Our Staff

Janet Golden, Executive Director

Janet Golden, Executive Director

Janet joined the team at East Side Elders in mid-June 2015 and brought a varied and rich background in non-profit management. Her passion for quality of care and quality of life for our elderly citizens is what drives her to seek out the best resources and the best people to provide care and services.
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Kala Hotakainen, Communications and Outreach Manager

Kala Hotakainen, Communications and Outreach Manager

Kala joined the East Side Elders (formerly Dayton’s Bluff Seniors) team in February of 2016. She brings both a passion for volunteerism and experience in volunteer management gained from her internships with the Minnesota Literacy Council and Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties.
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Gamaro Bune, Client Advocate

Gamaro Bune, Client Advocate

Gamaro Bune is the newest team member to join East Side Elders in July 2019. Gamaro comes from a background of serving vulnerable populations; she has experience providing direct service to elders at home healthcare agencies and with United Way 211 as a community resource specialist. Gamaro is a graduate from Metropolitan State University and is passionate about advocating for and empowering older adults.
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Rebecca Nelson, Client Support Specialist

Rebecca Nelson, Client Support Specialist

Rebecca Nelson joined the East Side Elders team in October 2016. Rebecca's upbeat personality and comprehensive knowledge of the East Side of Saint Paul serve her well in her position as Client Support Specialist. Whether she's coordinating a ride, checking in on a senior, or making connections with other organizations, Rebecca's friendly and professional attitude shines.
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