Meet Our Staff
Cherrywood Pointe of Forest Lake
Gregg Fox - Executive Director
Gregg grew up in Elk River and graduated from St. John's University with a degree in Business Management. Upon graduation he had no idea what he wanted to do – the only thing he knew for sure was that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Gregg says, “Personally, I get a lot of satisfaction in helping and serving others. For about ten years now, I've been able to do what I love, by working with seniors and their families on a daily basis!” He currently lives in Stillwater with his wife and three wonderful children.
Pam Trudeau - Outreach & Sales Director
Pam was born and raised in Northern Illinois but has lived in Forest Lake for over 30 years. She served as Director of Community Relations at Good Samaritan Society-Stillwater for seven years before joining the Cherrywood Pointe of Forest Lake team in September of 2015. She assists seniors and their families as they look into different senior living options and helps with the transition into Cherrywood Pointe. Pam says, “Working with seniors and their families at an important transitional time in their lives is an honor. We have a great care team here and community within community.”
Cherrywood Pointe of Minnetonka
Cristi Steichen - Executive Director
Cristi’s experience working with seniors started 40 years ago when she got a job working in long term care to help pay for her college education in Early Childhood Development. After finding fulfillment in working with older adults, especially those with memory loss, Cristi says, “I changed my major and continued to work in long term care, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Cristi has a Bachelor’s degree in Long Term Care Administration with Master’s level training in Health Administration. Cherrywood Pointe of Minnetonka is the third new community Cristi has opened as an Executive Director. In addition to passion for working with seniors and their families, Cristi loves the outdoors, and her family – she has 3 adult children and 4 granddaughters.
Cherrywood Pointe of Plymouth
Joella Brown - Executive Director
Joella Brown grew up in St. Cloud, MN and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her passion for working with seniors began as a little girl visiting her great, great, grandmother in the nursing home. “The relationship we developed showed me at a young age how important intergenerational relationships are, and how the connections made can last a lifetime.” Joella has been working with seniors since 2003 and is excited to be a part of the Cherrywood Pointe of Plymouth team! She enjoys spending time with her husband, their infant daughter, their cat Shadow, and dog Bailey.
Ashley Petty - Outreach & Sales Director
Ashley Petty grew up in a small community in southeastern Minnesota. She has had the privilege of working with seniors since 2006, when she started as a nursing assistant while attending college. Over the years, Ashley has worked in different capacities including caregiving, recreational therapy, and marketing. She obtained her Associate Degree in Marketing as well as a Bachelor's Degree in both Business Management and Sociology from Viterbo University of La Crosse, WI. After assisting her husband with moving and expanding his family business for the last two years, Ashley is excited to be working for Ebenezer, helping seniors and their families at the beautiful, new Cherrywood Pointe of Plymouth. Ashley lives in Annandale with her husband and their six year old son.
Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville
Robin Taylor – Outreach & Sales Director
Robin was born and raised in Devils Lake, North Dakota, but has made Minnesota her home for over 30 years. After going through the process of helping her parents find a senior living community last year she knew she would love to help other families with this journey as well. "Meeting the residents of Cherrywood Pointe, and having the honor of helping families find their new home here has been an amazing experience." Robin has been married for over 30 years, has 4 children and cherishes her 5 grandchildren. Her passion for seniors and working with them is truly a dream come true!
Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville at Lexington
Marissa Rudd - Executive Director
Marissa has been working in the health care industry for over ten years, and working with seniors is her passion. She began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Memory Care and Assisted Living settings, and then transitioned to a Hospice Aide and obtained her National Certification for Hospital & Palliative Care Nursing Assistant Licensure. Marissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from Metropolitan State University. Most recently, she has been working as an Associate Executive Director in senior living. Marissa is engaged to be married this Fall and enjoys music, the outdoors, camping, traveling and spending time with her family and her Shih-Tzu Jack.
Jay Benedict - Outreach & Sales Director
Jay Benedict grew up on a farm in Lamberton, a small community in southwestern Minnesota. He worked in a nursing home in high school and helped to care for his grandmother living with Alzheimer’s. “It was a true joy getting to help her. And my other grandma moved into an assisted living community. Seeing their lives become rich and full was all that it took for me to develop a love for helping seniors.” He obtained his Bachelor of Science from the U of M, and received his MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University. He worked as a licensed funeral director with a focus on grief and transition before making his own transition back into senior living. Jay has been working as the Outreach & Sales director for the original Cherrywood Pointe of Roseville on Cleveland Avenue, and is excited to be a part of the Lexington team and help to grow a beautiful new community.