Wellspring Lutheran Services News

Gehm sworn in as chair for LeadingAge, a national association for aging services


LeadingAge is one of the nation's largest associations devoted to expanding the world of possibilities for people as they age. Focused on advancing policies, conducting research, and promoting practices that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age, LeadingAge's members include 6,000 nonprofit organizations, representing the entire field of aging services — organizations that touch 4 million lives each day.

Following the installation ceremony as the 2014 chair of the LeadingAge board of directors, Gehm reflected on the mandate of nonprofit aging services providers to meet unmet needs and serve those who don't have a safety net.

"It is up to us to innovate in service delivery and collaborate with our communities for real solutions," says Gehm. "These solutions must help not just those who can afford our services, but also all those whose current needs should define our relationship with them."

Gehm's leadership in the senior care industry spans more than two decades, as has his involvement with LeadingAge. With his innovative leadership and servant heart, Gehm cast a vision for a new organization to become a source of hope for not just seniors, but for individuals of all ages. Through Wellspring Lutheran Services, David Gehm is helping change the face of human care in Michigan. The new organization has over 30 locations across the state — 14 of which are focused on senior care and services. Wellspring employs 1,400.

In his role as board chair for LeadingAge, Gehm will represent the association on the national stage with policymakers and leaders in the legislative arena. He will also continue to serve as a voice for improving senior care in Michigan.

The installation ceremony was led by some of Wellspring's front line staff, including: Carol Baker, home care (Frankenmuth); Kenya Martin, skilled nursing/rehab (Livonia); Sparkle Mitchell, assisted living (Saginaw); Char Nowli, skilled nursing/rehab (Fairview); Jamie Scaggs, skilled nursing/rehab (Monroe); and Lynn Schomaker, skilled nursing/rehab (Frankenmuth). In addition to Wellspring leaders and frontline staff, some of Dave's family were on hand, including wife, Elaine; daughters, Rachel and Rebecca; mother, Evelyn; and mother-in-law, Arlene.

Formerly Lutheran Homes of Michigan and Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, Wellspring Lutheran Services joined in mission and purpose on Oct. 1. Wellspring Lutheran Services, headquartered in Frankenmuth, Mich., is a $65-million nonprofit that engages people at every stage of life to help them discover and embrace their own potential. From foster care and adoption to a complete line of senior care, Wellspring Lutheran Services is committed to bringing hope to people through changed lives, strong families and transformed communities.