Our Purpose Board Minutes Board of Directors Bylaws 2018 Board of Directors Meet the people who comprise our board of directors for 2018 PRESIDENT Lauren Bednar earned a bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin- Stout in 2009 and began her career in hospitality working at various hotels in Wisconsin. She knew she had found her calling in the Senior Care Industry when a move back to the Twin Cities brought her to a Sales and Marketing role at an Independent Senior Living Community where she spent three years. In July of 2015, Lauren started her current role as Home Care Consultant with Home Instead Senior Care where she is responsible for the sales and marketing aspects of the St. Paul office. In her free time, Lauren enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her husband and three young daughters. VICE PRESIDENT Brielle Khalar is currently the Sales Director at The Good Samaritan Society - Heritage Place of Roseville. Brielle knew she had found her calling while working as a caregiver in a memory care community during college. After graduating, Brielle began her career as House Manager at small memory care community in Wisconsin. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and is passionate about advocacy in the senior care industry. Brielle now lives in the east metro with her husband and their overly spoiled Chocolate Lab. Brielle grew up in Russia, speaks Russian fluently, and in her spare time she loves reading new Russian novels. She is also passionate about learning anything/everything she can and spending as much time as possible outdoors. TREASURER Cricket Buntje, CSA, is the Area Owner for Senior Care Authority™, an assisted living, dementia and residential care placement service providing hands on quality assistance throughout the selection process. Cricket earned a BA in Accounting and an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of St. Thomas. SECRETARY Jennifer Morgan is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Science degree in Geriatric Nursing. Jennifer’s background includes being an officer in the United States Air Force Reserves and being employed by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on an acute care cardiac unit. She developed, owns and operates Breck Homes, a leader in geriatric care since opening in 2004. PROGRAMMING AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE 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. 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. SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR Jill Goulding works with her lovely crew at Heartland Hospice in Roseville. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in Music and Psychology. She then went on to pursue a funeral directors license and especially loved providing council for families at this time. While working with hospices throughout the aging, death and dying process in the funeral realm, Jill decided that she wanted to be a part of the conversation sooner and found hospice as a great way to engage communities for the better. She is now in her third year representing Heartland and hopes she does her team proud. When she isn’t advocating for individuals and their families to share openly on topics surrounding death and aging, she enjoys long backcountry trips pretty much anywhere in the woods and during any time of year. MEMBERSHIP Stacy Atkins is a Residency Counselor at Gable Pines who works with families and professional healthcare resources to educate people on Senior Living options in their community. Stacy strives to learn more about people, what’s important to them, and how to make it happen. Stacy is on the Management Team to ensure they provide a safe, caring, trusted environment for the residents and their loved ones. Stacy is an awarded Marketing and Sales professional receiving multiple awards; LCS Excell Training in Des Moines, IA., as well “Generating the most revenue in the history of the BBB of MN & ND.” She holds Associates in Arts Degree from Century College. Stacy loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dogs. Her hobbies include bow hunting, going up north to the lake, essential oil healing, tropical travels, swimming, and cooking with her family. Stacy enjoys time with her fiancé Chad and their 4 children. MEMBERSHIP Annalisha Perez is the Sales & Marketing Manager at Volunteers of America The Homestead at Maplewood and Maplewood Care Center. The Homestead offers assisted living, memory support and respite stay in a very cozy, comfortable home-like environment. At Maplewood Care Center they offer short term rehabilitation, long term care, memory support, end of life care, respite stay and a relocation community. Annalisha began working with seniors over 10 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 Sales & Marketing Manager, Annalisha was the Life Enrichment Director for the campus. Annalisha resides north of the Twin Cities and in her spare time loves spending time with her husband and two sons. NEWSLETTER/WEBSITE Rachel Von Ruden, LSW is Senior LinkAge Line® Community Outreach Specialist with Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. She has been with the MAAA over three years as a State Health Insurance Assistance Program Certified Specialist. Rachel is passionate about empowering older adults and their caregivers through community education. Her current role takes her all over the 7-county metro area to conduct educational presentations and attend community events. Rachel grew up on a small farm, but moved to the Twin Cities to earn her BA in Social Work from St. Catherine University in 2014. She loves to be active and outdoors, and is always reading something interesting. HISTORIAN Amanda Pike is currently the Senior Program Manager at the Epilepsy Foundation of MN. Over the last 8 years she has served in a variety of positions all surrounding educating the community about epilepsy and seizures. She received her Bachelor's degree in Child Development at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Amanda lives in St Paul with her husband, son, stepson and boxer dog! 2018 SPRING CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Lauren Bednar earned a bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin- Stout in 2009 and began her career in hospitality working at various hotels in Wisconsin. She knew she had found her calling in the Senior Care Industry when a move back to the Twin Cities brought her to a Sales and Marketing role at an Independent Senior Living Community where she spent three years. In July of 2015, Lauren started her current role as Home Care Consultant with Home Instead Senior Care where she is responsible for the sales and marketing aspects of the St. Paul office. In her free time, Lauren enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with her husband and three young daughters 2018 FALL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Jim Zenk started SYNERGY HomeCare with his wife in 2009; his office is in Roseville and SYNERGY specializes in non-skilled home care for seniors. Jim is a mechanical engineer by degree and has spent his career at 3M, Imation and MTS Systems in the Twin Cities. He got involved in home care when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease almost 15 years ago. In the winter he loves to ski and in the summer he likes to spend time on Madeline Island with his family. Jim and his wife Heather live in St. Paul with their two kids and two dachshunds. MEMBER AT LARGE Lisa Dunn is a REALTOR® with RE/MAX Results who specializes in working with seniors. While she works with clients of all ages, her focus and passion is working with seniors and their families. Prior to becoming a real estate agent Lisa worked as a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) and health care consultant. Her past work experiences give her unique insight into the maze of senior services. Today Lisa consults and teaches courses for real estate agents to help them make their businesses senior friendly. Lisa has written articles for MN Good Age Magazine, caring.com, and of course SeniorServices.net.