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.
Renee Kreter | Visiting and Peer Support Coordinator
Renee 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 co-facilitates the Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop and Support Group. Renee facilitates Elder Circles. She has been at Elder Network over 10 years.
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.
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.
The Elder Network Board Members
Elder Network Board
President – Kathleen Lovett – Community Member
Vice President – Jason Wagner – Ward & Oehler, LTD
Treasurer – Sarah Vandersnick – Think Bank
Secretary – Ruth Weispfenning – Charter House Mayo Clinic Retirement Living
Past President – Rob Artley – Elder Network Volunteer
Advisory Board for Olmsted County
Jennifer Anderson – Elder Network Volunteer
Judy Hagler – Community Member
Martha Hendricks – Retired pastor
Betty Hutchins – Mayo Clinic
Roxie Tienter – RN CNP – Olmsted Medical Center
Mary Doucette – Honorary Board Member – RN CNP
Tricia Schilling – Honorary Board Member - Social Worker – Olmsted Medical Center
Advisory Board for Wabasha County
Kathy Jeffery – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
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 – Senior Living at Watkins
Lori Paulson - Winona Friendship Center Senior Advocate
Sarah Laker – WSU Nursing
Dr. Annette Krutsch – Catholic Charities
Donna Kamann– Community Member
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.