Our Leadership Team
Anne Marie Hansen is the President and Founder of Gianna Homes, a residential care home for Alzheimer’s and other memory loss patients, since 1999. Prior to this she was the director of other metro area care facilities and has an extensive background in home care services. Her strong background in Aging Adult Care, Palliative Care with a special focus on dementia care and business administration studies through St. Thomas University have presented Anne Marie with opportunities to consult across the country for models of care similar to Gianna Homes. Her dedication to making a contribution in the field of memory loss and senior care comes from very personal experiences and she instills that commitment into each employee that works for Gianna Homes to provide unique, individualized care which preserves the dignity of each resident while providing for his or her medical, social and spiritual needs.
Anne Marie serves on several non-profit boards and is a life-long volunteer. In April 2010 she traveled to Haiti to aid in the relief efforts following a devastating earthquake, and has organized several charity gala events, all to benefit small local non-profits. She is a frequent guest speaker on Relevant Radio regarding aging issues, is very involved in pro-life work, has lobbied for senior quality care rights, and is a proponent of education in medical ethics.
She is an active member of E-Women Network, the National Association of Professional Women, the Catholic Medical Association, Christian Business Women’s Forum, The Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association, has been directly involved in teen evangelization, parish and education concerns in her community, and teaches Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at her church. Most notably, Anne Marie was the recipient of the 2009 Leading With Faith award.
Other volunteer commitments have included: the Courage Center, Catholic Youth Camp, St. Michael’s Academy, Steubenville North, Habitat for Humanity, Sharing and Caring Hands, St. Steven’s shelter, St Paul’s Homeless Initiative, Holy Family Residence and Our Lady of Good Counsel Cancer Home.
Her entrepreneurial spirit comes from growing up in a family owned business and owning and operating another company, Rose Ste. Maries Cakes and Pastries, for over thirteen years. In her spare time she enjoys a variety of pastimes, including competitive ballroom dance, gardening, cooking, sewing, the arts, reading, friends, and her large family of eight siblings and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cari brings to Gianna Homes more than 25 years of experience working with seniors. Her background includes marketing, outreach, management in both CCRC and memory care communities. Cari also spent time as a director of an adult day program where she managed all aspects of the operations.
Cari started at Gianna Homes as the Director of Marketing and immediately felt at home with the culture and family atmosphere. As Executive Director of Gianna Homes, Cari plans to continue focusing time on building relationships with families, staff, volunteers and guests. She also plans to continue spreading the word about Gianna Homes and the tremendous, loving care we provide.
Cari lives in Maple Grove with her husband Don and their 3 sons. In her free time, Cari enjoys spending time watching her boys play hockey and baseball as well as going to the family cabin in northern Minnesota.
Our Support Team
Finance degree from University of Wisconsin La Crosse.
Worked as an accountant for 5 years after graduating. Then decided to stay home with 3 children and volunteered at school, church and as a treasurer for various organizations for 15 years. Before starting to work at Gianna Homes, Cindy worked and presently works during tax season as an enrolled agent for 25 years. When the youngest child was a Junior in High School She wanted to get back into the working world part-time and started working for Gianna in December 2011.
Loves to take care of her granddaughter, knit and spend time with family.
Linnea brings 37 years of nursing experience to Gianna Homes and is delighted to have landed here to cap off her career. She grew up in Eden Prairie and knew from very early on that she wanted to be a nurse. She graduated from Montana State University in 1981 with an RN degree and has worked in hospitals, clinics, public health and long-term care. Her nursing career changed course when she became an RN Care Manager for Seasons Hospice residential home in Rochester where she found her passion for the dying and their families. After her husband’s career change brought us to Southeastern Minnesota, she found meaning as a parish nurse providing holistic care to parishioners and the community of La Crescent. Her most recent position as a Telephone Nurse Advisor granted her the skills to become an excellent listener and she learned new things daily. In addition to a broad career, she also brings life experience to Gianna Homes as well. She cared for her father for 8 weeks in his home until he passed away from blood cancer and is currently walking the long goodbye with my own mother suffering from Alzheimer’s. She can relate all too well with Gianna Homes families and share in the devotion to provide the best care for your loved ones.
She has been married to her husband Rick for 33 years and raised 2 beautiful daughters, Laura and Annie, who are now on their own paths. Laura and her soon-to-be husband Mandelle blessed her with her first grandchild, Liam, who is our world! Her family enjoys spending time together, especially at their cabin up north. She enjoys friends and family time, nature, sewing and crafting, biking and walks with her black lab Cooper.
Renee brings 17 years of Human Resources experience to Gianna Homes. She comes with a degree from Iowa State along with PHR and CPP certificates. Renee’s passion is building relationships and nurturing a positive work culture.
Renee lives in Minnetonka with her husband, Jeff and their youngest of 3 children. She enjoys reading, yarn crafts, and spending time with her family.
Leah has been a nurse since 2010 and prior to becoming a nurse, she was passionate about her work as a CNA caring for patients suffering from Alzheimer’s/Dementia. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BSN from Presentation College and is also a member of the Honor Society of Nursing and the International Honor Society in Social Sciences.
In her career she has worked with people of all ages and in multiple different specialties, some of which include Hospice, Transitional Care, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Home Care for adults and pediatrics and also Spinal Surgery. She takes great pride in the detail oriented and individualized care that she provides for each patient and holds great value in approaching healthcare from a holistic point of view, treating each person as a whole in body, mind and spirit. She highly values the relationships that we as caregivers build with patients and families and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to positively influence the lives of others.
She grew up on a farm in Victoria and now lives in the Western Suburbs with her husband, son and dog. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, cooking, exercising, learning new things, being outside (hiking, being on the lake and snowboarding in the winter). She is always running around doing something and also enjoy doing DIY projects around her house.
McKenna Selissen, MT-BC
Life Engagement Coordinator/Music Therapist
Connie Elfert, RN
RN Case Manager
Supporting Care Service Providers
Wendy Ferril BS, CMT
Wendy Ferril has been Gianna Homes’ massage therapist since 2003 – a small, yet integral, component of the comprehensive and personalized cares offered to residents of Gianna. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota, Mankato in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, she worked as a recreation therapist whose purpose was improving the functional living competence of persons with physical, mental, emotional and/or social disadvantages. Wendy continued her education at The Minneapolis School of Massage, where she received her certification in massage therapy in 1998. She then went to work in a chiropractic office for some additional hands-on training.
Wendy’s professional memberships include American Bodywork and Massage Practitioners and the Healthcare Providers Service Organization.
In addition to her work as a massage therapist, she enjoys camping, canoeing, biking, skiing and spending time with her family.
Wendy and her husband, John, have three beautiful children, including a set of twins!