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~Case Manager Profiles~

Sharon Chader LSW CMC

Sharon Chader

Advanced Professional Member of Aging Life Care Association

I began working with older adults in 1971 as a volunteer in a nursing home. I enjoyed my volunteer work, but wanted to be able to advocate for the dignity, respect, and care I feel the elderly deserve. In 1990 I graduated Summa Cum Laude as a non-traditional student from Mankato State University, majoring in social work and sociology, with a minor in gerontology. In 2009 I was honored to receive the Minnesota State Social Work Alumna of the Year Award. I am an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association and am a Certified Care Manager by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.

My practicum was at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center with chronically mentally ill older adults and my field experience was at Good Counsel School Sisters of Notre Dame. From 1990-1992 I served as the hospice social worker at Immanuel St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato, and from 1990-1996 I was the Social Services Coordinator at Old Main Village Retirement Community in Mankato.

I am the Director, owner, and founder of Elder Care Services, Inc. In 1996 I left my positions at Old Main Village and began Elder Care Services, Inc. with the goal of providing services to the many seniors in our area who have no local family available on a day-to-day basis. When I look at the positive effect our services have had on the quality of life for our clients, I feel very blessed and privileged to have had the opportunity to make a difference in their lives.

Currently I serve on the Minnesota State University Social & Behavioral Sciences Advisory Council, the Mankato ACT on Alzheimers Committee, and the MN State University Mankato Chesley Center on Aging, as well as serving as the director of Elder Care Services and Case Manager to several clients. I also co-facilitate a caregiver support group and a support group for people who are experiencing memory loss.

My hobbies include gardening, fishing, camping, helping with the church youth, and traveling. In the summer I enjoy bringing buckets of flowers to facilities so that residents can have fun making their own flower arrangements.

Ann Cesafsky LSW

Ann Cesafsky

I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am a Licensed Social Worker through the state of Minnesota. I always knew I wanted to work with people, attentively listen to people and focus on their needs. From an early age, I took interest in other's stories, their history and the joys and struggles they faced as they aged. Clients offer so much wisdom and appreciation for life, hearing their stories has enriched my life and enhanced my academic knowledge.

My experience during my practicum at the Minnesota Valley Health Center helped me utilize my Social Work skills and solidified my passion to work with the elderly. My field practice with The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) gave me experience in the community and opportunities to visit with volunteers and those responsible for volunteer placements.

I started working with Elder Care Services as a Case Manager Assistant in 2011 and am delighted to now be using my social work skills as a Case Manager. My experience with the elderly and their families has given me a desire to promote their individual needs, as well as focusing on giving compassionate care.  I chose to be a Social Worker to engage with people, advocate for their needs and promote their quality of life.

My husband and I have two children and one dog. We enjoy spending time together as a family. My hobbies include reading, scrap-booking, connecting with friends, walking the dog, and watching movies. Volunteering at school and church has been an important way for me to support students and teachers. Above all, I am passionate about supporting our children in their pursuit of opportunities offered in our community that enrich them in their social, spiritual and academic life.

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Erin Lanska Grant LSW

Erin Lanska Grant

I am a graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and I am a Licensed Social Worker through the State of Minnesota.  I chose social work as my career because I want to help people have the best life possible and to connect them to the services they need.  While in school I completed internships at Minnesota Rehabilitation Center Inc., the Ombudsman office for Mental Illness and Developmentally Disabled, and Minnesota Valley Action Council. I have been working at Minnesota Valley Action Council for the past year as a Vocational Advisor/Case Manager for teen parents.

Other social service experiences include working with adults and children who have Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities. I have worked as a Direct Support Professional, Personal Care Attendant, and a Home Health Aid.  I feel working in different aspects of care has given me a better understanding of caregiving on a day-to-day basis. It also gave me a passion for working with older adults.

I live in St. Peter with my two children and our animals. During my free time I enjoy reading, cross stitching, going for walks, and church activities.  I enjoy spending time with my family playing games and watching movies. 

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Amanda Worrell LSW

Amanda Worrell

I am a Licensed Social Worker through the State of Minnesota and an honors graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelor’s degree in social work. As a student I had an article published in an edition of “The New Social Worker.” I entered the field of social work because of my desire to work with people by offering support and guidance. The past 14 years I have served as a counselor for adolescent males in a residential treatment facility in St. Peter, MN. I also have had experience working as a Personal Care Attendant through MRCI.

Elderly family members and friends have always been an important part of my life, starting as a young child, with my daycare provider whom we called “Grandma.” I also spent a significant amount of time with my Grandpa Roger, who was legally blind. We enjoyed weekly dinners and playing cards for many years. I am looking forward to working with older adults and learning from their life experiences. I will strive to provide the highest quality of service to each person I serve. It is my goal to become a strong asset to the ECS team and to help improve the quality of life of each person I meet.

I live in Madison Lake with Corey and our son Blake. My hobbies include reading, walking, cribbage, puzzles, camping, theater, cross stitch, boating, and this spring I started my first flower garden.

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