Meet our team.
We invite you to meet the highly trained staff members who will care for you or your loved one. The truth is that our residents and our team members make Ecumen Brooks the remarkable community it is. We are exceedingly proud of our retirement community staff, they are some of the finest individuals in Owatonna, MN!
Their biographies are below, but the best way to get to know them is to stop by and say hello.
Kelly Van Esch
Kelly began as the Sales and Marketing Manager at Ecumen Brooks and CountrySide in 2015 and has recently taken on the role as Executive Director. After earning her A.A. degree with Business Emphasis from Riverland Community College, she graduated from Concordia University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Innovation. In 2015, she graduated from the Owatonna Leadership Program and is also a graduate of the Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Development Program. A long-time resident of Owatonna, she has two children, Jordyn and Devin.
Autumn Van Ravenhorst
Assistant Housing Director
Autumn began at Ecumen Brooks & CountrySide as the Sales & Marketing Manager in July of 2018. She transitioned to Assistant Housing Director in September of 2020. She holds a Bachelors in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and has a background in marketing, sales, and customer service. She has always been involved in her community, holding positions for the Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Young Professionals, Steele County Safe & Drug-Free Coalition, Toys for Tots, and others. Autumn lives in Blooming Prairie with her two boys and many fur babies.
RN Clinical Director
Kim has been the RN Clinical Director at Ecumen Brooks since August 2007. She previously worked as a floor nurse in the St. Cloud Hospital and at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. She has also worked in hospice and home care in Owatonna. Since coming to Ecumen Brooks, she says she has found her purpose in caring and advocating for the special people who live here. Kim and her husband have three married sons and four grandsons.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Amy has worked as an LPN at both Ecumen Brooks and CountrySide since 2006. Amy attended Winona State University, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and NIACC in Mason City, Iowa. A fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and the Seattle Seahawks, she and her husband raise beef cattle and grow soybeans, corn and alfalfa. She has three grown sons, two granddaughters and a grandson.
Resident Services Coordinator
Irene was hired as a Resident Assistant at Ecumen Brooks and was promoted to Resident Service Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for scheduling the Resident Assistant staff and ordering supplies for the residents. Irene also works directly with the Clinical Director to ensure care for the residents. Irene and her husband live in Owatonna and have four children
Business Office Manager
Linda began with Ecumen CountrySide as the Resident Services Coordinator in July of 2017 and transitioned to the Business Office Manager for both Ecumen Brooks & CountrySide in January of 2020. She has a deep background in senior care and has worked in healthcare for many years.
Life Enrichment Supervisor
Jodi Gasner was born and raised in Owatonna. She has worked as a Wyld Life Director for Young Life, a Design Artist for Sterling Drug, a Donor Relations Contact for a radio station, and a Special Events Director for a children’s ministry. She attended college in Fairfield, California, and received an Illustration and Graphic Design degree. Jodi has a love for people of all ages and a passion to use her creativity to bring joy to others. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with friends and walking her white poodle, Fletcher.
Kelly Lutz, the Dining Director at Ecumen Brooks, has been with Ecumen for nine years. She enjoys the residents, her co-workers and making the dining experience unique each day by preparing quality meals. She also enjoys planning fun themed meals based on our current and local events. She was born and raised in Owatonna and cooking has always been her passion. Her hobbies include shopping, traveling and spending time with her four grown children.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Mike has worked for both Ecumen Brooks and CountrySide as the Environmental Supervisor since 2014. After enlisting in the United States Air Force, he went through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, attended tech school and became a firefighter. After serving in the United Kingdom and Wyoming, he worked in the trucking and transportation industry. Mike married his high school sweetheart and together they have 11 children and 12 grandchildren.
For more information, please call us at 507-446-5855 or click here to request more information online.