Staff

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Sarah Brown, BSN, RN, LNHA

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Sarah oversees the development and deployment of Empira’s signature quality improvement programs, as well as the ongoing pursuit of applied evidence-based research. She presents Empira’s work at state and national conferences.

Since 2001, Sarah has held a variety of roles and knows senior care from the inside out. She has worked in direct patient care, leadership, education, and consulting in a variety of settings, including long-term care, transitional care, clinics, large health systems, and partnerships. Sarah has always been passionate about serving those in need through the continuous improvement of care practices to achieve better clinical outcomes and aging experiences.

Sarah is adventurous and relationship-oriented. She enjoys trying new things and having fun with the important people in her life: her husband Mike, their three daughters, extended family, and friends. Sarah enjoys cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.

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Kelly Klund, LPN

Resource Nurse

Kelly is passionate about improving the aging experience. She has worked in healthcare since 1989 with broad experience as a staff nurse, unit manager, nurse consultant and clinical project manager in the areas of quality improvement, infection control, staff development, admissions, marketing and business development. She enjoys program development and along with building relationships. 

Kelly has been with Empira since 2016 and has presented Empira’s work to thousands of people across the United States and she believes that every day offers an opportunity to educate professionals in aging services to know better so they can do better. 

Kelly holds an associate degree in practical nursing from Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing MN and is enrolled in the Bachelors of Gerontology program at the University of Maryland Global Campus.  
She lives in Wisconsin, has a husband and two children and is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

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Heather Johnson, RN

Resource Nurse

Heather supports evidence-based quality improvement through the development and deployment of Empira signature programs. She presents the best practices and key findings from Empira’s signature programs at local and national conferences.

Having grown up in a family that provided adult and child foster care for individuals with disabilities and mental illness, Heather knew at a young age that she enjoyed taking care of others and pursued her education in healthcare. As a Registered Nurse, she has provided direct care, supervision, team leadership, and mentoring to colleagues and patients. Heather takes great pride in having the ability to positively affect practices in long-term care by leading performance improvement programs and continuing her own education.

Heather enjoys traveling, learning about different cultures, gardening, and reading. Her husband Rich and four children share her love and passion for the outdoors and Minnesota Vikings.

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Adrienne Duncan, BSN, RN

Resource Nurse

As a resource nurse, Adrienne supports the Empira quality improvement programs through education and evidence-based research. Along with her BSN from Viterbo University she has 15 years of experience in various healthcare settings.

Her background is in long-term and memory care, staff development and education, as well as PIPP coordination. This experience along with her passion for life long learning and devotion to harmonious team work has allowed her to serve older adults with a holistic, person-centered care approach.

Adrienne enjoys cooking, watching the Green Bay Packers, sunny getaways, decorating her home, and spending quality time with her husband Blaine and their families. 

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Brittni Peterson, RN

Resource Nurse

Brittni’s position as a resource nurse focuses on providing high-quality patient centered care through the development of Empira’s evidence-based signature programs.

Whether spending time with her grandparents or working in aging services, Brittni has always been drawn to spending time and caring for older adults. She started this career in 2014 working as a personal care assistant in assisted living memory care which inspired her to become a Registered Nurse. She continues serving older adults in skilled nursing. Brittni is a life-long learner and is currently working on completing her BSN.

Brittni finds joy in spending time with friends and family. She also loves cheering on her two favorite football teams, the Denver Broncos and the Minnesota Vikings.

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Malori Weigel

Operations Specialist

Malori's role is to ensure effective internal and external communication. Since 2006, she has worked in administrative positions at specialty and family practice clinics as well as the Minneapolis VA Hospital. Malori’s creativity brings innovation and a fresh approach to office operations.

Before healthcare, Malori served in the Army for eight years, deploying to Iraq in 2003 (where she met her husband Dave) and Afghanistan in 2004. Malori, Dave, and their two dogs enjoy spending time together cheering on the Minnesota Twins and Green Bay Packers.

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Joslyn Harris

Operations Specialist

Joslyn's role at Empira is to ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly and to provide administrative support in all aspects of the company.

She has a strong background in many business operations. Her expereince ranges from healthcare to small business settings.

Joslyn enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends.

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Sue Ann Guildermann, MA, RN

Contracted Presenter

Sue Ann retired from Empira after decades of service in long term care. She has touched countless lives both directly and indirectly with a mission to make the aging service industry better than when she started. It is with certainty that Sue Ann has been a game changer; inspiring, challenging and strengthening our industry with more moxie than anyone.