Meet the 2019 Award Recipients

2019 Stars Among Us Award Recipients

Caregiver of the Year

Andrea Boedigheimer, Resident Assistant, Carondolet Village - St. Paul

Spirit of Aging

Walter Griffin, Resident at Ebenezer Park in Minnapolis

Ray Johnson Pioneer Leadership Award

Barb Rode, President & CEO, St. Therese

Kal Michels Outstanding Leadership Award

Kathy Olson, Executive Director, Millstream Commons

Board Trustee of the Year

Bill Foussard, Board Member, Cerenity Marian in St. Paul


Volunteer of the Year Award

Faye Baylor, Volunteer, Minnesota Veteran's Home, Fergus Falls 


Recognizing District Caregivers and Volunteers of the Year

We also honor district caregivers, volunteers and Spirit of Aging recipients. These awards shine a spotlight on the dedicated people who make a difference in the lives of aging Minnesotans around the state.

District Caregivers of the Year

  • District A: Angie Halvorson, Cook, Essentia Health Prairie Pines Community, Fosston
  • District B: Arielle Robinson, Nursing Assistant Registered, Grand Village, Grand Rapids
  • District C: Cheryl Kleven, Registered Nurse, Glenwood Village Care Center, Glenwood
  • District D: Jenise Revering, Home Health Aide, Ecumen Home Care & Hospice, Litchfield
  • District E: Dahlia Schueller, Nurse, Renville Health Services, Renville
  • District F: Heidi Nelson, Program Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Health System, Lake City
  • District G: Kristie Eid, Quality in Living Specialist, Boutwells Landing, Oak Park Heights

District Volunteers of the Year

  • District A: Dean Vikan, Essentia Health Prairie Pines Community, Fosston
  • District C: Christopher Hovden, Pelican Valley Senior Living, Pelican Rapids
  • District D: Garry Nelson, Assumption Community Faith in Action, Cold Spring
  • District F: Dave Mertes, Saint Anne of Winona, Winona
  • District G: Robert and Jeanne Ward, The Glenn Minnetonka

District Spirit of Aging

  • District C: Annamae Buchholtz, Eventide Senior Living Communities, Moorhead
  • District G: Mary Anna Johnson, Augustana Regent at Burnsville, Burnsville


Excellence in Practice Awards

The Quality and Innovation Awards recognize and showcase exceptional progress in aging services, serving as a platform to share promising programs and new ideas to help advance and transform the way we serve older adults.

Quality Awards

  • Resident Life Story - Minnesota Veterans Home Minneapolis with College of Saint Catherine Students
  • Life Care by Walker Methodist - Lifesprk and Walker Methodist Health Center TCU

Innovation Award

  • College Partnerships - Eventide Senior Living Communities with Concordia College
  • Senior Care Excellence - Ecumen with Minnesota State Mankato

Star Workplace 

  • Work Force Solutions - Augustana Regent at Burnsville with Apply Valley High School E3STEM Program

Community Collaboration

  • Cycling Without Age Willmar - Bethesda with the City of Willmar
  • Older Adult Job Fair - Ebenezer Martin Luther Campus, Bloomington with Local Businesses
  • Eventide Block E -Eventide Senior Living Communities with City of Moorhead


Need Help?

We're here to help you! Contact:

  • Barbara Landeen
  • Director of Member and Governance Resources
  • 651.603.3522 or 800.462.5368