Meet Our Team
Jeri Gort, MSW, LISW, Owner & Social Worker
Jeri is a Licensed Social Worker who has over 30 years of experience working with families. She is proud to carry on the vision of her father, who started Caring Companions, which was one of the first non-medical companion care companies. Jeri oversees new families and helps assess the right level of care for their loved ones, as well as providing resources for families as their needs change. Her mission is to show love and grace to all served by Joyful Companions Home Care!
Jeri is a member of the Minnesota Association of Home Care Social Workers (MAHCSW) and a member of the Minneapolis Area Senior Worker's Association (MASWA).
Lindsay Walker, MSW, LGSW, Owner & Social Worker
Lindsay is a graduate of Bethel University and has a Masters of Social Work from the Univeristy of St. Thomas & St. Catherine's, with a focus on supporting family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. After volunteering with older adults, she developed a strong interest in social welfare at a young age. She was an Area Emphasis in Aging Scholar and a Certified Senior Advisor. Lindsay is proud to serve as third generation in this company, and diligently seeks to continue the vision of compassionate care through sharing Christ's joy with others.
Lindsay is a member of the Minnesota Association of Home Care Social Workers (MAHCSW) and has been with Joyful Companions since 2008.
Marci Franz, LSW, Social Worker & Home Care Coordinator
Marci has over 20 years of experience as a Social Worker. She graduated from St. Cloud University and has pervious experience managing an assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing facility. Marci enjoys working with seniors and has a compassionate heart for families.
Marci is co-chair of the Minnesota Association of Home Care Social Workers (MAHCSW) and a member of MASWA.
Sara Michel, MSW, LGSW, Social Worker & Home Care Coordinator
Sara has over 30 years of experience in Social Work. She worked for many years at a long-term acute hospital with geriatric mental health, brain injuries, and compex medical needs. Sara has been a Geriatric Care Manager, social worker for an independent living facility and worked for the Alzheimer's Medicare Demonstration Project, facilitating safe care in the home for persons with memory loss. She is dedicated to supporting seniors live life to its fullest, assisting their desire to age in place and supporting families.
Sara is a member of MASWA and MAHCSW, and has been a presenter and panel member at the Senior Cooperative Housing Conference.
Sue Silva, Care Coordinator
Sue has over 25 years of experience with seniors, both in home care and residential care facilities. Sue has an amazing gift of discernment in placing the very best caregiver in each home that is served by Joyful Companions, which fosters genuine, caring relationships between each caregiver and the family they serve. Sue has managed the needs of our clients since 2007 by personally supervising each caregiver in the home care setting.
Shari Ley, Office Administrator & Hiring Manager
Joyful Companions is known for their outstanding caregivers, and due to Shari's diligence, effectiveness and kind personality, she works to build genuine relationships between staff, clients and their families. She has walked the journey of dementia with her own father and understands the importance of hiring compassionate caregivers for your loved one.
Becca Hiljus, Staffing Coordinator
Becca has a degree in Business Administration, and over 5 years of experience in the customer service field. Her grandfather has limited mobility and over the past few years she has been able to help him with daily activities. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, knitting biking, playing softball and being outside soaking up the sun. Becca loves working with people and making a positive difference in their life.
Karlynn Donner, Staffing Coordinator
Karlynn has worked in the home care field since 2015. Her father had Parkinson's and dementia, so she helped her mother care for him at home until he moved into a memory care facility. She loves to cook, spend time with spouse and 4 children, and enjoys the outdoors. Karlynn's heart is to serve others and looks forward to serving your family through Joyful Companions Home Care.
Lisa Collins, Staffing Coordinator
Lisa comes to our team after working in the field as a Joyful Companions Caregiver for 3 years. She studied at Connecticut College and brings a great skill of working with others and is eager to help provide the right Caregiver match within our Client schedules.
Julie Weninger, Payroll & Billing Specialist
Julie comes to us as a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BA in Accounting and is an accredited CPA. She is thankful to have found a role that allows her to work in such a nurturing environment sharing her accounting degree and finance career experience. As a part of the Joyful Companions team, Julie handles all billing and payroll questions, assisting our client's with their Long Term Care insurance requirements.
Ken Gooden, Chaplain
Our Mission is to enhance quality of life, and we believe in honoring the lives of those we serve.
Joyful Companionsoffers complimentary Chaplain visits by our ordained minister, Ken Gooden, at no cost to our client families and caregivers. Ken provides scripture readings, prayer, communion, spiritual comfort, or devotions. We have a heart for serving others with joy and are committed to caring for others with grace. Please give us a call if you or your loved one is interested in receiving a visit from our chaplain!