Management Team

Shelly Sindt., Chief Executive Officer

The Elderbridge Agency on Aging Board of Directors named Shelly Sindt the Chief Executive Officer in February 2017.  Prior to that Sindt served as the Elderbridge Co-Executive Director.  Shelly possess more than thirty-five years of progressive experience in the human services field. My passion for the elderly began when I was in high school and began working in the dietary department at a local nursing home and later working at the same nursing home as both a Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse. My professional history includes positions such as Nurse Area Manager at Seasons Center for Community Mental Health as well as Case Management/Program Development Director at the Northwest Aging Association. I assisted in the successful establishment of a new 501©3 corporation to generate new sources of funding to the agency. I am an active member of the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. I am a passionate advocate for programs and services that benefit the elderly, caregivers and adults with disabilities and actively participate in the legislative advocacy process. I have developed strong partnerships with local community-based providers as well as state agencies and legislators.

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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