(Sarasota, FL) – Institute for the Ages President/CEO Tom Esselman has announced the engagement of Karin Gustafson as a Community Relations Associate.
“The work of the Institute has always been for the community, of the community, and by the community. Now that we have a year’s worth of activity and outcomes working with our older adult population and networks of aging service providing resources, it’s time to engage more of the key supporters and influencers in our region. Karin has a strong track record, a wonderful reputation, and a set of professional skills and insights that will help to boost our integration in the Sarasota-Manatee region to new levels,” Esselman commented.
Gustafson recently retired from serving for 23 years as the President of the Y Foundation of Sarasota. She will focus her efforts on sharing the Institute’s impact within the community and serve as a conduit to engage interested parties with its mission.
“We are thrilled that Karin will be sharing with the Institute her passion for community engagement and support,” said John Dart, Immediate Past Chair of the Institute for the Ages Board of Directors. “Under her leadership, both the Sarasota Y and the Women’s Resource Center, which she led in the mid 80’s, were able to raise funds to establish significant community resources. The vision of the Institute for the Ages as a major resource and contributor to the improved quality of life for our aging populations, while driving a significant economic impact in the process, will become a reality more rapidly with the assistance of such an iconic community builder as Karin.”
Prior to moving to Sarasota, Gustafson served as Deputy Director of the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles and Treasurer of the City of Springfield, Illinois. She was a founding officer of the local chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals and, until her retirement, was a certified fund raising executive. She has served as a board member of the Animal Rescue Coalition for the past 13 years and assists the Y with its Premium Estate Liquidators. The local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women honored her as a Woman of Power in 1999 and she is a 1998 inductee into the Community Video Archives Hall of Fame.
The Institute for the Ages is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization founded in 2011 and located in Sarasota, FL. Its mission is to connect innovators with the authentic voices of older adults to advance policy, product, and service innovations to improve the lives of people of all ages. For more information on the Institute, call 941-365-4243 or visit www.institutefortheages.org.