St Paul / Minneapolis Home Care

Legacy Leadership Team

 

Tanya Castillo, RN, BHS– Business & Clinical Manager

Tanya has over 20 years of experience working in the health care industry. Her extensive experience includes work in the areas of business management, sales and marketing, intake, patient advocacy, staff training, and education. Tanya attended Winona State University, graduating with her Bachelors of Science in Human Services – with a focus on Gerontology and received her Associates of Applied Science in nursing from Rasmussen College. She currently serves on the board of directors for Training to Serve, an organization that assists Minnesota providers of aging services to help meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons as they age.  Tanya is also a member of the Minnesota Gerontological Society and an active volunteer with Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly.

Tanya and her husband, Alex, live in Eagan with their two dogs. When not in the office, Tanya loves to cook and try new foods, travel, and garden.

 

 

Sasha Akselrod – Director of Operations

Sasha was born in Minsk, Belarus. His family moved to St. Louis Park and then Plymouth, Minnesota. He graduated from Wayzata High School and received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Minnesota School of Business.

Prior to his work at Legacy, Sasha worked for Home Health Care, Inc. in the billing department. He has his Lean Belt in Six Sigma, and is working on his Green Belt certification.

When not in the office, Sasha loves to travel. He is also a big time foodie and enjoys all sports. He and his wife live in Minnetonka.

 

 

 

Sharon Panasuk, RN – Director of Nursing

Sharon received her Associates of Applied Science/Nursing degree from the College of St. Catherine. Her work experience includes leadership roles in Medicare-Certified home care, hospice, assisted living and long term care settings.

As Director of Nursing for Legacy Home Care and Home Health Care, Inc., Sharon is responsible for clinical staff hiring, compliance, quality assurance and other duties.

Sharon lives in Fridley with her husband and two sons. She enjoys the great outdoors and scrapbooking.

 

 

 

 

Vinny Abramovich – Staffing Supervisor

Vinny was born in Minsk, Belarus. His family moved from New York to Minnesota when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Maple Grove High School and received his associate's degree from North Hennepin Community College where his studies focused on business management and marketing.

Prior to joining the Legacy team, Vinny worked for 8 years as a Field Operations Manager for a national satellite TV service provider. There he successfully managed a large team of service personnel. He brings his leadership talents to Legacy, providing quality staffing oversight that allows people to continue to enjoy living safely in their homes.

Vinny's favorite part of his job at Legacy is the interaction with our many caregivers and clients. His duties include hiring and scheduling caregivers, as well as interacting with clients and their families. His service philosophy is straightforward—it's simply to ask himself whether a prospective caregiver is someone he would feel comfortable sending to help his own mother.

Outside the office Vinny is passionate about working out, relaxing with family and friends, enjoying warm summer weather and having fun outdoors.

 

Roman Olshansky – Executive Director

Roman was born in Russia and grew up in St. Louis Park, MN. He attended the Blake School in Minneapolis and went on to study Marketing and Operations Management at the University of Minnesota. Roman’s extensive knowledge of the home care industry comes from growing up in the business (his parents being founders of Home Health Care, Inc.) Ingrained is a passion for hard work and client satisfaction.

Roman is the Executive Director for Legacy Home Care, as well as Director of Business Development for Home Health Care, Inc. In addition to his work with Legacy Home Care and Home Health Care, Inc., Roman’s entrepreneurial mindset helped launch a non-profit care management group and two new assisted living communities.  He is also actively involved in business development work for United Community Pharmacy. Roman’s desire is to treat everyone he works with like a family member and to bring out their best.

When not in the office, he enjoys a good game of tennis or biking outdoors, and spending time with his dogs and family!

 

Brian Juul – Director of Business Development

Brian was born in St. Louis Park and graduated from Richfield High School. He received his Associates Degree in Sales Marketing from Normandale Community College, and later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sales Marketing from Mount Marty College, SD. His training and philosophy are grounded in an integrity-based approach to his work—going the extra mile to solve needs in an honest and respectful manner.

Brian's work with Legacy Home Care excels in the role of Director of Business Development and Director of Sales with Home Health Care, Inc. our Medicare/ Medicaid Certified Home Care Agency.  He enjoys generating strong relationships with referral sources and educating them on the different lines of service we offer. A favorite part of his job is meeting with families and seniors who are experiencing a health care crisis—helping them navigate through it by providing resources, guidance, and education on all viable options is one of his passions

Brian is currently a member of the Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Senior Workers Associations, as well as the Alzheimer's Association. When not in the office, he enjoys working out, walking area lakes, jet skiing, roller blading, tennis, and riding his bike. Brian is also an avid car buff and has a dealer's license. He enjoys attending auto auctions.

 

Kim Wagner, LSW – Community Liaison

Kim was born and raised in Apple Valley. She attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW). As a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Kim has worked in a variety of settings including transitional care, long term care, and memory care units. Kim is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the St. Paul Senior Workers' Association, as well as the President of the MNHSWA (Minnesota Nursing Home Social Workers’ Association.)

As a community liaison, Kim is available to meet with home care clients, family members, and referral sources to provide personalized service. Her approach is always client centered. One of Kim's philosophies is that attitude is a choice. We have a choice each day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day—and for Kim, a positive attitude is key.

When not in the office, Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends at their cabin in Wisconsin. Kim also enjoys playing cribbage, going to movies, and trying new restaurants. Kim is a loyal Twins and Vikings fan and supports Minnesota teams by consistently watching and attending the games. Kim also takes pleasure in cooking; trying new recipes and attending classes.

 

Karissa Flies, MSW, LGSW – Community Liaison

Karissa is originally from a small town in southwestern Minnesota and currently resides in Plymouth, MN. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and completed her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Minnesota. 

Karissa has worked in a variety of social service and medical settings most frequently with adults and elders with mental illnesses and neuromuscular diseases. She is a Qualified Developmental Disability Professional (QDDP), and has received her LGSW.

Karissa’s passion for helping clients find and utilize needed services in an effort to have them maintain a healthy, stable lifestyle makes her a valuable member of our team! She understands that each client has unique needs and works to ensure they receive the best care and services possible. Karissa enjoys working with a client's entire team, including family members and referral sources to make a transition as smooth as possible. 

When not in the office, Karissa keeps busy with her husband and little boy, training for and running marathons, golfing, traveling, and going to concerts. Karissa enjoys spending time with family and friends—and exploring new attractions and restaurants in the metro area.

 

Dana Bergerson, COTA/L, Clinical Liaison

Dana was born in Bremerton, WA and raised in the Chisago Lakes area of Minnesota. She graduated from Chisago Lakes High School and received an Associates of Applied Science degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Bachelor’s degree with a minor in Gerontology.

Before working with Legacy Home Care, Dana worked in a myriad of different healthcare-related positions in the areas of nursing, therapy, aquatic rehabilitation, home care, and hospice.

Having experienced first-hand the reality of caring for elderly family members, Dana is passionate about helping individuals handle the challenges of growing older with dignity and confidence. She loves educating geriatric patients and families on their care options and empowering them to be stronger advocates for themselves. 

When not in the office, Dana resides in the Chisago Lakes area with her husband and three children. She is an active member of her church, singing regularly in services. She also loves spending time with friends and family at the cabin, exploring the North Shore, scrapbooking, and escaping to warmer climates with her family when she needs a break from the Minnesota winter. 

 

Jessica Melcher, MSW, LISW, Clinical Liaison

Jess was born and raised in Edina, MN, in a neighborhood with very few children and lots of elders. So she was the neighborhood helper for the seniors – cleaning, running errands, and providing companionship.

After graduating from Edina High School she completed her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on geriatrics that included two internships in senior services.

Her 12 years in social work have included the following institutional settings – in a hospital/clinic system as a patient advocate, as a mental health worker in a psychiatric rehab facility, as a social worker in long term care facilities and a transitional care unit. Her experience in these setting have included teaching independent living skills and doing community case management with disabled adults.

In her current role as a home care social worker, Jess loves meeting with clients in their homes, identifying unmet needs, and helping them navigating the many healthcare support systems.

An animal lover, Jess has two rambunctious kitty cats and hopes to have dogs again someday, too. In her free time, Jess likes running around our many area lakes, and doing yoga and barre. She also enjoys reading historical fiction and poetry.

 

Elizabeth Gionfriddo (Liz), COTA/L, Clinical Liaison

Liz was born and raised in Shakopee, MN. She and her older brother enjoyed spending time outside on their parent’s five acre property—with apple trees and a large garden.

Liz graduated from the College of St. Catherine with an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Occupational Therapy (OT). She also has her PAMS (Physical Agent Modality) certification. This includes procedures and interventions such as the use of hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation and more. Liz also has her CarFit certification through AARP, ensuring that older adults have cars that “fit” them best for maximum comfort and safety. She is currently studying for her BA in Healthcare Management with a graduation date slated for May 2018.

Liz began her career as a CNA/PCA before spending several years as an OT in home care. She has three children ranging in age from 8 to 14, as well as a 16-year old dog, Daisy, and two geckos!

When not at work she likes being active, including playing volleyball, jogging, hiking, taking walks around the lake, rollerblading, canoeing, kayaking—and participating in her children’s activities (or being a spectator). On Sundays she enjoys sharing a meal with her family—including her grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, parents, brother and kids.