Ecumen Philanthropy Staff

Kathryn Roberts
CEO Emeritus
Kathryn Roberts, Ecumen CEO Emeritus, leads the company’s Philanthropy Department. Kathryn became CEO Emeritus of Ecumen in 2019 after serving as President and CEO since 2003 and transforming Ecumen into one of the country’s leading nonprofit providers of diversified senior housing and services. As CEO, Kathryn has become a pivotal international thought leader on aging, rising to the role of Chair of the National Board of Directors of LeadingAge in 2016 and being named one of the 2017 Top 50 “Influencers in Aging” by Next Avenue. As CEO Emeritus, Kathryn leads Ecumen Philanthropy and continues her work to create a more age-friendly world as she supports the CEO transition. In early 2018, she informed the board of her decision to step away from day-to-day leadership and work part-time, focusing on specific areas of the business. In her 16 years as CEO, Ecumen has become known for innovation, bringing new empowering technologies to seniors and their families; developing a nationally acclaimed program in dementia care; expanding housing options to new markets and creating a national senior housing development business; and shaping a workplace culture that has led to Ecumen being named 10 times as one of the "Best Places to Work" by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and has also been named one of Minnesota’s Top Workplaces by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Monthly Magazine. Kathryn has a broad and distinguished career in public service and leadership. She’s one of the few people to be appointed to leadership positions by a Democrat, Republican and Independent Governor. She became the country’s first woman to lead a major zoo at age 34. As chairwoman of Minnesota’s professional sports agency, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Kathryn led efforts to sue Major League Baseball and successfully stopped contraction of the Minnesota Twins. Kathryn currently serves on the boards of LeadingAge in Washington, D.C., and VocalEssence in Minneapolis. 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.

Tami Allenson
Director - Philanthropy Programs
Tami has been an employee with Ecumen for over 7 years. Her background is in Marketing and her current role as Director of Philanthropy Programs allows her to continue building relationships throughout the organization, and strong partnerships in the greater community on behalf of Ecumen. This includes hosting the annual golf tournament and partner events, in addition to working with our community leaders to identify and foster donors dedicated to furthering Ecumen’s mission. Tami studied Psychology and Business Administration at University of Minnesota – Duluth, and Organizational Leadership at Bethel College. She lives with her husband and daughter in Ramsey, MN.

Helen Kyle
Gift Officer  651-766-4385

Helen Kyle joined the philanthropy team in June of 2016. In her time at Ecumen, she has supported the success of fundraising events, managed our donor database, and increased donations to Ecumen programs. In her current role as a Gift Officer, Helen works with Ecumen communities to support site-specific giving programs and events. She meets with Ecumen’s generous donors and invites them into continued partnership. Helen graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Family Studies. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. 


Donor Chuck Mckiernan, Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood

Chuck is an active and caring member of the Ecumen community and considers the Seasons at Maplewood’s staff and residents part of his family.

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