At Walker Methodist we strive to be the best place to live and work. We take the commitment to provide care to older adults seriously. Our Mission is: Life and all the Living that goes with it. Enhancing the lives of older adults through a culture of care, respect and service. We always look for passionate individuals who share our love for seniors.
We would like to celebrate 5 interns who joined Walker Methodist in 2018. Each of these individuals brought new energy, new ideas and arrived at work every day ready to learn about this amazing career in older adult services. They each brought a diverse way of thinking that allowed our team at Walker Methodist to grow alongside them. They are amazing colleagues already and we can’t wait to see them blossom into the leaders of the future!
Alisa Fadden was an intern learning from Administrator Brenda Schrupp at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge. She is a recent graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in Business and concentrations in Healthcare Leadership and Long Term Care Administration. She used this internship to complete the requirements needed to be a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and hopes to take the exams to complete that process later this year!
Audra Thurman was an administrative intern this summer at Walker Methodist Health Center learning from Administrator Merilee Johnson. She is from Waconia, Minnesota and currently attends the University of Minnesota where she is studying Health Services Management.
“I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Walker Methodist and am learning so much. Look for career and internship opportunities at Walker Methodist!"
Karen McDonald is a three-year employee as a resident assistant at Walker Methodist Place in south Minneapolis. She obtained a B.A. degree from MN State University Mankato and while she was working on her B.S. degree with the Art Institutes International of Minnesota, she began her employment at Walker Place. “I love being a part of people’s lives and getting to know them better. There are so many interesting people who have lived interesting lives at Walker Place. It has been an honor to care for them.” In addition to her caregiving role, she started as an intern with the Walker Methodist Foundation in 2018. She worked on social media projects, graphic design creations and video production for the Walker Methodist Foundation.
“I’ve used social media in my private life, but it’s much different when creating campaigns for an organization. You need to make sure to including brand guidelines and create consistent and concise messages. I love putting my skills to use.”
Rachel Stevens joined Walker Methodist in May 2018 as a summer intern at Walker Methodist Plaza learning from Executive Director Corey Trembath. Rachel completed a number of projects this summer - working with those who have Parkinson’s Disease, improving resident safety and putting together the pieces to start an Executive Director in Training program at Walker Methodist. Her favorite part of working at Walker Methodist Plaza was the fantastic residents who made her smile everyday!
Tanya Welch joined Walker Methodist 4 years ago and works in Walker Methodist’s Finance Department. She is currently in a second role completing her Internship for her Nursing Home Administrator’s License at Walker Methodist Health Center with Administrator Merilee Johnson through Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.
“I love being an intern at Walker Methodist because everyone here is and has been very supportive of my educational and career goals. I have developed rapport with numerous people in various departments who are all very knowledgeable and willing to share that knowledge with me. The staff here are truly caring and always have the residents and the organization’s best interest at heart. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a winning group of individuals”.