Star City Six – Amber Crunk
Pemberly Place (www.pemberlyplace.com) is a senior living community located in southeast Lincoln. Amber Crunk is the team development coach at Pemberly Place.
Tell us a little about your business.
At Pemberly Place, we offer independent living, assisted living, and memory support. We are proud to be locally owned and operated.
How did you get started in the business?
I started as a cook in a long term care community while in high school and then became a CNA. I have worked primarily in a memory support community, but I have also worked privately and in the assisted living community.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
I am really passionate about helping the elderly, but I do not know how to slow down at times and relax. I am always trying to preserve their dignity and learn from a great generation.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
I was awarded the Nebraska Health Care Association Congressional briefing scholarship and was able to go to Washington, D.C. and advocate on behalf of our residents and profession.
Tell us a little about your family.
I grew up on a family farm in Union, NE (the greatest place on earth, to me). I am the daughter of George and Helen Crunk. I have one sister, an amazing niece named Gracie, and a nephew named Bennett. My significant other and I have a wonderful two-year-old son named Fletcher.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Joining the Military at age 17 and leaving right after graduating high school. I share a birthday with my mother, so it was the first birthday we had not celebrated together.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I enjoy relaxing and reading a good book in front of a fire with coffee.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I was enlisted in the United States Army for eight years. I was a member of the 348th Military Police Unit out of Ames, IA. I met some of my best friends in the military who I am proud to call my brothers and sisters for life.
Who inspires you?
My grandmother. She was my best friend and biggest fan. I would do anything for one last conversation with her. My son also inspires me. I will do everything in my power to give him a better life than I had growing up, and that will be hard to beat.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Remember the past for the sake of the future.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“The Sky is the Limit” by Rebelution.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to learn how to speak multiple languages, including German and Danish.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Mortuary science or forensic anthropology. One day, I do hope I will be able to work in the mortuary field.
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Mental Health Association of Nebraska and Oxford House Inc.
What is your favorite movie?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?