Leading4Life Fellows grow and learn from one another, becoming more effective leaders who empower others to improve the world.

2019 Leading4Life Class
2019 Leading 4 Life Fellows

We believe that the best leadership programs take place over a substantial period of time, introduce multiple perspectives and tools to a diverse team of adult learners, and engage those adults in learning from one another. 


The Leading4Life Fellowship process will provide opportunities for mentoring, personal & professional growth, networking, and the development of leadership skills that are practical & immediately applicable. Fellows completing the program will receive certification, continuing education credits, and public recognition, as well as the right to the title of "Leadership Fellow." If you or a colleague are interesting in being a part of this exciting program, apply now!

To request a hard copy of the brochure & application, please reach out to Cathy Lingenfelter at the Association office.


The program began in 2009 with funding from the Rick E. Carter Leadership and Governance Fund, the James B. Swanson Fund, and Silverchair Learning Systems, and continues through the generosity of leaders and sponsors within our profession. The leadership curriculum was developed in partnership with Ethical Leaders in Action and its president, lead program instructor Dr. Charles Weinstein. Together, we continue to improve it each year.

The Fellowship's individual and group projects benefit not only the participants, but also the long-term care profession in general.

2021 Leading4Life Timeline

Mid-August: | Applications available
October 16: | Applications due

Major Sponsors

Thank you to the organizations who sponsor the Leading4Life fellows by covering the individual tuition payments and thank you to the leaders of this profession who have generously supported this program through their annual donations.

CPM Service Corporation

Infinity Rehab

Vaaler Insurance

2020 Class Members

Danika Anastasi, New Perspective Senior Living–Faribault
Bridget Bittner, New Perspective Senior Living–Prior Lake
Paula Bromenshenkel, Alternative Senior Care
Becky Brown, New Perspective Senior Living–Roseville
Asia Glaze, Suite Living
Anastasia Larson, Good Samaritan Society–Specialty Care Community
Jenna Lopez, Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center
Rebecca Cieslewicz, Good Samaritan Society–Waconia
Katie Pelofske, Minnesota Masonic Home Care Center
Stephanie Quam, Galtier, a Villa Center
Ashley Redfern, Park Health, a Villa Center
Courtney Sedgwick, Andrew Residence
Kendra Snyder, Good Samaritan Society–Battle Lake
Bridget Staberg, Minnehaha Senior Living
Jennifer VanSickle
, Good Samaritan Society–Inver Grove Heights

"It has been even more enriching than I had imagined. Chad has created a group dynamic where we really have personally invested in the process and are sharing and trusting in open ways."

"Each month I brought back information I had learned and shared with the other senior leaders in our center. It was a great way for all of us to benefit from my participating in the class."

"This has been a brilliant opportunity to step out of the day-to-day scene and take time to really focus on and collaborate on being better leaders. The group is very interactive and I have personally been able to take away something very positive after each meeting."


Contact us for questions about Leading4Life. Our toll-free number is 1-800-462-0024.

Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Smith
Director of Education

Cathy Lingenfelter
Management Services Specialist