Who We Are.

Meet Ecumen’s caring and committed professionals.

Lisa Hofferbert
Executive Director

Phone: 507-484-2203

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from Mankato State University. Lisa has worked as the Development and Marketing Director of Benedictine Living Community of St. Peter and was the Marketing Director and Life Enrichment Coordinator at Monarch Meadows in North Mankato. Lisa has been an active volunteer for Girl Scouts for the last ten years. Her favorite thing about Ecumen St. Peter is the “amazing team we have at Ecumen Prairie Hill and Ecumen Sand Prairie. I have seen so many wonderful acts of care, empathy and love for residents.” When she’s not working, Lisa enjoys time with family, entertaining, camping and volunteering.


Kim Putz
Clinical Director


Kim has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Rasmussen College. She is currently studying to receive her Master in Business Administration-Healthcare from Western Governors University. Prior to working for Ecumen St. Peter, Kim worked as a Nurse Manager at Laurels Peak Long Term Care Facility in Mankato and more recently as the Director of Nursing at the Ridgeview Le Sueur Hospital. Her favorite part of the job is working family atmosphere and being part of an amazing team of caregivers. When Kim is not caring for the Ecumen family she cares for her sister and son who live with her. Kim also has a daughter studying at North Dakota State University to complete her Medical Laboratory Science Degree. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, going for long walks, attending live outdoor music events, and camping.


Sara Gersemehl
Sales & Marketing Manager

Phone:  507-484-2216

Sara Gersemehl is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Ecumen Prairie Hill and Sand Prairie. She has been in the property management industry for over 10 years and most recently came from a senior living property in Lakeville, MN.

She is excited about working for Ecumen and getting to know each of the residents personally. Working in customer service is her passion and her new role gives her much joy in servicing the needs of others. She calls Ecumen her “forever home.”

Sara has one daughter in second grade. “She is my joy in life,” Sara said. She also has one cat, which is a black and white tuxedo cat. Sara enjoys family time and spending time on the weekends helping her parents and going on walks with her daughter in the evenings.

Sara manages the sales and marketing for both Prairie Hill & Sand Prairie.

Matthew Melius
Food and Beverage Manager

Phone: 507-934-5204

Matthew attended the Arts Institute International of Minnesota and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management. Before coming to Ecumen Sand Prairie he had been a Chef at the Henderson Roadhaus, an Executive Chef at Turner Hall New Ulm and an Executive Chef at Mad Jack’s Sports Cafe, Vadnis Heights. When asked what he likes most about working at Sand Prairie Matthew states, “What I love most is being able to talk with the residents every day and see how they’re doing. I like to see if there’s anything I can do to help their day go well. Working here also brings me closer to my mom. She used to work in nursing homes and hospice.” In his free time Matthew enjoys reading camping, hiking and wood working.

Tami Brandt
Business Office Manager

Phone: 507-934-5202

Tami joined Ecumen St. Peter as the Business Office Manager for Ecumen Prairie Hill and Ecumen Sand Prairie. Prior to Ecumen, Tami worked as a Financial Specialist for Lutheran Social Services for 8 years. Tami earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University in Open Study. Her three main areas of study were Social Work, Health and Gerontology. She also minored in Gerontology. Tami also earned an Accounting Degree from Rasmussen College in Mankato. In her spare time, Tami enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and her hobby is refinishing old furniture. What she likes best about Ecumen St. Peter, “getting to know all of the residents.”


Krista Hesse
Assistant Executive Director


Krista is the Assistant Executive Director for Ecumen Prairie Hill and Ecumen Sand Prairie. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to working for Ecumen, she worked with people with severe and persistent mental health issues and then as a Staffing Coordinator and HR Specialist for a skilled nursing facility in Roseville, MN. Krista’s favorite part of working at Ecumen is “the support, knowledge, tools, and opportunities to grow. And the residents, of course. I feel that we have a cohesive team that supports and cheers each other on, both at the site level and by Support Services of the Shoreview team. I genuinely enjoy coming here each day to work with and support our residents and team members. It’s both challenging and rewarding.” When not working, Krista enjoys spending time with family and friends, spoiling her cat Darwin, joking around (both at work and outside of work), and being outdoors.

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