Regional Director Julianne Fries

Julianne-Fries-DSC_6997-4x6-web.jpg’I’ve been with Augustana Care for the last 8 years. I started as an intern at the Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis while I completed my bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. Upon graduation, I accepted a position as the marketing director at Augustana Apartments of Minneapolis. A year and a half later I accepted the position as director of housing at the Minneapolis Apartments and lead that team for five and a half years. This summer I decided I was ready for the next step in my journey and am thrilled to be joining Augustana Care’s outstanding Emerald Crest family!
I became passionate about working in older adult services through time spent with my grandmother. She will be turning 99 this month and currently lives at Augustana Care. I believe strongly in the Emerald Crest model for care for older adults with dementia and the importance of individualized engagement, quality care, and compassion.

Director of Cognitive Care Jenny LaVoi

Jenny-Lavoi_DSC_470872A184.jpgI’m an occupational therapist who has worked for 11years providing direct care to residents at Emerald Crest by Augustana  Care. Currently, I’m working as the occupational therapist at the Shakopee community and the director of cognitive care. As people with dementia-related conditions are often overlooked, being able to make a difference in their lives and how the community perceives them continues to drive my work.

Director of Admissions and Marketing Christine Drasher

Christine-Drasher-DSC_3898_4x6.pngAfter graduating from The College of St. Scholastica in 1997 with a degree in communications and advertising, I began my career at Good Age newspaper in ad sales and marketing. That’s where I found my passion for working with older generations and their families. I came to the Emerald Crest community in 2001 and, since then, have helped hundreds of families find a home for their loved ones.

Families frequently tell me how grateful they are that Emerald Crest by Augustana Care is helping them through the most difficult decision of their lives. Knowing I can ease the worries of caregivers by helping them find peace of mind is priceless.

Rev. Arlen Solem, Chaplain


Michelle Sweeney, Director of Human Resources

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For over two and a half years my husband was a resident. A former nurse, a good friend of mine, went with me to look over memory care facilities and, after a few moments at Emerald Crest we both agreed this was the place for Chuck. I was happy to visit there and observe their daily activities and how they engaged the residents and how caring all the staff was. I have even visited after my husband's death, because I wanted to see staff people again. We couldn't have made a better choice.

— Alice, wife of resident