Board

Board of Directors

The Minneapolis Senior Workers Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of Officers and Committee Chairs elected by the membership. The Board plans programs, works towards increasing the ability of the organization to meet its mission, and assists members in becoming full participants.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors at a future time, please contact a member of the board. You will then be considered when there is a vacancy on the Board if you have been a MASWA member for a minimum of one year.

To enhance your MASWA membership, you are encouraged to become more involved by serving on a committee. To do so, please contact the Board Committee Chair who represents the committee of your interest.

Thank you for your interest.

President

The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of this Corporation. He or she shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership. He or she shall be responsible for the general supervision, direction and management of the affairs of this Corporation. He or she may execute on behalf of the Corporation all contracts, deeds, conveyances and other instruments in writing that my be required or authorized by the Board of Directors for the proper and necessary transaction of the business of this Corporation.

Judy DeckerJudy Decker

Email:   judydecker@ecumen.org

Judy's Biography: Judy has been working in the senior housing industry for several years as a liaison helping seniors and their families in transition. She has a broad background and is experienced in account management, sales, service, finance and administration. Judy is currently working for Stoney River as the Director of Community Relations. Her degree is in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University with a focus on Sales and Marketing and Diversity. Judy has been volunteering her time with MASWA for the past four years and has held the positions of Membership Chair and President elect. When time allows and the weather cooperates, she enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, and traveling with her friends and family.

Secretary

The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings. He or she shall have and may exercise any and all other powers and duties pertaining by law, regulation, or practice to the office of Secretary or imposed by these By-laws.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.23.50 PMGeorgene Connelly

Email: gconnelly@thewatersseniorliving.com

Georgene's Biography: Georgene is currently Senior Living Consultant at The Waters of Eden Prairie and sees each day as a new chance to help someone along the way. She began the Senior Living service journey through an exciting volunteering opportunity that lasted several years at Clare Bridge (now Brookdale), a Dementia and Alzheimer’s community. Becoming hooked was easy. You may have met her at a Fall Aging Conference, a Care Options GuideBook Social, MASWA Meeting or another similar event. Georgene believes that each day brings confirmation that this industry is the place to be, not only for what one can contribute but also for its unspoken rewards. Being a Board Member allows the opportunity to utilize skills and talents to serve others in yet another way. Originally from New York, where walking is the norm with a great ocean nearby, she claims that it is common to be caught walking the Minneapolis Lakes even though nothing beats a wave or two crashing upon a sandy beach with a gentle ocean mist in your face and sand underneath the feet! Georgene holds a BA in Psychology and a recent MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management where she serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. She also has completed Dale Carnegie training in Management and Leadership. In her spare time, she coaches executives in sales and sales leadership.

Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be responsible for maintaining accurate financial records for this Corporation including any entity and/or Committee of this Corporation and safeguarding the assets of this Corporation. The Treasurer shall be Treasurer for the Conference Committee, being responsible for maintaining accurate financial records of this Committee.

Paul Blom

Paul's Biography: Paul has been on the MASWA Board since 2003, and has served as President, Education Chair, Fall Aging Conference Co-Chair, and Public Policy Co-Chair. Paul currently serves as Treasurer. Paul and his husband, Bob, own and operate Right at Home, a non-medical home care agency based out of Bloomington. Outside of work and the MASWA Board, Paul is on the boards of the Parkinson’s Foundation, Avenue’s for Homeless Youth, and Training to Serve.

Members at Large

The Members at Large represent the general membership on the Board of Directors. The Members-at-Large form a committee that is responsible for planning the annual membership meeting.

 

 

Charlotte Hoes

Char's Biography: Charlotte Hoes is currently the Community Liaison at Copperfield Hill in Robbinsdale, MN. Copperfield Hill is her first foray into the senior housing industry, but she has a long history of volunteerism and working with seniors. Working at Copperfield Hill allows her to keep her connection with seniors while providing information to surrounding senior communities about the resources and services Copperfield Hill has to offer. She also participates as a board member for the Robbinsdale Chamber of Commerce.

Elizabeth Rose

erose@villageshores.com

Communications

The Communications Committee maintains up-to-date, accurate and effective print and electronic communications for use by members and the community.

Joel Kraft

Joel's Biography:  Joel Kraft has worked as the Director of Operations for Seniors’ Choice at Home since the spring of 2017. Seniors’ Choice provides non-medical care and helps senior citizens maintain their independence throughout the Twin Cities.

Joel and his wife, Becky, have two children. The four of them enjoy being outdoors, traveling and spending time together at the family cabin

Fall Aging Conference

The Conference Committee works with the Senior Workers Association of the Greater St. Paul Area to present the Annual Conference. The Committee determines the site, menu, theme, program, speakers, recruits sponsors and exhibitors, handles promotion and publicity, registrations and many other tasks associated with hosting the conference.

 

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.23.50 PMGeorgene Connelly

Email: gconnelly@thewatersseniorliving.com

Georgene's Biography: Georgene is currently Senior Living Consultant at The Waters of Eden Prairie and sees each day as a new chance to help someone along the way. She began the Senior Living service journey through an exciting volunteering opportunity that lasted several years at Clare Bridge (now Brookdale), a Dementia and Alzheimer’s community. Becoming hooked was easy. You may have met her at a Fall Aging Conference, a Care Options GuideBook Social, MASWA Meeting or another similar event. Georgene believes that each day brings confirmation that this industry is the place to be, not only for what one can contribute but also for its unspoken rewards. Being a Board Member allows the opportunity to utilize skills and talents to serve others in yet another way. Originally from New York, where walking is the norm with a great ocean nearby, she claims that it is common to be caught walking the Minneapolis Lakes even though nothing beats a wave or two crashing upon a sandy beach with a gentle ocean mist in your face and sand underneath the feet! Georgene holds a BA in Psychology and a recent MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management where she serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. She also has completed Dale Carnegie training in Management and Leadership. In her spare time, she coaches executives in sales and sales leadership.

Education

The Education Committee facilitates and encourages continuing education in the field of aging for members of the organization. This committee administers scholarships for MASWA members.


Kathleen CarlsonKathleen Carlson

Email: Kathleen.Carlson@voamn.org

Kathleen's Biography: Kathleen’s Biography: Kathleen graduated from St Cloud State University with her Bachelors in Social Work and started her career in long term care as a Licensed Social Worker in 2008. Kathleen’s current position is as a social worker with Volunteers of America MN-Center for Excellence in Supported Decision Making/Protective Services.

Kathleen’s passion lies in advocating for adults to maintain autonomy with a focus on dignity, quality of life, and the safest yet least restrictive options for each individual. Kathleen is also passionate about being a resource to professionals serving vulnerable adults as well as families and interested parties. She continuously strives to empower individuals to make the most appropriate and informed decision.

This is Kathleen’s first experience serving on a board. She is enjoying the experience and views this as an additional opportunity to network so that all professionals can be better connected to a myriad of resources available to our aging clients and their families.

Kathleen’s ideal free day would be spent outdoors hiking with her husband, baby boy, and their retriever/lab mix Fisk. She lives just West of the cities on 5 acres where she enjoys gardening as well as watching wildlife and having bonfires.

Membership

 

Elle Fox

Elle Fox

Email: efox@augustanacare.org

Elle's Biography: Elle has been in the health care industry for over two years now. Currently working at Augustana Apartments as their Marketing Director in downtownMinneapolis, Elle was excited to join the MASWA board this year as she loves the senior housing industry and particularly enjoys working and networking with fellow colleagues. Elle graduated with a degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is currently in Graduate School at Saint Mary’s University working towards her MBA. In her spare time, Elle is also a volleyball coach for a club in Hopkins and plays in various leagues in the Twin Cities. When not at work or on the volleyball court, Elle enjoys spending her time with family, friends and experiencing all Minneapolis has to offer – especially the lakes! 

Sue StenbergSue Stenberg

Email: SStenberg@walkermethodist.org

Sue's Biography: Sue has been working in the senior housing industry since 2014. She is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at Walker Methodist Care Suites in Edina Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication and Marketing from St. Cloud State University. Her previous work experience was seven years in hotel sales and twelve years in corporate housing sales. Sue says her current position working with seniors is her "Best Job Ever"

Sue is the youngest of 8 kids (Catholic farm family) and has two sons. Outside of work, you can find Sue at her sons' sporting events (they play football, basketball and baseball), running or doing yoga.

Public Policy

The Public Policy Committee enables membership to be informed of pertinent legislative and public policy issues in order to have an opportunity to respond accordingly

Jarrod PetersonJarrod Peterson

Email:  jpeterson@touchinghearts.com

Jarrod's Biography: 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.

Read the Board of Directors' and Officers' Descriptions

Past President

The Past President shall serve as an advisor to the President, providing continuity and perspective.  The Past President serves as a member of the Nominating Committee and other duties as they choose.  The Past President may step in for the President’s duties in the absence of the President and Past-President.

 

LindaLinda Debner

Email:  debnerl@aol.com

Linda's Biography:  Linda Debner, President, is currently retired.  She spent the last 20 years of her nursing career working in hospice in various roles, including Director of Provider Relations, Director of Quality Improvement, Director of Community Education, and Clinical Liaison.   Linda has also been very active in community organizations including MASWA, SPSWA, CareProviders of Minnesota, Fall Aging Conference Steering Committee, Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care, and various facility quality improvement committees.  Linda has several published articles and loves to write.  She has one child and eight cats, who allow her and her daughter to stay in their home.  Linda loves to tend to her summer flowers, read, bother the cats, and share precious time with her daughter and her friends.

 


Nominating

The Nominating Committee prepares a slate of officers and committee chairs to be presented at the Annual Meeting to be voted on the Corporation's members. They also recruit members to fill Board of Directors and Committee Chair vacancies as they occur.


MASWA Committees


If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors at a future time, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee. You will then be considered when there is a vacancy on the Board if you have been a MASWA member for a minimum of one year.