Ecumen of Litchfield's Leadership Team

Meet Ecumen’s caring and committed professionals.

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Jenny Klima

Executive Director

Jenny Klima is the Executive Director at Ecumen of Litchfield. She has been in her role since January of 2019. Previous to her role as Executive Director, Jenny worked in various capacities with Ecumen for over a 10 year period. She has her Bachelors of Science degree in Healthcare Management from Rasmussen College. Jenny has a passion for consumer advocacy, business innovation and just simply having fun and smiling, even when situations are challenging.

Community Involvement:
  • Litchfield Lions Club Member
  • Church Volunteer
Outside of work Jenny enjoys spending time with family, camping with friends, listening to music, organizing, doing laundry and most of all, keeping busy with her children and husband.

Naomi Opjorden

Community Relations Specialist

Naomi is a returning team member to Ecumen of Litchfield. She previously worked for Ecumen as a Program Coordinator for over 7 years. She is excited to be back with the organization and looks forward to being a part of the dynamic future at Ecumen of Litchfield. She has her Associate’s Degree from Ridgewater College and has worked with older adults for a majority of her career.

Naomi enjoys family time with her husband and four children. If she’s not attending one of her children’s activities, you’ll find her enjoying time at the lake or creating artwork.

Shanda Stinson, RN

Housing RN Clinical Director

Shanda has worked for Ecumen for 23 years. She has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Ridgewater College. Her favorite thing about her job is being greeted by the clients every day.

Community Involvement:

  • Junior Olympic Volleyball Coach
  • Ridgewater College Clinical Instructor at Ecumen of Litchfield

Outside of work, Shanda enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Michelle Rierson

Account Specialist

Michelle has worked for Ecumen since August 2004. She has a diploma from St. Cloud Technical College. Her favorite thing about her job is spending time with the residents, hearing stories about the “good old days”.

Michelle enjoys camping, boating, playing volleyball and reading. Her favorite activity is spending time with her family.


Michelle Schoolmeesters

Service Coordinator

Michelle has worked for Ecumen since March of 2000. She has an Associate’s Degree from Willmar Community College. Michelle enjoys spending time with the tenants and empowering them to live the lifestyle they choose.

Community Involvement:

  • Church Choir, Women’s Group and the Area Faith Community Pastoral Council at The Church of St. Philip
    Forest City Stockade Volunteer
    Meeker Area Care Connection Co-Chair

Michelle enjoys camping, canoeing, walking and reading, but time best spent is with family and being a grandma.

Dawn Doty

Adult Day Services Coordinator

Dawn has worked for Ecumen for 10 years. She enjoys working with the Adult Day clients.

Community Involvement:

  • Church Council and Mission Study Tours at First Lutheran
    Lutheran Social Services
    Respite Care
  • Outside of work, Dawn enjoys spending time with family, going to their cabin, biking and going to the gym.

Cindy Whitcomb

Human Resource Specialist

Cindy began working at Ecumen of Litchfield in March 2015. Utilizing her Human Services degree from Willmar Community College, she enjoys her role of hiring and working with our wonderful staff.

Community Involvement:

Future Farmers of America
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Basketball

In her time off from work, Cindy enjoys working on her family farm where she assists her husband raising beef cattle, chickens, pigs, and goats. Her favorite time is when the farm is full of babies. By far the best addition to the family farm is her grandson Emmett.

Rod Flann

Maintenance Supervisor

Born and raised in Hutchinson, Rod started with Ecumen December 2013 after working as an electrician for 34 years. What he enjoys most about his job is helping the residents enjoy their maintenance-free lifestyle. His catch phrase is “Write Me a Note” to schedule a task in the building.

Community Involvement:

  • Life-member of Cedar Mills Gun Club and board member for 3 years

Rod’s hobbies include fishing all summer, then switching to hunting in the fall. He can be seen on his motorcycle or tooling around in his 1973 Cadillac or his 1954 Ford pickup. He’s restoring a 1959 Mercury in his spare time.

Amy Larson

Dietary Manager

Amy started as a Dining Room Aide in 1990 in the Gloria Dei Dining Room and Emmanuel Home when we were known as Board of Social Ministry (Augustana Homes). She became the Dietary Manager at Emmanuel Home in April 1996. Over the years she has managed both kitchens when staff was shared between our sites. With the sale of Emmanuel Home in 2016, Amy now manages the Gloria Dei Dining Room full time. Amy enjoys working with our tenants and their dietary needs, the Meals on Wheels program and she is looking forward to exciting changes in our food service programs in the future as our needs change.

Community Involvement:

  • Former Board member LDC Youth Hockey
    Volunteer with the LDC Fundraising Committee

In her spare time, Amy enjoys gardening, canning, being outside, & spending time with family and friends. Watching her children’s activities of swimming, football, marching band, hockey, and baseball keeps Amy busy.

Brittany Dobson

PERS Coordinator

Brittany is our Personal Emergency Response Systems Coordinator. She has worked for Ecumen since March 2014. Three years were spent in Bethany Memory Care and then she joined the Home Care & Hospice team. Her favorite part about her job is knowing she is giving her clients extra comfort in their homes when they receive their “PERS” units.

When Brittany is not at work, she’s spending most of her time playing with her dog Bella, hanging out and going on adventures with her husband & doing DIY projects.

Stacy Anderson

RN Case Manager

Stacy received her Associates degree in nursing from Ridgewater College of Hutchinson and she has worked for Ecumen since January 2017. Stacy has been in the nursing field since 2002 because she loves being with people.

In her downtime, Stacy enjoys spending time with family, camping, and shopping.

Amie Hedlund


Amie Hedlund is an LPN at the Ecumen of Litchfield Home Care & Hospice. She has been an LPN for 5 years since receiving her AAS-PN degree at Rasmussen College in St. Cloud. Before that Amie received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Studies at NDSU. Amie’s healthcare career has mainly been at the St. Cloud Hospital, only recently starting in May 2017 at Ecumen. Amie wakes up excited every day to come to work and never leaves a nursing visit without giving a hug!

Community Involvement:

  • St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Watkins, MN
    Volunteer at the Eden Valley Watkins Elementary

In her free time, Amie enjoys her time at home on the lake with her three daughters, husband, and 2 dogs. Aside from reading, working out, canoe trips, gardening, crafts, fishing, and cooking her most favorite hobby is CLEANING.

The biggest reason Amie enjoys working at Ecumen is that her co-workers and patients have become a family to her. She has never cared so much for people while working as she has since starting with Ecumen. Amie describes the staff as the kindest, most caring people and the patients are just fabulous all around. She would not trade her job for the world!

Beth Kern

RN Case Manager

Beth joined Ecumen in September 2016 after spending 8 years in the Navy and receiving her RN BSN from Hawaii Pacific University. She really enjoys spending time getting to know clients and their families with home care and hospice, and seeing their faces light up when she pays them a visit.

For fun, Beth enjoys stamping cards, reading, watching movies with my family, fishing and camping.

Shelley Huggett

Volunteer Specialist

Shelley has worked for Ecumen of Litchfield Hospice as a massage therapist since 2015 and recently joined us in a different capacity as volunteer specialist. She comes to us with 30 years of experience as a registered dental assistant and she owns her own massage business after training with Sister Rosalind Gefre’s Massage and Wellness Center. Sister Rosalind is the famous massage nun at the St. Paul Saints games.

Community Involvement:

  • Cornerstone Church Youth Group Volunteer for 20+ years

Shelley says knitting calms her down and she loves winter activities like cross country skiing. She also is a Dance Fitness instructor (REFIT®) in the Litchfield area. Her 5 grandkids keep her busy when she and her husband aren’t out enjoying a motorcycle ride.

Amanda Becker

Business Manager

Amanda started with Ecumen Home Care and Hospice in 2003 as a CNA, then moved to Scheduling in 2008. She has been the Business Manager since 2015. She says the best part of her job is getting to know the clients and hearing their stories.

Community Involvement:

  • 4-H Volunteer

When she is not busy at work, she enjoys spending time on the farm with her family, reading, and fishing.

Alexandria Reimer, RN

Client Care Coordinator

Alex has been with Ecumen Home Care and Hospice since 2014 and with Ecumen of Litchfield since 2012. She has her Associate Degree in Nursing from Ridgewater College and has been working in the healthcare field for more than 10 years.

Her favorite thing about her job is her amazing co-workers she gets to spend time with every day and the wonderful clients she meets by providing services in the home and in facilities. There is never a dull moment in Home Care and Hospice. We get to meet new people weekly as there are always more seniors wanting in home care.

Community Involvement:

  • MN Home Care Association
    MN Hospice and Palliative Care Association
    Leading Age of Minnesota
    MN Nursing Association

Outside of work, Alex enjoys spending time outside – camping, hiking, reading and being with her future husband, family, friends and fur babies.

Cindy Knoell

Social Worker

Cindy joined the team in October of 2018. She has a masters degree in social work from the University of Oklahoma. Cindy feels passionate about being present to offer service to patients and their families during some of their hardest times.Cindy enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling and raising her two daughters.

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