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The LeadingAge Kansas Foundation was formed in 1988 to conduct research, and produce information and training to increase the understanding of aging, and to improve the quality of care and services for older Kansans. The organization has been the recipient of millions of dollars in grant funding from agencies as diverse as the Kellogg Foundation, OSHA, the Kansas Health Foundation, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, The Academy of General Dentistry, the Sunflower Foundation and the Kansas Department on Aging. It has provided cutting edge training to thousands of aging services professionals which have resulted in measurable improvement and change in long term care practice around the state. It has produced a wide range of groundbreaking reports on trends in aging and disability demographics, the economic impact of not-for-profit retirement communities in Kansas, the root causes of staff turnover in Kansas nursing homes and other topics. Most recently, the Foundation has focused on workforce development and providing scholarships for individuals working in LeadingAge Kansas member communities.


To advance the health and well-being of older adults by providing research, education, training and the dissemination of information for providers of long-term supports and services.


To be a knowledge generator and transformational agent for aging services.

Core Values

Innovation | Collaboration | Respect | Sustainability

2021 Priorities

  • Increase the visibility and viability of the Foundation
  • Engage in activities to support the priorities of LeadingAge Kansas, with a focus on workforce growth and development.
  • Maintain the scholarship program for LeadingAge Kansas member employees.

Board of Directors

  • Teresa McComb, Chair; Logan Manor Community Health Services, Logan
  • Courtney Wolfe, Secretary/Treasurer; Wichita Presbyterian Manor, Wichita
  • Mark Garriott, Immediate Past Chair; Catholic Care Center, Bel Aire
  • Pam Bachman; Consumer Representative, Centralia
  • Crystal Packard; Good Samaritan Society, Parsons
  • Nate Glendening; Phillips County Retirement Center, Phillipsburg
  • Lu Janzen, Ex Officio Member; Consumer Representative, Hillsboro

Foundation Staff

  • Debra Harmon Zehr, President/CEO
  • Dana Weaver, Executive Director
  • Tina Andres, Director of Administrative Operations
  • Stephanie Gfeller, Director of Special Projects/Grant Manger