Who We Are.
Address: 1415 Madison Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Danielle has worked for Ecumen since 2010, and joined the Ecumen Detroit Lakes campus in 2019. Danielle started as Director of Housing & Community Services at Ecumen managed Heritage Community in Park Rapids. She was also Executive Director for Ecumen managed Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park, MN.
Danielle has a BA from Concordia College, Moorhead MN in Healthcare Administration and Long Term Care Administration.
Danielle’s favorite part about working in long term care is the ability to make a difference in someone’s life each day.
Director of Nursing
Bridget Okeson started working at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, in 1999. She started out her nursing career as a CNA and continued to work her way up. Through hard work Bridget was able to earn her RN degree from M-State Fergus Falls, in 2001. In 2017, Bridget was named Director of Nursing.
Bridget believes that it takes a team to be successful and that no one job is more important than the others.
Bridget says her favorite part of her job is connecting with people. She loves talking to residents, co-workers, and staff. She says she became a nurse because she enjoys helping people and making a difference.
Assistant Executive Director
Mary has been with Ecumen Detroit Lakes since December of 2020. Mary has a healthcare background as she worked for Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls and Eventide Senior Living in Fargo. Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Leadership and Long Term Care Administration from Concordia College, Moorhead.
Mary says that she is passionate about making a difference in our residents’ lives and is excited to establish relationships with team members at Ecumen Detroit Lakes
Melissa has been a member of the Ecumen Detroit Lakes family since 2012. Currently, she is the Admissions Coordinator for our Transitional Care Unit and for the Emmanuel Nursing Home. She is our LEAN champion.
Melissa says, “I know I am making a difference in people’s lives daily.”
Clinical Manager Homecare
Rachel has been with Ecumen Detroit Lakes since 2018. Rachel grew up in Becker, Minnesota, and went to Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Rachel started with Ecumen Detroit Lakes as an RN in the TCU wing. In 2019 she became the lead RN at the TCU. She took over as the Clinical Manager of the Ecumen Detroit Lakes Homecare team in 2022.
Rachel says that one of her favorite aspects of her job is making someone’s day better and being a part of a great team, and being helpful in any way possible. She says she chose senior living because you can build relationships with residents and their families. She says she feels like you can make a more significant impact on their lives because you are there for them every day.
Alex Waters joined Ecumen Detroit Lakes in 2021. Before joining Ecumen Detroit Lakes, Alex was a pastor for ten years. He has a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and has a Master of Science Degree in Physics from North Dakota State University.
Alex’s primary focus is bringing a spiritual presence to our campus and building relationships with our residents and team members. Alex says he enjoys meeting the residents and hearing each individual’s unique life story.
Human Resource Director
Jennifer Beeson is the Human Resource Director at Ecumen Detroit Lakes. Beeson worked as HR coordinator at EDL from 2003-2014 then rejoined the team in 2019. Beeson graduated from North Dakota State College of Science with an AAS degree. She then transferred to Moorhead State University Moorhead, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in human resources and marketing.
Beeson says, coming back to Ecumen has been great, “the first day I was back in the building, it felt like coming home. I had more than one person say to me ‘welcome home.”
Beeson’s philosophy, “hire the right person with the right attitude. I can teach skills. But I can’t teach a person to be compassionate or caring.”
Sales & Marketing Director
Charles graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University in Mass Communication in 2013. Before joining Ecumen Charles spent seven years in the media field working for radio and television. He joined Ecumen in 2019.
Charles says his goal is to connect people with Ecumen through outreach programs and share stories of the inspiring team members who provide care to the residents that Ecumen serves. He also loves to be around the residents and is the bridge from Ecumen to the surrounding community.
Program Therapy Director
Monica Kemper grew up in Mahnomen, Minnesota. She attended college at Concordia College, Moorhead, where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and exercise science. She then attended MCPHS University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Ecumen hired her in June of 2015 as a staff physical therapist.
Monica says she looks forward to her interactions with her patients each day she steps into work. “Therapy may not be the patient’s favorite part of the day, as it is challenging. However, with time, the patient usually comes to appreciate the work they put in to return to their prior level of function, or to return home. Once the patient is close to returning home, they get so excited and happy, which makes the work we do every day, so worth it.”
According to Monica, the best part about working for Ecumen is the people. She loves that she works with caring and compassionate people.
Environmental Services Director
Paul has been the Environmental Services Director since March, 2007, overseeing campus-wide building projects, equipment repairs, housekeeping and laundry departments.
Paul has an industrial maintenance and hydraulics degree from Alexandria Technical College along with several HVAC and Facility maintenance certifications obtained throughout the years.
The Madison Housing Manager
Jennifer has been employed with Ecumen since 2004 and moved into the Housing Manager role in 2014.
Jennifer says, “My goal as a Housing Manager is to enhance the lives of those that I serve. I strive to add ‘color’ to our clients’ lives through building relationships with them and their families, providing a variety of activities and to keep them connected with their community.”
HUD Housing Manger
Ashley has been with Ecumen Detroit Lakes since 2021. Ashley grew up in the Detroit Lakes area and attended college at the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in Social Work. Before joining Ecumen Detroit Lakes as the HUD Housing Manager, Ashley worked in the healthcare field as a CNA, social services director, and housing caseworker.
Ashley says that she enjoys interacting with her residents and team members and likes to see all of their smiling faces.
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Deanna Braun has devoted over 35 years to Ecumen Detroit Lakes. Deanna currently serves as Housekeeping Supervisor.
Deanna has also served as a certified nursing assistant. Deanna enjoys the direct contact with residents and building relationships that last a lifetime.
She is also known as a “ Singing Housekeeper.”
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I have worked at Ecumen for 34 years.
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Brenda has been part of the team at Ecumen Detroit Lakes since 1998. Currently, she is a Life Enrichment Specialist on the Memory Care Unit. She has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation from UND. She facilitates the Alzheimer’s Support Group and serves on the Board of the MN Statewide Activity Professionals.
Brenda says, bringing meaning, comfort and joy to those she serves is her mission.
In the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”