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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Barbara Rode

Chief Executive Officer
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A leader whose innovations have shaped health care in Minnesota for more than 30 years, Barbara Rode, LNHA, MS, CNCB, has been serving seniors since 1972. She earned an associate degree in business management from Century College and a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College and Seminary in business organizational studies. She completed coursework in long-term care administration at the University of Minnesota and obtained licensure as a nursing home administrator. In 2001, Barbara obtained a master’s degree in gerontology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. In addition, to support her work in a Catholic-based organization, Barbara earned certification in Catholic health care directives from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in 2003.

Barbara has served Saint Therese as President and CEO for more than 18 years and is responsible for overseeing more than 1,000 employees serving more than 2,000 Minnesotan seniors and their families. She has championed exceptional growth of the organization, expanding thoughtfully from a single entity in New Hope to five campuses across the Twin Cities. Barbara is passionate about building Saint Therese communities around what’s right for its residents, families, and neighborhoods. Her favorite Saint Therese guiding behavior is welcoming one another because it celebrates the Benedictine Values that our organization was founded on and exhibits the true spirit of our communities.

Barbara is an active member of the senior care community on both the national and local level, having served on LeadingAge’s board of directors and several of the organization’s committees. In 2007, Barbara received “Employer of the Year” from the Minnesota Dietary Managers Association. The Women’s Leadership Trust Association recognized Barbara in 2014 as one of the “Top Women in Health Care Leadership.” Most recently, in February 2019, Barbara was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Ray Johnson Pioneer Leadership Award.

Outside of work, Barbara is an avid golfer.

Three words that describe Barbara: Passionate, caring, dedicated

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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