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ElderAssist Care Management Team

We have the experience and the commitment your family members deserve

Maggie Reckert
ALCA Administrative Partner
Maggie has over 30 years of experience in the field of Elder Care and Medicaid Planning. She was previously a supervisor with the State of Missouri's Family Support Division, Medicaid office. Maggie is also Co-Founder of, an important resource for Elder Care Case Managers seeking real time placement options. Her vast knowledge of the Medicaid programs can help families access benefit programs that they may not have known were available. This can include home health, assisted living and nursing home programs. She will develop a customized plan to fit what the family's goals and needs are for a given situation, which can include asset protection. Maggie is a graduate of St. Louis University and a native St. Louisian.
Diane Smith
ALCA Member
Diane is a professional geriatric care manager with more than 27 years experience providing personalized and compassionate services to older adults and persons with disabilities. Diane holds a B.A. in Gerontology and a Masters degree in Health Care Management from Lindenwood University. She has been a member of the National Association of the Aging Life Care Association™ since 2001, and is recognized through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers as a "Care Manager Certified" (CMC). Diane loves reading, traveling, and cooking.
Angie Van Den Berg
ALCA Member
Angie has been working in the aging field since 2004 and has a tremendous wealth of knowledge to share with her clients. Angie received her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Missouri State University in 2006 and her Masters of Science in Gerontology (MSG) from The University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2013. She has been a member of the Aging Life Care Association™ since 2013 and is recognized through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers as a "Care Manager Certified" (CMC).
Mar Cochran
ALCA Member
Mar is an Occupational Therapist licensed in Missouri with over 30 years of experience working in rehabilitation and home health care. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mar has additional expertise in the areas of fall prevention and Motivational Interviewing and was a guest lecturer for several years at St Louis University’s Occupational Therapy program, as part of their Aging curriculum. Mar’s passion for care management is rooted in elder care, empathy for others, and extensive health care experience. Interests include hiking, kayaking, gardening and travel. Mar is a member of the National Association of the Aging Life Care Association.
Brittany Koehler
ALCA Member
Brittany has been working with the senior population for 15 years. Throughout her years of working with older adults, Brittany developed a passion for helping those living with dementia and has gone on to obtain certifications as a Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and as a Consultant through “Positive Approach to Care”. Her specialty in cognitive care includes assessments, education and consulting. Brittany has been a member of the National Association of the Aging Life Care Association since 2019 and is recognized through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers as "Care Manager Certified" (CMC). She has a background as a Occupational Therapy Assistant and has worked in the home health industry. Brittany enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters and husband exploring parks in the St. Louis area.
Hannah Tolan
Hannah has a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Lindenwood University and also a Bachelor's Degree in Radiological Sciences from SIU Carbondale. She fell in love with seniors when she went back to school for her Master’s and worked part time as in-home caregiver. After graduating with her MA, Hannah worked for private duty in home care agencies as both a Case Manager and Client Relations Manager. She also was a Care Transitions Coach and helped seniors over 60 with a hospital to home program to prevent re-admissions to the hospital. Before coming to the Next Step ElderAssist, Hannah worked as a Case Worker at Saric Consulting helping clients and families apply for Long Term Care and Supportive Living Medicaid for residents in IL. Hannah helps with day-to-day office tasks, billing, assists Maggie with Medicaid clients, and does Care Management duties. She enjoys writing, entertaining friends, going to church, and makes homemade jellies and jam with her family.
Tina Gust
Tina has 20 years experience in geriatic patient care. She possesses extensive experience in memory care and assisted living. Certified in Advanced Person Centered Dementia care. Tina is a 2018 DAISY award recipient. Tina is a thirty year resident of Weldon Spring and an active community member.
Micha Gaines
Micha is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Social Work. She is passionate about being an advocate for older adults and helping others understand the aging process. Micha believes in building strong relationships with each client that can be leveraged to provide the highest quality care. She is a person-first decision maker who works well with partners inside and outside of the Elder Assist team. In addition to her Master’s in Social Work, Micha has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Truman State University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family.
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