WesleyLife Announces Key Leadership Hires

posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Harshfield, Krueger

WesleyLife, Iowa’s most comprehensive provider of services for older adults, has announced the addition to its leadership roster of two individuals with a breadth of experience in and vision for the future of senior housing.

They join WesleyLife – celebrating its 70th anniversary this year – in roles that align to the organization’s growth and development strategy, further positioning it to help increasing numbers of individuals remain independent, wherever they call home.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to add individuals to our team who bring not only extensive and relevant experience, but energy, focus, and passion to our mission,” Rob Kretzinger, CEO of WesleyLife, said.

“As increasing numbers of individuals seek our services, we’re called to support their well-being by creating programs and services that don’t stop at our walls, and that weave through all we do to help those we serve live as healthily as they can, as long as they can. The experience and vision of our new team members, coupled with the talents of an already strong team, will keep us well poised to meet the challenges before us.”

Nick Harshfield joins WesleyLife as Chief Financial Officer, filling a position vacated by this summer’s retirement of the organization’s longtime CFO.  Harshfield brings 30 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting in a wide range of industries, including publicly traded and privately held for-profit and non-profit companies. He most recently served as CFO for Ascension Living, a faith-based senior-services ministry headquartered in St. Louis.

Harshfield’s work spans a breadth of business and industry, including airline and manufacturing as well as health and human services. In his new role, he will be responsible for WesleyLife’s financial strategy, planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, and accounting operations. Prior to his time with Ascension, Harshfield held similar roles with Exceptional Living Centers and Christian Care Communities, and received the CFO of the Year Award for Large Non-Profit Organizations from the Louisville, Kentucky-based Business First.

Harshfield holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from the University of Louisville, is a certified management accountant, and is also certified in financial management.

Teresa Krueger joins WesleyLife as Executive Director of Brio, the organization’s eighth Community for Healthy Living, which will open in summer 2018. Krueger comes to WesleyLife from Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly, Iowa, where, as Administrator, she was responsible for day-to-day operations of the community’s licensed nursing areas. Krueger earned a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Northern Iowa and a certificate of specialization in long-term care administration from Des Moines Area Community College.

With Bartels since 2000, Krueger became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 2011.  During her time with that organization, she managed Bartels Assisted Living and was instrumental in creating several initiatives and overseeing community updates. She has served on the Iowa Assisted Living Association board and currently serves on the board of directors for Leading Age Iowa.

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 in 2018 – award-winning Adult Day programs and an array of home- and community-based services. And new this year: WellAhead, a total well-being initiative based in our Communities for Healthy Living and open to individuals 50 and older in the Atlantic, West Des Moines, Des Moines, Indianola, Newton, Pella, and Washington, Iowa, areas. For more information about WesleyLife, please visit, or call (515) 978-2777.

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