Anja grew up in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and attended a four year college majoring in Childcare and Education. She taught for two years before moving to Florida. When her children became teenagers, she started working for Lutheran Apartments, a senior high-rise in downtown St. Petersburg. After more than ten years as the assistant administrator, she became the administrator of Lutheran Residences of South Pasadena, a partner senior housing community. She worked with the elderly there for over twelve more years. She resigned to become a full time caregiver for her husband and took care of him until he passed away. Anja has been a volunteer with Ruth's Promise but the program is now fortunate to have her administrative expertise as Director.
Terri Ziegler, R.N., M.S.N.
Terri Ziegler has over 30 years experience in nursing with practice in hospital, community, nursing home and university teaching settings. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Truman State University and a Masters Degree in Gerontological Nursing from University of Cincinnati. Adult Day Programs have always been a passion and interest for Terri, so that when Prince of Peace Lutheran Church wanted to start a program, Terri jumped at the opportunity to develop the program. She has been the Director since the program started in 2008, but was pleased to step into the role of Consulting Director and welcome Anja McConnen as Director and Debbie Parker as Activity Coordinator. Terri has experience working with older adults and those with dementia both as a nursing assistant, nurse, educator, family member and friend. She has been a family caregiver for a relative with dementia and is part of a family network supporting another family member and caregiver living with dementia.
Deb has worked in nursing homes and the health care industry for over thirteen years with many of those years in senior activities. She has education in Alzheimer's and dementia and has attended yearly classes for update information and sensory training. Debbie's passion is to work with the elderly. She finds joy working with seniors and she loves to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. She feels blessed to be able to work in the senior industry and enjoys her job every day.