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Message from the CEO

Julie Guenthner

Welcome to the ElderServe website!  I am excited that you are interested in learning more about us.

As I reflect on the past year, I am honored and humbled by the blessings received at ElderServe in 2014.   It has been a busy and productive year!

In February, ElderServe signed a lease to move from our administrative offices at Dosker Manor.  After serving the community from that location since 1968, it was time to make a move.  The move could not have taken place without the generous support of Atria Senior Living.  Not only did the CEO of Atria Senior Living understand the importance of ElderServe to the community, he wanted to find a way to help us reach more people.  He was willing to lead a financial campaign to make the move possible.  What happened this past year was an incredible outpouring of support from individuals and the business community.  In particular, senior living businesses stepped forward to support the move including Almost Family, Elmcroft Senior Living, Kindred Healthcare, ResCare, Signature Healthcare, Trilogy Health Services and Ventas.  Meeting our campaign goal has also allowed us to update the agency technology.  This has been an amazing gift.  We were previously operating on two donated servers and experienced regular system “downtime.” We now have two reliable servers that can meet our needs, current software, new computers and laptops for staff that work out in the community.

Along with our new administrative space, we now have a new look.  The communications committee which is comprised of board and community volunteers worked diligently alongside our fabulous Director of Development, Lisa Cobb, Communications Coordinator, Nedra Morrell, and a designer to come up with our new logo.  The logo is symbolic of our move forward. I love it!  It’s an updated, fresh look for us as we look forward to the future.

This year our friends at the Humana Foundation funded the Friendly Visitors program for a second year.  After a successful pilot, we are beginning to see how important this match of volunteers to isolated older adults can be to the community.  In fact, we believe a big part of the solution to serving the growing number and needs of the community can be found in volunteerism.  We are committed to making volunteerism an integral part of our programming.  This past year strengthened my belief that we live in a community that wants to participate in opportunities to give back.

I am blessed to be surrounded by staff that do their work with passion and commitment every day.  And they are so creative!  I am certain that I learn something new every day from this group.

As we look to 2015, I am inspired and hopeful that based on the blessings of 2014, ElderServe will continue to make a difference in the lives of even more individuals. We must strive to reach more people.  I look forward to sharing dreams and ideas with staff, community partners and volunteers on how we can be more creative and collaborative as we work to empower older adults to live independently with dignity!

Julie Guenthner
CEO, ElderServe

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For much of a career spanning more than 30 years, Julie Guenthner has held management roles in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  She has successfully served ElderServe, Inc., for the past 10 years – five of those as Chief Financial Officer – and stepped into the role of Chief Executive Officer in April of 2013.

Julie is proud to be a part of ElderServe, a 50-year-old social service agency that works to help older adults sustain their quality of life and maintain their independence. With Kentuckians 65 and older predicted to grow to more than 30 percent of the state’s population by the year 2020, the charitable organization expects an ever-increasing demand for its services, and Julie’s background has prepared her for the challenge.

While at ElderServe, Julie has led the accounting and administrative staff, prepared and maintained a budget of more than $2 million, and managed human resources.  She has been instrumental in developing the agency’s strategic plan and has been a leader in establishing company policy and procedure.

Before joining ElderServe, Julie served in positions at Vencor Louisville, Dant Clayton Corporation and PGA of America where she strengthened her skills in volunteer and staff management and in payroll and accounting procedures.

The foundation of her career was formed in her 17 years in various accounting and finance roles at Humana, a Louisville, Kentucky based health insurer.  Her last position with the company was as Payroll and Tax Manager, where she was responsible for the processing of weekly payrolls for 35,000 employees and the filing of payroll tax returns.

She has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bellarmine University and is working toward a Masters of Business Communication with a concentration in nonprofit administration from Spalding University.  The Louisville native is married to Pat Guenthner and is the proud parent of son, Jimmy, and daughter, Kristi.