Regional Director Julianne Fries

Julianne-Fries-DSC_6997-4x6-web.jpg’I’ve been with Augustana Care for the last 8 years. I started as an intern at the Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis while I completed my bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. Upon graduation, I accepted a position as the marketing director at Augustana Apartments of Minneapolis. A year and a half later I accepted the position as director of housing at the Minneapolis Apartments and lead that team for five and a half years. This summer I decided I was ready for the next step in my journey and am thrilled to be joining Augustana Care’s outstanding Emerald Crest family!
I became passionate about working in older adult services through time spent with my grandmother. She will be turning 99 this month and currently lives at Augustana Care. I believe strongly in the Emerald Crest model for care for older adults with dementia and the importance of individualized engagement, quality care, and compassion.

Director of Cognitive Care Jenny LaVoi

Jenny-Lavoi_DSC_470872A184.jpgI’m an occupational therapist who has worked for 11years providing direct care to residents at Emerald Crest by Augustana  Care. Currently, I’m working as the occupational therapist at the Shakopee community and the director of cognitive care. As people with dementia-related conditions are often overlooked, being able to make a difference in their lives and how the community perceives them continues to drive my work.

Director of Admissions and Marketing Christine Drasher

Christine-Drasher-DSC_3898_4x6.pngAfter graduating from The College of St. Scholastica in 1997 with a degree in communications and advertising, I began my career at Good Age newspaper in ad sales and marketing. That’s where I found my passion for working with older generations and their families. I came to the Emerald Crest community in 2001 and, since then, have helped hundreds of families find a home for their loved ones.

Families frequently tell me how grateful they are that Emerald Crest by Augustana Care is helping them through the most difficult decision of their lives. Knowing I can ease the worries of caregivers by helping them find peace of mind is priceless.

Admissions and Community Relations Specialist Linh Tran

Linh-Tran-JMP_7914_Pro-web.jpgI studied biology at St. Thomas and worked as a health aide during my college years. I worked in home care for three years before deciding that my heart was in memory care. In addition, I was a director of memory care for five years. I love working with the superb team at Augustana Care and getting to know residents and families. I love the serenity at Emerald Crest and feel truly lucky to be part of this community. The Emerald Crest philosophy of concentrating on people's abilities (versus disabilities) completely mirrors my own. I hope you'll come by and visit soon!

Rev. Lette Gamble, Chaplain

Chaplain-Lette-Gamble-DSC_2049.jpgI am very honored to be chaplain at Emerald Crest. I attended the University of Minnesota and Luther Seminary and trained at Augustana Care center and Methodist Hospital. After my ordination, I was called to a large parish in Burnsville where I served on the spiritual care team for prayer and older-adult ministries. I provide worship services, communion, one to one visits and devotions at Emerald Crest and also provide support for family members and staff. It is a great privilege to be part of the lives of all those we serve.

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We were exceptionally pleased with the staff and their care – beyond our expectations. We picked Emerald Crest because of the “family” atmosphere and home environment.  We speak very highly of Emerald Crest in the community and would refer someone with full confidence and no reservations.

— Kim, daughter of resident