2022 Board of Directors
Meet the people who comprise our board of directors.
Jarrod Peterson is the owner of Touching Hearts at Home, Mid-Metro and Touching Hearts at Home of West Central MN. Touching Hearts provides non-medical home care throughout the metro area and outstate communities. Jarrod got his start in home care in 2008 working for the founder of Touching Hearts (who also happens to be his aunt) before becoming an owner himself.
In addition to keeping very busy with his two offices, Jarrod also serves on several boards and committees that focus on senior issues and small business concerns. Jarrod's favorite way to spend his time is with his two children at home in Shakopee.
Annalisha Perez, LALD is a Licensed Assisted Living Director with Volunteers of America National Services - The Homestead at Maplewood. Annalisha began working with seniors over 15 years ago. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Studies but enjoyed working with the senior population so much that she decided to stay in the senior care industry. Prior to her role at The Homestead at Maplewood, Annalisha worked as an Executive Director in Assisted Living in Roseville and was the Sales & Marketing Director and Life Enrichment Director at Maplewood Senior Living. In her spare time, Annalisha enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband and two spunky sons.
Debra Bland is the Sales and Marketing Director at The Homestead at Maplewood and Maplewood Care Center. Debra brings over 45+ years of senior living experience in skilled nursing and assisted living, and working for profit and non-profit organizations. Debra worked as a nursing assistant and later transitioned to Admissions and Sales and Marketing in senior living. Most recently, Debra worked for a development company where she took charge of the lease up and opening of several assisted living communities. Debra has been married for 43 years and has two grown sons and three granddaughters. She and her husband enjoy older cars and have two, a Chevelle and a Corvette. You will find them at car shows in the warmer months. Debra is also an animal nut! Currently she has a terrier named “Ginny;” she is a rescue with special needs.
FALL AGING CONFERENCE CHAIR
Ian Bruess is currently the Director of Community Relations at Episcopal Homes in St. Paul representing their two Skilled Nursing buildings and Transitional Care Center. He started working in the senior care industry as a dietary aid in high school, and soon found the senior care industry to be a perfect fit for his career. He studied at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, then to Chicago and Denver working in a Guest Services and Admissions role since 2014.
Ian lives in Bloomington with his girlfriend and their Shih Tzu, Ella. During his free time, he loves spending time with his family, being outdoors, and checking out the latest restaurants.
SOCIAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Jim Lord oversees New Business Development for Grace Hospice.
The mission of Grace Hospice is to serve God by recognizing that every person deserves to live out his or her life with respect and dignity, free of pain, and in an environment that promotes quality of life.
Rachelle Strasburg is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Vista Prairie Communities. Corporate She oversees the marketing and sales strategies, plans and outcomes for their 8 senior living communities located throughout the Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Rachelle has worked her entire career in senior care beginning as a senior caregiver at the age of 17. She has a passion for aging services and has dedicated her talents to serving seniors and their caregivers in whatever way capable. She previously worked for Ebenezer for 5 1/2 years as a Corporate Marketing Consultant and most recently as the Corporate Director of Marketing for SilverCrest Properties.
Rachelle is a graduate of LeadingAge MN Leadership Academy and has additionally served on the Fall Aging Conference Steering Committee for the last 6 years.
Angela Elwell is the Director of Marketing at Prelude Homes & Services Memory Care Cottages, where they seek to create communities where elders are valued, families are family and God is glorified. We do so in our Memory Care Cottages by providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care for those we serve. We use strength-based programming that focuses on each individual’s personal preferences, strengths, and life-legacy.
SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR & HISTORIAN
Bethany Burns is currently the Director of Marketing at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota. Episcopal Homes is a continuum of care campus and offers all levels of care including HUD- Affordable Housing, Senior Living, Catered Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and a Transitional Care Center. Bethany has worked at Episcopal Homes since 2014 and started out as the Resident Services Coordinator for the assisted living.
Bethany lives in the north metro with her boyfriend and two dogs. She enjoys camping and traveling the world as much as possible in her free time.
Harvey Perle has BSBA Degree in Marketing from Boston University. He owned and was the Administrator of a Nursing Home in Maryland, and then owned and managed several Manufacturer’s Representative Agencies in Minnesota focused on the Gourmet Housewares industry. Harvey has created a third career by merging these two previous career experiences into the world of Insurance.
Harvey is licensed in Life & Health in Minnesota and focuses on Health Insurance for all ages, with a specialty in Medicare.
Harvey is also the very proud Dad of his two adult daughters, affectionately known as “The Perle Gerles”.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Shelley Beckman oversees Business Development at Johnson/Turner Legal, a full-service law firm offering a broad range of legal services with a primary focus on family law, estate planning, and probate matters. She loves people! And building relationships is imperative to her, both personally and professionally, as it positions her well as a community advocate and/or resource for those in need. Shelley is very passionate about Estate Planning; thus, as a public speaker, she shares her own experiences educating others and bringing awareness to the importance of “planning for the unexpected” to loved ones are cared for and protected, no matter what. She welcomes and appreciates opportunities to be part of a united structure with the same vision of providing for the wellbeing for others through education, collaboration, interconnectivity, and commitment to positive outcomes.
Shelley and her husband reside in the north metro with their yorkie, Hank, and are the proud parents of three adult children. Aside from spending quality time with family and friends, Shelley enjoys all things sports, photography, air shows, gut-wrenching laughs, and music.