Leadership Team

Kathryn Roberts, President & CEO
Kathryn Roberts
President & CEO

Kathryn Roberts was named president and CEO of Ecumen in 2003. In that time, she has led the Shoreview-based non-profit company’s transformation from being a nursing home provider to a diversified senior housing and services company working to shape the future of aging and living. Under her leadership, Ecumen has become known for innovation, bringing new empowering technologies to seniors and their families; developing initiatives such as "Awakenings," which is reducing the use of antipsychotic medications among people with Alzheimer's; expanding housing options to new markets, creating a national senior housing development business; and shaping a workplace culture that has led to Ecumen being named 10 years as one of the "Best Places to Work" by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Kathryn has a distinguished career in public service and leadership and is one of the few people to be appointed to leadership positions by a Democratic, Republican and Independent Governor. The Minneapolis Star Tribune once called her "state government's #1 management doctor." She led the transformation of several Minnesota state agencies, including the Minnesota Zoo, which she was appointed to lead at age 34. Kathryn, who had no prior zoological experience, became the country’s first woman to lead a major zoo. Through entrepreneurial approaches, the zoo’s attendance and revenues reached all-time highs. One of several innovative partnerships that occurred under her leadership was the creation of the only environmental studies high school located within a zoo.

As chairwoman of Minnesota’s professional sports agency, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, she led efforts to sue Major League Baseball and successfully stop contraction of the Minnesota Twins. In 2008, Kathryn was appointed by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty to a five-year term as chair of the Minnesota Veterans Health Care Advisory Council. She also served on the Governor’s Veterans Long-Term Care Advisory Commission. She was recognized by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education as one of its "100 Distinguished Alumni" for the College's first 100 years. She also was named in 2008 as one of the Twin Cities’ "Best Brains" by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. Kathryn serves on the boards of LeadingAge in Washington, D.C., and VocalEssence in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Ecumen, Kathryn served as vice president of the Minneapolis Foundation, where she administered a $30 million annual grant program.

Kathryn earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, her M.S. in Special Education from Mankato State University and her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Shelley Kendrick
Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Shelley brings extensive leadership and operations experience to her role as Ecumen's Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations. Shelley, who joined Ecumen in 2012, leads a team of Regional Directors in both Housing and Care Center/Campus communities, where she oversees the operations, strategic development, financial performance, quality and product innovation. Previously, she was Ecumen's Vice President of Operations. Prior to that she was the Campus Administrator at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis, where she was responsible for leading campus operations, including a skilled nursing care center, memory care, and in-home care for independent veterans. Prior to joining the Minneapolis Veterans Home, she served in Executive Director positions for 15 years, leading the operations of both small and large health care facilities in Ohio and Minnesota. She began her career in human resources, soon discovering a passion for health care operations. Shelley has a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science Degree in English Language and Literature from Easter Michigan University.

Scott McGuire
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Scott leads Ecumen’s accounting operations, financial budgeting, planning and reporting, and investment management. Before joining Ecumen, he worked for 17 years at Sysco Corporation, a $50 billion multinational company that markets and distributes food products to the hospitality, healthcare and education industries. Most recently, he was Market CFO and Vice President of Finance for the Sysco Midwest region.  Prior to that, he was CFO of the Sysco Minnesota division.  Scott is a graduate of Marquette University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Stacy Hanley, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Chief Philanthropy Officer
Stacy Hanley
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Stacy leads Ecumen’s philanthropic fundraising efforts through major and planned gifts, foundation and corporate giving, government grants and special events. Stacy brings more than 20 years of professional experience developing award-winning corporate and nonprofit philanthropy and community relations programs. She has served in leadership positions at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Best Buy, Lifetime Television (New York) and National Public Radio (Washington DC). Stacy is an active community volunteer who has served the boards of the Jeremiah Program, Lake Harriet UMC and many committees at Southwest High School. She graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL.

Julie Murray
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Business Development Officer

With more than 17 years of senior housing experience, Julie brings a wealth of real estate development, senior housing sales and marketing, and market research experience to her role of Chief Business Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Julie joined Ecumen as Director of Real Estate Development in 2007 and guided the development of new Ecumen housing in Apple Valley and Maplewood, both winners of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's "Best in Real Estate" award for senior housing communities. She has led the rapid expansion of Ecumen's partnership with third-party developers to create new sites managed by Ecumen. Most recently, she has been working on new housing models to meet evolving market needs as the first wave of baby boomers are retiring, including the development of Ecumen's Abiitan Mill City, the first senior housing development in downtown Minneapolis. Prior to joining Ecumen, Julie worked for Greystone Communities, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, where she was responsible for the sales and marketing of multiple entry-fee continuing care retirement communities as a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing. Julie is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management.

Bill McGarry, Senior Vice President of Business Transformation
Bill McGarry
Senior Vice President of Business Transformation

Bill McGarry is Ecumen’s Senior Vice President of Business Transformation with leadership responsibility for company-wide information systems and technology. Before joining Ecumen in 2017, Bill was a consultant at Trissential for six years, leading transformational business solutions for clients such as the Minnesota Department of Health, Xcel Energy, Hennepin and Scott Counties, and many others. Prior to that, he held several senior management positions, including CIO at St. Jude Medical, International CIO at Owens Corning, Vice President of Enterprise Applications at Medtronic, Vice President of Business Transformation at Smiths Medical and Global Integration Leader of IT e-Business at General Electric. Bill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

Abby Ludens, Chief Human Resources Officer
Abby Ludens
Chief Human Resources Officer & VP Talent Strategy

Abby Ludens is Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Talent Strategy with responsibility for Human Resources, Organizational Development and Ecumen’s strategic initiative to attract and retain talent and enhance employee training. Abby joined Ecumen in 2018 after a 17-year career at Houston-based Mattress Firm, a 10,000+ employee national retailer, where she was Senior Vice President of Human Capital.  She started as a sales manager at Mattress Firm and held several executive jobs with increasing responsibility, building a ground-up talent acquisition program, reducing turnover and improving employee satisfaction. Originally from South Dakota, Abby has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Dakota.

 

Amy Korzenowski, Vice President of Operations
Amy Korzenowski
Vice President of Operations

Amy Korzenowski leads operations for Ecumen’s Housing and Nursing Home communities. Amy has extensive experience in strategic management and leadership of total quality of care initiatives in senior services.  She joined Ecumen in 2017 from Prime Therapeutics, a Minneapolis pharmacy benefit management company, where she was Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations. Previously, she served in multiple operations leadership roles with Extendicare Health Services and Volunteers of America National Services. Amy has a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Service Administration from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aging Services from the University of Minnesota. 

Brett Anderson
Vice President of Nursing Services

Brett Anderson leads Ecumen-wide healthcare services with responsibility for ensuring quality, consistency, and regulatory compliance. Brett began his career at Ecumen in 2014 as the Clinical Director at Ecumen Centennial House in Apple Valley after serving as an Ecumen graduate student intern. He was promoted to the role of Regional Nursing Consultant in 2016. Before joining Ecumen, Brett served as an Adjunct Instructor at Minnesota State University in Mankato and as an Instructor at Saint Paul College. He also previously worked for CareLogix Nursing Solutions and Minnesota State University. Brett was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State College & Universities System from 2011-2013. He has a Master of Science degree in Nursing Leadership and Management from Metropolitan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He is a Registered Nurse, a certified Public Health Nurse and board-certified Nurse Executive.

Dena Meyer
Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Client Relations

Dena leads the Ecumen Sales and Marketing Team in supporting owned and managed business lines, including all Senior Housing, Zvago Cooperative Housing, and Ecumen Hospice as well as leading Ecumen’s third-party relationships. Dena joined Ecumen in 2010 as Director of Sales and Marketing at Seasons at Apple Valley.  In 2013, she became Director of Business Development where one of her first projects was management of the renovation and expansion of the Ecumen Detroit Lakes campus. In 2015, she was promoted to Senior Director of Business Development, and in 2016, she was recognized on the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list of business and community leaders as “one of the state’s leading developers and marketers of senior housing.” Dena has been instrumental in launching Ecumen’s Zvago cooperative housing brand and leads the Zvago sales. Additionally, she manages Ecumen’s relationship with Michigan developer Edward Rose and Sons. Dena was one of the first Ecumen leaders to complete the St. Kate’s Masters in Organizational Leadership and is a fellow in the National Leading Age Leadership Academy.

 

Cindy Mowan, Vice President of Finance
Cindy Mowan
Vice President of Finance

Cindy works closely with the CFO to manage all financial matters of Ecumen, including financial reporting, treasury, financial planning and budgeting, capital structure, internal controls, external financial audit, governance and operations and project development. Cindy joined Ecumen in 2006 as controller and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2013. She started her professional career as an auditor with Arthur Anderson in 1985 and then spent almost 20 years working in financial reporting for large, publicaly held companies and specialized in SEC reporting. She graduated from the University of Montana with a BS degree in accounting. She is a Montana native but has lived in Minnesota for the past 28 years.

Carolyn Perron
Vice President of Organizational Development

Carolyn's leadership has been vital in helping build Ecumen's brand and culture. Her work as Vice President of Organizational Development supports and strengthens employee education, employee development and leadership development. Carolyn also develops strategy and tools to support succession planning, talent assessment and performance management. Carolyn joined the Ecumen Human Resources team in 2007 as an interim Director, helping develop Ecumen's workforce planning tool and applicant job shadow program. She soon became the company's first Director of Training and Development. In this role, she created Ecumen’s first online training module, which brought leaders together from across a multi-site geography for education and dialogue. In leading Ecumen Way training across the company, she has helped employees discover their personal brand and how personal brand interrelates with and helps advance the Ecumen brand.  As lead facilitator of Velocity, Ecumen’s Leadership Development Program, she has made The Ecumen Way the cornerstone of our year-long personal development experience and other education and development initiatives.  These include the EMAPS performance management program; Lean Training, which has helped streamline job processes and eliminate wasted time that can be frustrating for employees; and NEON, Ecumen's employee orientation program.