Message from the CEO

Julie Guenthner

2015 was a year to remember for ElderServe!  With the generous support from the community, we were able to make an impact in the lives of older adults in Louisville. With your support, we:

  • Placed 14,542 calls to socially isolated adults
  • Supported 1,059 older victims of crime
  • Provided information, advocacy, and counseling to 367 seniors
  • Matched 32 older adults with volunteers to build lifelong friendships
  • Matched 62 senior companions, who contributed over 60,000 hours of service to 137 vulnerable elders in the community

ElderServe was chosen as a recipient in the Encore program sponsored by Leadership Louisville. The team provided expert advice and guidance on ways to improve marketing for the agency. In addition, we received a grant from TARC to purchase a new van for our senior center. This will allow more seniors access to the center as well as provide them with opportunities to take trips and experience their community. Another highlight we are very proud of was being awarded the Torch Award for ethics in the large non-profit category from the Better Business Bureau. This honor reinforces our commitment to serving the community while conducting business practices in an ethical manner.

I am so proud of our staff and volunteers that make ElderServe such an important community resource.  As we enter 2016, I am excited about the opportunity to touch many more lives of older adults in our community! As we combine services with GuardiaCare, we will have the resources to empower our seniors with a stronger network of services.

Thank you! Your continued support can make 2016 an even better year!


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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.