Our Mission

To provide affordable, comfortable, and homelike lodging for neurological patients and their caregivers.

Our Vision

The Neuro Hospitality House in Rochester, MN seeks to inspire the creation of a network of Neuro Hospitality Houses by putting into practice a service model of hospitality near high quality health care organizations.

Our Story

  • Created a 501c3 non-profit organization based on formal needs assessment in 2008
  • Engaged, dedicated and enthusiastic board members and volunteers with strategic, business, and architectural plans and future construction estimates
  • Acquired, furnished, and supplied a three-bedroom rental house in a strategic and convenient location to serve as proof of concept
  • Welcomed our first guests in 2013 and are now regularly filled to capacity with lengths of stay from two to 300 or more nights
  • Suggested donations per night of stay $35 – $45
  • Coffee, tea and light snacks available in self serve kitchen
  • Served 400 guests per year
  • Operating budget of $50-60K per year with only two paid house management staff
  • Debt free


We plan to build a 20-room house that fulfills our needs consistent with our mission and values as soon as possible.


“Work, Wisdom, Wealth”

Stephanie Fisher Jim Yolch Margaret Mattke

Stephanie Fisher


James A. Yolch, MHA

Vice President

Margaret Mattke

Private Banker and Certified Wealth Strategist with Associated Bank, Rochester/Red Wing. Stephanie is an active member of the community including 10 years of volunteer work with Greater Rochester Rotary, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, United Way, Rotary Holiday Classic and Leadership Greater Rochester. Stephanie lives in Rochester with her husband, Brent, son Mason and stepsons Luke and Jack. She enjoys traveling, golfing and supporting her boys in their extracurricular activities. Jim Yolch currently serves as Vice Chair overseeing consumer products, website operations, and digital analytics as part of Mayo Clinic’s Global Business Solutions. He started his career at Mayo Clinic in June 2001 as an administrative fellow, and has since had several leadership positions in clinical areas including primary care, executive health, preventive medicine, and endocrinology. Jim has also led several new health and wellness business model and product launches for Mayo Clinic. He is published in multiple healthcare administration journals and given many professional presentations. He currently resides in Rochester, MN with his wife and three children and enjoys spending time supporting their extracurricular endeavors. Graduate of Mankato State University with a BS degree in finance and economics. Banking career with Wells Fargo Bank, Rochester and US Bank (now retired).
Craig Wendland Jeff Anneke Dr. Narayan Kissoon

Craig Wendland

Executive Committee

Jeff Anneke

Chair, Capital Campaign


Dr. Narayan Kissoon 

A graduate of the University of Minnesota B.A., and UCLA Law School J.D. Retired from Wendland Utz law firm with concentration in business, real estate and estate planning. Experienced with numerous non-profit boards over the years. Currently serving the Rochester Area Foundation-Finance Committee and Exercisabilities, Inc. Board.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Experience in the healthcare industry includes leadership roles in sales, management and business development. Currently Vice President of Business Development at DBS Group- Onalaska, WI/ Rochester, MN. Jeff is an active member of the Rotary Club of Rochester, the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors at Two Rivers Habitat for Humanity. Interests include muskie fishing, golf, skiing, hiking, health and fitness.
Neurologist who primarily treats headache and chronic pain disorders.  Prior experience in community engagement and has observed the hardships seen by patients when seeking out highly specialized neurological care. He hopes to help ease the burdens faced by patients when seeking care through his involvement in the Neuro Hospitality House.
Judy Braaz Heath Elenbaas Marilyn Sommerfeldt

Judy Braatz

Heath Elenbass

Marilyn Sommerfeldt

Business Development Representative for Think Mutual Bank. Forty years of sales experience including stock broker, Mary Kay Cosmetic Director, Radio News Broadcaster. Managed an employment company. Membership Director of the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce for 24 years helping businesses develop, grow and prosper helping the Rochester Chamber grow to the largest Chamber in Minnesota. Mother of 2 daughters, and one son-in-law. Nurse Manager for Inpatient Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic, Major in the Minnesota Army National Guard, ambitious leader and mentor. Passionate about service and innovation. Bio coming. 
Peggy Paul    

Peggy Paul

Executive Director
Peggy is an entrepreneur and experienced business and nonprofit leader. She is the founder of SheTaxi, a business dedicated to moving women, missions and businesses forward. Peggy developed the global community involvement program for GMAC-RC and co-created The BrandLab, an award-winning nonprofit that still exists today. While at the American Heart Association, Peggy was responsible for the heart and brain health-related strategies for the state of  MN. For the American Cancer Society, she managed the high-preforming, Southern MN, community development teamPeggy looks forward to continuing the great work of the NHH and growing the organization to serve more patients and caregivers. Contact Peggy at [email protected].    

Neuro Hospitality House
839 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902
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