2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement


Elaine Dyer, ’85, is a registered nurse and the administrator of one of Milwaukee’s largest skilled nursing facilities, the Jewish Home and Care Center, a position she has held for the past nine years. In her four-decade career she has been a change agent for quality programs in hospitals, government facilities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit chains, assisted living and faith-based mission driven facilities in a variety of roles. In each of her roles, Dyer has been a tireless advocate of the resident/patient.



Under her leadership, as director of nurses at Racine’s Lincoln Lutheran, she was able to 
re-certify a 320–bed facility and regain licensure within six months. That licensure had been lost and was unattainable for two long years, requiring Racine area residents to find placement outside their city. Dyer was promoted to administrator, and followed this certification with two perfect annual state and federal deficiency-free survey reviews.


In 1998 she assumed administration of the Willowcrest Care Center in South Milwaukee, which had been ranked 34th of 34 facilities in the region. Within two years, under Dyer’s leadership, the facility was ranked #1 for Extendicare Facilities in the region. Dyer’s extensive knowledge of the state and federal regulations has proven invaluable in improving the care for residents in several facilities throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She has also become an expert witness for several legal firms in the Milwaukee area, testifying on the care rendered or needed in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility in Wisconsin. As part of Cardinal Stritch University’s Health, Wealth & Wisdom Series, Dyer recently shared her insights on ways to manage transitions in living arrangements, including levels of care in different settings, “disease trajectory” and the impact on care levels, and how to spot nursing home neglect.


Dyer holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mt. Scenario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, and a master of science degree in health care administration from Cardinal Stritch University.


Dyer is the mother of two adult children, Eric and Sarah (a Stritch alumna, M.S. ’13). Dyer enjoys collecting antiques, which she repairs, repurposes and sells at a small antique mall. She also enjoys fishing, reading, and golfing.