We are passionate about serving the older adults and caregivers of our community. For this reason, Age Well Arrowhead was founded in 2014 as a local non-profit. We are funded by a Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Title III funding administered by the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging and client contributions. These grants allow us to provide services that are easily accessible and affordable.
Age Well Arrowhead provides services to all persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, use of public assistance, or sexual orientation.
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As someone who served as a caregiver for seven years, Mary understands both the joys and challenges older adults and their loved ones experience throughout the aging process. Mary became the Executive Director of Age Well Arrowhead in 2015, and is working to transform the way we age in the Arrowhead. Mary is a member of the Dementia Friendly Communities, Duluth Advisory Committee, Gerontology Aging Services Professional Program Advisory Committee, and is an Alzheimer’s support group facilitator.
Mary has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management, certificates from the University of Wisconsin Superior in Human Resource Management and Leading & Managing Nonprofit Organizations, and is a certified REACH Interventionist. Mary also completed Advanced Dementia Capability Training and Basic Caregiver Coaching Skills Training for Professionals Supporting Family Caregivers.
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Karina’s background is in both mental health and aging. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and art from Concordia College, Moorhead and then her Master’s Degree in clinical social work from The University of St. Thomas/ St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She has completed Dementia Capability Training, Caregiver Coaching Basic Training, Skills Training for Professionals Supporting Family Caregivers, and Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) Training.
While receiving her Masters, Karina specialized in gerontological social work through the Area of Emphasis in Aging program. Through this program, Karina was able to focus her clinical coursework on the aging population, participate in community outreach and complete her Clinical Research Paper on service needs for those with Frontotemporal Dementia while also participating in field practicum at the Wilder Foundation Center for Aging and at the Memory Loss and Dementia Clinic at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.
Karina also has professional caregiving experience and experience working in both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings and is looking forward to cultivating relationships while creating additional connections to better serve the community of older adults in this area. “Working with the aging population has been a passion of mine for many years!”
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A Duluth native, Kim volunteers her time to multiple local non-profits including the Northern Lights Foundation, Twin Ports Community Thanksgiving Buffet and Project Joy; understanding the value in giving back to our community. Kim also sits on the Career Pathways board for the City of Duluth Workforce Development office with a special emphasis in Healthcare Careers and the Senior Programs Advisory Board.
Kim is a Certified Volunteer Administrator through the Minnesota Association of Volunteer Administration and provides assistance with all aspects of agency operations including program management, program development and community partnership development in support of Age Well’s mission.
A lover of cooking and all things food related as well as gardening, Kim lives in Duluth with her husband David and dog, Lily.
Patti is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Life and a graduate of Lake Superior College with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. She was the Clothing Programs Coordinator at the Damiano Center for sixteen years. She brings extensive volunteer recruitment and management experience and has past experience working with older adults as the Food Stamp Outreach Program Coordinator.
A native of Duluth, Laura’s passion is giving back to the community through various non-profits. Owner-Operator of Through Laura’s Lens Photography, Founder of Project Joy, a non-profit raising monies and awareness of childhood hunger in the Northland and blogger on www.iwillchoosejoy.wordpress.com.
Laura brings these skills to the Age Well Arrowhead as she customizes Dementia Training for local businesses and organizations. Having completed all levels of Dementia Capability Training through the Minnesota Board on Aging, Laura looks forward to helping create a “Dementia Friendly” Northland. She is also trained to provide support to caregivers having completed Caregiver Coaching Basic Training, Skills Training for Professionals Supporting Family Caregivers, and Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) Training.
Tina grew up in Wrenshall, MN and has lived in Duluth most of her adult life. As a past caregiver to her father during his battle with cancer, Tina understands the importance of having support and reliable, readily available resources for not only the caregiver but also the care receiver.
With a varied background in administrative support and event planning, Tina brings her expertise to Age Well Arrowhead as we experience sustained growth in not only our client base but also the number of services offered.
Tina loves meeting new people, cooking and reading and lives in Duluth with her dog Kaia.
Ric Schaefer is the Director for Arrowhead Health Alliance (AHA) www.arrowheadhealthalliance.org a multi-county Health and Human Services Agency. Ric joined AHA in the fall of 2007 as its business model was still being developed. As Director for AHA Ric is responsible for the ongoing development of AHA’s unique business structure which focuses on leveraging the strengths of 5 counties in northern Minnesota.
Ric holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and prior to his current position held administrative positions for a regional case management company and a national long-term care organization.
Mary Alice Carlson has her M.A. degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, her B.A. in Psychology from The College of St. Scholastica and an A.A. from Fond du Lac Community College. She teaches four courses at the College of St. Scholastica: Introduction to Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Group Dynamics and Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Ms. Carlson is interested in research dealing with emotions, grief, and bereavement.
Kirsten Cruikshank is the past Executive Director of Community Partners in Two Harbors Minnesota. With over 15 years of leadership experience in aging services, she is very knowledgeable about the needs of older adults and provides assistance with program development and nonprofit management. She holds a MSW and has over 26 years of experience in human services planning, fund raising, and program development. Kirsten and her husband recently opened Spokengear Cyclery and Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors. She and her family reside in rural Two Harbors
Beth Hohenstein is a Licensed Social Worker at Ecuman Lakeshore. Prior to her current position she was employed at Essentia Health and the Duluth Regional Care Center. Beth served on the board for Habitat for Humanity and volunteers for Age Well Arrowhead. Beth’s interests include, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family at the cabin.
Terese Tomanek is employed as a chaplain at Essentia Health and Woodland Hills Juvenile Residential Treatment Center. Prior to that, she had a career in health care, working at Superior Health Medical Center for 10 years and in her own practice, Hermantown Chiropractic Clinic, for 16 years.
Terese graduated from UMD with a B.A. in psychology and sociology. She then graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a doctor of chiropractic degree. Terese was the first female chiropractor to hold the position of President of the Minnesota Chiropractic Association and she served on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Health Sciences University for 10 years.
Terese graduated from St. John’s Seminary in March of 2014 and was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ in 2015.
Terese serves on the board of the Lake Superior Foundation as its Secretary and is also a board member of Duluth Sister Cities International. Terese recently completed a term on the Duluth News Tribune’s editorial board and has served on numerous other boards including the Duluth Library Board, Marshall School Board, The Duluth Human Rights Commission and the YWCA board.
Kevin Pillsbury is an attorney at the law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P.A. in Duluth. In addition to his service on the Age Well Arrowhead Board of Directors, Kevin also serves on the Board of Directors for the Superior Hiking Trail Association, is a member of the Ronald McDonald House Speakers Bureau, and a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities/Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota Cooks for Kids Program, and the Volunteer Attorney Program. He is also a graduate of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Duluth Program. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, and spending time outdoors.