Barnesville Area Helpers Board of Directors
Keli is the Board President at HELPERS. She has lived in Barnesville for 16 years with her husband, Dan. They have 3 children ages 16, 13, and 11. Originally from Oklee, MN, Keli moved to Moorhead, MN, after high school to attend MSUM, earning her B.S. degree in Health Services Administration. She recently earned her master’s in Health Services Administration from Rasmussen College. With almost 30 years of healthcare experience, 9 of those being in long-term care, she is passionate about helping seniors live independently at home. As a former director of an assisted living and memory care facility, she is aware of the challenges that many seniors face. Keli is a Certified Dementia Care Specialist and a Dementia Friend. In her free time, Keli enjoys spending time with her family, boating at the lake, exercising, and reading.
Missy Klemin, LSW
Vice Chair Person
Missy grew up in Barnesville and earned her degree in social work. She's worked many years in the medical field. She and her husband moved back to Barnesville 6 years ago to raise thgeir family. They recently made the move to the country and are in the process of building their dream home. When they aren’t working at the job or on the house, they enjoy spending time with family and watching their son’s sports activities. When she gets a quiet moment she enjoys reading and relaxing with her many pets who fill their lives with love and laughter.
Kevin was born and raised in the northwest corner of Connecticut in the foothills of the Berkshire mountains. He served a church there as a volunteer youth pastor for more than 20 years while also working as a hardwood floor refinisher and installer in the family business. In 2012, he and his wife Beth and their three children moved halfway across the country to Fergus Falls to attend LB Seminary. In 2014 they accepted the call to serve Hope LB Church here in Barnesville as their pastor. After several years of getting to know the folks connected to Helpers in various contexts, he was invited to join the board. He enjoys working with each member of this team and working together to support seniors so they may stay in their homes.
Christa was born and raised in central Minnesota. As a teenager, she worked in a local nursing home as a certified nursing assist. She became a nurse and served at a hospital in Fargo ND for several years while pursuing a degree as a nurse practitioner. I have been a Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice in Fargo ND since 2016. It is her joy to be able to serve patients of all ages and stages, though there is a special place in her heart for older adults. She was invited to join the Helpers Board this last year and has enjoyed the opportunity to serve and support seniors in our community. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and rewatching episodes of the Great British Baking Show and baking cupcakes to share at work and special events. Her personal goal for the last year has been to cook through the two deer’s worth of venison meat and products in her deep freezer that her husband so graciously provided before the next deer season starts. She has had some successes and some failures and is always looking for new recipes.
Aaron Christensen’s passions are connecting people to one another and their faith. He brings to the board 10 plus years of chaplaincy, military, and medical experience. For the past handful of years he has worked with a Senior Care organization in Fergus Falls, MN. Currently he lives with his wife in Barnesville and enjoys exploring the outdoors with their dog Daisy
Charlene Messer moved to Barnesville eight years ago and has been a HELPERS volunteer and a member of the board for the past four years. This has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. She's enjoyed meeting new friends and assisting the seniors in our community. She has two sons: Jason and Jeremy. Jason and his wife Chris live in Barnesville and have three children Meghan & Savannah are attending NDSU and Jason is in eighth grade at Barnesville High School. Jeremy and wife, Lana, live in Horace, ND and have two children. Madison is a 9th grader at Horace Middle School and Jameson is a 5th grader at Horace Elementary.
Katie is a Family Nurse Practitioner an d received her degree from UND in Grand Forks. Her work prior to the Barnesville Clinic was at Hospice of the Red River Valley. She has been here in Barnesville for about 2 years. Katie is married to Nathan and they have 3 kids (13, 5 and 2) and live on a farm near Rollag.
Susan Stetz Pearson
Susan Stetz Pearson grew up on a farm 5 1/2 miles out of Barnesville with her parents Edward And Margaret Stetz And 7 brothers and sisters. She continues to live in Barnesville with her son Matthew. She is also blessed with her older son Justin Barta; a daughter-in-law Shelby and 3 beautiful grandchildren named Everett, Margaret and Charlotte. She has 36 years of nursing experience and currently work as a LPN in Fargo at Essentia Dermatology. She enjoys using her skills to contribute to Helpers by doing their Toenail Clinic and loves visiting with the clients and being able to help them. She feels Barnesville Area Helpers is a great asset to Barnesville and is proud to be a part of it.
Honorary Board Member
Linda Froslie was a part of the group of concerned citizens who were instrumental in the establishment of Barnesville Area HELPERS in 1999. As chairperson of the original Board of Directors, Linda worked tirelessly to get the HELPERS program up and running as a non-profit. Her 42 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and her devotion to caring for others strongly influenced her desire to bring this service to Barnesville area seniors. Linda retired from her nursing career in 2012 and has continued to be a strong advocate for the HELPERS program and mission. Linda and her spouse Steve have three sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.