MGS Board of Directors and Staff – 2021

MGS Executive Committee

Pam Zimmerman, President
Vice President, Programs, Accord

Roberta Meyers. President Elect
MD Geriatrician, Hennepin Healthcare

Laura Hood, Secretary, Chair, Membership-Nominating Committee
Social Service Director, Country Manor Healthcare and Rehab

Jim Varpness, Treasurer
Retired, Regional Director, US Department of Health & Human Services

Lori Vrolson, Past President, Chair, Education Committee
Executive Director, Central MN Council on Aging

MGS Directors

Jane Brink
Self-Advocacy Specialist, Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care

Meghan Coleman
Associate Professor, Human Services Gerontology Program, Metropolitan State University

Charissa Eaton
Professor, Social Work Department, Winona State University

Robbin Frazier
Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, UMN

Kris Glaros Hanson
Founder, The Senior Connections

Phyllis Greenberg, Chair, Awards Committee
Associate Professor, Gerontology Graduate Coordinator, St. Cloud State University

Jessica Hausauer
Executive Director, Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care

Sue Humphers-Ginther
Professor, Gerontology Coordinator, MSU Moorhead

Emily Kerling
Director, Health Services, Northfield Retirement Community

Tanya Rand, Chair, Research Committee and GEN
Aging Services Coordinator, St. Thomas University

Catherine Sullivan
Associate Professor, Occupational Science & Therapy, St. Catherine University

Amanda Wall Dotray
Finance Director, Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

Julie Wilson, Chair, Conference Committee
Operations & Finance Mgr., First Lutheran Church Columbia Heights

Alana Wright
Director, Equity & Operations, MN Leadership Council on Aging

Contract Staff

Tom Hyder, Executive Director
tom@mngero.org
952-260-0095

Mary Jo Schifsky, Education Coordinator
mjschifsky@comcast.net

Paulette Sorenson, Conference Coordinator
psmeetings@gmail.com

Jon Verdon, Membership Coordinator
mgs@mngero.org

Adam Suomala, Social Media
adam@mnlcoa.org

Emily Justman, Research Committee Assistant, GEN Coordinator
emily.d.strand@gmail.com

Lisa Janusz, Copy Editor
lisa@theotheremployee.com