Alysia Bolstad – Trimont, MN
I work as the Assistant Executive Director and Marketing Director at an Assisted Living named Temperance Lake Ridge, located in Sherburn MN. We currently have 28 assisted living apartments and 16 memory care apartments. We are currently in the process of an expansion and remodel and will soon have a total of 28 memory care apartments. I have been a part of multiple committees in my community assisting in building parks and putting on intergenerational events. Currently at my job, I assist in the leadership duties in assuring that the staff and residents are well taken care of and all aspects of their needs are being met. I am a hard worker and mother of 3 kids. Most of my time outside of work is spent cheering my kids on in the many activities they do.
Beverly Gillund – Hendricks, MN
Beverly Gillund of Hendricks is a registered nurse, a licensed social worker and has conducted professional speaking engagements throughout the country about telehealth and other technology improvements in rural health care. She recently retired from thirty years of service with the Hendricks Community Hospital Association, where she held numerous positions including the director of clinical services, director of hospice, director of home care and interim nursing director. Ms. Gillund is currently active with her local church and is a member of the Hendricks Kiwanis Club.
Bob Roesler – Chair – Sherburn, MN
My wife Marlene and I live in the house we built forty eight years ago in Sherburn. We have three grown children and four grandsons. My professional career in education spanned 50 plus years, 18 as a high school instructor of agricultural education at Sherburn High School and 32 plus years as a management instructor at Minnesota West College.
I have been elected to serve as councilman and mayor of Sherburn for over two decades and where I currently serve as mayor. Member and chairman of the staff – parish committee at our church. I serve to mentor 3 to 5 high school students each year and currently mentor four first year high school instructors from across southwestern Minnesota. I also serve on numerous local and state advisory boards.
I have been awarded the outstanding agricultural educator in Minnesota award, Honorary FFA National award, Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame member, Borealis Award from the College of Food and Agricultural and Natural Resources and the Service Award from the University of Minnesota to name some.
We both enjoy flower, vegetable and fruit gardening. The garden plot layout is already complete for 2021. I enjoy making maple syrup from our own trees early each spring.
Candace Fenske – Treasurer – Madelia, MN
Kandyce Peton – Courtland, MN
Kandyce Peton of Courtland currently sits on the Courtland City Council and works in retail in New Ulm. Ms. Peton is a registered nurse and has worked nationally in hospitals, health systems and specialty surgery centers. She is a graduate of Connecting Nicollet County, a leadership development program. Ms. Peton participated as a volunteer nurse with the Southwest Minnesota National Honor Flight to assist World War II veterans in traveling to Washington, D.C. She currently volunteers in her community and participates in activities at her local church.
Kat Preuss – Granite Falls, MN
Kathleen Preuss is a member and resident of the Upper Sioux Community Dakota Tribe of Minnesota and a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe of South Dakota. Preuss is currently the Social Service Director at the Upper Sioux Community and has previously worked as a police officer and has worked with ClearWay of Minnesota. She has been a volunteer with Hurt No More Children’s Program, PATHWAYS Sexual Assault Program and PACT for Families.
When asked about her area of concern relating to older adults, Preuss stated that she wants to ensure “needs are being met in a culturally sensitive manner.” Preuss has started an adult language class in hopes of keeping the Native Dakota language alive.
Kellian Clink – Mankato, MN
Kellian Clink, of Mankato, currently serves as a Professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato within the library and has been an active member on campus and in her communities. She has experience volunteering with hospice and at the Connections Ministry. Ms. Clink also works with the Blue Earth County Social Services Task Force and acts as a liaison between the student government and the faculty association. A member of the American Library Association and the Minnesota Library Association, Ms. Clink has received awards from Minnesota State University-Mankato and the Being a Difference Award from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Center for the Public Trust.
When asked why she was interested in serving with MNRAAA, she responded with, “As with other marginalized populations, it is hard to get it right. Is it hard to age? Yes! Is there much to celebrate in aging? Yes. What are the struggles? How do we, as a community, respond to the needs? With strong listening and research skills, concern and sensitivity, we can discern the needs, celebrate the triumphs and lived experiences and make our community the best place to age!”
Pam Radunz – Hutchinson, MN
Pam Radunz is the Resident Services Director at Harmony River Living Center and is a resident of Hutchinson. Radunz holds a Master of Science in Gerontology from Saint Cloud State University, a certified Independent Trainer for Dementia through Positive Approach, LLC, and a certified Teepa Snow trainer on Dementia. She has been an integral part of numerous committees, such as, Well Being at Work Wellness (consortium for McLeod, Meeker, and Sibley Counties), Meeker County Fair Board, Meeker Area Care Connections, and McLeod County Senior Providers.
“I have a passion for older people that I have grown and developed all my life,” said Radunz when asked why she was interested in joining MNRAAA.
Rosie Dehli – Montevideo, MN
Rosie Dehli from Montevideo, MN, is a retired educator who formerly worked with the Montevideo School District as a teacher and administrator and most recently held an Educational Specialist position with the Minnesota Department of Education. Rosie was in the charter graduating class of Southwest State University and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 1985. She received her master degrees and administrative licensure degree through St Cloud State and has taught in the Administrative licensure program with St. Mary’s University. In addition, she worked with the Reading First Program within the University of Minnesota and has been a Trainer within the Institute of School Leadership (Mn Principal’s Academy) and a board representative for the Minnesota Elementary Principal’s Association as well as a recipient of the National Association of Federal Programs Award. Throughout her 54 years in Montevideo Ms. Dehli was instrumental in the cross generational groups held between local elementary students and area seniors as well as getting a successful Grandparents Day in the elementary schools off the ground. Her involvement within the community has included Chairperson of the United Way, Board Member of the Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce, and fulfilling numerous positions within her local church as well as volunteering with a variety of organizations and committees throughout the area.