315 - 12th Street NE  Suite B  ~  Little Falls, Minnesota  56345  ~  320-639-1051

 ElderCare of Minnesota
Corporate Staff


Jim Birchem
President / Owner

Jim Birchem grew up on a farm near Sobieski, Minnesota.  He graduated from Little Falls High School in Little Falls, Minnesota and later received a B.A. in Accounting from St. Cloud State in St. Cloud Minnesota.  Jim married his wife Kathy Lashiniski in 1973 and they were blessed with a daughter Steffanie.  In 1987, Jim pursued his master's degree in Business and has worked in long term care since then.

Sharing the philosophy with his wife, they develop and own long term care facilities in small rural communities throughout Minnesota.  Jim has a passion for helping the elderly remain in their home towns and caring for people.

If you would like to contact Jim, he can be reached at 320-639-1052 or you can email him at jimbo@eldercaremn.com.


Kathy Birchem
Registered Nurse / Owner

Kathy Birchem grew up on a farm near Sobieski, Minnesota.  She attended high school in Little Falls, Minnesota at Little Falls High School and later graduated from St. Cloud of Nursing in St Cloud, Minnesota as a Registered Nurse.  She married Jim Birchem in 1973 and they were blessed with a daughter, Steffanie.  In 1989, Kathy pursued her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Kathy and her husband began ownership in long term health care with their first nursing home located in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1995. 

Being from a small town and rural area, Kathy shares the same philosophy as her husband; helping retain facilities in small towns for the elderly.

If you would like to contact Kathy, she can be reached at 320-639-1056 or you can email her at kathyb@eldercaremn.com.

  Jean Pallansch
Billing Coordinator

  Matt Pallansch
Chief Operating Officer

Before joining team ElderCare, Matt worked for McDonald's Corporation.  During that time, his positions included McDonald's McOpCo Operations Supervisor (sales growth, quality service for the customer, coaching management teams, profit and loss, development of the General Managers and Department Managers), Midwest Region Training Consultant, and Restaurant General Manager. Throughout the various roles Matt had, he found one thing to be true - it takes a great team to be successful. Matt is extremely excited to bring that experience to this team, and working with each of you to learn from your experiences. He's very eager to contribute to this team and looks forward to our future growth together.

On a personal side, Matt has been marriet to his beautiful wife Natalie for over 8 years. They have two daughters, Bethany (6) and Megan (4).  Currently they reside in Big Lake, MN.  In his spare time, Matt loves spending time with his family as they are all active campers and are passionate about the outdoors.  Matt also enjoys playing golf and working on small projects around the house.

If you would like to contact Matt, he can be reached at 320-639-1053 or you can email him at mattp@eldercaremn.com.
  Jane Pantzke
Project Coordinator

Jane Pantzke has been with ElderCare since 2003 when she became the Manager of Heritage House of Minnesota at Pequot Lakes where she enjoyed being involved with the tenants, families, employees, and the community.  It is obvious that Jane has a passion about caring for people.  Starting when she was sixteen years old, Jane has been caring for the elderly.  Starting as a CNA/Home Health Aide, then obtaining her Dietary Management Degree through the University of North Dakota, is a licensed Social Worker and has her Bachelor of Science Degree obtained at Saint Cloud University.  Jane also has taken additional coursework in the area of Native American Studies and is a Certified Class E Water Supply System Operator.

When Jane is not working and caring for other people, she enjoys:  spending time with her family and daughter Danna and son-in-law Will, fishing, four-wheeling, camping, music, and attending theater events.

If you would like to contact Jane, she can be reached at 320-639-1055 or you can email her at janep@eldercaremn.com.
  Steffanie Jarvis
Employee Benefits / Websites

Steffanie Jarvis graduated from College of St. Benedict with a B.A. Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish in 1999.  Even though Steffanie grew up in Pierz, Minnesota where she attended Pierz Healy High School, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri with her husband Bobbie in 1999 and has lived there ever since.  Steffanie taught Spanish for 12 years in Missouri at varying levels to include:  elementary, middle and high school.  During this time, she also obtained her Master's of Education Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Spanish from University of St. Louis - Missouri in 2003 was able to teach Spanish 3 and 4 as dual credit enrollment through University of Missouri - St. Louis to her students.

Steffanie joined the ElderCare of Minnesota team in August of 2011 as the 105 Health Insurance Administrator and currently administers the ElderCare of Minnesota Flexible Spending Account for employees as well.  She also works on websites and other projects for ElderCare of Minnesota.

Steffanie has been married for 17 years to her husband Bobbie and has a daughter, Olivia, who is 6 1/2 years old and a son,Trevor who is 3 years old.  Steffanie enjoys spending time with her family, church, exercising, traveling, and sleeping.  Her and her husband are still huge Minnesota Vikings fans and love to watch their games on Sundays.  Before having children, she chaperoned 2 students trips to Spain, went on a Mission Trip to Costa Rica, studied in Mexico, and traveled with her husband in Europe to include:  England,Italy, and France.

If you would like to contact Steffanie, she can be reached at 636-284-8260 or you can email her at steffaniej@eldercaremn.com.