Our Team at The Homestead at Rochester

Vanessa Sherer, Director of Marketing

Vanessa Sherer, Director of Marketing

1900 Ballington Blvd NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Our Team

Vanessa Sherer

Director of Marketing

Vanessa is the Director of Marketing for the Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care at the Rochester Campus. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business from Winona State University and also is a Certified Medical Assistant. Prior to changing career paths, she worked in patient care in multiple specialties at various medical clinics. Vanessa has been working at the Homestead since June of 2022. She sums up her role as this, “My job is not to tell your journey, but to assist you along your journey; so you can continue your journey and to tell it.” She lives in Goodhue with her husband David and children Trentyn, Zachary, and Elayna, and the family dog Ford. She loves being outdoors, attending Zachary and Elayna’s sporting events, being involved in her community, snowmobiling, watching the Vikings, soaking up the sun in their pool in the summer, fishing, and spending time in Missouri on the family farm.

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Lisa Jones

Business Office Manager

Lisa’s duties include all the monthly billing for rent and services, as well as being the supervisor over the concierge service. She enjoys spending the day with her co-workers and the residents. She lives in Fountain, MN which is 35 miles south of Rochester. She has 11 children and six grandchildren, which is truly her biggest accomplishment in life! She has a huge garden and enjoys canning in the late summer and early fall.

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Darci Baumann-Fern

Culinary Services Manager

Darci has worked in the long-term care field for over 20 years in both the nursing department and in the culinary department. She was previously the General Manager for Cura Hospitality. She has degrees in psychology, business, women studies, child development, and nutrition. She is responsible for the culinary operation at the Homestead at Rochester from human resources, to menu development, to recruiting, and maintaining financials. What she likes most is she never gets the same day twice! She currently lives in Mabel, MN with her teen son, Jacob. She has two cats, one dog and two parrots to keep her busy. She loves fishing, playing softball, and building Lego models in her spare time.

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Kimber Schletty

Life Enrichment Manager

Kimber is Activity Director Certified through NCCAP and has her MS from Winona State University. She has worked at the Homestead at Rochester since June of 2017. She began her career here as the Memory Support Coordinator and became the Life Enrichment Manager in 2018. She has great interest in genealogy and family histories, thus loves hearing the resident’s stories. Some of the biggest thrills of her job are being able to bring joy to the residents and helping them to add more to their stories! When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews! Additionally, she loves gardening, quilting, doing puzzles, reading books or serving with her church. The biggest item on her to-do-list is to someday take a trip to Switzerland.

Chelsea Rikhus

Staffing Manager

Chelsea has worked at the Homestead at Rochester for three years. She started as a CNA/TMA and in August 2020, she took on her current role.  She has a five-year-old son who keep her busy. In her free time, she enjoys going to her family cabin in Wabasha, MN. She enjoys spending her weekends floating on a boat and making memories with her friends and family. And last but not least…SKOL!

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