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.
Kristin Mannix | Associate 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.”
The 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 – Kathleen Lovett - Community Member
Past President – Kathleen Lovett - Community Member
Advisory Board for Olmsted County
Jennifer Anderson – Elder Network Volunteer
Judy Hagler – Community Member
Paul Wilson – Retired County Board Member
Tammy Karp – 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
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
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.