Executive Director Laurie Marreel retires

Executive Director Laurie Marreel will retire May 31, 2019.  Laurie served as Executive Director of Elder Network for more than 12 years, and is renowned in the region as someone who is passionate about helping seniors and their families.   The Board of Directors is overseeing the search for a new Executive Director, and applications are available online.  Applications close June 28, 2019.  Kristin Mannix, Associate Director will step in to lead the organization until a permanent appointment is made.

As the date of her retirement approaches, Laurie shares that leaving Elder Network has been a difficult decision, "Working at Elder Network was never just a job—it is my passion.  After some reflection, I am confident the timing is right.  Elder Network has seen a lot of growth over the years and is in a wonderful place for this next step.  Elder Network’s staff is top notch, the Board is engaging and committed, and funding/fundraising has been steady and is growing to meet the increased demand for senior services. The time is right for me to spend more time with my aging parents and my family, who say they are actually excited to see more of me! I will certainly miss all of the wonderful staff, volunteers, clients and community members I have met over the years, but know that I will continue to see many of you as I will ALWAYS support the mission of Elder Network. Thank you for supporting me in the best “job” I’ve ever had."


Elder Network expands offices to meet growing needs

Thanks to grants from the Mayo Clinic and the Otto Bremer Trust, Elder Network will add an additional 700 square feet of adjacent office space to their current offices located at 1130 ½ 7th ST NW, Suite 205, Rochester MN. 

Remodeling has been completed, and “breaking through” to the new office space happened April 15.  Elder Network thanks the United Way for organizing the volunteers from Local Union #681, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, who painted the new space with donated paint from Sherwin Williams and materials from Hirshfields.  With the first stage of the expansion remodeling nearly complete, the staff will move into this space at the end of May. There will be a second phase of remodeling to expand the Elder Network reception area during the summer.

Laurie Marreel, Executive Director of Elder Network, says, “Elder Network has been here to help seniors and their families for more than 30 years.  Our organization has grown by 25% in the last 4 years, and we know we need to keep growing to meet the needs of seniors and their families.”

In late 2018, Elder Network learned that 700 square feet of office space adjacent to their current offices would be available in 2019. The Board of Directors and staff had to act quickly to secure the space—which would provide an opportunity to expand the facilities with almost no disruption to programs and services.

Budgets for 2019 had already been set—and many grant applications already submitted. Luckily, Mayo Clinic and the Otto Bremer Trust (“OBT”) responded quickly to help Elder Network seize the expansion opportunity. 

A grant from the Mayo Clinic will help underwrite the first year of lease expenses and provide on-going support for Elder Network programs. Erin Sexton, Enterprise Director of Community Engagement, Mayo Clinic, said, “Elder Network is an important partner in providing services to seniors throughout their aging journey, especially as more seniors are choosing to stay in their homes. Mayo Clinic is proud to support Elder Network and the important work they do in our community.”

Additionally, a grant from the Otto Bremer Trust will support rewiring the space, updating phones and computer equipment, and fitting out the offices, as well as providing generous support for Elder Network’s core mission of serving seniors. “The growth of the senior population in the region coupled with the need to provide increased services to the aging community requires continued investment,” said Brian Lipschultz, Co-CEO and Trustee, OBT. 

 Laurie Marreel says, “This expansion is so important for us to continue to serve the growing needs of seniors.  It allows our Senior Advocates to meet with more families, offers additional caregiver coaching, training and support.  Additionally, it gives Elder Network the capacity to expand our programs with more staffing as demand for services grow.”

Laurie continues “We thank Mayo Clinic and the Otto Bremer Trust for their support. It’s so incredible that Mayo Clinic and the Otto Bremer Trust have not only helped to fund this expansion but have also continued their sustaining support for our programs. This allows us to keep serving our clients while we grow to meet their changing needs.  We thank all the staff, volunteers, suppliers, and donors who are helping us to serve seniors today and build our capacity for the future. 

Elder Network has been approved as a Thrivent Choice Dollars organization.

If you or someone you know is a member of Thrivent and has Choice Dollars to distribute, please consider Elder Network. We are located at the top of the list for Elder Network organizations – look for our address 1130 ½ 7th St #205, Rochester MN 55901.


As part of our 30th Anniversary celebration Elder Network undertook the role of creating a recognition award for 30 individuals 60 and over, who are giving back to the communities in which we serve in remarkable ways. These individuals are vital elements of our communities. Their involvement brings wisdom and insight to discussions, developments and social interactions. Having a breadth of experiences, elders bring a depth to their work and interactions born of many years of life. As a result, their contributions to our communities are rich and full. These are they who are making a significant, measurable contribution in the counties of Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona.

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