Our Staff

Our Staff

Erin Kuhse, Human Resources Manager

(269)372-6100 ext. 6884 | ekuhse@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Erin brings over 10 years of Human Resources experience and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, majoring in Human Resource Management.  Erin started her Human Resources career in the automotive field, moved into Non-Profit, and then found her passion in health care.  Erin not only enjoys her time with the employees but with the residents as well.  Stepping in whenever needed to be the helping hand or a smiling face.  Erin is the positivity bus driver for the New Friends family!


Tige Walkinhood, Operations Manager

(269) 372-6100 ext. 6883 | twalkinhood@newfriendsmemorycare.com

Tige is an East Lansing native and a Spartan fan.  He has over 23 years of experience in long term care facilities management, he feels right at home at New Friends. He enjoys trying to make our residents’ stay here a pleasant one,  whether it be in maintenance, a Vibrant Life project, grilling for a party, or just spending some one on one time with residents.  When not working, Tige enjoys “do it yourself” projects on his home, biking, cooking and spending time with family & friends.   He is a member of the Kalamazoo Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross. Tige has also completed New Friends Dementia Training courses providing him the appropriate approach and knowledge to support our team.