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Meet our staff!


Hope Hagert
Executive Director

Phone: (320) 484-9184

Hope joined Ecumen in 2014 and has held positions of Life Enrichment Supervisor, Sales & Marketing Manager, Assistant Executive Director, and Executive Director. She has the pleasure of overseeing operations at Ecumen Oaks & Pines. In her spare time, you will find her camping with her family including two children and two Australian Cattle Dogs.


Gina Buske
Business Office Specialist

Phone: (320) 484-9157

Joining Ecumen in August 2019, Gina’s heart and soul is devoted to making sure the residents and their families are receiving top-notch service from the Oaks & Pines Business Office. Gina was born and raised in Hutchinson and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Amber Christensen
Human Resource Specialist

Phone: (320) 484-9187

Amber joined the Ecumen Oaks & Pines team in January 2018. She is excited to work with our staff to continue to foster a fun, energetic and caring environment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, in winter months at the ice rink and in the spring and summer in her garden.

Joni Olson

Joni Olson
Dining Supervisor

Phone: (320) 484-9155

Joni joined the Ecumen team as Dining Supervisor in 2020. She has been cooking for family, friends, and professionally for over 20 years. For the last five years, she has managed the dining departments in assisted living facilities, serving delicious and nutritious meals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her 6 children, 3 grandchildren, and her dog.


Melanie Zelm
Life Enrichment Manager

Phone: (320) 484-9180

Melanie joined Ecumen as a Resident Assistant in 2007 and transitioned to the role of Life Enrichment Manager in 2015. Melanie graduated from University of North Dakota with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating from college, she returned to the area to be closer to family.


Dave Brisse
Maintenance Manager


Dave joined Ecumen in January of 2019. He has an extensive background in residential and commercial property maintenance and worked in the drywall trade for 15 years. Dave has a degree in Industrial Small Engines and grew up in Minneapolis, but now calls Hutchinson home. In his spare time, he enjoys projects around the house and is an avid motorcyclist.

Sandy Decker

Sandy Decker
Clinical Director

Phone: (320) 484-9164

Sandy joined the team in 2019 and enjoys being able to visit with the residents and working with teammates to ensure Ecumen Oaks & Pines residents are getting the best care possible. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and learning new things.


Courtney Cruckson
Licensed Practical Nurse

Phone: (320) 484-9156

Courtney originally started working at Ecumen Oaks & Pines in 2012 as a Resident Assistant. She left in 2016 after becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. Fortunately, she returned to us in 2019 as our LPN. She enjoys the new nursing role and being able to visit and assist the residents. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, walks, biking, and camping.


Syneva Richardson
Resident Services Coordinator

Phone: (320) 484-9151

Syneva joined Ecumen Oaks & Pines in October of 2019. Syneva has two grown children and three grandpuppies. She lives in Dassel with her dog, Annie. In the summertime you can find her relaxing in her hammock with a good book. Syneva loves hearing the valuable stories from the wise and older generation and looks forward to assisting you in any way she can.

For more information, please call us at (320) 484-9150 or click here to request information online.

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