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 has two daughters, Melanie who is a Sophomore at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and majoring in elementary education and Miranda, who is a Junior at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire pursuing her RN with the plan to go on to be a nurse practitioner one day. 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.
Mallory Miller, RN
Director of Health Services
Mallory is the Director of Health Services at Red Cedar Canyon.
Mallory started her nursing career working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in an assisted living facility. Her desire to serve led her to pursue her Registered Nursing Degree and in 2013 she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from St Catherine’s University.
Over the past 10 years, Mallory has been able to experience many different avenues of nursing but has always been involved with the geriatric population. Mallory holds nursing licenses in both Wisconsin and Minnesota and has had the pleasure of Managing Skilled Care Nursing facilities, Assisted Living facilities, Directing a Transitional Care Unit Facility, Providing consulting services to a variety of facilities, assisting facilities through mock surveys, providing educational services to new nursing employees and designing and implementing restorative programs for long term care patients. Through the last ten years and all of her experience one thing has remained the same, Mallory is extremely passionate about great patient care for our geriatric population.
Additionally, Mallory has resided in River Falls for the past 6 years. When not working, she stays busy with her three children, Veda (13), Arlo (4) and Archie (2). With all the kid sporting events, playdates and appointments life is very busy, but Mallory would have it no other way. During the summer her family enjoys taking trips to their lake cabin in Walker, MN and enjoys fishing, swimming and relaxing.
Mallory feels honored to be 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.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Deb joined the Red Cedar Canyon team as Director of Sales & Marketing in July of 2021. She has been working in healthcare sales and marketing for over 30 years with the last 12 years focusing on positions held in senior housing, hospice and home health services. She found her passion in working with the senior population as Director of Sales and Outreach at a continuing care retirement community after having worked over 23 years in medical device sales.
Deb’s commitment for helping our seniors extends far beyond her work week. She’s been an active volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter since 2015 and truly enjoys spending her time as a Marketing Committee member where she assists in organizing and participating in the annual Minneapolis “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”.
Outside of Deb’s work and volunteer schedule she enjoys traveling with her family, hiking, kayaking, gardening and most of all spending time with her two grandsons. She also loves spending time visiting her daughter who lives in Seattle. Deb is known by her family and friends as the “crazy dog lady” and has 3 rescue dogs at home that she loves to spoil. She also enjoys all of the dogs that come in to visit the residents of the Red Cedar Canyon community.
Deb is honored to be a part of the Red Cedar Canyon team and looks forward to getting to know the residents and providing support to them and their family members.
Director of Culinary Services
Jayson joined the Red Cedar Canyon team in February 2017. He was born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota. Jayson has 35 plus years in Customer Service including over 15 years in senior care, having worked, both front and back of the house. Most recently working in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a Culinary Director at a skilled nursing behavioral facility. Jayson’s passion is to create nutritious meals, cook great food and give guests “the best Customer Service”. Jayson saying is, “if it looks good, it’s going to taste good”. He is always willing to learn and create new
Jayson currently resides in River Falls, Wisconsin with his Bengal cat Cleo. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his two grown children and 3 grandchildren. Jayson is a big Minnesota sports fan, enjoys fishing and watching movies.