Hines to retire from IVH
Served as executive assistant under three commandants
Since 2012, Michael Hines has worked as the executive assistant to the commandant at the Iowa Veterans Home, a position he says as evolved to encompass many different facets of work.
“I do administrative stuff, like scheduling, marketing, and writing internal documents and our newsletter, but it led into giving presentations, making speeches and public appearances, and being an advocate for veterans,” he said.
But April 20 will be his last day on the job, as he soon will turn 55 years old — retirement age at IVH.
“I’ve had a unique job, but it was just a timing thing for me. My wife Lisa runs a daycare business out of our home in Conrad, and I will assist her with that, and I will continue to be a strong voice for our military,” he said. “I’m also starting my own consulting and team building company.”
Hines served as an executive assistant for Commandants David Worley, Jodi Tymeson and most recently, Timon Oujiri.
He first started his career at IVH in 2008 as a warehouse assistant. A native of Sac City, he served in the U.S. Army from 1983-2006, retiring as a first sergeant, earning among other distinctions, Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Order of St. Michael Bronze Medal, and more. During his service, he was deployed to Central America, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and other locales.
“My military career was very important to me, and a way to see the world,” he noted. “My wife was a military spouse for 20 years and has been my support system.”
The couple has three adult children and several grandchildren.
Hines holds a bachelor of arts degree in operations management and analysis, plus a certificate in assisted living/supported living and specialization in long term care nursing home administration.
In an email to all IVH staff announcing his retirement, Hines reflected: “Remember the three ‘L’s’: listen, learn and lead … Everyone requires confidence, patience, teamwork and trust in each other to accomplish the mission. We must be coaches and mentors to each other regardless the level of management.”
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