WesleyLife Welcomes Financial, Medical Leaders to Board of Directors

posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New board membersWesleyLife, Iowa’s most comprehensive provider of health and well-being services for older adults, has announced the addition to its board of directors of two local leaders with a vision for the future of aging services.

Kip Albertson and Dr. Christina Taylor join WesleyLife – celebrating its 70th anniversary – in helping to guide the organization’s growth and development strategy, further positioning it to help increasing numbers of individuals remain independent, wherever they call home.

"We are grateful to be adding the wisdom, experience, and passion of these distinguished leaders to our already stellar board of directors,” Rob Kretzinger, CEO of WesleyLife, said.

“As the number of people we serve continues to increase, our mission to improve the health and well-being of those individuals is more important than ever, and our organization will benefit from Kip and Christina’s guidance.”

Albertson is senior vice president, chief financial officer, and strategy officer of Des Moines-based Bankers Trust. He has 40 years of senior accounting and financial experience, including eight years in public accounting and eight years as vice president and controller in the retail, distribution, and manufacturing industries.

Under his 24 years of financial leadership with Bankers Trust, the organization’s assets have grown from $460 million to $4.14 billion. Its employee base has doubled, and it entered the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area and created BTC Capital Management, a registered advisory company.

Bankers Trust also expanded its commercial and retail presence into several additional Iowa cities as well as Phoenix and Omaha, and its trust services into Phoenix and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Albertson earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration with majors in accounting and finance from the University of Iowa, and also is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on numerous statewide and national boards and foundations. He and his wife, educator Debbie Albertson, live in West Des Moines. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Taylor serves as chief quality officer for The Iowa Clinic. In addition to practicing internal medicine, she directs population health efforts at the largest physician-owned multi-specialty group in Central Iowa. Her dual role includes educating healthcare providers as well as educating and caring for her own patients.

In addition, Taylor serves as chair of the Department of Medicine for Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, and is a member of the Quality and Clinical Integration Council for Unity Point. She is part of the University of Iowa Des Moines’ Internal Medicine Residency Program teaching staff, directing the women’s health rotation.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at several hospitals in Des Moines.

Taylor and her husband, state representative Rob Taylor, live in West Des Moines and have four children.

Albertson and Taylor join existing board members Kevin LaGree, Chad Rasmussen, Susan Watson, Bob Ruch, David Stout, and Abbey Gilroy.

About WesleyLife

Guided by Christian compassion, WesleyLife is enhancing the independence, health, and well-being of individuals wherever they call home, transforming the aging experience so people live longer, healthier, more purposeful lives. We offer health and well-being services in 15 Iowa counties through our Communities for Healthy Living – including our newest community, Brio of Johnston, set to open later this year – award-winning Adult Day programs, and an array of home- and community-based services. New this year: WellAhead, a total well-being initiative based in our Communities for Healthy Living and open to individuals 50 and older living outside those communities. For more information about WesleyLife, please visit, or call (515) 978-2777.

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