Gerard Community Mental Health Services

Gerard Academy Welcomes Elaine Hansen as Senior Development Coordinator

Gerard Academy, a provider of youth and family services in Austin, MN, has announced Elaine Hansen as incoming Senior Development Coordinator, overseeing Gerard’s fundraising and community outreach activities.

Hansen has been successful in networking, raising philanthropic support and engaging volunteers in the Austin/Mower County area. She said she is drawn to Gerard Academy’s mission of strengthening lives, families, and communities, and understands the importance and value of relationship-based fundraising.

Before joining Gerard Academy, Hansen was the Executive Director for the American Red Cross in Mower County for nearly 20 years. She moved to Austin in 1994 and worked at the Chamber of Commerce for one year prior to joining the Red Cross. She has been involved in the Austin community as a member of Austin Rotary, Ladies Floral Club, Habitat for Humanity, Community Education Advisory, Austin Youth Basketball, Full Court Press Club and St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

Hansen said she is excited to join Gerard Academy. “In the role of Senior Development Coordinator for Gerard, I have the privilege of sharing the story of Gerard and the outstanding work we do in supporting youth and families. Through my experience with the Red Cross, I learned that Austin and Mower County residents are committed to improving lives and strengthening their communities.’’

Brent Henry, Executive Director of Gerard Academy, said he is excited to have Hansen on the Gerard team. “Hansen brings her great connections with the community to our site, and we are excited to see where those connections take us in the future. Relationship-based fundraising will be critical to our expansion of community based services in the area.’’

If you are interested in learning more about Gerard Academy and its programing, or would like to have a presentation for your club or organization, contact Elaine Hansen at Gerard Academy: ehansen@nexus-gerard.org or 507-434-4408.

Gerard Treatment Programs dba Gerard Academy (EIN# 41-1992937) is an affiliate of Nexus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts are tax deductible. Nexus is a national provider of youth and family solutions delivered through sites and affiliates in Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Illinois, and Maryland.


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