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Executive Staff

Denyse Ethridge
Denyse Ethridge
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
Denyse joined the Avinity family in December 2007 and was named Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer in November 2016. Denyse sincerely believes in the culture and mission of the organization and is working on strengthening and expanding the Avinity family.
Mary Casarez
Mary Casarez
Assistant to Denyse Ethridge
Mary joined the Avinity family in January 2005 and transitioned to her current role as Denyse Ethridge's Assistant in January 2021. Mary chose Avinity because she enjoys working with older adults and using her God-given talents to further Avinity’s mission and culture.
Chris Schmidt
Chris Schmidt
Vice President of Finance
Chris came to Avinity with more than 30 years of experience in accounting and finance at public, private, and non-profit organizations. With his in-depth accounting knowledge, analytical thinking and teamwork, Chris has successfully led the Finance Department at Avinity since 2001.
Theresa Burns
Theresa Burns
Staff Accountant
Theresa joined Avinity in March 2018 and has used her varied work experiences to improve the accounts payable processes. She has played an integral role in our accounts receivable reduction in aging accounts and is also our elderly waiver expert.

Community Leaders

Luke Eastep
Luke Eastep
Campus Administrator, Golden Oaks
Luke Eastep began his career at Presbyterian Homes & Services in 2018 and in 2019 became the Housing Director of Golden Oaks, an Avinity advanced assisted living community in Proctor, MN.
Karen Casper-Robeson
Karen Casper-Robeson
Campus Administrator, Mainstreet Village
Karen Casper-Robeson has worked in healthcare for 40 years and worked with seniors at Presbyterian Homes & Services since 2000 as a site leader. She accepted the role of Campus Administrator at Avinity’s Mainstreet Village in February of 2021. Karen has a Master’s Degree and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Licensed Social Worker. Karen enjoys serving people, supporting them to achieve their goals and making a positive difference in their lives.
John Dellwo
John Dellwo
Housing Administrator, Mill Pond Gables
John Dellwo has been with Avinity in a couple different roles in two different locations since 2005. He is currently the Housing Director at Mill Pond Gables, a senior apartment community in Champlin, MN.
Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson
Housing Director, Riverwood Village
Jordan Thompson began his career at Presbyterian Homes & Services in 2015 and in December 2020 became the Housing Director of Riverwood Village, an Avinity senior apartment community in Cambridge, MN.
Don Sable
Don Sable
Housing Administrator, Scandia Shores
Don Sable has been with Avinity in various roles in various locations since 2008. He is currently the Housing Director at Scandia Shores, a senior apartment community in Shoreview, MN.
Teri Harris
Teri Harris
Housing Director, WestRidge
Teri Harris began her service in the senior care industry in her teens by volunteering at a nursing home, then employed as a server in a senior living community. More recently, Teri’s 25+ years of experience in senior housing includes a Marketing position at Avinity in 2014 and now Housing Director at WestRidge, a senior apartment community in Minnetonka, MN.