Dedicated Talent

Guided by the Benedictine values and a passion for senior care, Saint Therese employees extend genuine kindness and compassion to residents. We take great pride in hiring industry-leading, talented professionals who find true purpose in our mission. As each employee uses his or her unique set of skills and experience to grow the heart of our communities, we work together, inspired by a single, simple goal—do ordinary things with extraordinary love.


Our corporate leadership team and community executive directors serve with unparalleled commitment, generosity and philanthropy. Get to know them and contact us to learn more.
 

Leadership

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Craig W. Abbott

President & Chief Executive Officer
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As President and CEO Craig is responsible for overseeing more than 1,000 employees serving more than 2,000 seniors and their families, ensuring Saint Therese is a wonderful place to live and work. In keeping with the philosophy, vision and mission of Saint Therese, Craig provides executive leadership and strategic and overall operational direction for the organization.

Craig’s career began in non-profit aging services in 1993 with Volunteers of America National Services. He's also held operational leadership roles with other non-profit organizations including The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and Minnesota Masonic Homes.

Most recently, Craig served as Executive Vice President of Health Dimensions Group, which provides third party management services and client consulting serves to clients across all 50 states. Over the last 17 years, he held a myriad of executive leadership positions at the company. 

Throughout Craig’s career, his responsibilities have progressed from single-site skilled nursing facility leadership, to providing multi-site operational, consultative and executive leadership roles on a nationwide basis. He is a seasoned and highly respected industry leader and trusted strategic advisor, well versed and experienced in all aspects of aging care and services. In addition to working with existing communities, Craig comes to Saint Therese with experience developing, opening, managing, and expanding start-up senior living communities.

His favorite Saint Therese Guiding Behavior is valuing each individual.

Outside of work Craig likes to spend time with family and friends, travel, boat, fish, golf and is an avid Minnesota sports fan.

Three words that describe Craig:  Dedicated. Driven. Integrious

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Calvin Shelangoski

Chief Financial Officer
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With more than 12 years of experience in senior care, Calvin leads the organization’s financial strategy in a way that honors the Saint Therese mission and positively impact the lives of seniors. Calvin earned his degree in business administration with a focus on finance from the University of Iowa.

Calvin was introduced to the senior living industry through his role as finance director at Lutheran Living, a CCRC in Muscatine, Iowa. Most recently, he served as vice president of finance at WesleyLife, where he led the organization through a period of financial growth and multiple expansion projects starting in 2012.

Prior to joining Saint Therese as chief financial officer in February 2018, Calvin was actively involved with nonprofit trade associations in Iowa. He is a former member of LeadingAge Iowa and one of the organization’s trusted financial consultants as having served as a reimbursement consultant for the association and its members.

Calvin’s favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is welcoming one another.

“Welcoming one another is a key behavior every team member, resident, family member and volunteer can share and take part in at Saint Therese. It’s a remarkable, ever-present feeling experienced when visiting our communities.”

A retired swimmer, Calvin enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his family.

Three words that describe Calvin: Passionate, energetic, sincere

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Lisa Kalla

Chief Operating Officer
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Lisa joined Saint Therese in 2021 as executive director and campus administrator of Saint Therese of New Hope. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October 2021 with responsibility for the overall daily operations of the nonprofit organization. Lisa works with leadership to implement Saint Therese’s strategic vision and values; direct, administer and coordinate internal operational activities; and manage the campus executive directors.

Prior to Saint Therese, Lisa was associate vice president of Healthcare with Covenant Living and executive director for Carondelet Village in St. Paul. She has a degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Normandale Community College.

Her favorite Saint Therese Guiding Behavior is valuing each individual.

“I think it is important to recognize the value that each of us brings to make Saint Therese successful. I believe this is true for staff, residents, and families. Each of us has a unique background and experience that helps one another grow as a person and live out our mission every day. Learning about each other, understanding one another’s viewpoint, and recognizing God has given each of us unique talents which only strengthens our community and the care and love we provide.”

Outside of work Lisa likes to spend time outside, outside activities, spend time with family and friends and read crime mystery novels.

Three words that describe Lisa: Positive. Integrity. Compassionate.

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Kym Fisher

Chief Human Resource Officer
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Kym began working at Saint Therese in July 2003. She has extensive knowledge of federal and state labor laws, regulations and legal compliance, employee relations and development, organizational effectiveness, change management, conflict resolution, benefits administration, workers' compensation, OSHA guidelines and union negotiations. Kym earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota, as well as certificates in industrial relations, SPHR, workers’ compensation (CWC) and OSHA 30.

Kym’s favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is providing heartfelt purpose. She believes serving others brings value to her own purpose in life.

“Hiring people who embrace our guiding behaviors and who fit our culture ensures happier employees and higher quality of care for our seniors.”

Outside of work, Kym raises, trains and shows purebred dogs.

Three words that describe Kym: Impactful, committed, knowledgeable

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Amy Taylor-Greengard

Chief Operations Officer of Ascend Rehabilitation
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Amy has been with Saint Therese since November 2004. She earned her degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, is licensed by the Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy and is a Geriatric Certified Specialist (GCS). Amy is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota, teaching rehab management to graduates enrolled in the Geriatric clinical Residency program, and serves as a geriatric residency site supervisor. Amy holds memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association and the Academy of Geriatrics Physical Therapy.

Amy enjoys being a part of a progressive organization grounded in doing the right thing for the people it serves. Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual.

“Taking time to listen shows others you truly value their needs, concerns, opinions and who they are as a person.”

Amy lives on a hobby farm with her husband, daughter and son, where they enjoy home improvement projects, outdoor activities and animals. Amy is also a champion handler of Arabian horses within national competitions.

Three words that describe Amy: Passionate, dedicated, kind

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Josh Anderson

Vice President of Ancillary Services
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Josh joined Saint Therese in November 2021. A licensed nursing home administrator in Minnesota and Illinois, Josh earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Park University in Chicago. Prior to Saint Therese, Josh held operations and administrator positions at senior communities in the Chicago area and the Twin Cities.

For Saint Therese he is responsible for driving program development, optimization, strategy, and growth. He oversees dining services, plant operations/material management, community relations, spiritual health/pastoral departments, and therapeutic recreation. His favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is spreading kindness and compassion.

Outside of work Josh likes to take family vacations and work on home projects.

Three words that describe Josh: Faith-filled, Compassionate, Dependable

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Jen Bettencourt

Vice President of Philanthropy
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Jen joined Saint Therese as an events coordinator and has also been the donor relations manager. As the vice president of philanthropy, she is responsible for leading all of Saint Therese's fundraising activities including major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, special events and capital campaigns. This includes cultivating key relationships and contacts within and outside of the Saint Therese network to drive philanthropy and foster a culture of giving. 

She has a BS in Criminal Justice and a JD in Law and spent five years practicing corporate law prior to the birth of her three children. She has been involved with fundraising for over 15 years.

Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual.

Outside of work Jen likes to travel, hike, read and spend time with her family.

Three words that describe Jen: Engaging. Authentic. Passionate.

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Jessica Gier, RN

Vice President of Clinical Operations & Reimbursement
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Jessica joined Saint Therese in October 2021. She oversees clinical quality and reimbursement for each of the diverse business lines that Saint Therese offers. She is an accomplished nursing professional with extensive experience in long-term care and assisted living environments. She received her bachelor’s in science from Northern Michigan University, associate degree in nursing from the College of Lake County (Illinois), and is working toward her master’s in nursing from Chamberlain University near Chicago.

Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is being able to provide heartfelt purpose.

Outside of work Jessica enjoys being active and spending time with her husband and three kids.

Three words that describe Jessica: Dedicated, Driven and Caring

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Christina Marshall

Vice President of Sales & Marketing
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Christina joined Saint Therese in June 2021. She is responsible for overseeing the marketing, sales, and public relations efforts of Saint Therese communities. Christina has spent her entire career in senior living and has worked at multiple senior living communities in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. She graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing communications and sociology at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is spreading kindness and compassion.

Outside of work Christina likes to spend time with friends and family, garden and play ping-pong.

Three words that describe Christina: Authentic. Passionate. Fun.

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Dinah Martin Kmetz

Executive Director Project Management
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As a licensed nursing home administrator with demonstrated success in project management and business development, Dinah has served Saint Therese seniors for more than 17 years. Her ongoing support has been key in the thoughtful expansion of Saint Therese's continuum of care throughout the Twin Cities. 

Dinah holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration and master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Dinah also has a certificate in sales and marketing from LeadingAge. She is a graduate of LeadingAge Minnesota's inaugural Leadership Academy and continues to participate in the program as a coach. 

Outside of work, Dinah enjoys playing softball and volleyball. She also is a CHAASE Board of Adviser Council Member at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dinah's favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual. She says she has been fortunate to get to know and care for so many people throughout her years at Saint Therese.

"Seeing residents as their own person makes a huge difference. Learning their story, meeting their families and finding out about what makes each of them unique is the great privilege of our caregiving profession."

Three words that describe Dinah: Dependable, dedicated, engaged 

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David Keane

Director of Information Technology
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David is currently the Director of Information Technology at Saint Therese and has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. In his current role, David oversees the IT Department along with IT Strategy, Enterprise Infrastructure, System and Security needs of the organization.

Over the years, David has held several senior appointments including Regional Branch Manager and Director of Professional Service with a large IT Managed Service corporation located in Minneapolis. David successfully completed his Tertiary education at Victoria University, in Melbourne, Australia, with a discipline in Information Technology & Business Systems.

His favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual.

Outside of work David likes to hang out with family and friends, ski, snowmobile, golf, listen to music and travel.

Three words that describe Dave: Considerate. Resourceful. Open Minded.

Administrators

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Nolay Freeman

Director of Palliative Care at Saint Therese at St. Odilia
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After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, Nolay joined Saint Therese in January 2011. She specializes in nurse management, case management and palliative care and holds a LeadingAge Minnesota Leadership Academy certificate.

Nolay views hospice and palliative care as an opportunity to serve others. She strives to do all she can to comfort and care for residents and their loved ones. Nolay’s favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is spreading kindness and compassion because it is fundamental to her work. She encourages each of her team members to take time to listen, offer support and simply be a presence of love.

“Every aspect of my work is rewarding. I love caring for residents whose well-being has been entrusted to me. I love my team, and I truly believe in the mission of Saint Therese.”

Outside of work, Nolay enjoys cooking and reviewing Judge Judy’s latest verdicts.

Three words that describe Nolay: Compassionate, dedicated, respectful

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Debra Reitmeier

Executive Director and Campus Administrator, Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake
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Deb was named executive director at Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake in December 2021. She administers, directs, and coordinates the services and programs for the senior community, which provides a full continuum of care for seniors.

She has 20 years of proven leadership success and is skilled in all aspects of nursing home and assisted living operations. Most recently she was president and administrator for a care center in Annandale, Minn. She received a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and completed her Long Term Care Licensure Coursework at the University of Minnesota.

Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual.

Outside of work Deb likes working on home improvement projects, scrapbooking, snowmobiling and spending time with her family.

Three words that describe Deb: Kind, Caring and Determined

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Christine DeLander

Executive Director and Campus Administrator, Saint Therese of New Hope
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Christine was named executive director of Saint Therese of New Hope in January 2022. She administers, directs, and coordinates the services and programs for the senior community, which provides a full continuum of care for seniors.

She has more than 13 years of leadership and management experience in nursing and has worked at a number of senior communities in the Twin Cities. Most recently she was the licensed healthcare administrator at Covenant Living of Golden Valley. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the science of nursing from Metropolitan State University and earned her long term care administration license from the University of Minnesota.

Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual.

Outside of work Christine likes spending time with family, enjoying nature/outdoors, painting and keeping fit.

Three words that describe Christine: Compassionate, Driven, Dedicated

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Jill Acosta

Executive Director and Campus Administrator, Saint Therese of Woodbury
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Jill was named executive director of Saint Therese of Woodbury in December 2021. She administers, directs, and coordinates the services and programs for the senior community, which provides a full continuum of care for seniors.

She has nearly 30 years in senior services leadership. Previously, she was campus administrator for a large senior campus and intergenerational shared site in the south metro. She graduated from the University of Minnesota and earned her long term care administration licensure at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is valuing each individual.

Outside of work Jill likes spending time with family, gardening, cooking, reading and photography.

Three words that describe Jill: Dedicated, Resilient, Fun