Agency Governance

Learn More about Our Agency and Governance

Elderbridge is governed by a Board of Directors and also has an Advisory Council all consisting primarily of older adults, persons with disabilities, service providers, and professionals in the aging network who provide input and direction on the various initiatives of Elderbridge.

Elderbridge Directors and Advisory Council meetings are open to the general public. Elderbridge Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month, unless on a scheduled break. The Elderbridge Advisory Board meets quarterly.

Elderbridge develops a plan annually that outlines the agency programs and budget that are available upon request. For more information, please contact the Amy Simpson at 800-243-0678.

  • Beth Will, President - Dickinson County
  • Lionel Foster, Vice President - Cerro Gordo County
  • Larry Pedley, Treasurer - Osceola County
  • Tim Nichols - Carroll County
  • Lori Hain, Secretary - Floyd County
  • Barry Anderson - Clay County
  • Ethan Huizenga - Sioux County - Board Representative to Advisory Council
  • Ron Newsum - Webster County
  • Steve Kruse - Cerro Gordo County
  • Elaine Kelsey - Franklin County - Advisory Council Representative to Board
  • (Minimum 12 member board)

Our Mission:

“Our mission is to advocate for and empower older adults, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities to pursue independent healthy lives.”

Our Core Values:

Vision – To be the leader in providing information, access to resources and services, and individualized support to maintain health and independence.
Values –

  • Professionalism: competent, skilled, good judgement, responsive, courteous
  • Integrity: honest, fair, sincere, trustworthy, ethical, accountable, confidential
  • Excellence: quality, superior, talent, accomplished, virtue

Goals – The goal is to enable our constituents to: 

  • Make informed decisions
  • Access home and long-term care options
  • Remain in their homes as long as possible with high quality life
  • Stay active and healthy
  • Promote and experience an ongoing safe environment

Responsiveness – We will respond to the needs of our clients today and anticipate the changing needs for tomorrow.
Service Excellence – We deliver our best and strive to excel in service to our clients.

Elderbridge Advisory Council

  • Brenda Bengard - Audubon County
  • Vacant - Buena Vista County
  • Leane Bodle - Calhoun County - Secretary
  • Vacant - Carroll County
  • Kathye Gaines - Cerro Gordo County
  • Randy Van Dyke - Clay County
  • Sherry Meyer - Crawford County
  • Carol DeSchepper - Dickinson County
  • Vacant - Emmet County
  • Pat Gansen - Floyd County
  • Elaine Kelsey - Franklin County - Advisory Council Representative to the Board
  • Vacant - Greene County
  • Vacant - Guthrie County
  • Becky Koppen - Hamilton County
  • Vacant - Hancock County
  • Jan Olson - Humboldt County
  • Linda Vaudt - Kossuth County - Vice President
  • Lisa Rockhill - Lyon County
  • Talia Bremer - Mitchell County
  • Eric Erickson - O'Brien County
  • Vacant - Osceola County
  • Diana Elbert - Palo Alto County
  • Linda Saathoff - Pocahontas County
  • Vacant - Sac County
  • Merry Landenberger - Sioux County
  • Alison Hauser - Webster County
  • Rick Burke - Winnebago County
  • Vacant - Worth County
  • Ann Leonard - Wright County - President
  • Ethan Huizenga - Board Representative to the Advisory Council

Debra Kratchovil, At-Large Representative

*If you are interested in volunteering on the Advisory Council in our 29 county service area, please contact Elderbridge Agency on Aging at 800-243-0678 for an application.