Elder Network Staff The Elder Network Staff

Laurie Marreel | Executive Director

Laurie is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Elder Network. She has a real passion for helping seniors and their families. She is a Master Trainer for the evidence-based educational program Powerful Tools for Caregivers. She is a trainer for the other evidence based educational programs Living Well with Chronic Conditions and also Diabetes Self-Management. Laurie is a Dementia Friends Champion and a member of the ACT on Alzheimer's Committee. Laurie has been at Elder Network over 10 years.

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.

Ann Fahy-Gust | Community Engagement

Ann recently joined Elder Network and has the responsibility for building awareness of Elder Network in the community, writing and securing grants, donor stewardship, and building financial sustainability for Elder Network through fundraising and sponsorship support.

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.

Sarah Lawrence, LSW | Senior Advocate

Sarah joined Elder Network in May after receiving her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Winona State University.  Sarah is a licensed social worker who provides in-person assistance to help seniors and caregivers learn about and access services as they are needed.  She is also responsible for outreach to senior communities in Olmsted County.  

Jackie Johnson, LCSW | 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.  

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.

Kori Iverson | Program Coordinator - Winona and Wabasha Counties

Kori is the newest Elder Network team member. She is responsible for the programming in Winona and Wabasha. 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. Kori will support volunteers, clients, and families living in Wabasha and Winona counties. Kori completed her Human Development and Family Studies degree at University of Wisconsin Stout.


 

Elder Network StaffThe Elder Network Board Members

 

Elder Network Board

President – Jason Wagner - Ward & Oehler, LTD
Vice President – Betty Hutchins - Mayo Clinic
Treasurer – Sarah Vandersnick – Think Bank
Secretary – Open
Past President – Kathleen Lovett - Community Member

Advisory Board for Olmsted County

Jennifer Anderson – Elder Network Volunteer
Judy Hagler – Community Member
Martha Hendricks – Retired pastor
Paul Wilson - Retired County Board Member
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.