I have been your MAPA President since 2016. My goal has been to promote this organization to our peers in the Health Care field. MAPA seminars are a convenient way to earn CEU's, share ideas and connect with each other in the metro area.
My career path has taken some twists and turns; Public Safety Officer, Mail Carrier, Dietary, Housekeeping, Memory Care, Elder Fitness and Activity Director. The common pull for all of these is working with the elderly. My grandparents were a huge influence in my life and taught me so much about aging with dignity along with a big dose of humor! As I continue my career in Long Term Care, the residents continue to amaze me in the variety of ways each person travels the path of life.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2020.
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Catholic Eldercare on Main
My name is Jane Chagnon and I've been working with Elders for over 30 years. I've served both on the MAPA board and MNSWAP board in the past and am excited for the opportunity to serve as your President. I've worked the gamut of Long Term Care, Memory Care, Assisted Living and Independent Living. I love being able to be a part of residents' lives and to know that I can make a difference in their quality of life. It has been my privilege to work in this profession and to serve residents who have already given of themselves to their families and respective communities. Pay it forward!
Looking forward to a good year in 2020! Please feel free to contact anyone on the board with your questions or suggestions.
Jane Chagnon, ADC
My husband Kory and I live in Andover and are currently empty nesters to our 2 sons Jake (21) and Erik (19). We have many family traditions and love to spend time especially during holidays. We have a new family tradidion of motorcycling and call ourselves the "Schwartz Gang!" My golden retriever is Clara, she is an avid hunter and beloved family members. 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 bar bingo! I have worked in activities roles, serving seniors, since 1994. I am currently serving as the Resident Services Director at Johanna Shores Arbor (Memory Care). My favorite activities to lead are drumming and laughter yoga. As Vice President, I serve daily as our region 6 (MAPA) representative for our bigger organization MNSWAP (MN statewide activity professionals). Be sure to come say hi at our next MAPA get together!
3200 Lake Johanna Blvd.
Arden Hills, MN.55112
I have been working with elders for the past 5 years and have been a member of MAPA since 2014. I am excited to bring my passion for education and elders to the MAPA board, and in early 2019 I completed my NCCAP certification to be an Activity Director. Currently, I am the Activity Director with Ebenezer at Orchards of Minnetonka, and love every moment of it. I work with Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.
Prior to working with elders I was a stage manager in the Theater industry. I worked all over the Twin Cities and did a couple of regional and national tours before deciding I wanted to spend more time at home with my family and to have a work/life balance. Once I started working with elders I never looked back. I get to use all of my theater and event skills and know exactly where I am making a difference in the world.
In my free time, I am an avid knitter and yarn spinner; if I'm wearing a sweater, more than likely I've knitted it. I also love to spend time outdoors in the warmer months and am trying to learn to love the winter.. maybe this will be the year I succeed.
Melissa Zentz, ADC
Orchards of Minnetonka
10955 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN. 55305
I am looking forward to serving on the board as your secretary. It is always a joy being around like-minded passionate people that care for the elderly. Growing up, my favorite after school program was volunteering at Sunrise Senior Living. I remember participating in activities with the residents and listening to their stories. I truly felt like the luckiest kid, to be there and absorb their insight about life. After that every summer I volunteered at Colonial View Apartments serving wherever I could.
After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, I was trying to figure what career path would best fit my strengths and passions. I have been the volunteer coordinator at YMCA Cass Clay, HR assistant at Sleep Number, and received my yoga teacher certification in Costa Rica. After conversations with my mom she reminded me of my love for the elderly community and encouraged me to return to the field professionally!
Starting my career at Meadow Ridge Senior Living as an Activities Director was a joy but I wanted to return to working at a non-profit and found my home and senior tribe at Episcopal Church Homes as the Life Enhancement Director. In my free time I enjoy organizing/house projects, practicing yoga, cooking, planning themed parties and spending time with the love my life, Andy.
Looking forward to connecting and collecting more ideas on how to support the amazing seniors that we serve.
Episcopal Church Home
1879 Feronia Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
651-632-8816 ext 116
I joined MAPA in 2015 and became Treasurer in 2016 at the suggestion of our speaker that day, Julie Reginek, who later became my college instructor. I graduated December 2017 with an Activity Director degree from Ridgewater college and most recently became NCCAP certified. I have worked for LMA for 8 years, 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 Long Term Care Unit for 2 years and for the past 4 years I have been working closely with the Assisted Living and Memory Care units. Prior to LMS I worked with Adults with Developmental Disabilities for over 10 years. I live in the very small down of Winsted, MN with my husband Philip, son Benjamin and fur babies, Max and Ruby. We also have a daughter Taylor, who happens to be a Teacher in the Koala Bear Daycare at LMS so I get to see her daily. I love spending my free time reading, playing card games 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!
Life Enrichment Coordinator
Lake Minnetonka Shores
4559 Shoreline Dr.
Spring Park, MN. 55384
I have been on the MAPA Board since 2015. Previously I was living in Milwaukee, WI and on the board for the Milwaukee Area Activity Professionals while working as Activity Director at an Older Adult Day Center. I truly love working with older adults, playing piano for them and enhancing every aspect of their life. I have my Bachelor of Arts in Music and Art. I also received my Activity Director Certification from Ridgewater College in May 2014.
Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom to Arietta(3) and Linnea(1 year). I enjoy participating in Triathlons and my husband and I love everything about the outdoors: hiking, kayaking and biking. The Communication Chair updates the website mapatwincities.org, is in charge of the Facebook page, sends out the newsletter and posts any new jobs within the job postings tab.
Julie Tomfohrde, ADC
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 direction.
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. I always wanted to join earlier, but could never carve out the time in my schedule. Being asked to be a host site really helped me to realize what the association was all about. I'm looking forward to my new position as Membership Chair for the MAPA Board. I can't wait to meet all of you in 2019!
Episcopal Homes of MN-The Gardens
1860 University Ave. W
Saint Paul, MN. 55104