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The LeadingAge Kansas Foundation is the 501 (c)(3) arm of LeadingAge Kansas. Through this foundation, we are able to receive donations and grants to fund our scholarships, research, and training activities.

The LeadingAge Kansas Foundation was formed in 1988 to conduct research, produce information and training to increase the understanding of aging, and improve the quality of care and services for older Kansans. The organization has been the recipient of millions of dollars in grant funding from diverse agencies, such 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 resulting in measurable improvements and changes 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


  • 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

  • Courtney Wolfe, Chair; Wichita Presbyterian Manor, Wichita
  • Crystal Packard, Secretary/Treasurer; Presbyterian Manors, Parsons
  • Nate Glendening; Phillips County Retirement Center, Phillipsburg
  • Courtney Bailey; Good Samaritan Society Hutchinson Village, Hutchinson
  • Barbara Michaelis; Community Member, Hays
  • Lu Janzen, Ex Officio Member; Consumer Representative, Hillsboro

Foundation Staff

  • Rachel Monger, President/CEO
  • Tina Andres, Director of Administrative Operations
  • Stephanie Gfeller, Director of Professional Development and Leadership
  • Addy Mead, Administrative Coordinator

Contact Us

If you have questions about your donation, or would like to talk with someone further about making a different type of gift to the LeadingAge Kansas Foundation, please contact: Rachel Monger.

If you have questions about the scholarship process, please contact: Stephanie Gfeller, Director of Professional Development and Leadership.


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