Leadership Team

Danielle Olson | Executive Director

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Danielle joined the Sunnyside team in June 2012. She grew up near New York Mills, MN and attended college at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Danielle graduated with degrees in Healthcare Administration and Long Term Care Administration. Danielle joined Ecumen in 2010 as a Housing Director working with memory care assisted living, market rate assisted living and HUD housing. Outside of work Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Danielle’s favorite part about working in long term care is the ability to make a difference in someone’s life each day.

Lori Olson | Director of Nursing

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Lori joined the Sunnyside team in September 1978 and has held all positions within the nursing department during her tenure. Lori loves working with the residents and their families. She also enjoys teaching the nursing staff and being a mentor as they advance in their nursing careers. Lori is active in her professional organizations as well as in the community.

Gail Guck | Finance Manager

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Gail joined the Sunnyside team in October 2012. She is originally from Ely, MN and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in December of 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Gail previously worked in banking and transitioned to long term care when she took her role at Sunnyside. Gail is responsible for submitting and collecting all of the Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance claims. She also works closely with the Human Resources department and coordinates our IT. Gail loves her job and most importantly loves Sunnyside! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Andy and step daughter Bailey. Their family likes to spend time camping, boating, fishing and even hunting. Gail also likes to shop and scrapbook.

Randi Handegaard | Life Enrichment Manager

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Randi joined the Sunnyside team in 1975 and is currently the team member with the longest tenure. Randi grew up in Fargo, ND and earned her degree from North Dakota State College of Science. Randi and her husband, Mark raised their daughters in rural Lake Park, enjoying all that country life holds. Randi is a COTA/L and has been our Life Enrichment Manager for over 40 years. When asked about her favorite part of working at Sunnyside she simply says, “I’m loving every minute!”

Annette Blade | Dining, Housekeeping & Laundry Manager

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Annette joined the Sunnyside team in November 2004. She is originally from Alexandria, Minnesota. In 2004 Annette completed the Dietary Manager program at Alexandria Technical and Community College and become a Certified Dietary Manager. Annette previously worked for Knute Nelson Nursing Home in Alexandria as a Food Production Supervisor before joining the Sunnyside team as the Dining Director. Annette resides in Hawley, MN with her 3 cats; one of those cats is often found at Sunnyside providing countless hours of entertainment to our residents.

Gary Ziebell | Maintenance Manager

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Gary joined the Sunnyside team in 2003 after moving to Detroit Lakes from Arizona in 2001. Gary received his Journeyman’s Class A electric license in 1978, the same year his daughter Andrea was born. Gary worked in the construction industry for many years and his son Zach was born in 1981. In 1986 he received his Master electrical license and worked for Mayo Clinic in Arizona as a senior electrician. Gary married the love of his life in 1998 and truly began living! His favorite hobby is traveling the country with his wife Patti.