Meet Our Team
Our compassionate and professional staff are committed to providing the highest quality of care, crafting amenities and services to create a vibrant and warmhearted home for our senior residents. Our team of caregivers invest in maximizing the strengths of each individual and bring a wealth of experience to our community. Please let us introduce you to some of the staff who will help you make the key decisions in selecting the right apartment and best care for you or your loved one.
Michaela Walz - Executive Director
Michaela knew she wanted to work with seniors at a very young age. For Halloween when Michaela was four, she was a nurse, and since then, she wanted to be in a career where she could develop relationships and be of service to others. Graduating in 2012 with honors from Rasmussen College in St. Cloud with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management is where her journey began. Since college she has worked for numerous health care organizations including a Clinic, a Respiratory Company, Home Care, Hospice, and Senior Housing. Michaela believes those were all great steppingstones that lead her to Talamore. Michaela is looking forward to developing relationships with the residents and their families and making them feel right at home. Michaela is beyond excited to serve at this community!
Jane Messner - Resident Services Director
Jane was born and raised in Hutchinson, MN. She married her High School sweetheart, Brad and reside in St. Cloud. Jane and her husband have 3 children. Son, Andrew who is married to Steph and expecting their first baby in April, daughter Lauren who is married to Brandon and their son, Maverick and son, Eric. She also has two family dogs. Kelli, a German short hair lab and Bella, a reverse brindle boxer. Jane is finishing her AAS degree in Activity Director through Ridgewater College and will graduate May 2020. Jane has thirteen years of experience working in Assisted Living, Independent Living and Memory Care. Jane’s favorite quote “you are never too old to set another new goal or to dream a new dream.”
Brenda Minette - Marketing Director
Brenda was raised on a farm in Central MN and attended the College of Saint Benedict. She knows that searching for the right senior living solution can be a stressful, emotional and difficult process for families. Brenda has worked in both senior living communities and for a senior living referral source in the past. Her main goal is to help make the transition less stressful by educating and supporting the families she is working with. While working in senior living, Brenda has been amazed by the people she has met and the stories that have been shared with her. She looks forward to every new resident and their families becoming valued members of our extended Talamore family!
Bonnie Florek - RN Nurse Manager
Bonnie Florek chose nursing as her career after losing her mom to cancer in 1997. “Seeing the care and compassion my mom was given by people who didn’t know and love her changed my life”. She obtained her nursing degree first as a LPN, then while working as a homecare and hospice nurse she continued her education and graduated with her AAS RN degree. Hospice nursing has always been a huge part of her nursing journey and in 2013 she joined a Hospice House where she started as a bedside nurse and went on to join their leadership team. While working in Hospice she piloted an Outreach Nurse position and found that she loved leading and mentoring other caregivers. Bonnie “loves working with this population because its like having a building full of family”. Along with her best friend and husband John, Bonnie has called Rice her home since 1998 where together they have raised 5 boys and 1 girl. (YIKES!!) Bonnie enjoys spending time with family, traveling to new places, reading and watching ‘anything on HGTV”. Her favorite quote “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask "What if I fall? Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” - Erin Hanson
Julie Raasch - Activites Coordinator
I grew up in rural Mn. When I was little you could always find me outside exploring, when I did play with my doll’s they all ended up getting haircuts. I knew I wanted to be a hairdresser when I grew up to help people feel pretty and good about themselves. I also had a gift of helping others so when I was 16yrs old I became a Certified Nursing Assistant. After I graduated from high school, I became a licensed Cosmetologist and owned my own beauty salon for 20 years. My heart needed to be helping people again. I found my passion in Activities. I then went on to become a Nationally Certified Activity Professional. I like to help people find a purpose and a reason to look forward, feel good and most important smile! My husband (Gary) and I raised 3children and are very proud grandparents. A year ago, we moved to the St. Cloud area, I am so excited to be a part of making a difference here at Talamore Senior Living. I teach a Cardio Drumming to music class, Chair- Chi class (movement with breathing and relaxing music). Acrylic painting and a whole lot more. I have a gift for engaging and encouraging people to be and stay involved. Very Passionate about finding out a person’s interest and help to keep them involved. Please stop by the Activity department to see what fun we could have! Favorite Quote: People will not always remember what you said but they will always remember how you made them feel.
Jerome Schweiss - Maintenance Director
Meet Jerome our Maintenance Director, he comes to Talamore with years of experience in the maintenance department. Jerome is married to Amy his wife and together have two children daughter Holly who is married to Adam who have two children Liam and Lacey, and son Adam who has a daughter named Emma. Jerome has 2 family dogs, Boxer, named Bella and a yellow Lab named Samson. In his spare time he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, going to country concerts. Jerome takes care of day to day operations of the community and helps our residents if they need any maintenance requests.