Wellspring Lutheran Services News


Larry Minnix, president and CEO of LeadingAge

Minnix has been an advocate and leader in the not-for-profit aging services industry for more than 35 years.  He entered the field as an administrative intern at Wesley Woods Center of Emory University, where he went on to serve as CEO. He also served as a LeadingAge board member prior to joining the association as its CEO.

Minnix has translated his passion into practice as LeadingAge's CEO. During his tenure, he established the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), developed programs to address important issues like workforce retention and regulatory reform, and is currently advocating for long-term care financing reform. A frequent speaker on long-term care, quality, ethics and public policy, Minnix chairs the board of Generations United.  He was named to NonProfit Times 2008, 2009 and 2010 "Power and Influence Top 50" lists.


Katie Smith Sloan, COO and senior vice president of LeadingAge

Katrinka (Katie) Smith Sloan is chief operations officer and senior vice president of LeadingAge. She is the key leader for all of LeadingAge's operations. Sloan also serves as the executive director of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA), a global network of aging services organizations committed to quality of life for people as they age.

At LeadingAge, Sloan is responsible for building stronger and more effective relationships among the association's key stakeholders, including state associations and their leadership, member organizations, and strategic affiliates. She leads the association's consumer strategy, and is also responsible for managing the operational aspects to enable the association to grow and ensure its financial strength.

Sloan joined LeadingAge in April 2002, after having served in a number of key leadership positions at AARP. As a member of AARP's senior leadership team, Sloan was responsible for major social marketing initiatives to carry out the association's strategic priorities in health and wellness, economic security, and consumer protection.

Sloan has a strong commitment to the consumer movement, and serves as secretary-treasurer of the Consumer Federation of America and a member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Services/Consumer Checkbook. She also serves on the Board of Directors of ValueFirst, a group purchasing company serving the aging services field.