ElderServe CEO Retires

Harriette Friedlander, CEO of ElderServe, will retire after 18 years with the nonprofit. Through her tireless efforts as the CEO, she has improved the lives of thousands of Louisville’s senior citizens.

Since joining ElderServe in 1995, Harriette has grown the organization to be Louisville’s leading non-profit, community-based organization for seniors. She has led the development of the agency’s vibrant intergenerational senior center, Oak and Acorn, in Louisville’s West End and started an adult day care center on that site. She initiated a program to assist senior crime victims, including an emergency crisis response team to aid victims of abuse. She has worked to expand the agency’s private pay home care service, building on its success in providing home care for low income elderly through KIPDA, the Area Agency on Aging. She also helped develop a collaborative program working on integrating services in public housing that is now carried out by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, and she initiated a partnership with the Fairness Campaign.

Harriette will continue her community involvement by maintaining her membership on the Partnership Council for Passport Health Plan and by continuing to serve on the Board of Advisors for the U of L Department of Geriatrics. Given Louisville’s position as a national leader in aging care services, Harriette is also committed to help Louisville achieve a status as an “Age Friendly City” as defined by the World Health Organization.

ElderServe’s new CEO will be Julie Guenthner. For much of a career spanning more than 30 years, Julie Guenthner has held management roles in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She has successfully served ElderServe, Inc., for the past 10 years – five of those as Chief Financial Officer – and will step up to Chief Executive Officer upon Harriette’s retirement.