Who We Are

Mary Nell Zellner, LNHA, LSW



Teri Violett, RN



Mary Nell Zellner has been extremely involved and successful in the leadership and direction setting for Zellner Senior Health Consulting and its ever-expanding consulting service lines; client relationships; and functional expertise. She has more than 25 years of experience serving as a trusted strategic business advisor to health care industry chief executive officers, executive management, and boards of directors to aggressively develop vision, mission, strategy, and profitability. As both a consultant and management executive, Ms. Zellner offers a unique blending of business, financial, operational, and marketing strategies to facilitate transformational change management, competitive positioning, and P&L performance. 

Ms. Zellner’s areas of expertise include the following:

Strategic planning/facilitation

Health care continuum alignments including affiliations, partnerships, joint ventures, and mergers

Market growth strategies

Clinical service line innovation, development, and diversification

Operational and margin improvement and turnaround

Payor-provider model innovation including shared savings/risk such as ACOs

Interim leadership

Prior to re-starting her practice, she worked with Health Dimensions Group as a Vice President and Senior Vice President of Consulting Services. Ms. Zellner also managed the consulting practice of a Midwest long-term care consulting firm. 

Ms. Zellner was the James B. Swanson Facility of Excellence winner in 1996 and was awarded the Phyllis King Leadership Award in 2002 from Pathway Health Services Corporation.


University of Wisconsin – Madison

University of Minnesota, Long Term Care Administration

University of St. Thomas, mMBA Health Care Professionals


Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Licensed Social Worker Minnesota


Care Providers of Minnesota (prior member of Board of Directors)

Leading Age

Aging Services of Minnesota


Teri Violett brings a strong experience in a variety of roles in senior care systems, including senior nurse consultant, to her role as senior nurse consultant for Zellner Senior Health Consulting. She has many years of experience as Director of Nursing services with multiple senior care systems in the Minneapolis/St. Paul marketplace and nationally.   

Ms. Violett has expertise in conducting mock surveys to prepare skilled nursing facilities for regulatory surveys; and provides staff training and oversight of correction plans to ensure facilities achieve and maintain compliance. For example, she provided daily on-site consultation to a state veterans' home to assist them with correcting multiple survey and clinical issues.

Ms. Violett's areas of expertise include:

• Multi-facility clinical leadership background
• Clinical program development skills
• Best practice clinical development
• Care pathways and transitional clinical improvement
• Interim leadership
• Turnaround management experience

Ms. Violett is experienced in training and mentoring directors of nursing for skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, she has served in nurse educator positions in college settings, providing classroom and clinical instruction.


Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
Gerontological Nursing Certificate

Registered Nurse Minnesota


Memberships Minnesota Directors of Nursing Administration
National Directors of Nursing Administration
Care Providers of Minnesota

Leading Age

Aging Services of Minnesota