MNRAAA Announces Two New Members to the Board of Directors

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Beverly Gillund and Kandyce Peton to its board of directors.

Beverly Gillund of Hendricks is a registered nurse, a licensed social worker and has conducted professional speaking engagements throughout the country about telehealth and other technology improvements in rural health care.   She recently retired from thirty years of service with the Hendricks Community Hospital Association, where she held numerous positions including the director of clinical services, director of hospice, director of home care and interim nursing director.  Ms. Gillund is currently active with her local church and is a member of the Hendricks Kiwanis Club.

Kandyce Peton of Courtland currently sits on the Courtland City Council and works in retail in New Ulm.  Ms. Peton is a registered nurse and has worked nationally in hospitals, health systems and specialty surgery centers.   She is a graduate of Connecting Nicollet County, a leadership development program.  Ms. Peton participated as a volunteer nurse with the Southwest Minnesota National Honor Flight to assist World War II veterans in traveling to Washington, D.C.  She currently volunteers in her community and participates in activities at her local church.

Jason Swanson, MNRAAA Executive Director, said of the appointments, “I am tremendously excited to have Ms. Gillund and Ms. Peton join our organization.  They each bring unique ideas and viewpoints that will assist in growing services MNRAAA can provide to communities.”

“As a member of the MNRAAA Board of Directors” stated Robert Roessler, Board Chair, “I would like to welcome these two individuals to the board.  I look forward to the perspectives and past experiences they’ll contribute to help create a preferred future for MNRAAA and older adults living in southwest Minnesota.”

Ms. Gillund and Ms. Peton join the MNRAAA Board of Directors which includes members from the twenty-seven county service area, ranging from a retired hospital administrator to the current executive director of an assisted living community.

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