Belle Plaine, MN–Governor Tim Pawlenty has reappointed Michael Klatt, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lutheran Home Association, to the Minnesota Board on Aging. The Minnesota Board on Aging was established in 1956. It develops, coordinates, evaluates and administers federal and state funds for programs for the aging; makes grants to seven area agencies on aging and non-profit agencies; and serves as an advocate for older persons. The board consists of 25 members appointed by the Governor.
Klatt, of Belle Plaine, has served as the president and chief executive officer of The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) for the past 13 years. He began his career with the organization in direct care in 1988 and has also been the chief operating officer, assistant to the CEO and community services director for TLHA. He earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership, as well as his bachelor’s degree in organizational studies from Bethel University in St. Paul, and holds a certificate in long-term care administration from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His community activities have included serving as the vice president of the Belle Plaine Economic Development Authority and as a member of the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance Board of Directors. Currently, he serves on the board of the Southern Metro Medical Clinics and is a member of the Queen of Peace Foundation in New Prague. Klatt, who has been a member of the Board on Aging since 2006, is reappointed to another four-year term that expires on January 6, 2014.
Other returning appointees are Susan E. Humphers-Ginther, Ph.D., and Mary Jane Thompson. Humphers-Ginther, Ph.D., of Moorhead, is an associate professor of sociology at Minnesota State University (MSU), Moorhead. Thompson, of St. Paul, is a retired registered nurse and a member of several health-care and community organizations. She served as president of the MJT Management Consulting Firm.
Newly appointed are Leonard Axelrod, Norby Blake, Sylvia C. Garcia, Larry K. Houk and Jeanne Lukas. Axelrod, of Eagan, is a senior management consultant with CMC Justice Services, Inc., in St. Paul. Blake, of St. Paul, is the executive director of Inter-Tribal Elder Services, Inc. in Minneapolis. Garcia, of Moorhead, is currently pursuing her master of liberal arts degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Houk, of Roseville, is a private practice attorney in St. Paul, whose work includes estate planning and elder law. Lukas, of Minnetonka, is a partner of strategic resource partners and the founder and president of MISSION TO Market, a marketing and research consulting firm focused on health care and issues of aging for profit and non-profit organizations.