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Advocacy Champions: A Big Thank You!

On May 20, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

We had many Advocacy Champions this year who undoubtedly made a huge difference in our success at the State Capitol. We profiled our Advocacy Champions each week in Advantage, and wanted to again thank them for their support this session. Our 2015 Advocacy Champions are: 

Advocacy Champion: Care Ventures

On May 13, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

The final Advocacy Champion for this legislative session is Care Ventures Cooperative, a collection of rural independent long term care facility leaders from North Central Minnesota.

Advocacy Champion: Cheryl Gustason, Field Crest Care Center and Assisted Living

On May 6, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week’s Advocacy Champion is Cheryl Gustason, Administrator, Field Crest Care Center and Assisted Living in Hayfield. Cheryl has been very active this legislative session, including completing many grassroots activities during her annual state survey. Her efforts include:

Advocacy Champion: Dave Shaw and Augustana Health Care Center

On April 22, 2015 by Jodi Boyne

This week’s Advocacy Champion is Dave Shaw, Administrator, Augustana Health Care Center in Apple Valley. With a little more than one day’s notice, Dave and his team prepared to host Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt for a visit to their community.

Advocacy Champion: Bruce Glanzer and Good Shepherd Communities

On April 14, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week’s Advocacy Champion is Bruce Glanzer, President and CEO, Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Bruce has been active throughout this legislative session and has engaged his whole team in grassroots advocacy. His efforts include:

Advocacy Champion: Rachel Heppner, Prairie Senior Cottages

On April 8, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

Our Advocacy Champion this week is Rachel Heppner, Director, Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti. Rachel invited Representative Brian Johnson to visit their memory care community and meet with team members, residents and families.

Advocacy Champion: Terrie Frank: Gil-Mor Manor and Gil-Mor Haven

On April 1, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week our Advocacy Champion is Terrie Frank, Administrator, Gil-Mor Manor and Gil-Mor Haven in Morgan.

Advocacy Champion: Cuyuna Regional Medical Center & St. Francis Health Services

On March 25, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week we are recognizing two advocacy champions who have done a wonderful job of engaging their entire community in our advocacy campaign: Nancy Stratman, Senior Services Director, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Carol Raw, Vice President of Senior Services, St. Francis Health Services.

LeadingAge Minnesota Members Host Minnesota House Speaker and Majority Leader

On March 11, 2015 by Jodi Boyne

Advocacy takes place in a variety of ways, from email campaigns, phone calls and legislative hearing testimony to local meetings with lawmakers. LeadingAge Minnesota was pleased to host Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt and House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin at two of our member communities last week.

Advocacy Champion: Susanne Heins, Eagle Crest

On March 4, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week’s Advocacy Champion is Susanne Heins, Campus Administrator, Eagle Crest in Roseville. Eagle Crest staff and residents sent nearly 700 letters to lawmakers at the state and federal level in one week explaining the impact state and federal government funding has on seniors and those that care for them. 

Advocacy Champion: Kathy Olson, Millstream Commons

On February 25, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week’s advocacy champion is Kathy Olson, Executive Director, Millstream Commons in Northfield. Kathy invited Senator Kevin Dahle (DFL-Northfield) to visit Millstream Commons and meet with residents and caregivers who are affected by the decisions he makes at the State Capitol.

Advocacy Champion: Mark Anderson, Knute Nelson

On February 18, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

This week we shine the spotlight on Mark Anderson, President and CEO, Knute Nelson as one of our Advocacy Champions. Mark submitted a commentary to the Echo Press highlighting the many issues created by state underfunding of our long term care services.

Advocacy Champion: Becky Holmgren, Prairie Senior Cottages

On January 21, 2015 by Danielle Salisbury

Throughout this legislative session, we will recognize members who take the time to engage their team members, residents and families in grassroots advocacy. This week we recognize our inaugural member to our Advocacy Champion Club: Becky Holmgren, Director, Prairie Senior Cottages in Willmar.

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