Deacon Paul Treinen, Director
Deacon Paul Treinen and his wife, Julie, are parents to six children and two “perfect” granddaughters. Deacon Paul grew up in South Dakota, but was educated in Minnesota (St. John’s University/The University of Minnesota). Deacon Paul has lived in Ortonville, MN the past 29 years with the last six years being ordained a permanent deacon of the New Ulm Catholic Diocese. He has worked in health care as a physical therapist and helped start and grow a rehabilitation company before he felt the call to become the Director of The Abbey of the Hills in 2014.
What does Deacon Paul love about working at The Abbey?
“Keeping the Abbey alive…and growing as a place of peace and holiness is both a privilege and exciting challenge, one that involves meeting so many wonderful, holy people that come from such different faith walks…all seeking God’s peace.”
Jill Adelman, Chief Development Officer
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Jill, and her husband, Stan, live on a farm in rural Bellingham, MN. They are parents of four children: Philip & daughter-in-law, Jacqueline, Carolyn, Isaac & Grace. Jill grew up near Clarkfield, MN and received a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from South Dakota State University. She and her family are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rosen, MN where she is actively involved in music. Jill is the choir director and plays organ.
What does Jill love about working at The Abbey?
Jill loves visiting with the many people who have had wonderful experiences/memories of this beautiful landmark of faith. The stories of how our guests have “rediscovered peace” are truly inspirational. Jill is often overwhelmed with joy from those who truly commit to stewardship in some way of time, talent or treasure. Whether large or small—all gifts of stewardship are so appreciated. Working in a faith-filled environment is a blessing that Jill is thankful for every day.
Cindi Tramonte, Office Administration Specialist/
Cindi recently moved to Milbank from Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her furry companion Scooter. She has 2 sons: Michael (41) and Mark (35) and 3 grandchildren, Cosby (14), Milo 6 and Vinny (5). She enjoys camping, concerts, and arts and crafts with her grandchildren. She is a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. She will be helping The Abbey with administrative needs and event coordination.
What does Cindi love about working at The Abbey?
"I visited The Abbey in September of 2020 and loved the peace and atmosphere of the grounds. It's so beautiful here and everyone is so helpful and welcoming. I am blessed to be a part of this great team”!
Bryan Anderson, Maintenance
Bryan and his wife, Brenda, have three children: Sarah (25), Devin (23), and Jake (20). They farm on the family farm in the rural Bellingham area. Bryan brings 30 years of appliance repair and general maintenance experience to The Abbey. Bryan attends St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rosen, MN with his family. He enjoys hunting with his boys and camping and fishing with his family.
What does Bryan love about working at The Abbey?
“I enjoy the peacefulness that The Abbey offers along with a great group of co-workers that make each day fun and entertaining.”
Sylvia Anne Marchetti, Caretaker
Sylvia has had the privilege of living in many places in the US, but settled in South Dakota 16 years ago because of her love of the prairie. She has worked as a teacher, gardener, poet, writer, and transition specialist. She has previous care-taking experience taking care of ranches and farms including the livestock, property and people. In her free time Sylvia loves to hike, cross-country ski, ice skate and be outside one with nature during all seasons, even in the freezing cold! She also has a strong passion for helping people during their final weeks of life as they prepare to say goodbye. The Abbey is excited to welcome Sylvia to our staff as she greets our guests and helps them feel at home.
What does Sylvia love about working at The Abbey?
"I love helping the people who come here feel welcome and comfortable. I enjoy creating an ambiance in which healing and peace are natural extensions of the prairie and lakes, the night sky, the sunrises, turkeys, deer and birds that surround and grace the Abbey."
Eric Ternus, Caretaker
Eric grew up in Northeast Nebraska and graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He shares a life with both the Abbey guests and his beautiful wife Kate and wonderful son Alyosha. He is a geriatric social worker by day and an Abbey Caretaker by night. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoors and in the woodshop.
What does Eric love about working at The Abbey?
"I love working at the Abbey because it allows me to be an agent of peace in the lives of all those who walk through the doorway. I love coming to know all the different guests and joining them for a short while on their walk of life--each coming place so different, but all with one eternal destination ahead."
Shelly Anderson, Kitchen
Shelly and her husband, Arlo, live in Summit, SD where they raised their 6 children. Shelly is currently employed at the Big Stone City Public School as head-cook and works at The Abbey evenings and weekends. Shelly is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Summit, SD.
Savannah Moe, Housekeeping
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Savannah was born and raised in Summit, SD and is a member of Hope Lutheran Church. Savannah is engaged to Travis Benthin and has 2 small girls, Airianna and Allison. She has always enjoyed visiting the Abbey with her church youth group, and now is happy to be part of the staff at Abbey of the Hills.