Katie Smith Sloan to Replace Retiring LeadingAge CEO Larry Minnix

by Jeff Shaw

CHICAGO — LeadingAge, a Washington-based association of nonprofit seniors housing providers, has named Katie Smith Sloan as its new president and CEO effective at the beginning of 2016.

Sloan will replace William “Larry” Minnix, who in February announced his plans to retire from the position at the end of the year. Minnix has been president and CEO of the organization since 2000.

The LeadingAge board of directors unanimously selected Sloan during a meeting in Chicago last week. Sloan currently serves as LeadingAge’s COO and senior vice president, as well as executive director of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA).

Before joining LeadingAge, Sloan worked at AARP from 1991 to 2000 — serving first as manager, consumer affairs; then director, applied gerontology group; and finally as director, life resources. Prior to AARP, she was a policy research specialist for the American Association of Homes for the Aging (AAHSA) and a staff assistant to a U.S. senator.

Sloan has been the secretary-treasurer of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) since 1997 and serves on the board of directors of numerous organizations including HelpAgeUSA, Value First Inc., the Center for the Study of Services (Consumers’ CHECKBOOK), Sidwell Friends School, of which she is a graduate, and the Friends Council on Education.

She holds an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a master’s in public policy from George Washington University. 

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