About Us

Our mission is to improve access to quality dementia care in our community.

On a Mission

Dementia Community Action Network and our supporting partners are on a mission to improve access to quality dementia care in Central Minnesota.

We believe that collaborating with a patient, their family and their dementia clinician can slow progression of dementia symptoms leading to more life to live. We start with a thorough dementia risk assessment and evaluation in our office, then formulate a diagnosis and management plan. A patient’s referring primary care or specialty clinician remains in charge of their care, but we partner with them to provide a more thorough and successful management. Through personalized recommendations for diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, personal connection, health habits, and therapeutics can be effective in slowing progression.

 Together, we are ending the fear of dementia.

Board of Directors

Patrick Zook, MD

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio and medically trained at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Pat and his wife, Penny have lived in St. Cloud since 1977.  As a family physician there for over 40 years, he has seen and learned a lot from the great relationships he was privileged to enjoy with his family, patients, colleagues and neighbors. These relationships and his own family’s dementia story with both his parents have instilled in him a passion to make sure that our community’s dementia care system provides the best care for our older adults living with dementia and for their families. His brother, sisters and he lived with the gaps in care that still exist today, but our community now has the power and talent to change that kind of story with our Central Minnesota Dementia Community Action Network (D-CAN) nonprofit. Our mission is to improve access to quality dementia care in our community. With the resounding community support we have felt so far, he is now very optimistic about our prospects for transformation to a better, more hopeful model of community dementia care that we have been working on for the past 3 years.

David Tilstra, MD, MBA

David currently serve as Community Transformation Officer of CentraCare, an integrated healthcare system based in St. Cloud, MN. He has been with CentraCare since 1995 practicing pediatrics and medical genetics and has served in the roles of Medical Director and President of CentraCare Clinic. His experience has taught him that the systems of where we live, work, and play are often the crucial link for patients, families, and residents to be able to live healthy lives. Dementia care is one of the important systems that is needed by many members of our communities to extend healthy lives and allow people to live in their own community for as long as possible.  

Marie Primus


Dr. Chris Tacl


Dr. Merryn Jolkovsky


James Romanowsky, MD

Dr. Romanowsky is a neurologist, currently practicing at CentraCare. He is originally from Illinois, completed his undergraduate work and medical school at Indiana University, internship in Providence Rhode Island, and neurology residency at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. When he came to St. Cloud, in 1978, he was the first neurologist to actually live here, and work full time in the community. He co-founded The Neurology Clinic of St. Cloud, and built it up to five neurologists before joining CentraCare. He became fascinated with human behavior in his undergrad psychology classes, and remembers pondering the photos of brains of patients with dementia, and wondering how the pathology happened, and what could be done about it. Medical researchers all over the world are still looking for the answers to those questions. Dr. Romanowsky enjoys collaborating with others who share these interests. After being a neurologist for over 42 years, he still finds it interesting. Besides being a neurologist, he also a medical acupuncturist. In his free time he loves to fish, play music with his friends, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and take part in a meditation group, and book group, with his wife, Ann.

Brad Hanson

Brad Hanson is a shareholder at the St. Cloud law firm of Quinlivan & Hughes.  He has been practicing for over 30 years and concentrates in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration; income, estate, gift and generation skipping transfer tax planning; family business succession planning; medical assistance and nursing home planning; charitable giving and non-profit organizations. Brad’s interest in dementia comes from his experience working on estate plans for clients with dementia and their caregivers. Brad has had a personal exposure to dementia in watching his mother experience the effects of dementia for many years. 

Community Partners

We are thankful for the support and engagement from representatives of Alzheimer’s Association, Central Minnesota Council on Aging, St. Cloud State University, Stearns County Social Services, St. Cloud Veterans Hospital, Diocese of St. Cloud, Congressman Tom Emmer’s office, United Health Care, St. Cloud Hospital, Whitney Senior Center, ACT St. Cloud, Minnesota Medical Association and Foundation, and others.

In the News

SC Times

A Community Thrives: Help St. Cloud-area nonprofits win big grants.
September 23, 2020

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SC Times

St. Cloud dementia group hopes to launch national model to support patients, providers.
February 12, 2020

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Central MN Dementia Community Action Network

7447 River Bend CT NW
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

(320) 492-8207


All content on this website is intended to be informational only and does not create a patient-client relationship and does not intend to constitute medical advice.

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