Message from the CEO

Julie Guenthner

“In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.” – Dorothea Dix

The fall and winter months of 2016 were months of great transition and progress for ElderServe.  As a result of our July 1 merger with GuardiaCare, ElderServe moved our offices to the former GuardiaCare space at 215 West Breckinridge Street in late January.  This included some updates for the 215 location to maximize the space and allowed us to create an even stronger safety net of programming for our clients. We also took over management of our Adult Day program on January 1.  I am so proud of our agency for these recent accomplishments. Yet there is even more we plan, and need to do, to meet the needs of the future.

Most of us who are baby boomers have heard the term, “silver tsunami” referring to the growing population of Americans who are turning 65 each day.  The statistics for the Louisville area, which were published this past October by Kentucky State Data Center, were staggering.  This report told us that the population of adults 60 years and older will increase by 38% by 2040 and those adults age 80 years and older will increase by 82%!  Clearly, ElderServe programs will be needed more than ever to help the older adult population and their families navigate the challenging aging process.  My staff and I are passionate about finding solutions and efficiencies, but we need community support!  I look forward to working with partners toward the new goals that we have set to help seniors. We are grateful to all of you who support older adults in so many different ways. All the best to you for a warm and bright spring season!


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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.  Julie was named by the Bellarmine University Alumni Association to its 2016 Gallery of Distinguished Graduates.  This honor is bestowed upon alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishment, community service, and demonstration of attitudes consistent with Bellarmine’s Catholic identity.  The Louisville native is married to Pat Guenthner and is the proud parent of son, Jimmy, and daughter, Kristi.