MNRAAA Announces Two New Members to the Board of Directors

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (MNRAAA) is pleased to announce two new members to the Board of Directors. Sheila Westfield and Stacy Hammer have been appointed to serve on the MNRAAA Board of Directors effective January 1, 2022.

Sheila Westfield of Trosky currently works as the Director of Nursing and Clinical Services at Sanford-Luverne Medical Center. Westfield is active in her community as she has served as Scoutmaster for Troop 220 Pipestone Boy Scouts of America and coordinates or leads church music. A graduate of South Dakota State University, Westfield stated that her interest in joining the board is twofold: raise awareness of services available in the area and assist in filling gaps in services in the Pipestone, Rock County areas, specifically transportation and mental health.

“In visiting with Sheila, her passion in caring for others shines through and gives a boost in our mission. Her knowledge and personal and professional experience with the current struggles that caregivers face gives our organization a unique perspective as we continue to navigate the changing aging network,” stated Jason W. Swanson, Executive Director of MNRAAA.

Stacy Hammer of Redwood Falls is currently employed with the Lower Sioux Indian Community and serves as the Director of Community Health. She has been taking the lead in guiding the community through the COIVD-19 pandemic. Hammer is also the Title VI Director and a Registered Dietitian. The Minnesota State University Mankato graduate has been awarded the 2019 Indian Health Services Area Directors Outstanding Tribal Health Employee Award and has been featured in the magazine Circle in an article called “Lower Sioux Healthy Meals – a model.”

“Stacy brings experience with the Older Americans Act (OAA) in working with the Title VI program. I look forward to working with her on how we can bridge services in Title III and Title VI programs under the OAA.”  commented Swanson.

“MNRAAA is excited to have Sheila and Stacy join the Board of Directors. They each bring personal and professional experiences and the passion to innovate to assist older adults to thrive,”  noted Robert Roesler, Board Chair for MNRAAA.

The MNRAAA Board of Directors, which feature professionals from the twenty-seven-county area, ranging from a retired hospital administrator to a registered nurse, is a volunteer governing board. For more information or if you are interested, please visit our website at

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