After graduating from LPN school I became a pediatric home health nurse for about a year. Though it was a great learning experience, my heart was not in it. I then went on to get a job at a local SNF where I worked for 5 years. I loved it there, but an opportunity arose for a position at Reflections and I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I have been with Reflections at Garden Place since 2014. I started out as a night nurse, then moved to days, then became the Assistant Director and eventually took on the roll as Executive Director. I can’t imagine not taking the risk of leaving my position prior to Reflections! I couldn’t be happier with where I am at! When I am not working, my family and I enjoy camping, jeeping, going to concerts, and being with friends and family. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years and we have 2 amazing sons. I am truly blessed and thankful!

Tony Lay, Maintenance Director

Tony has been in maintenance for 10 years, and really enjoys working in eldercare. Tony says, “I love building relationships with the residents by talking with them, helping them put puzzles together, and gardening with them – making them feel comfortable with me in their home where I am working.”

In his time away from work, Tony enjoys spending time with his family. He coaches soccer for second grade girls, and is a St. Louis Cardinal’s fan.

Tony Lay, Maintenance  Director at Reflections at Garden Place in Columbia, Illinois.