​​A family-focused long-term care residence

Granite House

Granite House

Carol T. Insley
Board Chair
Grew up in Washington, DC
BS from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina
Eight years in retail management in DC and Bozeman, MT
MS in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Teaching in River Falls, WI School District prior to 11/25/2007

After Nov. 2007, became Aaron’s advocate and primary caregiver
Hires, trains caregivers for Aaron, and manages his care
Hobbies: quilting, volunteering in schools, laughing at the dogs
Current occupation is President and CEO of Granite House, Inc.
New member of the Minnesota Department of Human Services
      Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Committee

Kirk R. Dahl, DDS
Board Vice-Chair
Home town Minneapolis, Minnesota
Attended Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
BS and DDS from the University of Minnesota
Dental practice 32 years in Lake Elmo

Family dentist and neighbor of the entire Insley family
Small business owner, connections to community
Interested in history, economics, and politics
Enjoys gardening, reading, hiking

Anna M. Bohnen, RN
Board Secretary
Native of the Twin Cities, Minnesota area
B.S. in Retail and Interior Decoration from U. of Wisconsin, Stout
A.S. in Nursing from Century College, White Bear Lake, MN
RN/Director at two separate assisted living residences for seniors
Currently House RN at Maplewood Gracewood Senior Living

Started health care career as a caregiver for the Insleys’ son
Co-founder of Granite House and future Nursing Director

Enjoys getting to know the residents and providing care
Has a passion for excellence in health care
Enjoys gardening, walking the dog, spending time with family
Thomas I. Insley
Board Treasurer
Born in Baltimore, Maryland
BS in Chemical Engineering from U. of Maryland, College Park
MS in Chemical Engineering from U. of Montana, Bozeman
32 years with 3M as inventor and patent manager
Career total of over 50 Patents

Retired, devotes much of his time to creating Granite House
Experienced with project management and home building
Active in mountaineering, cross-country skiing, and kayaking
Has cared for Aaron at home for 6 years with Carol

Frank J. Ritter, MD
Board Member
Native of Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Utah School of Medicine

Practiced at Minnesota Epilepsy Group PA 

Retired, friend and neighbor of the Insleys
Enjoys downhill skiing 

Lucas A. Gahler
Board Member
Home town Madelia, Minnesota
BA in Financial Economics at Gustavus Adolphus College
Started in banking, then IT security
Currently Information Security Engineer at Unisys

College roommate of both the Insley boys
Enjoys motorcycles, cars, computers, model rockets & airplanes
“Granite House is an opportunity to help a good friend, Aaron,
     and honor the memory of another good friend, Richard.”

Donna M. Koning, MD
Board Member
Native of Larimore, ND
Long-time resident of the Twin Cities, Minnesota area
Chemical Engineer at 3M before career change to Neurology
University of Minnesota Medical School, Neurology
Member of Stillwater Medical Group, Stillwater MN

Has cared for Aaron Insley for five years as his Neurologist
Fascinated with the study of the brain
Passion for helping people overcome difficulties
Enthusiastic and creative as a board member

Not Pictured: 

Kathleen M. Lohmer
Charter and Board Member Emeritus
Long-time resident of St. Croix Valley, Minnesota
Serving third term in Minnesota State House, District 39B
35 years’ experience as small business owner
Helping children with disabilities for four decades

Contacted by the Insleys early on with plans for Granite House
Well connected in the community, an asset to our cause
Advising on Legislative actions which affect resident capacity
“Excited about the concept of Granite House, the creation of a
   unique type of living situation for young adults with brain injury.”
Continues to be advisor to the board on policy issues 


Granite House

Granite House

Back row, L to R: Frank, Lucas, Donna
Front row: Carol, Kirk, Anna, Tom