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.

Craig Abbot Named President and CEO of Saint Therese

Saint Therese Board of Directors has completed its nationwide search for a new chief executive and named Craig W. Abbott as its incoming President & Chief Executive Officer. He will join Saint Therese in late May.

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Saint Therese CEO Barb Rode to be Inducted into McKnight’s Hall of Honor

Barb Rode, President & CEO of Saint Therese, will be inducted into the McKnight's Hall of Honor, a distinction given to women at an executive level in the senior living industry who have had a significant effect on their organization or industry. On May 13 in Chicago, she will be inducted at McKnight's 2022 Women of Distinction awards celebration.

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Health Dimensions Group, Argentum, ASHA, and NIC Team Up to Support Ukraine

Health Dimensions Group, Argentum, ASHA, and NIC have teamed up with CARE to champion a philanthropic effort to raise funds to help seniors in Ukraine with desperately needed food and shelter.

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5 Things to Know About Anna Mowry, Director of Workforce Solutions

Anna Mowry has joined the LeadingAge Minnesota team as Director of Workforce Solutions. We asked Anna five questions to help you get to know her.

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Dan Dixon, President/CEO of Guardian Angels Senior Services, To Retire Effective April 4

Dan Dixon, President/CEO of Guardian Angels Senior Services and an active member of LeadingAge Minnesota, will retire from his position on April 4. Guardian Angels Senior Services has announced that Traci Larson will succeed Dan as the organization’s next leader.

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Meet Mary Baker, 2022 Spirit of Aging Award Recipient

Mary Baker, a resident at The Glenn Minnetonka, was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Spirit of Aging Award at LeadingAge Minnesota’s annual Institute & Expo. The Spirit of Aging Award honors an older adult who exemplifies the concept of positive and active aging.

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Learn How You Can Maximize your LeadingAge Minnesota Member Benefits

Join us for a virtual conversation on March 22 at 3:30 – 4 p.m. to get a refresher on all we do to support our members. 

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Volunteers Honored at Institute & Expo

Volunteers were honored at the statewide and district levels at the recent Institute & Expo. The award recognizes individuals who volunteer in older adult services for their dedication, commitment, and positive impact on the lives of seniors and their communities.

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Meet the 2022 District Caregiver of the Year Award Recipients

LeadingAge Minnesota presented the District Caregiver of the Year Awards at the recent Institute & Expo.

The District Caregiver of the Year Award honors individuals in older adult services who demonstrate exceptional commitment to older adults and enhance and enrich the quality of life of those in their care. The honorees were selected for the regional award out of a field of 50,000 professional caregivers throughout the state.

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Jill Gustafson, Director of Nursing at Lake Ridge Care Center, Receives Top Leadership Award

Jill Gustafson, Director of Nursing at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, MN, was honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Outstanding Leadership Award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute & Expo.

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Tiffani Kortenbusch of CentraCare Melrose Receives Inaugural Rising Star Award

Tiffani Kortenbusch, Director of Nursing for CentraCare Melrose Care Center, received LeadingAge Minnesota's first-ever Rising Star Award at the annual Institute & Expo on Feb. 9.

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Cassia’s Wilkerson Named Board Trustee of the Year

Rev. Dr. Gary Wilkerson, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Cassia in Edina, was recently named Board Trustee of the Year by LeadingAge Minnesota.

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Membership Matters: Educational Resources and Events

As 2022 begins, LeadingAge Minnesota wants to make sure you know about all our educational resources and events throughout the year.

Our professional education programs are designed around proven research-based best practices. They don't just focus on what members need to comply with regulations. Regulations are the minimum; best practices go above and beyond.

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Institute Experience Expo Sold Out, Exhibitors Eager to Meet In-Person

With the return of the Institute to RiverCentre in February, we are excited to announce that the Experience Expo is SOLD OUT with 145 exhibit booths of products, services, and other goods to help make your work easier. Our exhibitors are very much looking forward to seeing you in person after a two-year absence. Make plans now to spend some time connecting with exhibitors.

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LeadingAge Minnesota’s Jenna Kellerman to Join LeadingAge Team

Jenna Kellerman, LeadingAge Minnesota's Director of Workforce Solutions, has accepted a position at LeadingAge, our national partner based in Washington, DC. In her new role as Workforce Strategy and Development Director, she will apply her many talents to impact the long-term care workforce at a national level and tackle federal barriers and solutions that will benefit all states.

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Board of Directors Selects Kari Thurlow as President and CEO

LeadingAge Minnesota has selected Kari Thurlow as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. She will begin her new role on Jan. 3. 

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LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation Seeks Donations for 2022 Silent Auction

The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation is excited to announce our sixth annual silent auction, which returns to the 2022 Institute this year. Thanks to the generosity of the LeadingAge Minnesota community, our previous auctions have raised over $40,000 to support the critical work of the Foundation. With your help, we can make this year's auction even more successful!

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January 2022 District Meeting Registration Open On Dec. 23, 2021, Luke Jenkins

We hope you can join us for our virtual district meetings next month. We have some phenomenal content that we know will be of relevance and value to all our members!  You can see the District Meeting Agenda Here.

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Important Update to Health & Safety Protocols for Institute Participants

We are looking forward to the 2022 Institute and delivering the in-person education and networking experience that we have not offered since the onset of COVID-19. We want everyone interested in attending Institute to do so safely. To that end, we developed health and safety protocols in accordance with CDC guidelines and association industry best practices for large events. As circumstances warrant, we may modify our requirements.

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Save the Dates: 2022 District Meeting Schedule Announced

LeadingAge Minnesota has announced its 2022 District Meeting schedule.

In January, we are kicking things off with a virtual connection with plans of being in person for the other two meetings.  We plan to bring you a slate of relevant topics, including our legislative overview, resiliency resources, and a workforce-related CEU.

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