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2020 Board of Directors

Meet the people who comprise our board of directors.

Annalisha

PRESIDENT

Annalisha Perez is the Community Director for The Preserve of Roseville, an exciting, new senior living community, that is set to open in March 2020.  The Preserve is proudly managed by Senior Housing Management.

Annalisha began working with seniors over 12 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 being the Community Director at The Preserve, Annalisha worked as a Sales & Marketing Director and Life Enrichment Director.

Annalisha resides north of the Twin Cities and in her spare time loves spending time with her husband and two spunky sons.

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VICE PRESIDENT & PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIR

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.

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TREASURER

Anita Zemba-Schadt, is the Sales Director at the beautiful and serene New Perspective of Roseville. With over two decades of experience in the medical field, Anita has a sincere passion for caring for others.  Her heart lies with assisting seniors and their families navigate the wavy road of aging with dignity.  Anita’s career has been filled with a variety of experiences ranging from hospice care, assisted living director, and pharmaceutical sales.  Each career experience has strengthened her desire to support those in need.

Anita received her BA degree from St. Ambrose University, in Davenport, Iowa.  Anita and her husband, Joe, relocated to Minnesota, just over a year ago, where they are now proud to call Minnesota their home.  They have three grown children and four adorable grandchildren.  They also are the proud dog parents, of a very spoiled dog, named Gigi.  Together they are enjoying getting to know the people and variety of sites that the Twin Cities has to offer.

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SECRETARY

Alyssa Novak, is the Director of Community Relations at Highland Chateau Health and Rehab. She decided to go back to school for her second Bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration from Mercy College of Health Sciences after working 7 years in the fitness industry. She has worked in TCUs, Assisted Living, and Home Health care to become well rounded and educated in the industry. She loves working with seniors and their families in helping them find their best healthcare team and making meaningful connections along the way.

Alyssa moves from small town Iowa to the big city in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, staying active, and traveling. She enjoys trying new things in the big city and taking on new projects to help family and friends.

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PROGRAMMING CHAIR

Barb Hemberger, CSA, is the owner of Oasis Senior Advisors Northern Twin Cities, providing a free service for families needing senior living options in the northern metro, including assisted living, memory care, independent living and residential care homes. Prior to Oasis, Barb was in the communications industry providing healthcare clients with public relations counsel at global firm Weber Shandwick and also at Carlson Companies. She was drawn to Oasis because of her past experience helping find senior living for her dad.

Barb graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in Journalism. She currently lives in the west metro and in her spare time she cheers on all Minnesota sports teams, reads, works on memoirs for seniors, and dreams of her next dog.

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SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

Gary Surber Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota I was distanced from my elders who were scattered throughout Illinois. Understanding the importance for that generational connection I sought it out. Whether shoveling walks or cutting grass in exchange for cookies I have been driven to serve the elders of my community. In grade school I had the opportunity to travel throughout the state interviewing seniors as part of an oral history class learning about their experiences. From this exposure I learned the value of being generationally connected. As I matured and began to venture out on my own I continued to maintain this connection as a part of my personal growth. I volunteered at local food shelf and assisted in getting seniors out to vote. When a family friend needed services and help around the home to assure independence I made myself available. In addition to the services provided by the Veteran’s Administration I assisted him with transportation, meals, shopping, home maintenance and companionship.

 

When the opportunity arrived for me to transform from the behind the scenes player to the public face of our Right at Home office I enthusiastically stepped up. I genuinely love the experience of getting into the field to listen to the stories and experiences of those in need. It is my goal to offer our clients the resources that Right at Home and our partners provide to ensure independence.

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MEMBERSHIP & 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 roll 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.

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MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Brian Glonek is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at Sunrise Senior Living of Roseville.  He has been with Sunrise since 2014, and in that time, he has taken on many different roles. He first started his journey as a part of the care team, so he knows firsthand the dedication, love, and compassion residents need from staff. The best part of his job is continuing to be a resource in helping individuals and their families navigate through the senior living process.

Brian earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Leadership from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Brian lives in Downtown Minneapolis and in his spare time he likes to stay active outdoors by exploring the greater Twin Cities area.

Christina

FALL AGING COMMITTEE

Christina Graese is the Area Outreach Director of Senior Living for The Goodman Group representing The Commons on Marice in Eagan and Chandler Place in St. Anthony.  The Goodman Group is one of the most respected names in senior living and health care communities nationwide, and defined by the exceptional lifestyles, care and services provided at its managed communities. Accommodations are purpose-built for comfort and meld gracefully into the surrounding landscapes, and innovative service concepts provide life enrichment.

Christina has a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis on marketing and management and has worked in the marketing field for over 15 years - she started working with seniors three years ago and has enjoyed every moment of it.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR

Jeramy Cain is the Sales Leader at The Lodge at White Bear. The Lodge is a part of Holiday Retirement Senior Living Communities, the second largest provider of senior living apartments in the United States.

Jeramy has over 15 years of sales & marketing experience working in fields like tech, health & fitness and most recently senior living.

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.  

 

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SOCIAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

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Harvey Perle

MEMBER AT LARGE

Harvey Perle

With a BSBA Degree in Marketing from Boston University, Harvey Perle owned and was the Administrator of 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. He helps simplify which supplemental coverages work best for each individual.

Harvey also serves as a Board Member of Twin Cities Quorum, a Chamber of Commerce, since 2012.

Harvey is also the very proud Dad of his two adult daughters, affectionately known as “The Perle Gerles”.

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MEMBER AT LARGE

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 through 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.