Connie Halvorson

Board Chair

Connie recently retired from teaching at ACGC. She has taught Communications and History in Ada, MN, Mason City, IA, Willmar and ACGC. Besides regular classroom teaching she has taught Adult Basic Education and Alternative Learning. She has been on the Board since 2015 and also serves as Fundraising Chair and helps with transportation and Meals on Wheels.

Jim Olson

Vice Chair

Jim is a retired businessman and has been in the Atwater area since 1976. He has served on the Atwater Area Help for Seniors board for many years. Jim has also been active in the Atwater community as a long-time Lion’s Club member and has been on the board of St. John Church.

Bob Meyerson

Bob is currently Chairman of Cattail Bancshares, Inc., which owns Harvest Bank and Citizens State Bank of Waverly and has been a banker since 1977. Prior to that he earned a PhD in European History at the University of MN and taught for a number of years. Bob has been on the AAHfS board since 2014.

Carolyn Poe


Carolyn (who also answers to her nickname of Tudy) is a retired RN. Her last employment for 32 years was at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, working in the Operating Room. Her husband of 49 years is Larry and they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Carolyn enjoys being with her grandkids, gardening, and visiting with friends. Carolyn has served on AAHfS board since 2013.

Connie Overlie

Connie has a degree in Social Work and her passion is for Developmentally Disabled and Seniors. She has worked in both fields, most of her life. She has been serving on the Atwater Area Help for Seniors Board since 2012 and has met many great people in the community.

Matt Lilleberg

Matt is a financial advisor and a part of our finance committee. He has been a member of our board since 2014. A goal/dream of Matt’s is to get an Atwater Area Foundation set up to support local non-profits such as ours.

Pastor Christian Strickland

Christian Strickland has been a pastor at St. John Lutheran and a member of the Atwater community for over 13 years. One of his favorite parts of being a pastor is visiting with those who are not able to get out of the house. This provides him with an opportunity to visit on a one-on-one basis. He and his wife, Cynthia, have three kids. Pastor Christian has served on the AAHfS board since 2012

Sandy George

Sandy worked 40 years in public education starting as a Kindergarten teacher in Moundsview, MN and spending the last 14 years as a school administrator in Lake Forest, IL. Sandy and her husband, Jim, moved to Diamond Lake in 2005. They have 1 daughter and 1 son and 3 grandchildren. Sandy is enjoying meeting the Atwater residents when she volunteers for AAHFS events. She joined the Board in 2019.

Donald Amdahl

Don was born and raised in Atwater area. Graduated from Atwater High School. Married Sandy in 1968. They have two boys, Alan, the oldest is a teacher in Albany and is married to Donna. They have two children, Martha in law school at UND in Grand Forks and Anders is a Junior at River Falls. Darren farms with me and is married to Jen. They have three children. Jaden, the oldest farms with us. Ryan is a Junior at SD State in Brookings and Ashlyn is a senior at ACGC. I have farmed all my life.

Deb Friedrichs

Director/Service Coordinator

Deb started at AAHfS in September 2015. Her background is working with elderly in assisted living settings and with people with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Deb is active on the Rec and Leisure committee for AIM, and in her church as a puppet leader and coordinator for Sisters at Heart women’s group. She enjoys time with family and friends and outdoor activities.

Lori Hutchinson

Volunteer Coordinator

Lori started at AAHFS in August of 2016. She worked in web marketing for Marketing Concepts in Spicer for 21 years. After a short break Lori took a temporary job working for a law office in Willmar and then had the opportunity to become the Volunteer Coordinator for AAHfS! Being a part of our senior community has been a very wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn from our community members!