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 Twin Ports Community Thanksgiving Buffet and Project Joy; understanding the value in giving back to our community. Kim sits on the Career Pathways board for the City of Duluth Workforce Development office with a special emphasis in Healthcare Careers, the Senior Programs Advisory Board and the action & media committees for Dementia Friendly Duluth.
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.
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Teaching others and building relationships with the people around him have defined Peter’s career. He has taught lessons ranging from nutrition, leadership, culture, science, brain injuries, and even outdoor education. Now, Peter is focused on teaching others the challenges of dementia throughout the community. His passion is to help others and that desire has guided him throughout his life. Peter graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a B.A.A. in Teaching and worked at an Adult Day Program teaching those with disabilities and severe and persistent mental illness. He has extensive training in allowing individual choice and recently became a Person-Centered Thinking Coach. Peter has also completed his certification in Advanced Dementia Capability Training. Peter has many years of experience in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings. This has allowed him to develop his skills in writing curriculum and connecting to an audience. He is thrilled to be a member of the Age Well Arrowhead team and looks forward to bringing greater awareness of dementia through business training.
Peter also has a love for the outdoors and is an avid fisherman. He owns a fishing education company that is dedicated to teaching others the enjoyment of fishing. In his spare time away from the office, it is safe to say Peter can be found near a lake. Most of all he enjoys spending time relaxing with his wife, daughter, and family at their northern Minnesota cabin.
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.
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.
Barb is the co-founder of Age Well Arrowhead. She wrote several grants and secured funding to get Age Well off the ground and was instrumental in closing the services gap for the aging population in Duluth, Hermantown, and Proctor. She was an Eldercare Development Partnership (EDP) Program Developer for the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging prior to her current position as the grant writer for the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. Barb is also a skilled facilitator of organizational strategic planning, program evaluation and development, and provides a variety of support services to area aging service providers. She is also a member of the Dementia Friendly Duluth Advisory Committee and provides technical assistance and expertise to foundations that support nonprofits that serve older adults and caregivers.