Board Members

President- Jennifer Lachermeier

Greetings MAPA Members, 

I have been a MAPA member since 2015, where I met my future college professor Julie Reginek. The following year she gave me the “side eye” and somehow, I became the treasurer that year. I held that position until 2021 when I became President. I graduated December 2017 with an A.A.S. for Activity Director from Ridgewater College and then became NCCAP certified with AL, MC, PC specialties. 

I have worked for PHS since 2010, where I started in housekeeping. One day, in 2012, our campus administrator asked me if I would like to try activities, and I never looked back! I worked in the LongTerm Care Unit for the first 4 years and the next 8 years I have worked closely with the Assisted Living and Memory Care units. I most recently moved into a LED position where I oversee a full mini continuum (IL, AL, MC) area. Prior to PHS, I worked with Adults with Developmental Disabilities since I was around 15 years old. 

I live in the very small town of Winsted, MN with my husband Philip & fur babies, Otto, Max, Jewels, & George. We also have a grown Daughter/Son-in-law & Son. I love spending my free time reading, playing card games, gardening and riding motorcycle with family and friends. I love learning everything I can about our "greatest generation" and am so thankful for MAPA and the education it provides. I look forward to meeting you!

Jennifer Lachermeier, ADC, MC, ALF, PC, CDCS

Summer Wood of Chanhassen

525 Lake Drive 

Chanhassen, MN 55317

Office: 952-294-5516

Email: jlachermeier@preshomes.org

President Board Member Job Description. (here)

Vice President- Karren McRae

Hi Everyone!

I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, and that's what I went to college for. While in school, I became a stay at home mom. Going to the "gym" was part of my daily life. So, I became a Group Fitness instructor and soon found myself back in school working on a degree in Health and Exercise Science. I became a Fitness Coordinator and then a Director for the YMCA. While there, I was on the committee for Active Older Adults for the YMCA of the Twin Cities. I fell in love with older adults, they had the best stories about life! Two knee injuries sent me in a new career   


I started as a Life Enrichment Coordinator for VOA- The Homestead at Maplewood. With zero experience, I was the only activity person for the building-covering both AL and MC. Many of the skills I learned while working on my Elementary Ed. Degree applied to working with seniors. Since then, I've opened two Senior Living buildings and at the end of 2015 I made a change to be a part of the Green House Model of Care at Episcopal Homes of Minnesota- The Gardens in Saint Paul. Long Term Care is very different than Senior Living! I miss my active seniors, but I love the 1:1 time that I have now! 

In my "free time", we keep a boat slipped in a marina in Red Wing, MN and we spend all summer out on the Mississippi River. In the winter, if I'm not hibernating behind my iPad or watching Netflix we are snowmobiling. I have been a member of MAPA since 2015 and have served on the board since 2019.

Karren McRae

Episcopal Homes of MN-The Gardens

1860 University Ave. W

Saint Paul, MN. 55104

Office: 651-272-4956

Email: kmcrae@episcopalhomes.org

Vice President Board Member Job Description. (here)

Membership/Treasure- Cindy Vega

Hello everyone! 

I am excited to be part of this team and meet other members who share the same passion for the work we do. I am currently the LED for Iris Park Commons AL  at Episcopal Homes, and have been blessed to work here for six years. I started off as a front desk aide and helped out a lot from the beginning and just worked my way up to the Enrichment Director.
Previous to this field I was the Public Relations Chair for my student group at the U of M, and the Outreach Chair for our Midwest Umbrella Organization so you could say I love working with people. I also went to school at Anoka Tech for Medical Assisting and after six months of working in a clinic, I decided my heart was with my residents and returned to them at Iris Park.

At home I have two wild sons, Leo(3) and Noah(1), with my husband Juan. They keep us very busy but it really is a joy to have them in our lives. In the summer we like to get our family together for a cookout at the lake, in our winters  we enjoy going to Pho Hoa after Mass for a great bowl of soup. I like to think I'm the pinterest Mom and try to get my kids to craft but they hate crafts- so I'm glad my residents enjoy our pinterest projects.

I would love to exchange ideas and get connected with you, so please feel free to reach out.

Cindy Vega
Iris Park Commons
1850 University Ave W
St. Paul, MN. 55104
Office: 651-272-4962

Treasurer Board Member Job Description (here)
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Secretary- Jaime Allen (interim)

Hi, there! 

I’ve been in hands-on geriatric healthcare for over 20 years. My focus has been on dementia since 2004– it’s where I feel “at home” at work. And, as a death midwife, I help others to pass in a way that gives them options and advocates for their decisions. I’m co-founder and vice president of MindVue. We developed a quality of life tool for SLCs and create virtual reality experiences for seniors that help them to expand their worlds. My goal is always to make my passion my work. 

My husband (and business partner) and I live on a sleepy little lot in White Bear Township. We have 4 grown kiddos between us. I love kayaking, my neurotic cat, my sane cat and playing records on computer-heavy work days. I like to keep busy with things that make life interesting. And, I’m excited to serve as an interim board member. Please reach out at any time. Every interaction is an opportunity for something wonderful.

Jaime Allen

MindVue, VP

Twin Cities, MN

Office: 612-345-1418

Email: jaime@mindvue.net 

Secretary Board Member Job Description. (here)

Education/Hospitality- Ann Schrempp

I am thrilled the be your Education Board member. Currently I am the Corporate Director of Life Long Learning and Intergen for Ebenezer. I have been working in the field of life enrichment and activities for over 12 years; supporting intergenerational connections at an intergen shared site community for over 7 years. I have a BFA from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities where I also studied Nursing. During my time as a CNA, I fell in love with working with older adults and that is where I discovered the incredible impacts of activities. As they say, the rest is history.

Ann Schrempp


7505 Metro Blvd

Edina, MN 55439

Office: 952-891-6842

Email: Ann.Schrempp@fairview.org

Education Board Member Job Description (here)

Hospitality Board Member Job Description (here)

Communications Chair - Theresa Perkins

Hi everyone!   

I enjoy any chance I get to be creative.  After working in the floral industry for over 10 years I decided to become a laundry/CNA/Activity Assistant for Presbyterian Homes & Services of Arden Hills.  With 6 years of activity experience, I have an appreciation for a baking group as it stimulates all 5 senses!  The smiles of my residents when they get to eat what they've made is priceless.  As a current Life Enrichment Coordinator in Gables LTC, I worked hard to replace the oven lost during a recent reconstruction.  In 2019, I graduated with and Activity Director AAS Degree from Ridgewater College.  I also work for Interlude Restorative Suites as the Activity Director. I look forward to sharing my communication with you about MAPA!

Theresa Perkins
Johanna Shores 
3220 Lake Johanna Blvd
Arden Hills, MN  55113
Office: 651-631-6047

Communications Board Member Job Description (here)

2023 MNSWAP Conference Chair- Nancy Schwartz

Hello Everyone!

My husband Kory and I live in Ramsey and are currently empty nesters to our 2 sons, Jake and Erik.  We have many family traditions and love to spend time together especially during holidays. Our Summer Adventure is motorcycling as a family, we call ourselves the "Schwartz Gang!" My golden retriever is Gus, he is an avid hunter and beloved family member. I am a huge MN Vikings fan and attend all the home games. I love camping, movies and time with family and friends. Oh, and I love to play bingo! I have worked in activities roles, serving seniors, since 1994. 

I am currently serving as Housing Director for PHS GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge.  I serve as our Conference Chair for MAPA as we plan on hosting the MNSWAP Fall Conference in 2023! Being on this board has been rewarding and a true pleasure. 

Nancy Schwartz, CTRS, Med

PHS GracePointe Crossing

1545 RiverHills Pkwy NW

Cambridge, MN 55008  

Office: 763-691-6192

Email: nschwartz@preshomes.org