Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin appoints Vice Presidents for Finance and Services


February 4, 2016

Jeff Smith, Communications Director
Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin
Office 952-945-4083, Cell 612-875-8161


Elizabeth Olson, Anna Petersmeyer

(Minneapolis, February 1, 2016)
— Volunteers of America-Minnesota and Wisconsin (VOA-MN/WI), a nonprofit health and human services organization, has announced the appointments of two new Vice Presidents.

Elizabeth Olson was appointed Vice President and Controller. For the past ten years she was Chief Financial Officer of Grassroots Solutions, Inc. a national consulting services firm practicing in the areas of strategy, organizing, training, and evaluation. Prior to that she was a financial consultant and leader with Slocum, where among her varied responsibilities she helped hire and supervise financial analysts and assisted boards and committees in managing their financial assets.

Anna Petersmeyer, formerly the Director of Housing Management and Senior Services, was promoted to Vice President-Services. Anna is responsible for all VOA–Minnesota operations except for our Services for People with Special Needs (SPSN) division. Anna's responsibilities will include: Care Options Network, Community Family Supports, Education, the Mental Health Clinics, Rehabilitative and Veterans Services, Residential Treatment, as well as our housing and older adult services in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"Volunteers of America – Minnesota and Wisconsin is fortunate to welcome two executives of this caliber to our Senior Leadership Team," said President and CEO Paula Hart. "Anna joined us four years ago and most recently led our largest portfolio of services, including housing, assisted living and all home and community based services for older adults. That experience has prepared her well for this promotion. Elizabeth brings nearly 30 years of finance and leadership experience to the post."

Elizabeth Olson is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves in volunteer positions with the Women's Foundation of MN, the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and her church.

Anna Petersmeyer is a Licensed Social Worker, a member of National VOA's Housing Operations Shared Leadership Network, the MN Assisted Living Council and the Home and Community Based Services Cabinet. She holds an MBA from Bethel University.


About Volunteers of America-Minnesota/Wisconsin

Volunteers of America-Minnesota and Wisconsin is dedicated to helping America's most vulnerable. In 2015, we served more than 24,000 people and employed a staff of 800 in Minnesota and Wisconsin, in more than 110 locations. We coordinated the efforts of nearly 1,800 volunteers, who contributed over 120,000 hours of service. We offer housing and dining services that provide dignity for older adults and those with special needs. We provide education, mental health treatment and counseling that bring hope to children, youth and families. We operate two residential reentry facilities and other corrections-based services that promote self-reliance for adult offenders and ex-offenders. We are a non-profit, faith-based affiliate of the national Volunteers of America organization, which like us, was founded in 1896. For more information, visit either voamn.org or voawi.org.