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Meet our team.

We invite you to meet the expert care team who will care for you or your loved one. At Ecumen Prairie Lodge, we are alert to our residents’ ever-changing health care needs.

We encourage everyone in our community to reach their highest level of independence while enjoying lively activities in a warm and welcoming setting.

Jodi Saeko
Executive Director

I am the newest member of the Ecumen Prairie Lodge Team, joining in November, 2016. Prior to coming here, I have over 15 years of housing management experience, generally in the Northern Minneapolis and suburbs. My passion for working with seniors started at age 16, in food service at an area nursing home and has continued to grow from there. Additionally, as a daughter of a parent in an assisted living community, I have both perspectives of management and family. I have lived in the northern metro suburbs for 33 years and know the area well. In my spare time, I enjoy being a grandparent to one child in the area and others in the southern part of the country, where I enjoy visiting.

Linda Ross
Registered Nurse/Clinical Director

I have been employed by Ecumen Prairie Lodge since 2010. Previously I have worked as Clinical Manager, Staff Development Director and Staff RN in hospital, long term care, and home care. I obtained my BSN from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and completed all coursework for my Masters in Nursing Education at the University of Minnesota.   

My passion is to create a comfortable environment for seniors coping with dementia diagnoses. I have worked with these very special persons for over 20 years.   

At home I enjoy home improvement projects, gardening and keeping up with what’s going on with my 4 children and my 4 grandchildren.    

Judy Decker
Sales and Marketing Manager

I am excited to be part of the awesome team at Ecumen Prairie Lodge! I have been working in the senior housing industry for several years as a liaison helping seniors and their families in transition. I have a broad background and am experienced in account management, sales, service, finance and administration. My degree is in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University with a focus on Sales and Marketing and Diversity.

I volunteer my time with MASWA (Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association) and have most recently been the Membership Chair. I am currently holding the position of President Elect with this organization. When time allows and the weather cooperates, I enjoy spending time outdoors, gardening and traveling with my friends and family.

Michael Ashworth
Life Enrichment Supervisor

Before joining Ecumen in July of 2016, I was part of a radiology support team at Fairview Health Services. In the past, I’ve helped plan and lead activities while employed at a group home for people with disabilities, while volunteering at summer camps or in my role as Trustee and Deacon at my local church. I completed my undergraduate in Healthcare Administration at Metropolitan University in St. Paul, MN.  

It is my belief that every person I interact with has value and their own unique interests. I enjoy having one-on-one conversations with residents at Ecumen Prairie Lodge or their family members to learn how I can meet the resident’s interests best.  

Outside of work, my wife and I enjoy singing in choir together or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.  We had our first child this year, and we love taking her on walks with our coonhound, Koda 

Briana Tollberg
Resident Services Coordinator

I have been employed with Ecumen since 2014, starting at Ecumen Prairie Hill then joining Prairie Lodge in 2015. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Metropolitan State University.  

What I love about my job is that my position allows me to work side by side with our caregivers, and I also get to interact with the residents and their families as well.  

In my spare time I enjoy going up to Ely, MN to hike, fish, and camp. I love going to the movies, and spending time with friends, family, and my two cats Rudy and Jango 

Scott Borchardt
Food Service Director

I have been with Ecumen Prairie Lodge since January, 2015. Prior to that, I worked in the restaurant industry for 25 years, including Red Lobster and Macaroni Grill.   

I enjoy working with the residents on their preferences and dietary needs to create a menu that is healthy and enjoyable. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my 4 daughters and golfing.   

Paula Okerstrom
Human Resources Specialist

I’ve been with Ecumen Prairie Lodge since 2008. Prior to joining the team, I was the Executive Assistant at an assisted living/memory care community in Wayzata. 

My passion is interacting with seniors and getting to know them and their families. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially by daughter, Becca. Becca is attending St. Cloud State University. I am also a consultant with Mary Kay, of which I’ve owned my business for 11 years. 

Mary Donohue
Business Office Specialist

In 2012, I joined Ecumen as part of their Home Care office. I have 25 years of experience in finance and medical billing, and I greatly enjoy working with residents and their families.

My three adult children are my life. I reside in Stillwater, and when I’m not at work I enjoy working in the garden, rollerblading, riding motorcycle and exploring new destinations.

For more information, please call us at 763-566-1495 or click here to request information online.

 

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