The Elder Network Staff

Kristin Mannix | Interim Executive Director

Kristin is focused on building a community of support for Elder Network. Her role includes recruiting volunteers, working with donors and sponsors, and seeking grant support from foundations and other funders.  Kristin also leads our community outreach and communication efforts.  

Holly Brown | Respite and Companion Care Coordinator

Holly coordinates companions and volunteers, evaluates services, and matches companions or volunteers with clients. She is a Master Trainer for Powerful Tools for Caregivers. She trains new facilitators as well as facilitating workshops herself. Holly also provides Caregiver Coaching. She is completing her Social Work degree and has been at Elder Network over 10 years.

Debbie Peterson | Visiting and Peer Support Coordinator

Debbie is responsible for matching clients with volunteers who do home visiting and Peer Support. She trains Peer Support volunteers, evaluates the program, and delivers and supports a variety of educational opportunities in areas where Elder Network operates. She facilitates Elder Circles. She has returned to Elder Network after moving back to Rochester.

Jeani Driscoll, LSW | Senior Advocate

Jeani joined Elder Network in December after practicing social work throughout New England and the Midwest. She now resides in Rochester.  She provides in-person assistance and telephone assistance to help seniors and caregivers learn about and access services they are needed. 

Jackie Johnson, LICSW | Senior Advocate

Jackie joined Elder Network in October. Jackie is a licensed social worker who provides in-person and telephone assistance to help seniors and caregivers learn about and access services as they are needed in Olmsted County.  She is also responsible for outreach to senior communities in Olmsted County.  

Beth Taraba | Program Administration

Beth is responsible for all the office administration, program management and reporting, database development, and educational programming enrollment. Beth is the first point of contact for most of our clients, caregivers and those seeking assistance. Beth has been with Elder Network a total of 5 ½ years.

Barbara Parker | Program Coordinator - Winona County

Barb is the newest Elder Network team member. She is responsible for the programming in Winona. She is based out of the Winona office and will oversee educational programs, services, and network development and advisory board development in these two counties. Barb will support volunteers, clients, and families living in Winona County. Barb earned her master’s degree in family counseling and has worked with seniors and their families for over 15 years. 

“My love for working with the senior population began at St. Paul Senior Homes & Services where I learned how the transition from one’s home into assisted, or even independent, senior living can be hard. I’m honored  to join Elder Network to develop our services in Winona County. I look forward to meeting community members and offering Winona families support that allows seniors to stay in their homes longer.”



Elder Network Board

President – Betty Hutchins - Mayo Clinic
Vice President – Judy Hagler - Community Member
Treasurer – Sarah Vandersnick – Think Bank
Secretary – Tammy Karp - Olmsted Medical Center
Past President – Jason Wagner - Ward & Oehler, LTD

Advisory Board for Olmsted County

Jennifer Anderson – Elder Network Volunteer
Elrina Frost – RN, Mayo Clinic
Kay Lovett -- Community Member
Erin O'Brien - Fox 47 KXLT-TV
Mary Doucette – Honorary Board Member – RN CNP
Tricia Schilling – Honorary Board Member - Social Worker – Olmsted Medical Center

Advisory Board for Wabasha County

Tisha Berger – Wabasha County Public Health
Kate Halverson – Elder Network Powerful Tools for Caregivers Leader
Kathy Geraghty – Wabasha Public Library
Jenny Schlagenhaft – St. Elizabeth's Medical Center


Advisory Board for Winona County

Stephanie Ayoub – Winona County Public Health
Joannah Bork – Southern MN Legal Services
Chris Callahan – Winona National Bank
Dr. Charissa Eaton – Winona State University Social Work
Cheryl Krage – Watkins Manor
Lori Paulson -  Winona Friendship Center Senior Advocate
Sarah Laker – WSU Nursing
Dr. Annette Krutsch – Catholic Charities
Donna Kamann– Community Member

Elder Network Staff The Companion Care Team

Companion Care Team

The companion care team is responsible for non-medical care to support seniors to live in their own homes safely. Their responsibilities are tailored to the individual client, but can include helping make meals, taking walks, assisting with shopping, some support in cleaning and organizing the home. Each companion receives ongoing training, completes a national background check and assists the caregivers and care receivers to create an optimal life balance.