Meet our team.

The truth is that our residents and our team members make Ecumen CountrySide the remarkable community it is. We are exceedingly proud of our retirement community staff—they are some of the finest individuals in Owatonna, MN!

Their biographies are below, but the best way to get to know them is to stop by and say hello.

Amanda Beavens
Executive Director

Amanda is the Executive Director for both Ecumen CountrySide and Brooks. She has worked for Ecumen since 2011 and in senior services for over sixteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Corrections from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Amanda has also earned her Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University. She is a graduate of the Ecumen Velocity Leadership Program, the Leading Age Housing with Services Management Certificate Program and the YWCA Mankato Women’s Leadership Program. Amanda lives in Mankato with her husband and three children. Amanda volunteers in Mankato with her children’s schools and serves on the Mankato YWCA Leadership Advisory Council.

Kelly Maas
Sales and Marketing Manager

Since February 2015, Kelly has been Sales and Marketing Manager at Ecumen CountrySide and Brooks. After earning her A.A. degree with Business Emphasis from Riverland Community College, she graduated from Concordia University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Innovation. In 2015, she graduated from the Owatonna Leadership Program and is currently enrolled in Ecumen’s Velocity Leadership Development Program. A long-time resident of Owatonna, she has two children, Jordyn and Devin.

Rebecca Slacter-Pobanz
Clinical Director-Registered Nurse

Becky was raised in Owatonna, graduated from Owatonna High School and continues to make Owatonna her home. She started her career working in a nursing home and held the positions of Floor Nurse, Staff Educator and Director of Nursing. Becky also worked for the American Red Cross, and other assisted living communities. Most recently, she held the positon of Clinical Director at Ecumen New Richland. Becky and her boyfriend share a blended family of six children and ten grandchildren.

Amy Johnson
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Amy has worked as an LPN at both Ecumen CountrySide and Brooks since 2006. Amy attended Winona State University, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and NIACC in Mason City, Iowa. A fan of Iowa Hawkeye football and the Seattle Seahawks, she and her husband raise beef cattle and grow soybeans, corn and alfalfa. She has three grown sons, two granddaughters and a grandson. 

Anna Contreras
Resident Services Coordinator

Anna started at Ecumen as a Resident Assistant in 2013 and was promoted to Resident Service Coordinator shortly thereafter. She works closely with the residents, attending to all their needs on a daily basis, from ordering supplies to scheduling appointments. Anna assists the Clinical Director, is a New Employee Onboarding and Networking (NEON) trainer, and the Resident Assistant’s peer mentor.

She earned her associate degree in Computer Networking & Information Technology from High-Tech Institute of Phoenix and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration & Management from the University of Phoenix.

Kristin Pribyl
HR/Business Office Specialist

Kristin joined Ecumen in 2005 as a Resident Assistant and was promoted to HR/Business Office Specialist in 2014. Working with seniors has always been a passion of hers. Kristin lives in Montgomery with her son and daughter.

Amy Baldwin
Life Enrichment Specialist

Amy has worked at Ecumen since 2014. Joining us as a Resident Assistant, she was promoted to Life Enrichment Specialist. Amy enjoys the residents at Ecumen CountrySide and all the stories they share with her. She lives in Blooming Prairie with her son and daughter.

Mary Ramsey
Dietary Director

Joining us as a cook in 2006, Mary has worked her way up to Dietary Director. She has earned and maintains a Serve Safe Certificate and upholds our kitchen’s high standards. Mary says that the residents are what keep her coming to work each day. She has three grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons, and she and her husband live on a farm outside of Blooming Prairie.

Mike Pfenning
Environmental Supervisor

Born and raised in Minnesota, Mike has worked for both Ecumen CountrySide and Brooks as the Environmental Supervisor since 2014. After enlisting in the United States Air Force, he went through basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, attended tech school and became a firefighter. After serving in the United Kingdom and Wyoming, he worked in the trucking and transportation industry.  Mike married his high school sweetheart and together they have 11 children and 12 grandchildren.

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