Membership Services

LeadingAge Minnesota members have access to the best advocacy, training, networking, support and information available.


A core function of LeadingAge Minnesota is representing our members on issues of state and national importance through a team of lobbyists and experts in legislation, regulation, senior housing, and data analysis.

Our expert Public Affairs team is guided by the core values of LeadingAge Minnesota, with an emphasis on the ability of older adults to live as they choose; a solid workforce to support older adult services; ethical conduct; prudent stewardship of resources, accountability and investment in our communities; innovation and collaboration.

To maximize our public affairs strategies, LeadingAge Minnesota collaborates with Care Providers of Minnesota and with that association has formed the Long-Term Care Imperative. LeadingAge Minnesota members play a vital role in advocacy through a powerful grassroots network.

Advocacy Staff Contact

Legislative issues - Kari Thurlow


LeadingAge Minnesota strives to keep our members informed and involved through personal visits, phone calls, electronic newsletters, e-mail updates, social media channels, and printed publications.

Our website site is designed to put a wealth of information right at your fingertips. In addition, a diverse collection of communication vehicles delivers breaking news, public policy updates, resources and other information to help your organization thrive.

  • Advantage is a weekly newsletter for all members containing time sensitive news – considered a must-read by thousands of members, leaders and stakeholders in Minnesota’s older adult services arena.
  • Breaking News, Member Alerts, President’s Messages and other valuable tools deliver the information you need, when you need it.

Communications Staff Contacts

Newsletters & Social Media - Libbie Chapuran 

Media and Crisis Communications Support

LeadingAge Minnesota members face a wide range of challenges and opportunities when it comes to working with the media. Our expert staff is available to assist members in three key areas: preparing for negative media exposure when a sensitive issue, crisis or emergency occurs; training key leaders and spokespeople who interact with media and the public; and helping our member organizations think about their public relations and social media activities.

Media Staff Contact

Libbie Chapuran, Communications Director

Data Collection and Analysis

LeadingAge Minnesota is the premier information source for environmental scanning, operational benchmarking and other data regarding trends and conditions in older adult services. We research, collect and analyze original data to provide resources to our members, policymakers and other key strategic partners.

Key resources for members include the LeadingAge Minnesota Environmental Scan, Compensation Surveys, Long-Term Care Indicators, LeadingAge Minnesota Housing Data, Legislative Surveys, and the Data Institute. Through the LeadingAge Minnesota Knowledge Center, we provide enhanced environmental scanning capacity, business model and scenario planning tools, and other original research to inform our advocacy strategies.

Data Staff Contact

Jeff Bostic

Education and Networking

LeadingAge Minnesota delivers up-to-the-minute training our members can depend on, in a variety of formats at an affordable price. Our tenured staff has a combined 120+ years of experience in the field of older adult services – experience that equips our members to be informed, well trained and prepared for success in their various roles.

We partner with respected and accomplished professionals in all areas that affect service care to older adults to provide the most comprehensive and trusted training, policy updates and continuing education to professionals, whether in a clinical, care giving, supportive or leadership role.

LeadingAge Minnesota also recognizes the power of connections. Throughout the year we offer multiple opportunities to meet and network with professional colleagues in face-to-face meetings, conference calls and online communities.

Education and Networking Staff Contacts

Program content - Heidi Simpson
Institute & Exposition, Annual Meeting - Jenny Prosser
Registration questions - Ashley Peterka
Networking - Luke Jenkins

General Counsel

LeadingAge Minnesota provides legal and regulatory information to members on a wide variety of issues.

General Counsel Staff Contact

Kari Thurlow

Group Purchasing

We know that dollars are tight and budgets are stretched. That’s why LeadingAge Minnesota offers two group purchasing options for our valued members. Through high-volume purchasing, members benefit from the economies of scale - the best prices and the best values. Group purchasing also simplifies purchasing by streamlining paperwork and offering regular reports on purchases - and savings.

Alliance Purchasing, fully owned by LeadingAge Minnesota, has been your trusted resource for goods and services at competitive prices for years.

Value First, Inc. is a national group purchasing organization owned by LeadingAge, LeadingAge Minnesota, and 24 LeadingAge affiliates in partnership with MedAssets, Inc. Designed for aging services providers who seek expanded choice, intelligent solutions and significant savings, Value First leverages the power of 7,000 providers and offers the exceptional service our members have come to rely upon.

Alliance Purchasing and Value First are non-exclusive GPOs available free to LeadingAge Minnesota members. There are no participation costs or mandatory commitment levels.  A portion of every purchase through these organizations returns to LeadingAge Minnesota as a source of non-dues revenue.

Group Purchasing Staff Contact

Jared Schei

Nurse Consulting

An experienced nurse consultant is available on a fee-for-service basis to help members fine-tune operations, prepare for surveys, implement plans of correction, introduce quality controls, restructure delivery of care and strategic planning.

Nurse Consulting Staff Contact

Kari Everson

Products and Resources

LeadingAge Minnesota produces manuals, brochures and pamphlets designed to educate, meet regulatory requirements or assist members in staff development, marketing and consumer relations. In addition, LeadingAge Minnesota offers Stars Among Us products to recognize your team members. The online Store is your entry point to these quality products.

Place orders: Alecia Crumpler