Our Staff

Our Staff

  • Karen Lawrence, MSN, PHN, RN-BC, CCM
    Owner/Director of Nursing

    Karen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, summa cum laude. She is certified in Gerontological Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a licensed public health nurse. Karen is also a Certified Case Manager and a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. She has over 30 years of experience working with elder adults in long term care and as an educator working with long-term care nurses and care providers. Karen serves Matrix clients throughout the metro area.
  • Bruce Lawrence
    Owner

    Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He worked in disc drive development for 29 years and retired from Seagate Technology to join Matrix full time in May of 2013. At Seagate, Bruce held positions as a design engineer, engineering manager and engineering director in the product development group. At Matrix, he is responsible for the non-care related business areas including finances, human resources, legal and insurance.
  • Gail Hoch
    Housing Manager

    Gail earned her Associates in Applied Science degree in Office Administration and Medical Office Assistant degree from the Minnesota School of Business. She has over 17 years experience working in the office setting and manages the day to day operations including client intake and management, maintaining and auditing clinical records, maintaining and auditing policies and procedures, part time staffing, creating and maintaining forms, billing, accounts receivable, and marketing.
  • Kari Eischens
    Registered Nurse
  • Molly Hostnick
    Office Assistant

     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Lori Hossli
    Chef

    Lori grew up in a small rural town in southern MN with 4 brothers and 1 sister. She has been cooking and baking all her life and knows what it is like having to feed a crowd.
    Her first restaurant job as a hotel dishwasher gave her the opportunity to get her feet wet working in a fast paced environment. She attended Winona State University before realizing the college world was not a good fit.
    Lori joined AmeriCorps Southern Minnesota where she had her first experience working with the elderly affected by Alzheimer’s. She joined the activity staff at St. Anne’s Hospice and had the opportunity to interact, sing, bake, do crafts, play games and dance with the residents – an experience of a lifetime.
    Lori enrolled at LeCordon Bleu at the Brown Institute in Mendota Heights where she earned her certificate in culinary arts. She interned at Kincaid’s in Bloomington – leaving as the Senior Training Sous Chef after 10 years. She then became the Executive Kitchen Manager at Houlihan’s Chanhassen and Richfield locations for 5 years.
    “Stepping away from the restaurant business and pursuing a career that really means something to both me and the residents I cook for is an opportunity that I am forever grateful.”

Our Caregivers Are Specially Trained in Memory Care
All of our caregivers at Grace Homes are Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and are specially trained in memory care. Newly hired staff complete 8 training sessions on dementia prior to caring for our residents.   Our staff receive training on a regular basis on the most up-to-date information on how to best work with seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.