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Category: Member News

Welcome to the Member News category. These stories are intended for current LeadingAge Minnesota members, profiling aging services professionals, providing new resources, and keeping them informed about the aging services community.

Welcome Mark Schulz to LeadingAge!

This week, we are pleased to announce that Mark Schulz joins the LeadingAge Minnesota staff as Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. His work includes representing the organization and its members with state regulators, coordinating policy development and issues management, and providing technical assistance and support to members.  He works in close collaboration with the organization’s public affairs team.

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New Member Resource: A Guide to Effective Individual Development Plans

September is National Workforce Development Month and to celebrate a new member resource,  A Guide to Effective Individual Development Plans, is now available.

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Scott Bjerketvedt Named CFO at Ecumen

Ecumen, a LeadingAge Minnesota member organization and one of the country’s leading nonprofit providers of housing and services for older adults, announced that Scott Bjerketvedt has been promoted to senior vice president, chief financial officer.

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Kurt Hansen of Ecumen in Park Rapids Announces Retirement

Kurt Hansen, Executive Director at Ecumen-Heritage Living Center, has announced his upcoming retirement effective Nov. 4. He has served the seniors of Park Rapids for over 34 years.

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District Leadership, Board Director Positions Open for Elections This October

LeadingAge Minnesota has district leadership opportunities for those interested in Association leadership opportunities. District Chair, Chair-Elect, and Secretary/Treasurer positions are open for election this October for the seven districts of LeadingAge Minnesota.

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Join us for LeadingAge Minnesota’s October District Meetings

Join us next month for our October District Meetings, where you can connect with your peers to share experiences, strengthen relationships, and find solutions. As a member of LeadingAge Minnesota, you belong to a community of dedicated providers who together are tackling the challenges and shaping the delivery of senior care in Minnesota.

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Congressman Emmer Visits Guardian Angels With Members of MN Legislature

Last week, Congressman Tom Emmer joined Guardian Angels CEO Traci Larson, State Rep. Paul Novotny, and State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer at Guardian Angels Care Center, a skilled nursing community in Elk River. LeadingAge Minnesota staff also attended the meeting.

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New Business Partner: Introducing Surgo Consulting

LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to introduce a new business partner member – Surgo Consulting Facilitation & Training, LLC. To help you get to know them, we asked them to share information about what they do and who they serve. Here’s more from Surgo:

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Seeking Leaders: Consider Serving on a LeadingAge Minnesota District

We are actively seeking individuals to serve as District Chair, Chair-Elect, and Secretary/Treasurer for the seven districts of LeadingAge Minnesota.

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Welcome Sharon Hollister, LeadingAge Minnesota’s Newest Education Team Member

We are pleased to announce that Sharon Hollister has joined our team at LeadingAge Minnesota as the Director of Education. She will be a critical member of our education team, focused on developing education programs and events, and applying for CEUs. She will also serve as the lead staff of our Education Committee.

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New Business Partner: Introducing Ingenuity Marketing Group

LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to introduce a new business partner member – Ingenuity Marketing Group. To help you get to know them, we asked them to share information about what they do and who they serve. Here’s more from Ingenuity:

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We’re Hiring! Policy and Regulatory Affairs Position Open for Applications

LeadingAge Minnesota is seeking an experienced regulatory affairs professional to join our team. The Vice President of Policy & Regulatory Affairs plays a critical role in leading administrative advocacy on state and federal issues on behalf of the Association, as well as supporting policy development and providing members with technical assistance on regulatory matters.

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New Business Partner: Introducing Boelter

LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to introduce a new business partner member – Boelter. To help you get to know them, we asked them to share information about what they do and who they serve. Here’s more from Boelter:

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Saint Therese Finalizes Land Purchase for a New Senior Community in Corcoran

Saint Therese, a LeadingAge Minnesota member organization, has finalized the purchase of nearly 13 acres of rolling terrain from the city of Corcoran for its senior living community, Saint Therese of Corcoran. The closing of the land purchase is the culmination of efforts spread across three years with the city and becomes both Saint Therese and Corcoran's kickoff to a new senior community and the city's progressive Town Center development, respectively.

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Welcome Dan Nelson, LeadingAge Minnesota’s Newest Advocacy Team Member

We are pleased to announce that Dan Nelson has joined our team at LeadingAge Minnesota as the Director of Community Engagement. He will be a key member of our advocacy team, focused on engaging with members and connecting them to decision-makers in the communities.

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New Member Community: Benedictine Living Community-Anoka

On July 1, 2022, Lang Nelson Associates, Minneapolis, transferred ownership of their senior living community, River Oaks of Anoka, to Benedictine, a Minnesota-based senior living system.

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Staff Announcement: Jon Lips, VP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Moving to a New Role

Jonathan Lips will be leaving LeadingAge Minnesota for a tremendous opportunity at LeadingAge, our national partner. There he will join LeadingAge's policy team as Vice President, Legal.

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Dr. Al Ross Named CEO of Ortonville Area Health Services

Ortonville Area Health Services (OAHS) Health Care Board of Directors, in collaboration with Sanford Health, has named Dr. Al Ross Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Ross will transition into the CEO role on Sept. 1.

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New Business Partner: Introducing Align Senior Care Consulting

LeadingAge Minnesota is proud to introduce a new business partner member – Align Senior Care Consulting. To help you get to know them, we asked them to share information about what they do and who they serve. Here’s more from Align Senior Care Consulting:

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We’re Hiring: Education Coordinator Position Open for Applications

Our education team is here for you and committed to providing timely education to our members. Our Education Coordinator Ashley Rogers has left LeadingAge Minnesota after nearly six years and will soon join one of our hospice member organizations.

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