THE BEAR RIVER AREA AGENCY ON AGING
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Please schedule a phone appointment with us!
We want to be respectful of your time and ours.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Please call (435) 713-1467 to schedule an appointment
Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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
SHIP Coordinator/Social Media Manager
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.
Jennifer Kay, M. Ed.
Alternatives Case Manager/ Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Jennifer is a Certified Long-Term Care Ombudsman and is very passionate when it comes to advocating for residents' rights for those who are in LTC facilities. Jen graduated with her Master's degree from USU. Jen loves to jump out of planes and go on all sorts of adventures.
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
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.
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
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
Held on the 4th Thursday of the month
Held every Tuesday
4 week session starting in February
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.