Our mission is to help people identify and achieve goals that lead to a healthier, more independent life. We offer a range of housing options and supportive services, anchored by compassionate and skilled staff.
At Everyday Living, we believe a strong team effort and meaningful relationships are the keys in moving individuals facing mental illness toward a healthier and more productive life.
Mental illness can impact more than the individual. Family, friends and community members oftentimes take on additional responsibilities and are called on to help a loved one throughout life or for a temporary period.
We are here to help.
EDL provides an environment where residents, staff and family communicate openly about goals and expectations. We believe in a supportive network that works toward a more independent lifestyle.
Owners Blake Elliott, Kevin Guillory and Jeff Johnson founded Everyday Living in 2010. However, the inspiration developed over many years while Jeff and Kevin worked in Adult Foster Care (AFC) settings. They both developed a passion for helping people make progress in their lives, including moving out of group homes to more independent settings. But they saw a need for a program to help support people after they moved on from AFC, and that is how the Everyday Living dream began to take form.
While Jeff and Kevin had experience in AFC settings, Blake’s passion for the field came from personal experience. As a result of a car accident, Blake’s younger brother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2003. Blake gained a unique understanding of the challenges faced by families in the treatment and care of those in our community. With an understanding of needs and a vision of making a difference, Blake, Jeff and Kevin decided to start Everyday Living. Everyday Living opened its first Adult Foster Care home in March 2010 and since has grown to more than 20 properties ranging in size and service provided. EDL started a Supportive Housing program in 2011 and began offering Independent Living Skills (ILS) and 24-hour emergency services to its residents and in community settings. In addition, Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) began being offered in 2014 and Customized Living in 2015. EDL now serves people throughout the Twin Cities and in the St. Cloud area.
Now as board members, Blake, Jeff and Kevin continue to inspire Everyday Living staff and residents while maintaining the original mission:
“We believe we can help people identify and achieve goals that will help them to improve their lives.”
Carol is responsible for strategic and operational leadership at EDL. Her leadership style is collaborative and empowering. Carol arrived at EDL in January 2015 with more than 25 years of experience — including 15 years as division president — with a large company in the mental health, assessment and special education field.
As a leader, Carol is both results-focused and empathetic. She is a champion listener and creative problem-solver, and she inspires everyone around her to be better. She herself is inspired by the opportunity to make a direct impact on people’s lives. This is one of many reasons she is so energized by her work with EDL.
Carol holds a degree in business and psychology from William Jewell College and also completed the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Twin Cities Area Personnel Manager
Nick’s official role: supervising our site supervisors. Since that title doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, we call him the Metro Area Personnel Manager. He is responsible for overseeing — and collaborating with — the leaders of all of EDL’s programs in the area. That job has Nick wearing many hats, because he has to know the ins and outs of each of our diverse programs. Nick could also be classified as a Professional Listener. He’s our ear on the ground, learning what’s happening throughout EDL and what we can do to make our programs even better.
Nick came to EDL with more than 10 years of experience in the field. He attended the University of Minnesota — Duluth and joined EDL in 2011.
Amanda is responsible for ensuring that EDL’s services are high quality. She’s also tasked with growing and developing those services, addressing concerns and being a resource for program supervisors.
As if that job description isn’t already enough to keep Amanda on her toes, she’s known as the first person to raise her hand when the team needs extra help. Her work ethic stems from a passion for helping the people she serves. She herself has faced more than her share of challenges in life — and worked hard to overcome them — and she says that helps her relate to residents.
Amanda holds an associate’s degree in visual communication and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She joined EDL in December of 2011.
Human Resources Manager
Curt is a big part of why the EDL team is more like a family. He’s responsible for recruiting, hiring and training new employees — and he has a stellar eye for finding outstanding people who really care about their work.
Curt has a professional background in IT, but found his true calling at EDL. He says working for EDL is the first time his job hasn’t felt like a job. He’s passionate about hearing people’s stories and watching them grow and succeed. And it shows.
Curt holds a degree from St. Cloud State University, and he joined EDL as soon as we opened our doors in 2010.
In her role as Placement Manager, Kelsey Martin has the privilege of meeting face to face with potential clients to help them find a good fit at Everyday Living. She works closely with the management team to assess potential clients’ needs and matches clients with programs and locations for which they are best suited.
Kelsey joined Everyday Living in 2016 after several years in the mental health field, most recently as a program manager providing customized living and independent living skills. Kelsey describes working with individuals facing mental illness as a “passion.” She is known for an ability to connect quickly with people and establish therapeutic relationships and rapport, which serves her well in this role
Kelsey holds a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Winona State University.
Andrea oversees EDL’s programming for supportive housing and community residential services. Translation: She makes sure everyone and everything receives proper attention and care. Andrea is the clinical director for the Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) program and devotes a lot of her time to training and supporting staff to effectively work with individuals facing mental illness, brain injury and/or chemical dependency.
Andrea has a long history of working with people with mental illness in a social work capacity. She is known for staying calm, cool and cheerful in the face of problems and brings levity to challenging situations. She says she’s energized both by her coworkers and the people they serve.
Andrea holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in social work and applied psychology from St. Cloud State University. She received her license in clinical social work in 2008. She joined EDL in 2013.
As Everyday Living’s Medical Manager, Shannon Rivero is tasked with ensuring that our nursing department is as strong, compassionate and encouraging as it can be. Why? Because to Shannon, being a manager is about more than making things run smoothly. She makes it her personal mission to support our staff in creating a safe, stable environment for our residents so they can flourish.
Shannon originally joined Everyday Living during its origins in 2010 while attending nursing school. She came “home” to us in an interim role and quickly rediscovered a passion for what we do. Shannon signed on for the long haul and hasn’t looked back. She is known for being part of the solution and treating everyone — staff and residents alike — with dignity and respect.
Shannon holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Saint Catherine’s University. She comes to us with 15 years of experience in the medical field along with six years as an R.N.
As Operations Manager, Melissa oversees all financial planning, operational systems, processes and policies. In other words, she’s the go-to woman for the logistical elements of the business.
Melissa is a born multi-tasker with a permanently positive outlook and an eye for detail, all of which serve her well in this demanding position. Even though a lot of Melissa’s job involves numbers and spreadsheets, it’s really all about the people. Melissa works hard every day to ensure that Everyday Living operates with the highest possible quality and that we give our residents and staff the support and resources they deserve.
Melissa holds a business degree and is working toward an MBA at University of Phoenix. She joined EDL in October of 2015 and was previously an accountant/assistant general manager for the Department of Defense.
St. Cloud Area Program Manager
Nate Schutz is responsible for ensuring that EDL delivers above and beyond on all of its services in the St. Cloud area while achieving our stated purpose. That’s a tall task — but for Nate, it’s simply all in a day’s work.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a typical day. Nate’s versatile role sees him training staff, meeting with clients, working with case managers, completing paperwork, working on treatment and crisis plans, and serving as a sounding board for questions from clients and staff. Nate’s up to the challenge, having previously spent three years as a program coordinator in a group home and also working as a mental health practitioner. He thrives on seeing improvements in our clients’ lives and is known around the office for keeping things light — even while tackling heavy stuff.
Nate holds a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and a bachelor’s degree in geography from St. Cloud State University. He joined EDL in December 2015.
St. Cloud Area Personnel Manager
EDL’s level of service depends entirely on the efforts of our incredible staff, and it’s Carl’s job to make sure that staff members in the St. Cloud area are happy and energized and performing at their full potential. Carl is responsible for nearly 30 employees at several properties in Stearns and Benton counties.
Carl has been in the field since 2006 and was working for another company that EDL acquired in 2014. He places importance on rapport with his team and thrives on being someone they can depend on.
Carl holds a degree from St. Cloud State University.
Jeff brings more than 10 years of experience in the Adult Foster Care field to his work as Owner and Director of Personnel. He has experienced the field from nearly every conceivable professional angle, including as a direct care staff member, an assistant supervisor, a house supervisor, an area quality assurance supervisor and director of personnel. Jeff’s diverse experience at all levels of the Adult Foster Care field contributes to his knack for team building.
For Blake, a commitment to the services offered at Everyday Living simply couldn’t be more personal. In 2003, Blake’s younger brother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of a car accident. Blake has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by the Everyday Living community and their families. His background in real estate development and operations been instrumental in EDL’s expansion.
For more than 10 years, Kevin’s career path closely mirrored Jeff’s as they gained experience across multiple specialties in the same Adult Foster Care facility. Kevin’s passion is ensuring that each client has access to the resources and support necessary to maximize skill development and quality of life.
After a 35-year career in Human Resources, Joe Mucha retired from General Mills in 2006 as Vice President of Human Resources, Bakeries and Foodservice, a $2 billion division. Prior to his career at General Mills, Joe held several positions in HR for pharmaceutical company Pfizer. He served in the U.S. Army for three years as a battery commander stationed in Okinawa, earning the rank of captain. He has served as chair of the Board of Trustees at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, as well as holding board positions for Scherer Brothers Lumber and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
With a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, Bob Spinner has over 32 years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to retiring in 2001, he served as President and CEO of Abbott Northwestern Hospital (1985-1997) and President of Allina Hospitals and Clinics (1997-2001). More recently, Bob served as Interim CEO for Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Eldercare and N.C. Little Memorial Hospice.