|2011 Living at Home Network Board of Directors
||Ghita Worcester, Chairperson
Ghita, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing at UCare Minnesota, has more than 30 years
of health care management experience. Since 1995, she has directed the business development, community relations, government
programs, legislative affairs, marketing and health promotion, and sales departments at UCare and has been instrumental in the
development and implementation of strategic and operational plans. Ghita earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the
University of Minnesota. She serves on several community boards and committees and was past president of the Minnesota
Council of Health Plans.
Donna is currently a public health consultant and community volunteer. She has been active in the public
health profession at local and state levels for over three decades, most recently the former director or the Dakota County Public Health
Department (22 years). Donna has an MPH (Community Health Education) from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where she is
an adjunct instructor in the Public Health Administration and Policy program of the Division of Health Services Research and Policy.
Donna balances volunteer activities in professional health groups, non-rofit organizations, and faith and community-base groups.
In 2004, she served on the Ramsey Nursing Home Task Force, a panel of community stakeholders, to develop a strategy to address the
future of the Ramsey Nursing Home.
Lowell has served in a variety of career-building civilian and military assignments since his honorable
discharge from active military service. Lowell was a co-founder and helped create the Iowa Veterans Foundation and served on
its board of directors for many years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 37 years of service. He and his lifelong
friend and spouse, Candace, then moved permanently to their lake home near McGregor. Over four years ago Lowell joined a
group of community service-minded citizens and created the McGregor ANGELS. In 2005, Lowell was nominated to serve on the
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission's (ARDC) Advisory Committee on Aging, the Executive Committee, the Review Task Force
and is the leader of the long Range Planning Subcommittee. He now serves as chair of the committee and also serves on the
ARDC Governing Board.
||Roger Cooper, Vice-Chair
Roger is a history and social studies teacher in the Bird Island/Olivia/Lake Lillian District High School. He was district
teacher of the year in 1998 and 2002. Roger was a Minnesota State
Representative from 1987-1996 where in 1995 he was voted Legislator of the year. In 1995 and 1996 Roger was chair of the
Minnesota Care Division of Health and Human Service Committee.
||Linda Olson Keller
Linda is a Clinical Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist in Public Health Nursing at the
University of Minnesota, School of Nursing. She is currently the project director for "Enhancing the Capacity of Public
Health Nursing through Partnerships", a Cooperative Agreement between the Association for State and Territorial Directors of
Nursing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Linda is a certified clinical specialist in community health
nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Olaf College and her Masters degree from the University of
Minnesota, School of Public Health. She is currently a Doctorate of Nursing Practice student at the University of Minnesota
and will be completing her DNP degree in December, 2007. She is also a graduate of the Leadership in Public Policy Seminar
from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Wayne began serving on the Middle River/Thief Lake LAH/BNP Board in the spring of 2002 at the time the Program began. He has
served as Vice-chair and is now serving as the Chair of the Board. With a master's degree in Biochemistry, he went on to serve
as a pilot in the Army for nearly 21 years and achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel. After retiring from the Army in 1982, he
moved back to his home area of Gatzke, Minnesota where he farmed. Wayne is an active volunteer for the Program as a respite
volunteer and driver. Wayne has served and continues to serve in his church as a board member, deacon and lay preacher. He
also is active with a national Norwegian genealogic group and is a sought after speaker for Memorial Day events.
John is currently a member of the North End-South Como Board of Directors. John served as a member of the Negotiating
Committee. He served as technology manager on the Metropolitan Radio Board until 2001 and was a Planning Coordinator at the
Metropolitan Council. He currently serves as a consultant for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and as an Advisor to
Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MNSCU). He has a background in research design and as a policy planner.
Jeanette is currently the chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging. Formerly, though, she was the director of
community-based and clinical services for the Wilder Foundation. Prior to that Jeanette was the director of community services
for the Ebenezer Society in Minneapolis.
Mary Quirk has directed nonprofits that provide service for seniors for 18 years. She was Executive Director
of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly for seven years and Program Director of SouthEast Seniors, A Living at Home/Block Nurse
Program for 11 years. She has continued to be involved with LAH/BNPs working on projects for SE Seniors, and did coverage for
Hamline Midway LAH/BNP. Currently she is a consultant, now finishing a project for the Minnesota DHS coordinating the implementation
of a statewide quality assessment survey of Elderly Waiver consumers. She has a Master's Degree in Public Health with a concentration
in community health eduacation and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in planning and social policy.
Peg Shelton graduated with an A.D. in nursing in 1985 and in 1992 received ANCC certification in
Gerontology. She retired in 2001 after working her last 11 years at Charter House, a retirement community in Rochester owned
by the Mayo Foundation. While there, she worked in long term care, sub-acute care, home health and emergency response, all
of which have been a good background for a Living at Home/Block Nurse Program. Peg is also an artist and currently has her
work at the SEMVA Gallery in Rochester.
||Don Tembreull, Treasurer
Don is a graduate of St. Thomas University with an accounting major. He is a retired IRS agent and has owned
a tax practice. He was also a church business administrator. Don has been treasurer on many volunteer boards. He has also been
active in public speaking on behalf of organizations and doing volunteer work. Currently Don is an elected township official and a Director on the
Holdingford Helping Hands Outreach to Elders Board and a member of the Finance Committee. He is a retiree who believes strongly in
the Living at Home/Block Nurse Program model.