Heidi Freisinger

HEIDI FREISINGER

HEIDI FREISINGER
Vice President of Philanthropy

Heidi Freisinger leads Ecumen’s philanthropic fundraising efforts through major and planned gifts, foundation and corporate giving, government grants and special events. She joined Ecumen in 2019 from the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, where she was Senior Director of Annual Giving. Heidi began her career at the YMCA and held several key jobs, including Director of Events Planning and Business Manager. She has a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and brings over 15 years of fundraising experience to Ecumen.


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Melanie Sullivan To Join Ecumen as Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Melanie (Mel) Sullivan, Ed.D., has been named Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Ecumen, effective April 1. 

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Ecumen Among Top 5 Senior Living Operators in the Twin Cities

Ecumen is recognized as one of Twin Cities' top five Largest Senior Living Operators by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. 

 

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Lakeshore Everyday Heroes Save a Stranger’s Life

Two Ecumen Lakeshore caregivers answered a desperate knock on the door in the middle of the night -- and they saved a life.

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Ecumen Lakeshore Receives “Best of the Best” Honors in Duluth News Tribune Poll

Ecumen Lakeshore was voted “Best Retirement/Assisted Living” in Duluth in the Duluth News Tribune’s “Best of the Best” reader poll. Also, Lakeshore’s Crest independent living apartments received third place in the “Best Apartment Community” category.

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Honoring Everyday Hero Margee Polanka — A 40-Year Ecumen Employee

Ecumen honors Margee Polanka for her 40 years of dedication and service to others.

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In Memoriam: A Marine Comes Home 74 Years Later

This was a special Memorial Day for Mary Hagen, a resident of Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth, who recently learned her brother is coming home after 74 years.

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Ecumen Lakeshore Nurse Hanna Norman: A Lifelong Journey into Nursing

Ecumen Lakeshore Nurse Hanna Norman, RN, was recently featured in a cover story in Career Impact magazine, published for the community, alumni and friends of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. 

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A Shakespearean Day at Ecumen Lakeshore

Ten Thousand Things Theater Company of Minneapolis traveled to Duluth last week to perform Shakespeare’s “Pericles” for Ecumen Lakeshore residents, who were on the edge of their seats for the entire performance.

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Honoring 50 Leaders Over 50

You’ve no doubt seen those pervasive lists that honor youthful leaders — 40 under 40 or 30 under 30. This begs the question: Is leadership solely the province of youth?

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