Management Team

Shelly Sindt., Chief Executive Officer

The Elderbridge Agency on Aging Board of Directors named Shelly Sindt it's new Chief Executive Officer in February 2017.  Prior to that Sindt served as the Elderbridge Co-Executive Director.  Shelly joined Elderbridge as the Case Management Coordinator in March of 2013.  Sindt came to the Agency after working for Northwest Aging Association as the Case Management Coordinator for 15 years.  Shelly also has specialized training in the areas of Falls Prevention, Substitute Decision Maker, Grant Writing, Benefits Counseling, Aging and Disability Resource Centers and Mental Health.  She is a member of the Iowa Coalition on Mental Health, the Area Agency on Aging State Case Management Coordinators group; and the National Council on Aging.  In addition, Sindt has developed strong professional partnerships with local, regional, and state agencies.  She has worked as a nurse supervisor serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as a supervisor of case management services for the frail elderly.  Shelly has also worked in Long-Term Care facilities in Spencer and Newport Beach California.  She completed one year of Liberal Arts at the University of Iowa and then completed her registered nursing degree at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Donell Doering., Director of Operations

Donell developed an early interest in older adults as the result of spending Sunday afternoons visiting her elderly grandmother in a Fort Dodge nursing home.  This experience motivated her to pursue a degree in social work in college and an internship in the first area agency on aging in Iowa.  In 1974 following college she began working for Elderbridge, first as an Information & Referral Specialist, then as a Planner, Program Director, Deputy Director and eventually as Associate Director. In February 2015 Doering was named Elderbridge Co-Executive Director, then in February of  2017 she was named as the new Director of Operations. Her passion for serving the elderly has remained strong throughout her career. Donell and her husband Dave live in Mason City and have two grown children.

Robert Ammann, Associate Director - Healthy Aging and Fort Dodge Office Manager

Robert has worked with the Elderbridge Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Program since January 2007, first as Program Coordinator and currently as Program Director.  Prior to joining Elderbridge, Robert served as the Director of Food Services at ConAgra Foods in Omaha, NE., as well as Retail Food Service Director and Catering Director at Creighton University, also in Omaha, NE.  Robert has multi-unit management experience and extensive knowledge in all areas of commercial food service operations.   Robert received his B.S. degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management from Iowa State University and his Master of Business degree from University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Robert enjoys golf, skiing and trout fishing the spring-fed streams of northeast Iowa, and spending time with his Vizsla hunting dog Chloe.

Sherri Boedeker, Agency Associate Director and Fiscal Director

Sherri has a BA degree in Accounting from Buena Vista University, a MS in Administrative Studies degree from Missouri State University, and holds a CPA certificate.  Sherri’s past experience has been in both accounting and education.  She taught accounting at Hamilton College and Buena Vista University before going to the Mason City ConAgra plant and serving as Cost Accounting Manager at that facility.  Sherri then returned to education as the Academic Dean at Kaplan University in Mason City before joining Elderbridge in the fiscal department.    Sherri appreciates the services that Elderbridge provides and enjoys being a part of the agency.


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