Jennifer Thorson

Executive Director

About Jennifer

Jennifer is the Executive Director of The Harbors Senior Living Community of Fridley, she came on board when this community was still in the process of being built. Jennifer has worked several years in management, marketing and senior living prior to coming to The Harbors in 2017. Born and raised in Iowa, she moved to Minnesota in 2010, taking charge of managing a cluster radio stations in northern Minnesota, which it was there where she found her true passion of senior living by creating an advertising proposal for one senior living community, Jennifer feels she has truly found her calling here at The Harbors as the Executive Director, “What better job can you have helping seniors create meaningful relationships and enjoy their retirement years. I love creating an atmosphere where residents and my team get to call this their home every day! The Harbors definitely has that “welcome” feeling for both residents and staff.

Jennifer is married to her husband of 9 years and have 6 year old twin boys, who are the light of their lives, and keeping them busy and always on the go!  When I’m not working, I love to be with my family and friends either going up north to the family cabin or down south to Iowa to visit family for a weekend get away!


Shanka Gessod

Director of Health Services, Registered Nurse

About Shanka

Stop back soon to find out more about Shanka! 


Ron Larson

Food Service Director

About Ron

Ron Larson is the Food Service Director at the Harbors Senior Living and has worked here since opening day in 2017, the residents and staff certainly enjoy his daily specials and amazing desserts!

Prior to working at The Harbors Ron worked in the printing business for 37 years. What Ron loves most about the senior living industry is interacting with the residents on a daily basis.

Ron says he doesn’t have the need to have any indoor pets as he and his wife live in a wooded area with deer, bear, raccoons and they like the idea of no need to house train! Ron is married to his wife Colleen of 34 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


Farihyo Samatar

Activities Director

About Farihyo

Farhiyo Samatar is the Activity Director at the Harbors Senior Living joining us in February 2018. Prior to coming to The Harbors Farhiyo worked in other assisted living communities for the past five years as a care provider and assistant activity director.  Farihiyo enjoys working  with seniors and seeing them smiling, listening to their stories and coming up with new and fun activities each and every day that brings the biggest and greatest smiles out on the residents faces and their families. Most of all, seniors have a wealth of knowledge that they love to share about life and their experiences. In Farhiyo’s free time she enjoys spending it with her friends and family, and the light of her life her 17month old son Ilyas.

The Harbors is professionally managed by Harbor Health Management, LLC 

We are licensed through the state as a Comprehensive Assisted Living Provider.