Leadership Team

Beth Anderson
Executive Vice President

25 years of service

Beth holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and was recognized as a “40 under 40” in the Business Journal’s 1996 edition.  Beth not only plays an important role in running the organization, she plays a significant role in shaping assisted living in Wisconsin.  She is a well-respected industry professional with 28 years’ experience in senior care. She was a founding board member of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association (WALA), and continues to serve as the organization’s Advocacy Co-Chairperson. Appointed to the Governors Council on Long-Term Care in 1999, Beth presently serves on the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Advisory Council. She sits on the board for the American Red Cross and Ozaukee County Health and Human Services Committee as well.

Beth’s responsibility is to ensure that our organization upholds its core values - - providing quality care, services, and value, and to make sure these services are delivered by skilled staff. “You can’t run a company from an office or on the road. The only way to maintain a pulse of the organization, and the satisfaction of our customer, is to be accessible and present.”  Beth’s mom and dad live at Layton Terrace, the Laureate Group community in Greenfield, where she sees first hand how care and services are delivered. 

Read Beth's articles on our blog Laureate Way.

Lisa Stueland, RN
Vice President Operations

30 years of service

Lisa is a registered nurse who has worked in long term care for 36 years, the past 30 with Laureate Group.  She has received a Specialist in Gerontology Certificate from UW-Superior and is a Dementia Certified Practitioner. She has been involved in a wide variety of local and statewide professional organizations including Waukesha County Health Council, State of Wisconsin Assisted Living Forum, APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) and is currently a Board Member of WALA (Wisconsin Assisted Living Association). Lisa co-authored the WALA publication, Walking Tall in Assisted Living:  Your Guide to Falls Management in Wisconsin, and developed the WALA Diamond Accreditation Program as part of WCCEAL (Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living). She is passionate about living a healthy, balanced, sustainable lifestyle. She is a life-long endurance athlete and regularly completes half-marathons and triathlons which keep her motivated to stay active.

Read Lisa's articles on our blog Laureate Way.

Adele Lund
Director of Community and Business Relations

18 years of service

Many people recognize Adele from the numerous programs she’s presented - - Downsizing Tips, Moving Forward, How to Pay for Assisted Living, and Difficult Conversations with Aging parents, to name a few. She presents Aging 101 to health care professionals for the Milwaukee Aging Consortium, and presents to area professionals within Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and churches on topics related to aging and senior housing. 

Drawing upon her 30+ years of senior housing experience, Adele has counseled many families to help them better understand their circumstances, calm them in the midst of chaos, help them to look at their own actions differently, and assist them in identifying viable options to pursue.  As Adele says, “My goal is to have informed consumers.  When that’s true, I believe they will realize that Laureate Group is a quality choice and understand why I’m so proud to represent this organization.  The most rewarding part of my work is being able to guide families through the maze of long term care, empower them to make good decisions, and help them to have honest yet honoring conversations with their loved ones.”  

Read Adele's articles on our blog Laureate Way.

Wendy Chossek
Lifestyle Consultant

17 years of service

Our Lifestyle Department is all about offering well-rounded programming, with the goal of improved health and quality of life for older adults. Wendy leads the Lifestyle team across all communities. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and has been with the Laureate Group for 14 years.  She draws upon both her college education, and her 20 years of industry experience to ensure that our activity programs keep older adults engaged in mind, body and spirit.

Wendy monitors the number and types of programs at every community on a monthly basis to make sure that the expected balance of social, creative, educational, spiritual, health and wellness activities are scheduled. And programming at each Laureate Group community reaches well beyond the building walls – including trips to places such as shops, restaurants, and theaters. We make sure that outings are a part of every monthly calendar. “I work at Laureate Group because it provides me with endless opportunities to assist residents in enjoying life to their fullest.   I also love the family like environment.  I am passionate about this work, and treasure the friendships I have made with staff, residents and families over the years.” 

Read Wendy's articles on our blog Laureate Way.

Diane Szalai
Dining Services Director 

6 years of service

Diane is a genuine foodie! Diane’s 26 years of experience is a marriage between food service management (MS in Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Management from Penn State) and the Culinary Arts (Associate in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY). Under Diane’s direction, highly trained chefs cook food on site. Every kitchen, in every community prepares home cooked meals every day of the year. We focus on scratch cooking with good quality ingredients. And our dining team maintains the highest standards in food safety and cleanliness.

“Food is a highlight of everyone’s day, and I get great pleasure in creating a dining experience for our older adults – whether it is a special holiday, theme meal or simply today’s supper.  I appreciate the satisfaction of sharing my expertise and knowledge of Culinary Arts with everyone at the Laureate Group Communities.”

Diane also enjoys sharing her passion for food by putting on classes and demonstrations for our older adults and for area senior groups.  History of food, beer or wine tastings, healthy grains are just a few of the interesting topics.