Ellen (Larson) Thompson Administrator at Heritage of Elmwood. Gateway News file photo by Paul J. Seeling
Ellen (Larson) Thompson Administrator at Heritage of Elmwood. Gateway News file photo by Paul J. Seeling

Submitted by Chris Herzog, Stokes+HERZOG P.R.

EAU CLAIRE, WI – Two local senior care administrators have been selected to participate in advanced training. Ellen Thompson and Taylor Kollross have been accepted to attend the I-LEAD leadership development program hosted by LeadingAge Wisconsin. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for these administrators to learn about the latest innovations and practices when it comes to leading employees and providing exceptional care for our residents” said Grace Lutheran Communities CEO Mike Christensen.

The I-LEAD program stands for learn, empower, achieve, and deliver. After many months of work, studying and face-to-face group projects, the few leaders chosen for the program develop new skills in a broad range of subjects such as diversity, leadership, motivation, mentoring, learning styles and collaboration.

“My goal for participating in this fellowship program is to gain further knowledge about myself, professionally and personally, in order to positively impact the residents who live at the Heritage of Elmwood. If I can grow and develop further, I will be able to better lead the team here at the Heritage of Elmwood,” Thompson said.

“I am excited and humbled to have been chosen for the 2017-2018 I-LEAD Cohort. I applied to I-LEAD to become a better leader for my community, residents, their families and our Pioneer staff,” Kollross says.

Ellen Thompson serves the residents at Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood, Wisconsin as the Administrator there overseeing all day-to-day operations. Taylor Kollross serves as the administrator at Pioneer health and Rehab in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin.

Grace Lutheran Communities has been helping our friends and neighbors in communities all over the Chippewa Valley since 1960. The non-profit organization specializes in rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, child care, independent living, and adult day services in the Eau Claire area and provides management services for American Lutheran Communities in Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood, Mondovi and Menomonie and Pioneer Health and Rehab in Prairie Farm, Wisconsin. For more information, visit gracelutherancommunities.com.