Our team of licensed care providers is equipped with specialized skillsets and experiences that allow them to meet the needs of our residents while encouraging them with passion, innovation and results.
Executive Director of Cross Creek at Lee's Summit
“I feel lucky to be able to say that I both enjoy my work and find it rewarding.”
As Executive Director of Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit, Laura Benefiel is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the community. She oversees the budget and ensures that Cross Creek continually strives to provide quality service. In this role, her goal is to assist in providing a safe, family-like atmosphere that residents call their home. She also aims to create a community that residents’ families are comfortable visiting and entrusting their loved ones under her team’s care.
Laura received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1995 from the University of Central Missouri.
Laura has been with Capital Health Management since 1998, starting as the Director of Social Services at a sister facility Crown Care Center. In 1999, she transferred to another sister facility Wilshire at Lakewood Care Center as the Director of Social Services. Although she thoroughly enjoyed her time at Wilshire practicing social work, she was ready for a new challenge and decided to get her Administrator’s License and then made the move to Executive Director of Country Club in 2009. In early 2019, Laura was appointed to her current position as Executive Director of Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit.
As Recreation Therapist for Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit Assisted Living | Memory Care, Mary Beth Kaup provides ongoing, engaging activities and entertainment for the residents in the community.
Mary Beth has been in the long term care industry for over 20 years, with the exception of two years she spent in China, teaching English and working in a local Chinese orphanage where she provided activities, supplies and comfort to the children and senior citizens.
She has been passionate about providing therapy to seniors through engaging activities and socialization since she went to college at The University of Missouri, where she majored in Recreation Therapy.
Mary Beth spends her days crafting schedules full of fun and diverse activities, as well as leading events and games and interacting with the residents. She also is the proud owner of Chumley, Cross Creek’s Therapy Dog.
Executive Chef & Dietary Manager
As Executive Chef & Dietary Manager for Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit Assisted Living | Memory Care, Galen Cloughly is responsible for preparing the meals enjoyed by the residents of Cross Creek, as well as hand-crafting menus based on resident preferences, seasonal favorites, top nutrition standards and fresh, local ingredients.
Galen became a certified executive chef in 1999, a Serve Safe Certified Instructor in 2014 and a certified dietary manager in 2017. Additionally, Galen has previously been named Restaurants & Institutions Magazine’s Innovator of the Year.
In his role at Cross Creek, Galen strives to meet the needs and special requests of all of the residents while making the food taste wonderful.
“I like to be known as the ‘go-to-gal’ for families and team members as I build lasting relationships with everyone in the Cross Creek community.”
As Administrative Assistant for Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit Assisted Living | Memory Care, Amber Russell operates the front desk of Cross Creek and serves as the first point of contact for all families and visitors to the community.
She also assits in a wide range of duties involved with staffing, administration and community operations. Amber’s first job in the health care industry was as a certified medical assistant (CMA) at Blue Hills Rest Home, where she was soon promoted to administrative assistant. She then went on to work as an administrative assistant and CMA at Benton House of Lee’s Summit, where she regularly received recognition.