Meet Our Team
Although our campus is made from bricks and mortar like all other buildings, it is the staff that really make the difference when caring for your loved ones. Our staff are committed to two simple things – creating a clean, and friendly, environment for our residents and guests.
Adopting the philosophy of maximizing the strengths of each individual, our leadership team members each 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 care that best meets the needs of you or your loved one.
Jen Rutledge, Campus Administrator
Jen started her career in senior living in 2000 as the Director of Resident Services in an Independent and assisted Living setting. She quickly realized her passion was caring for seniors. In 2006 she became an Administrator or and Assisted Living and Advanced Care Suites. She won MADACS awards in 2007 and 2009 for Manager of the year from Multi Housing, Achievement, Design, Advertising, and Community Support in the state of Minnesota. In 2009 she also received her Housing with Services Management Certificate. She has continued her love for working with seniors and their families in assisted living and memory care.
Tammie Graupmann, Marketing Coordinator
Tammie has over 25 years of experience in Adult day centers, non-profits, and assisted living/memory care in a variety of director and social service roles. She joined the Buffalo team in 2016 where she works in the marketing dept, assisting families and seniors who are seeking housing and service options. Her experience and training in dementia and mental health have helped her better serve families when they are struggling with the decision of when and where to place.
Barb Nichols, Business Office Coordinator
Barb has worked in senior living since 2002. She started out working in Activities and moved into the Business Office in 2016. Barb has a passion for working with seniors and says the best part of her job has been building relationships with the residents and working with the families.
Tawnya Smith, RN Case Manager
Tawnya has over 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of settings. She began her career working in a skilled nursing setting as a Nursing Assistant and eventually went to school to obtain her degree in Nursing. She has a background working with patients in Hospital, Clinic, Home Care, and Skilled Nursing settings. Tawnya is compassionate, and dedicated to providing quality care for the residents at the Glenn Buffalo.
Desire Wolf, RN Case Manager
Desiré has been in her current position for a year. She has experience in a variety of health care settings as Director of Nursing in Assisted Living/Memory, Clinic Supervisor, Nurse Manager in Long term care/skilled nursing, and both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric care. Desiré has a special interest in behavioral health and memory care.
Chuck Weiland, Maintenance Coordinator
Chuck has been in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. He has been with the Glenn Buffalo serving as maintenance coordinator for 2 years. He enjoys working with the residents, families and staff on a daily basis.
Sara Mason, Resident Service Coordinator
Sara has been working with Memory Care and Assisted Living residents for 14 years in Buffalo. Starting as a Resident Assistant and working her way up into Resident Services Coordinator. Sara enjoys building relationships with the residents and their families to create easy and trusting transition between home and assisted care residence.
Natalie Hoilland, AL Activity Coordinator
Natalie is a key team member at The Glenn Assisted Living as Activities Coordinator. She brings enthusiasm, organization, and the ability to listen to everyone’s suggestions and interests, to negotiate activities suitable for all residents. Besides entertaining and energizing with safe events, the activity program provides intellectual stimulation and psychological wellbeing.
Natalie has three adventurous and amazing daughters and lives on a farm.
Amber Fuchs, MC Activity Coordinator
I graduated from Crown College is St. Bonifacious with a degree in Social work. My studies in Social work has been valuable in my work with Alzheimer/Memory Care residents and added to that is my passion for art and creativity. I believe it is my calling to provide “the best day ever” each day with my residents. Providing them with painting opportunities, the satisfaction of making a craft that is worthy of display, coffee chats and a party to celebrate numerous occasions bring so much joy to each one. I can bring music into their lives and much needed one on one time.
Kathy Czanstkowski, Administrative Assistant
Kathy has been working at The Glenn Buffalo since 2016. She graduated from Lake Superior College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts & Science and was working towards her paralegal degree. Kathy came in as a temp and chose to stay with us permanently. “It was a no-brainer for me after bonding with everyone that this is where I belong. My favorite thing about my job is being able to do so many different things. I love learning and being able to assist in all the different departments. Whether I am sewing a hole in a shirt, re-potting plants, or just listening to resident’s stories you never know what the day will bring.”
Sarah Zimmermann, Kitchen & Dining Coordinator
As a mother of 3, My cooking career was born out of necessity, but quickly blossomed into my passion. I graduated from Hennepin Technical College in 2014 with an AAS degree in culinary arts, determined to turn my passion into others pleasure. My career has taken me to some amazing places and I have had the honor of working with some amazing chefs. Most notably Dave Martin from Top Chef. I was a kitchen manager for The Red Goat until November of 2015 and then as a cook for Bait and Hook until July 2016. I began at The Glenn Buffalo as a cook and in April of 2018 I took the position of Dining Coordinator.