Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

Twin Oaks director keeps focused on community, family

November 11, 2004

Debbie Eyerly is a modest woman.

Though she acknowledges her accomplishments - she has an associate's degree in liberal arts and is responsible for the day-to-day operation at Twin Oaks - she is most focused on the community and her family.

In a recent interview, she spoke of her 16-year-old athlete son, Daniel; of her work with the Women's Division of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce and the Beautification Committee; of her workplace, Twin Oaks Retirement Community; of her home; of her city. But she said little about herself.

Eyerly said she believed not only in the future of Lansing but also in contributing to making that future as bright as it can be.

Eyerly, a 19-year Lansing resident and Leavenworth County native, is the executive director of the Twin Oaks Retirement Community and Assisted Living, a spacious senior development on the Lansing side of Eisenhower Road. She has worked at Twin Oaks since 1996, eight of the community's 14 years.

Eyerly said she would like to help people get over their fear of retirement homes and growing older.

She encourages community members to come by Twin Oaks to schedule a tour and assures them that once they are within an area where she can help make them comfortable, the fear of moving to a retirement community will subside.

In addition to her work, Eyerly also beamed about her son.

She pointed out his many interests and talents - he plays basketball and football as well as running track for Lansing High School - before hers. Daniel also likes to hunt and drive and fish, she said.

After talking about Daniel, Eyerly finally mentioned her own interests.

"I like to decorate and work in the yard," Eyerly said. She talked about the Beautification Committee's monthly judging of local lawns, but she didn't mention until asked that she won the competition several months ago for her own lawn.

Eyerly's modesty makes those around her shine, but the busy and dedicated Lansing resident deserves some sparkle of her own.

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