Programs that support seniors are often working in “silos” within the rural community. Through collaboration and coordination, ‘silos” can become a “circle” of support. The Silos to Circles project brings agencies together to create a network of resources for the older adults in their community. The project spanned four rural communities across Minnesota: Crosby, Moorhead, Perham and Southern Chisago County. Learn how the program brings resources together for seniors, their caregivers, and medical providers.

Nancy Stratman, MSM, LNHA

Senior Services Administrator
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Nancy Stratman's entire working career has been long-term care in rural ND and MN facilities, in many roles from front-line duties to become a Nursing Home Administrator in 1998. For the last 4 years, she has been the Senior Services Administrator at CRMC (Cuyuna Regional Medical Center) in Crosby. She is Chair-Elect for LeadingAge MN and the Long-Term Care Representative on the Rural Health Advisory Committee.

Kathleen Gilbride, M. Ed

Community Development Program Coordinator
Central MN Council on Aging

Kathy interacts with rural communities to develop, design and provide education programming and services to the aging population. She provides technical assistance to state-funded grantees.  She is active on several committees associated with community engagement initiatives such as the Crow Wing County Aging Coalition, the Central MN Home Safety Coalition, Cass County Falls Task Group, and seven ACT on Alzheimer’s communities in Central MN.

Debra Bergsnev, PhD

Navigator - Silos to Circles
CRMC - Cuyuna Reginal Medical Center

Debra Bergsnev earned a Doctorate Degree in Health Care Administration from Capella University – Minneapolis. Her healthcare career has ranged from pre-hospital medicine, acute care settings and continuum of care. She has taught emergency medical technical courses, EHR - University of Phoenix and currently is Adjunct Faculty, Department Healthcare Administration-ECPI University.