WHO WE ARE
Here at Bear River Area Agency on Aging, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in helping seniors maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
Meet Our Team
Carolyn Reed, MSW, CSW
Director of Aging Services
Carolyn started out with BRAAA in October 2015 as the In-Home Services Coordinator. In August of 2018 she moved to the role of Aging Services Director. 3 of her children and their families live in Cache Valley while on lives in Virginia Beach as a military family, which gives her the opportunity to travel and see the world.
Deborah Crowther, SSW
Veterans Specialist/ Caregiver Case Manager
Deb loves to learn and believes knowledge is power. She graduated from USU with her degree in Social Work and Gerontology. Her favorite book is "What's Worth Knowing". Deb thinks she is funny and her grandchildren are her greatest joy.
Jamie Hanks, AS
Social Media Manager/ Publications Specialist
Jamie has been with BRAAA for almost 4 years. She recently had her first baby, a girl who rules her world. She loves traveling with her husband, baby and two dogs.
Chad Fairbanks, SSW
Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Chad is our newest team member and we can't wait to learn more about him. Stay tuned!
Keirstin Meyer, MS
Fiscal Administrator/ Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Keirstin is passionate about helping older adults live with dignity. She earned her Master's of Gerontology at USU while in her 40's. Keirstin enjoys entertaining and any time spent with her grown children and grandbabies.
Melissa Lewis, SSW
Aging Waiver Case Manager/ SHIP Coordinator
Melissa is in her 27th year working for BRAAA. She graduated from USU with a Bachelor's in Social Work and passed the state licensure test to become a Social Service Worker. She enjoys playing Pickleball and watching most sports.
Shanna Anderson, SSW
Shanna is one of our newest teammates and we are so excited to share more about her with you.
Shawna Peterson, RN
Aging Waiver Nurse
Shawna has a great husband and 5 children- 4 daughters and 1 son. She grew up in Canada and has lived in Utah for 22 years. Her favorite place to visit is Glacier National Park
Shelly Andrus, AS
Intake Specialist/ Caregiver Case Manager/ Alternatives Case Manager
Shelly has been with BRAAA for 3 years but has worked with older adults for over 15 years. She enjoys spending time with her 6 grandkids. She and her husband enjoy fishing, football, NASCAR and travelling.
Tara McBurney, SSW
New Choices Waiver Case Manager
Tara is a LA native that moved to Utah for the gorgeous mountains in 2007. She has her Social Service Worker license and has been practicing social work since 2017. In her free-time she enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old daughter, practicing yoga, and hiking when the weather is warm!
Some photos taken by Nadene Kimball @nadene_madeleyne_pics
Senior Center Calendars
Veteran and Caregiver Conference
Held every Tuesday
Held on Thursdays
Veteran and Caregiver Conference
We currently have Caregiver Support Group, Caregiver Academy, Dementia Dialogues, Grandfamilies Support Group and Suicide Support Group events happening in the Cache, Rich and Box Elder Counties.
Get more information about local events below.
Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.