Kathy Retzios has been chosen to serve as administrator of the Saint Anne Communities Bishop Luers campus, the former Catholic Charities Villa of the Woods on Noll Avenue. Retzios has been a member of the Villa staff for 28 years, serving the last four years as administrator. Saint Anne plans to offer both independent living and assisted living at this second campus on the city’s south side.
“Having Kathy stay on as administrator was an easy decision to make,” says Saint Anne Administrator and Chief Operating Officer David Deffenbaugh. “It was a case of if it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it. Kathy knows everything there is to know about our new campus, and the dedication to residents she’s demonstrated over the years is laudable.”
Retzios says she and her staff are looking forward to the future. “When our staff at the Villa found out we were going to become part of the Saint Anne family, we were so happy for our residents,” Retzios says. “Our goals and values mirror those of Saint Anne. We’re both faith-centered and family-focused, so it’s a perfect fit, and our residents will be well taken care of. When we began meeting various staff members from Saint Anne, we discovered what truly wonderful and caring individuals they are. This confirmed that we were all going to be a great team.
“I see nothing but the positive in our future—more services for residents, building updates, and the addition of more caring staff,” Retzios adds. “When I inform individuals, businesses, and stakeholders of our change, I hear nothing but positive comments on how Saint Anne has cared for a loved one. “
A Fort Wayne native, Retzios graduated from Wayne High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education at Indiana University. She started working at the Villa part time right out of college, in addition to serving as a substitute teacher and working at a movie theatre. It wasn’t long before she made the Villa her career choice and joined the staff full time as the activities and social services director.
A ministry of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend, Saint Anne Communities is a state-licensed provider of health care and retirement-living options. With campuses at 1900 Randallia Drive and 5610 Noll Avenue in Fort Wayne, Saint Anne offers a continuum of care that includes independent and assisted living, skilled nursing care, memory care, adult day services, and rehabilitation services.