The mission of Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living is to promote individuality, independence, and healthy living by providing a safe, enriching and vibrant community that nurtures positive aging and peace of mind.
dedication and responsibility to the care and services we provide
awareness and understanding of the needs, wants and aspirations of each resident
kind and generous treatment to all who live in our community
personal moral character
We strive every day to provide the best care and services to those who live here. We strive to display the mission and values at Red Cedar Canyon Senior Living each and every day.
Meet Our Staff
Ned D. Ammons, CSW, LSW
Ned has been with Red Cedar Canyon as the Director since October 2014. He is married to Jenny who is a nurse in the field of geriatrics. They have two daughters, Melanie who is a senior in high school and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and majoring in elementary education and Miranda who attends the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire pursuing her RN with the plan to go on to be a nurse practitioner. Ned earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Minor in Gerontology and emphasis in Medical Terminology from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has experience in Long-term care, Transitional Care, Hospice, Pharmacy and Assisted Living / Memory Care management. Additionally, Ned has dedicated his entire professional career to Geriatrics. His guiding principles are, “At the end of the day did I do the right thing” and, “Would I allow my parents to live here.” If Ned cannot answer yes to these questions and/or his team cannot answer yes to these questions for themselves, then he has no business asking another person to place their loved one in a senior property that he manages. Ned’s focus is to always exceed customers’ expectations!
Office Manager / Administrative Assistant
Tracey has worked at Red Cedar Canyon for 11 years and has “worn many hats” during this tenure. She began as a resident caregiver and eventually transitioned into supporting community programming/activities. After several years in that position, Tracey moved into a position where she could utilize many of her organizational and business skills to support the community. Currently, Tracey works as the administrative assistant and manages the front-desk, handles account payables & receivables, prepares and sends out monthly resident invoices, develops caregivers work schedules, provides new employee orientation and oversees any human resource items.
Outside of work, Tracey is a busy mother of 6 children ranging between 15 years and as young as a toddler. Tracey enjoys spending quality time with her family; and when provided a moment alone, Tracey likes going for walks, watching movies, and shopping.
Jackie Paulson, LPN
Cedar Cove / Memory Care Nurse Manager
Jackie works fulltime in our memory care unit (Cedar Cove) as the unit manager. She has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for 35 years, specializing in geriatrics and specifically dementia. Jackie became a certified dementia practitioner in 2013 with the Council of Certified Practitioners, and also obtained a certification in the Music and Memory Program in 2015.
Jackie’s love for working with this population only continues to grow. Her days at Red Cedar Canyon are filled with laughter, exploration, companionship and food! Jackie is a mother and grandmother, garden enthusiast and a lover of dogs and yoga.
Therapeutic Recreation Director
Berit is the Therapeutic Recreation Director at Red Cedar Canyon. She feels very fortunate to be able to work and engage with the residents on a variety of levels every day.
Berit has a Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Minnesota. Her love for the older adult population developed in High School when she was an Activity Aide in a small skilled care facility. Berit strives to not only create a positive living experience for the residents, but also encourages Body, Mind, and Spiritual growth through varied active living engagement activities. These can include: strength, movement and balance exercise classes, arts and crafts, baking, games, music, therapy animals, nature/gardening, guest entertainment and community outings to name a few. Working with and caring about the older adult population for over 20 years has been a real passion for Berit. Making days and moments great are daily goals in addition to caring for the emotional health of the residents. She is available to be their confidant, trouble shooter, one-on-one companion, and friend. In her off time, Berit enjoys time in the country with her husband of 30 years, three almost adult children, dogs and chickens. She loves a new travel experience, staying active cross country skiing, playing with her dogs, gardening, cooking, being creative, swimming and lounging by the pool. Berit is very proud to be part of The Red Cedar Canyon Team!
Dillon has worked at Red Cedar Canyon since March of 2020, and has several years of experience as a fantastic handyman. Dillon is a “jack of all trades” and is very good at finding solutions to ensure things run smoothly at the community. Additionally, Dillon is kind-hearted
and patient; these traits are invaluable when working with seniors.
Dillon has been married since August of 2018. It is never a dull moment at their household with their wonderful young son, three dogs, and two chickens. Outside of work, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and flying. In 2014, Dillon earned his Private Pilot License and loves traveling with his wife.
Jill Theirl, MBA
Director of Sales & Outreach
Prior to joining the Red Cedar Canyon team in 2020, much of Jill’s working experience was in corporate healthcare. She entered the senior living / healthcare industry about 15 years ago and held both local and regional positions in housing and geriatric psychiatry. Along the way, she had the opportunity to learn from some of the best “teachers” in the industry; this helped Jill grow and become an expert in senior housing. If asked, people often describe Jill as compassionate, authentic, driven, strategic and passionate about doing the right thing; she uses these core values across all aspects of her life.
Jill has been married 27 years and has two adult children. Both Matt & Lizzy are medical students, looking forward to making a difference in the lives’ of others. As a family, the Theirls’ enjoy traveling, lake-time, scrumptious cuisine, and pampering their sheltie puppy, Moka.
Jill is excited to be part of the Red Cedar Canyon Team and truly looks forward to working with and supporting older adults and their families.
Janell Weber, RN
Janell is the Clinical Administrator at Red Cedar Canyon. She lives in Roseville, Minnesota and has worked with the elderly since the age of 16. Starting as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Janell worked in nursing homes until she was able to earn her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) diploma in 1996. Thereafter, Janell took on many different roles as an LPN for 10 years. She then decided to earn her Registered Nursing (RN) License. Throughout her 25 years of nursing, Janell has gained a great deal of experience in different fields of nursing. This experience includes Long Term Care/Assisted Living, Specialty and Family Practice Clinics, Outpatient Surgery, Urgent Care, Emergency Department, Triage, Director of Nursing at a Skilled Nursing Facility, and Hospice Nursing. She truly enjoys working with the geriatric population!
Additionally, Janell has 3 very special men in her life. She was just married on July 27, 2020, during the Coronavirus Pandemic. She and her husband, Brian, enjoy traveling far away and discovering new places near home. Brian is a great supporter of her nursing career and works very hard himself. The other two special men in Janell’s life are her two boys; Ryan (22) and TJ (18). They are both fine young men who are discovering their own paths in life. Janell loves watching them grow and mature throughout their adventures and looks forward to seeing where their paths will lead them one day!
Janell is proud to be a part of the Red Cedar Canyon community!
Carolyn Lee, LPN
Assisted Living Nurse Manager
Carolyn has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Red Cedar Canyon for 4 years and has worked in Long Term Care for over 26 years. She graduated from Red Wing Vocational College and has held many positions in the nursing field, including: being a Registered Nursing Assistant (RNA) for a year, working as a floor nurse for many years, completing the Minimum Data Set (MDS’s) and medical records for nursing home clients, as well as training for International Classification of Diseases coding (ICD-10 coding).
Carolyn now manages the assisted living at Red Cedar Canyon. She enjoys supporting and working with the seniors and their families while focusing on making this community a place where everyone will enjoy connecting and making special memories. Additionally, Carolyn truly appreciates working alongside other caring staff members.
In her free time, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family (parents, children and grandchildren), gardening, traveling and going on motorcycle rides. She also enjoys cooking, shopping and beaches.
Larry is originally from Southern California where he was raised at an early age as the “little helper” in the kitchen with his family. As a teen he broadened his experience in his brothers Pizza Parlor where he found a true passion for the culinary arts. After his teen years, and as a young adult, he found himself working with a handful of world renowned chefs who mentored him in what would be a culinary journey for life.
Larry eventually moved to Minnesota to raise his own family. While raising his family, his career moved him toward the Higher Education Sector around the Twin Cities. Larry was the Executive Chef for University St. Thomas, St Catherine’s University & Hamline University. Over the years, he genuinely enjoyed working with his culinary teams which included student workers. Larry’s mission was to create a memorable dining experience for the campus community and perhaps more importantly, help young adults grow while creating positive experiences for them so they become ambitious and passionate in their own careers.
A couple years ago, Larry changed direction from cooking for students to cooking for seniors. He felt it was another culinary calling that needed to be fulfilled for the better of the common good. Larry brings to our community a tremendous amount of culinary talent and management experience. Larry loves to cook and work with his team to create meals which are nourishing and full of flavor.
Larry has excellent rapport with the residents at Red Cedar Canyon, and looks forward to ensuring a wonderful dining experience day-in and day-out.
Cedar Cove / Memory Care Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
Therese has enjoyed residing in Hudson for the past 27 years, raising three children and volunteering in the community. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a major in Public Administration and a minor in Social Services. She has been passionate about working with seniors throughout her career and has worked in a variety of settings supporting and advocating for seniors. In addition, she has received specialized training in supporting individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer’s through her various work experiences. Most recently, Therese was the Service Lead for an Adult Day Program in North St. Paul, providing case management and assisting with program planning which focused on person centeredness, community inclusion, and a “live your best life” philosophy. She appreciates the opportunity to bring this same focus to her current role of coordinating the memory care activity program, and understands the importance of developing activities that reflect individual interests; focused on bringing joy to the moment! She thoroughly enjoys getting to know each resident and finding activities to support their physical and emotional well-being, as well as maintain their social connectedness. When not working, Therese loves to spend time with family and friends, garden, take long walks, travel and explore all the amazing places we have close by.