Meet our caring and committed professionals.

Each member of our innovative leadership team has years, if not decades, of experience in working with Assisted Living and Memory Care residents. Our team’s mission is to empower individuals to live richer and fuller lives.


Lauren Pahnke
Executive Director

Phone: 952-542-5680

Lauren joined Ecumen Centennial House leadership team in February 2020.  Lauren is responsible for our overall operations.

She has over 30 years of experience in Long Term Care, Assisted Living, and Independent Housing settings as a Social Worker and Executive Manager. Lauren has a Human Service degree and has received her LTC Administrators license.

Paige Gegner
Human Resources

Phone: 952-658-5460

Paige joined Ecumen Centennial House in September of 2019. She previously worked as a Human Resources Generalist at a consulting company in Minneapolis. Paige earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications- Public Relations from Metropolitan State University.

Nancy Solinger
Sales and Marketing

Phone: 952-542-5687

Nancy joined Ecumen Centennial House in August 2016 and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. Nancy came to us from Brookdale Senior Living, where she had served as a sales and marketing manager since October 2014. Prior to that, she had been in group sales for Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites in Bloomington. Her focus is always on building trust with families and residents as she guides them on the sometimes difficult journey into senior living as she defines their needs, wants, and expectations. She is also responsible for marketing her community in the area as she represents Ecumen Centennial House at tradeshow events and within the community. Nancy received her degree in Graphic Arts from Dakota County Technical College.

Mike Vawracz

Mike Vawracz
Dining Services Director


Mike brings over twenty years of kitchen experience to Ecumen Centennial House. From serving college students, working in business dining, to senior living, Mike brings an enthusiastic positive attitude to the Centennial House team. He enjoys listening to people’s stories on how they’ve created their favorite meals at home, and loves grilling steaks, chicken, salmon, and vegetable kabobs, as grilling outside is one of his favorite things to do no matter the weather. In his spare time, Mike spends time with his family taking walks, going for bike rides, or playing lawn games, and in the winter months, building giant snowmen and taking-in Christmas light displays around the community.

Peggy Lane
Life Enrichment Manager

Phone: 952-542-5686

Peggy joined Ecumen Centennial House’s Life Enrichment Department in 2008. She is responsible for providing a well-rounded program designed to be innovative and keep abreast of the many changes in the area of therapeutic recreational activities for seniors. She is passionate about serving seniors and sharing her life enrichment experiences with the residents we serve.


Mike Aylward, RN
Clinical Director

Phone: 952-542-5684

Mike is the Assistant Clinical Director with Ecumen Centennial House since April 2020 and is responsible for assisting the Clinical Director in the operation and oversight of the clinical services within our community. He graduated from Rasmussen College in 2015 and has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing with additional certification in public health.

Mike’s background in medicine stretches back over 10 years from his start in the US ARMY to now, he has experience with Hospital, Long term care, Transitional/rehabilitative care and emergency/critical care medicine.

Mike considers the foundation of his practice is based on the teachings of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing practice. That is to say, Mike always tries to put himself into the situations of those he serves in order to better understand them and what they are going through.

Kevin Kincade
Maintenance Supervisor

Phone: 952-542-5688

Kevin was born and raised in Inver Grove Heights. After high school he went to Hennepin Technical College to get his carpentry degree. Kevin came to Centennial House from White Pine Senior living where he worked for many years.

Tara Handorff
RSC – Scheduling

Phone: 952-542-5683

Latoya Turner
Business Office Manager

Phone: 952-542-5681

Latoya has had the opportunity to work for Ecumen for over ten years now, and has a great deal of experience working in the senior living industry. She joined Ecumen Centennial House in 2016 as the Business Office Specialist, and is responsible for all things billing related. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Metropolitan State University. Latoya equally divides her time between Centennial House and Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley.

Valerie Snyder

alerie Snyder, Chaplain at Centennial House, grew up in Bloomington, MN, and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with seniors in a ministry capacity.

Valerie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Bethel University and then earned a Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in pastoral care (Bethel Seminary). She then continued her chaplain specialization by doing Clinical Pastoral Education, which is essentially “practicing chaplaincy” with supervision.

Valerie supports all faiths and denominations, and loves visiting with everyone.

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