Kaley Burke, Director

Kaley_Burke_headshotKaley’s passion for eldercare advocacy is a family affair. In high school she took her first job in the kitchen of the nursing home her mother worked at and turned it into a 12-year career in aging services. Inspired by her brother Kavan Peterson’s national activism to change the long term care system, Kaley joined him to bring this culture change to the home care industry. Her experience working in nearly every level of skilled nursing administration and admissions gave her a deep understanding of the complex web of support necessary to help elders remain at home. She also experienced the challenges and rewards of providing person-directed home care when she took three months off to help care for her grandmother after a massive stroke.

Kaley earned her bachelors in communication from the University of Montana and specializes in relationship building, networking, and communication development. She embraces elders for who they are–real human beings, who deserve to be treated as such.

 

Kavan Peterson, President

kavan_peterson_headshotA serial entrepreneur working on the cutting-edge of participatory design and community development, Kavan Peterson works nationally on age friendly projects pioneering innovative new models for housing, care and community. In addition to launching Harvest in 2015, Kavan is co-founder of Minka Homes and ChangingAging.org with world-renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas.

As director of ChangingAging’s 2018 “M.A.G.I.C.” pilot project with the University of Southern Indiana, Peterson oversaw construction on campus of Minka’s first model house and co-created an undergraduate course bringing together students and elders to explore the complexity of building self-organized, inclusive, multi-generational communities. Kavan consults on aging innovation with leading companies such as Amazon, AARP, Holiday, Kimberly-Clark, Sodexo, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Green House Project.

Kavan splits time between Seattle and Missoula, Montana, with his wife and two kids.

 

Jonas LaRance, Vice President

Jonas enjoys working with Kavan Peterson on valuable projects for community-based aging service organizations. He is an only child with four parents, and is therefore acutely aware that more effectively caring for our elders is one of the most important issues of our time.

Jonas thrives at the intersection of creative, analytical, and technical abilities. He manages successful marketing and technology projects in areas including healthcare, education, natural resources, online retail, insurance, financial services, and product/technology development. He helps both start-up and well-established organizations create valuable customer experiences through effective marketing communication and user-friendly technology.

Jonas has an MBA with emphasis in entrepreneurship and marketing, and is the Marketing Technology Director at ALPS Corporation in Missoula, Montana. He and his wife are very excited about the arrival of their first child this fall.

 

Shawn Bennett, Care Specialist

Shawn credits the elders he’s been privileged to work with as a Life Enrichment director in an assisted living in helping him discover and cultivate a talent for bringing play and spontaneity into people’s lives. His passion for life and fun inspires the best out of those around him. Shawn has worked in elder care for four years and is thrilled to expand his knowledge and experience learning from people living with dementia as a Harvest carepartner and dementia coach.

Shawn’s compassion and ability to be present  has changed the lives of many people he works with. He has a spirit that can move mountains. In fact, his favorite place to be is high on the mountain ridges where he is truly free.