Brittney Thoreson

Knute Nelson Vice President of Housing, Brittney Thoreson, being accepted into the Argentum LEAD (Leadership Advancement & Development) Program.

(Alexandria, Minn.) – Brittney Thoreson, Vice President of Housing at Knute Nelson has been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Argentum LEAD (Leadership Advancement & Development) Program.

The LEAD cohort of 27 professionals, representing 14 senior living owners and operators, were chosen based on recommendation and review by senior living leaders to participate in a series of networking and training opportunities culminating at the 2021 Senior Living Executive Conference.

“Brittney’s leadership has been instrumental in our success at Knute Nelson and we are proud to have her recognized through this opportunity,” said Mark Anderson, President/CEO of Knute Nelson. “Her abilities as a servant leader and commitment to caring for aging adults is demonstrated each day within our housing division and has had an extraordinary impact on our team and the individuals we serve. We look forward to her continued growth through the LEAD program.”

Connecting the program to real-time industry imperatives, LEAD participants will complete capstone projects on critical topics related to COVID-19 and the future, such as emergency preparedness for the next pandemic, ramping up telehealth, and creative staffing solutions.

The cohort’s proposals and discoveries will become part of the 2021 Senior Living Executive Conference in Nashville, Tenn., May 10-12. At the event, the group will also have access to a one-day "Disney's Approach to Leadership Excellence" program delivered by the Disney Institute. Events and gatherings will be virtual throughout 2020 and as needed in consideration of COVID-19 precautions.

The LEAD program targets a need identified by Argentum’s members for authentic development of future executive senior living leaders.

“Improving the depth and succession for executive leaders is critical for the long-term health and continuity of senior living owners and operators,” said James Balda, president and CEO of Argentum. “We are proud of the quality and diversity of this first outstanding class of leaders, and we appreciate the industry’s commitment to the program during this especially challenging time.”

A committee of senior leaders reviewed and scored candidates based on their background, experience, personal statement, and letter of recommendation. All participants are members of Argentum companies.

Learn more about the LEAD Program at

About Knute Nelson

Knute Nelson, a 501c3 non-profit, faith-based corporation, is an innovative leader in senior housing and health care that offers a full family of services to the West Central Minnesota region. For information on Knute Nelson visit or call (320) 763-6653.

About Argentum Argentum is the leading national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities and the older adults and families they serve. Since 1990, Argentum has advocated for choice, independence, dignity, and quality of life for all older adults.

Argentum member companies operate senior living communities offering assisted living, independent living, continuing care, and memory care services. Along with its state partners, Argentum’s membership represents approximately 75 percent of the senior living industry—an industry with a national economic impact of nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars and responsible for providing over 1.6 million jobs. These numbers will continue to grow as the U.S. population ages. Argentum’s programs and initiatives are driven by its membership. For more information about joining Argentum, please visit Learn more at