Summit Pointe is the only established Marion senior living community that offers transitioning from Independent to Assisted Living without having to move rooms or buildings! Your family is our family and that includes your pets too, since we are pet friendly.

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Summit Pointe is owned, developed and operated by Guardian Companies, a company based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our owners, John and Arlene Malinski, pride themselves on setting Summit Pointe apart from other senior living communities in the area as well as focus on family values. That is why you’ll see our hot air balloon out and about and why we offer so many unique features.


We work hard to ensure that you keep your hobbies alive and provide a range of enriching activities and social opportunities. Our mission is to intentionally enhance the lives of everyone that walks through our door, whether that’s a tenant, their family or the mailman!

Summit Pointe has won numerous awards based on our quality of care including our most prestigious awards which are the Bronze and Silver National Quality Awards. These awards are given by the National Center for Assisted Living and Summit Pointe is one of only three assisted living communities in the state of Iowa to receive the Silver National Quality Award.


Let us introduce you to our amazing leadership team. We strive each and every day to provide great care to our tenants.

Sara Kuempel

Executive Director

As the Executive Director at Summit Pointe I have the pleasure of working with people every day! I feel incredibly blessed to spend the majority of my time working with our tenants and developing our staff to best serve the community. I grew up in the Chicago-land area and went to school at the University of Iowa where I received my BA in Finance and Marketing. Before Summit Pointe, I worked in the Beverage Industry for 6 years and realized my passion for working with people. Now I have the ability to use that passion aiding you or your loved one in making Summit Pointe your new home. In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family. My husband and I live right here in Marion and have 2 sons.

Joshua Campbell

Director of Sales and Marketing

As the Marketing Director at Summit Pointe I truly believe that your family is our family. On a daily basis I have the opportunity to help mom and dad transition to their new home here at Summit Pointe. I grew up in a small town outside of Dayton Ohio before moving to Columbus shortly after graduating high school. I began 20+ years in sales and management. I live right here in Marion and really enjoy the small town friendly atmosphere the close knit community brings. In my spare I enjoy spending time with my kids, biking the local trails, fishing and when possible, spending time on a beach soaking up the sun.

Brett Taylor

Environmental Service Director

As the Environment Services Director at Summit Pointe Senior Living Community, I am responsible for directing the general operating maintenance, transportation, repair and housekeeping of the facilities. Our department is dedicated to maintaining a safe, clean, and comfortable living experience for Summit Pointe tenants. I grew up in a small Iowa town, where you knew everyone. Summit Pointe is like that to me, we know everyone, care for everyone and always here to listen and help. Working at Summit Pointe is very rewarding and there is always a new challenge. In my free time, you will find I do a lot with my own family, or out for a ride on my Harley.

Terrie Winslow

Culinary Director

As the Culinary Director at Summit Pointe, I have the pleasure of working with people every day! I feel incredibly blessed to spend the majority of my time developing the menus to provide a great meal experience for everyone at Summit Pointe! Food brings everyone together and I am thankful my team and I have the opportunity to do this on a daily basis. I grew up in Ohio, on a farm east of Toledo. I attended the University of Toledo and studied Fine Arts with minor in Business. I worked in the Grocery Industry for many years which brought my family to Iowa. My family and I have lived in Marion for over 20 years. I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family, spoiling my grandson, and still decorating cakes!

Nicole Farley

Human Relations Director

I am very grateful to be working with such a fantastic team. As the Human Relations Director, my focus is to create a positive, fun, and supportive work environment and recruit/retain the best of the best. I live in Marion, IA with my two dogs. I grew up in Ottumwa, IA and graduated from Upper Iowa University. My mother worked as a beautician in a skilled nursing home, which gave me the opportunity at a young age, to spend a lot of time with the residents and help make their days a little brighter. I’ve had an interest in senior living ever since. I am so lucky to be a part of the Summit Pointe Team!

Natasha Ajeti

Director of Nursing

As the Registered Nurse and Director of Nursing, I am passionate about the healthcare of our tenants. I am blessed to work with an exceptional team to ensure that we can meet the needs of each individual. Every tenant is important to me. While our entire team is committed to a high standard of excellence, I will also be working one-on-one with tenants and their families.

A little bit about me: I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My husband and I have 3 children. In 2014, I graduated from Kaplan University with my Associate of Science in Nursing. I worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 2014-2018 and most recently at Unity Point Hospice as the Clinical Nursing Supervisor. When I am not caring for tenants, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, attending church and enjoying the outdoors.

Julie K Lawrence


As the Licensed Practical Nurse and Assistant Director of Nursing at Summit Pointe, I have been blessed to assist our Fantastic health care team in providing exceptional care to our tenants. I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. Started in health care over 30 years ago, first as a C.N.A. and these last 20 years as a L.P.N. I currently live in Urbana, Iowa with my husband, we have 2 adult sons and 2 grandchildren. When I am not spending time at Summit Pointe, you can find me attending school activities with my family, sewing, crafting and collecting antiques.

Kayla Howk-Erwin

Life Enrichment Director

As the Life Enrichment Director, I lead a team in building an activity program that fulfills the individual needs and wishes of our residents. Quality activities that engage mind and body, connects and gives back to the community, provides extended learning all while building relationships. I believe in providing unique, diverse and enjoyable opportunities for each of our residents. I truly cherish moments spent with your loved ones and consider myself lucky to work at Summit Pointe.

I grew up in Minnesota and earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders. While attending school I volunteered at a local health care facility where my future mother-in-law worked. After school, I accepted the position as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at that same facility. My Husband’s career brought our family to Iowa. I’ve had a variety of career opportunities but find the most joy working with seniors. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my boys wrestle and play football, riding our motorcycles, camping and traveling.

Frequently Asked Questions

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“We know this process is a journey for you and your family, so here are a few of the top questions and answers we receive to help you all along the way.”

Summit Pointe is the only Senior community to offer transitioning from independent living to assisted living without having to change rooms or buildings and has been extremely successful in caring for your loved ones for over a decade! Our tenants live a normal everyday life style in a supportive environment while enjoying their independence and knowing assistance is standing by when needed.
Summit Pointe is Marion’s hidden gem that is located just north of 29th St off of 35th street. Summit Pointe backs up against The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and Butterfield Park so you know you will be able to enjoy the serine setting.
Assisted Living at Summit Pointe offers options for tenants who may need some support or services that can be personally tailored to their needs. Our tenants at Summit Pointe live in their own apartment with the option of scheduled services or we are just a few steps away in case of an urgent moment. Summit Pointe offers a wide variety of services like medication management and administration, assistance bathing, dressing, and escorts to name a few! You have the ability to start and stop services at any time.
We do offer 89 rooms that you can move into as independent or assisted, The only difference is if you decided to add services when you move in or add services after you move and see what help you know you need.
Summit Pointe does offer a very cozy 12 room Memory Care that’s designed for the needs of those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other forms of memory impairment. Our Memory Care tenants will continue to live rich, fulfilling, and dignified lives with daily interaction and activities designed around them.
Summit Pointe is a 100% private pay community. A great resource to find out more on the Elderly Waiver Program is Heritage Area Agency on Aging 1-800-332-5934 or www.heritageaaa.org.
If you have a long term care insurance policy and you meet the requirements of your policy, it may cover your assistance provided by Summit Pointe, please check with your insurance carrier to see if your policy applies to certified assisted living programs and what the requirements are. If you are a veteran or a window of a veteran who served in the war, you may be eligible for a monetary program called Aid and Attendance. We recommend you reach out to Linn County Veterans Affairs at 1-800-838-4692 or visit their website at www.va.ia.gov for more information.
Yes! We tailor the assistance needed to the individual so you have the choice of any apartment and one tenant can have services while the other does not. No matter what need arises, you do not need to move apartments just because you need assistance.

Any other questions? Please contact us.

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“A very welcoming, caring staff who work hard to make sure we are healthy and happy. The community is just the right size to allow opportunity to interact with the other community members. We have already made many new friends. The many activities offer opportunity to continue things one likes or learn something new. We are pleased to call Summit Pointe our home now.”

Barb H. and Florene K., Current Tenants

“While driving home from work, I saw the Summit Pointe Hot Air Balloon! This is what warms my heart after a crazy, busy week and knowing mom is doing great there! Thank you.”

Connie D, RN, Daughter of a Tenant

“I took the first step of walking into Summit Pointe and meeting the friendly staff. The atmosphere made me feel very welcome. It is a new beginning of life.”

Lyle S., Current Tenant

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“Summit Pointe is the only Marion senior community offering transition for independent living to assisted living without having to move rooms or buildings!”

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