MNRAAA Announces Retirement of Board Chair, Robert Roesler and election of the new Board Chair, Kandyce Peton

The Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) has announced a new chair for their board of directors, Kandyce Peton. Peton will take over the role on January 1, 2023. Peton will take over as Robert Roesler retires from the board of directors.

Robert Roesler

“Roesler has been an integral part of the organization,” stated Jason W. Swanson, MNRAAA executive director. “He saw the final transition from the regional development commissions into a stand-alone non-profit and the transition from the previous executive director, Linda Giersdorf, to me.” Roesler served as the chair of the board for the last six years.

“As my term on the Board of Directors at MNRAAA comes to a close, I wish to thank the staff, management team, and the many board members I have had the privilege to work with in the past years. I look forward to seeing the many new opportunities for seniors provided for by MNRAAA in the future.” Roesler stated on his retirement.

“Roesler has done a phenomenal job mentoring not only myself, our staff, and our board. Peton has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for older adults in our area,” commented Swanson.

Kandyce Peton

Peton currently lives in Courtland and is a retired registered nurse who 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.

“I am so excited; this is going to be a great year. We have a lot of stuff going on, and I am thrilled to be a part of this organization,” stated Peton about her becoming the new Board Chair.

The MNRAAA Board of Directors, which features professionals from the twenty-seven-county area, is a volunteer governing board. Members of the board range from a director of nursing services at an area hospital to a registered dietitian. For more information or if you are interested, please visit our website at

About the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging

MNRAAA’s vision is to assist older adults to thrive. MNRAAA provides advocacy, information, resources, and assistance so that older adults in southwest Minnesota can maintain the lifestyle of their choice. Learn more about MNRAAA at

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