Vance Fager - President/CEO/Owner

Vance began his career in the acute hospital management business. He served for almost 20 years with Hospital Corporation of America and Brim and associates. With the Brim companies he functioned as an operational Vice President, where he provided management oversight for 10 Hospitals owned by local communities. He was also on the Board of Brim Senior Living, which owned, developed and operated assisted living properties around the country. 

Vance was part of a small partnership in Boise Idaho which developed Assisted living facilities around the country (Over 100 facilities in 12 states). At the same time he formed a consulting group providing services to the assisted living industry. He currently provides oversight for Americare LLC a Memory care company which operates facilities in the Northwest. And he has started up a Post-acute care company with 3 facilities in Missouri (Sunterra Springs LLC). Two of those facilities are open and operating in Independence and Springfield with a third under construction in O’Fallon (St.Louis area). Vance holds a masters degree in Public/Healthcare Administration from Brigham Young University, and serves on the Marriott School of Management Alumni Board.

Julie Vasquez - Administrator

In December of 1996, Julie Vasquez, a wife and mother of two small children took a part-time night and weekend position at a new assisted living home in Branson West.  Wedgewood Gardens became Julie’s home-away-from home as she worked her way through every position in the building: personal caregiver and certified medication aide, activity director, trainer, bookkeeper, and dietary supervisor. From the beginning, her family has been involved at Wedgewood Gardens as well. Her husband worked as the first maintenance worker and her children helped with odd chores and, when her daughter turned 16, resident care.

Julie’s years of growth and experience at every level put her in the perfect position to apply for, and successfully complete, the State of Missouri’s requirements for an administrator’s license and oversee operations at Wedgewood Gardens.

When asked why she has stayed with Wedgewood for over twenty years, Julie responds “Our residents and our staff are my family. I lost my parents before I started working with Wedgewood. With each person who comes through our doors, I take great pleasure in treating them as I would have had my own mother or father treated. Co-workers have been a blessing through the years and I enjoy working with our current staff who have years of experience with Wedgewood. That longevity of staff ensures great relationships and consistency in care.”

Julie is proud that much of the staff she trained, led or worked with over the years have gone on to obtain their nursing degrees; she boasts proudly of all of them including one who is now a nurse practitioner.

Julie states, “Wedgewood is a small home-like atmosphere and we are able to get to know everyone who lives with us; this makes us special.  We love visitors, our volunteers and we love our community. We invite folks in the area to stop by and say hello.”

Ashlee Snider, Dir. of Nursing (DON)

Assisted Living Facilities are only required to have nursing oversight 8 hours per week.  Wedgewood Gardens has chosen to go above and beyond this requirement by employing a full time L.P.N.

Ashlee Snider, is an auxiliary member of the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District (SSCFPD)  and is our Director of Nursing. She grew up interested in the medical field which led her to join the fire department before pursuing her education at Ozarks Technical Community College. Ashlee obtained her LPN license in 2011 and has been with SSFPD for more than 13 years. She has held various nursing positions with CoxHealth including a variety of leadership roles.

Ambitious and interested in learning, she has nearly completed her degree in Health Information Technology. According to Julie Vasquez, Wedgewood Gardens’ administrator, Snider was hired because, “Her references were stellar with one doctor boasting (Snider) was ‘the best nurse’ she’d worked with in 25 years of practice. Couple that with the hand-picked and personal reference of Wedgewood Gardens outgoing director of nursing and it was the perfect fit.”

Cassandra Vasquez, Digital Communications Director

Cassandra is an experienced digital marketer and brand strategist passionate about creating meaningful connections. Problem solving comes naturally for her as she enjoys looking at situations from different angles and finding efficient solutions that make life easier for others.

With a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communication, paired with almost four years of experience leading Branson Missouri’s Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau’s digital marketing efforts, it was a fitting choice to bring her on board. Cassandra’s expertise lies in scaling digital strategies and communicating the mission of Wedgewood Gardens with excellence. She’s particularly enthusiastic when it comes to project management, branding and advertising, and helping others create vision and purpose in the mundane tasks of business operations.

When not researching the latest digital trends, you can most often find her spending time with her family, taking her pups on walks through the beautiful Ozarks, sitting down for a cup of coffee at a local shop, and gallivanting through town. She’s “just getting started,” as she likes to say.