Tresha Melquist RN, BSN
I am grateful for the opportunity to accept leadership responsibility as the Administrator of Cokato Charitable Trust. This opportunity will allow me to continue to advocate and serve the senior population in our community.
I have been employed at Cokato Charitable Trust since year 2000 in various leadership roles most recently as Director of Nursing.
Director of Nursing
I have been an employee for Cokato Charitable trust since 2000. I began my journey in Long-term care as a CNA and now as a Registered nurse. I am excited to continue my career here as director of nursing. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with our senior community and their families to provide quality care each day. I live in Cokato and I am married to my husband Cody and we have two children, Brooke and Mason.
Director of Social Services
Tammi L. Dahlman, LSW
Although I worked in the health care field since 1980 I started at Cokato Charitable Trust (CCT) in September of 1983.
I have my BSW and a minor in gerontology. In my graduating class I was the only one who wanted a career working with the aging. At CCT I have had the opportunity to grow professionally and also be a vital part in CCT’s growth. From a long term care facility to a total continuum of care the journey has been challenging and exciting for myself and CCT.
For me it is an honor to work with aging individuals in this stage of their lives. Working with their families, guiding them, providing console, and sometimes just being a sounding board has been a privilege. It has also been an honor to bear witness to someone’s life story when they may not have had the opportunity to tell it before.
I am married and together we have two children who are also married. They have blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. My most important leisure activity is spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren.
I have been with Cokato Charitable Trust since November 1997 starting as an Office Clerk and transitioning to Office Manager in 2014. I obtained a two year accounting degree from Ridgewater College.
I came to Cokato Charitable Trust with no background working in a nursing home or senior care setting. I have come to truly look forward to the interactions I have with our residents and their families. I enjoy working with the staff on a daily basis and working with our new employees helping them transition to our environment and helping them and others with the day to day challenges that come up.
I have lived in Cokato my entire life. I am married to my husband Blake and we have two sons, Wesley and Lucas.
I joined Cokato Charitable Trust in April of 2015 as a Care Attendant at Edgewood Gables Senior Independent Living facility. After 7 years in that position, I am now transitioning into the role of Executive Director of Housing and am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the community in this larger capacity. I developed a passion for serving others through past work experiences including being a Certified Nursing Assistant and owning a pizza restaurant for 31 years with my husband Dave. It was natural for me to transition into another people focused role at Edgewood when we decided to sell our restaurant. I live in Cokato with my husband Dave we have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and baking, sewing, reading or golfing. In my new role I am looking forward to serving the tenants of Edgewood Gables and helping them enjoy life to the fullest.
Activity Director/Memory Care Coordinator/SDS Director
Joy Marschel, COTA
My career with Cokato Charitable Trust started in 1989 as a CNA. Then in 1997 as a COTA in the therapy department and since 1999 as the Activity Director, Memory Care Coordinator & SDS Director.
I am passionate about working with those in need of care, and making a positive difference while enriching their lives. I truly enjoy my work and those I work with.
I am married to my husband Gary. We have two children and a son-in-law. In my spare time I enjoy being with family, exercising and outdoor activities
Director of Environmental Services
I joined Cokato Charitable Trust (CCT) in May of 2019 working as a member of the Maintenance Team. It didn’t take long to realize what a special place CCT is to work. When the Directors position became available I jumped at the opportunity and was awarded the position.
I enjoy working with our staff and residents and being in a leadership role. Born and raised in the Dassel-Cokato area I worked for our family seed business eventually rising to a management position. In 2015 I moved to Nicaragua to work for several years, when I returned I was happy to find a position with CCT.
I have five amazing children and one grandchild. I enjoy running and traveling back to Nicaragua whenever I can. My role as Director of Environmental Services is very rewarding. I feel truly blessed in helping make CCT a quality first class facility for all of our residents and tenants.
I joined the Cokato Charitable Trust team in July of 2018 as Foundation Director.
I have worked in the Senior Care industry since 2012 as Foundation Director for St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted, MN.
All my career I have been in the management and marketing field. I graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Winsted, MN in 1970. I attended Mankato State University studying Business Management.
What I find most gratifying in my work at Cokato Charitable Trust is being able to help improve the lives of those we serve and our employees while meeting some amazing people. As a Foundation Director at a senior care facility, anything I can do to make life better for our residents and staff is very rewarding
I married my best friend LuAnn in 1973. We have 4 daughters, 3 son-in-laws and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy golfing, long rides on the lake and being with family and friends.
Board of Directors
Steven Hanson, CPA
I joined the Cokato Charitable Trust Board of Directors in 1994. Currently my position is that of Board Chairman.
I believe my responsibility on the Board is to provide the best care, service and facilities that we can for our residents.
Both my mother and mother-in-law spent approximately 10 years in a care facility which made it personal for me, and helped me strive to do the best that we can for our residents.
Most gratifying to me at Cokato Charitable Trust is to see the care given by our team to each resident and the appreciation that our residents have for that care.
In my leisure time I enjoy being with family, golfing and biking.
I began my association with the Cokato Charitable Trust Board of Directors in 1987. My current position on the Board of Directors is that of Vice Chairman.
My responsibilities, as I see them, are to be a link between the Advisory Board, the community and the Cokato Charitable Trust Board of Directors. I am also a member of the investment committee.
I volunteered for the board partly because of my mother’s influence as first a volunteer and then when she became a resident of Cokato Manor. I believe it is everyone’s responsibility to care for anyone who is not able to care for themselves.
After seeing the dedication of the Cokato Charitable Trust staff first hand, caring for the elderly, I knew volunteering for the Advisory Board was the right thing to do. Each time we’ve added another piece to the whole continuum of care at Cokato Charitable Trust, it just feels right.
I’m a retired fireman. I enjoy interacting with people. I’m a member of the Rotary Club, treasurer of our men’s club at church, the adjutant for our Legion Club and a member of the Color Guard. I’m also a Board member of Cokato apartments. In my free time I enjoy fishing, gardening and working on old cars.
In 1996, Bob Ortquist, former Cokato Charitable Trust board member, invited me to join the CCT board of directors where I currently serve as the Secretary/Treasurer.
My responsibility is to take accurate minutes at our meetings and with the other advisory board members, oversee the operations, financial health and future trends of senior care in our area.
As a former City Clerk I know the importance of Cokato Charitable Trust in our community. The future of senior care is evolving and changing. Our Edgewood Gables Senior Living Facility was the first project I was involved in. There was a 99 year old woman who was looking for a senior living facility in the area. We had nothing in our community, thus the birth of Edgewood Gables Apartments. She was one of the first residents.
The Cokato Charitable Board of Directors has always been proactive when it comes to senior needs and care in our community. To be a part of this work has been gratifying.
I am an active member of the Stockholm Lutheran Church a former Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, I’m also an archive member reader and greeter. I am a very active member in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 209 where I serve as President.
My association with the Cokato Charitable Trust Board of Directors began in 1995 after being asked to join by a then sitting board member.
Currently I serve as a Director on the board. I believe my responsibilities as a director are to ensure we provide the best care possible for our residents, that we care for the maintenance of our buildings and provide the employees the tools they require for their work.
I enjoy and am proud of playing a part in providing the complete continuum of care that we have at Cokato Charitable Trust.
In my free time I enjoy my second home which is at the lake.
I have been a member of the Cokato Charitable Trust Board of Directors for many years, the then current Chairman of the board asked me to join.
I’m passionate about Cokato Charitable Trust and the value it brings to our residents, clients and the community at large. I believe my work on the board is important and I have a responsibility to our community to care for our residents.
I spend my spare time with my family. I also enjoy reading, running, skiing, biking and my time with Rotary. I also when possible enjoy time at our cabin.
I am new to the Cokato Charitable Trust Board. I was approached by retiring board member Suzanne Kaczmarek, CPA and Board Chairman Steven Hanson, CPA to join the board of directors in the summer of 2021. Growing up in a small town, I realized that many of the best things in a community exist because of dedicated people who are willing to serve. My parents and my faith reinforced that view point by teaching me how rewarding community service can be. So serving as a member of the CCT board felt like the right place for me. I have visited several Cokato Manor residents over the years, and have always been impressed with the facilities, the staff, and how well the residents like their home. These great attributes require hard work and dedication to maintain by everyone involved. I look forward to assisting CCT with its mission of providing great service, a wonderful caring environment, and top notch facilities for its residents today and well into the future.
I became a member of the Advisory Board of Cokato Charitable Trust in 2017 serving as a representative for Good Shepard Free Lutheran Church.
I’ve enjoyed learning about Cokato Charitable Trust, our continuum of senior care services and being able to offer advice regarding various projects. Learning what is involved in operating Cokato Charitable Trust, its management and dedicated employees, has been eye opening and rewarding.
I am a proud member of the American Legion.
I joined the Cokato Charitable Trust Board of Directors in 2021. I grew up in Cokato and after living away for over 26 years due to military service, came back because I wanted my kids to experience life growing up in a community like Cokato. Without the great people we have in Cokato, it would just be a town and not a community. My wife and I wanted to become a part of that Cokato family right away. Being asked to join the board seemed like a great way to start because it is an opportunity to serve those residents who served us in the past. I am excited to join the team at Cokato Charitable Trust and be a part of Cokato once again.
I am a proud member of the American Legion.
After a long standing member of the Advisory Board stepped down I was asked to considering participating. Knowing how important Cokato Charitable Trust is to our community, I became a member of the Advisory Board in the fall of 2019.
I believe my responsibility on the Advisory Board is to hear from community members and relay that information to the Advisory Board, and to be an ambassador in our community for Cokato Charitable Trust.
I am looking forward to growing in my position and learning about all the services we offer.
I enjoy walking, gardening, canning and archery when the seasons allow, and when they don’t I knit and bake. It is my wish to show kindness and hospitality when and where I can.
Peggy Carlson – Board Liaison
Lyle Severson – Board Liaison
Nancy M. Anderson, retired RN
I joined the Cokato Charitable Trust Advisory Board in 1994 and am the longest serving member of the Advisory Board representing Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Working as an RN for 35 years has helped me in serving on the advisory board. I believe it’s important for me to be an active liaison between my church and my community representing Cokato Charitable Trust. In my church the representative to the Advisory Board is elected. I have had the privilege of being re-elected each year.
I really feel compelled to support the administration, staff and residents of Cokato Charitable Trust and feel gratified when our facility receives a good rating after reviews.
My family is foremost in my life and I enjoy spending time with them at our lake home near Pine River, MN. I also like to sew and up cycle old or worn furniture to sell.
I joined the Cokato Charitable Trust Advisory Board as a director in the fall of 2012. I represent North Crow Lutheran Church ELCA of Cokato, MN.
I’m glad to play a part in helping to make Cokato Charitable Trust a cheerful place with dedicated caring staff and an administration who serves our residents and community with a complete continuum of care.
My past volunteer experiences with Cokato Charitable Trust have been reading the newspaper to residents, accompanying the residents on excursions, playing the piano and helping with Sunday worship services. I am also a member of the ELCA which meets twice a year at Cokato Manor and encourages all of the women residents to attend.
After graduating from Dassel High School and Gustavus Adolphus College I taught in public schools in Minnesota for 35 years. My teaching experiences I believe have helped me become a productive member of the Cokato Charitable Trust Advisory board.
Russell C. Irvin
I became a director of the Cokato Charitable Trust Advisory Board in 2002 representing Elim Mission Church. I was asked by the Elim Mission Church board to be their representative on the Cokato Charitable Trust advisory board.
I enjoy attending Advisory Board meetings and working with other members of the advisory board to help make Cokato Charitable Trust a welcoming place for all our residents. I marvel at the dedication of our employees and the care they provide daily.
In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at my church, the food shelf and woodworking. I also once a year make lots of potato sausage at Cokato Manor, which the residents truly enjoy.
Carl W. Greku
I joined the Cokato Charitable Trust Advisory Board in 2017 as a director representing Laestadian Congregation Church.
As a director, my focus is to become educated on the many ways Cokato Charitable Trust operates and to share that information with my community and church.
I am proud to be a part of the quality of care that our employees provide to our residents each day. I am truly impressed by the continuum of care we are able provide to our community.