WHAT WE DO

Our Mission

To provide affordable and comfortable 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 $40 – $45
  • Served 400 guests per year
  • One part-time staff person
  • Debt free
  • In 2022, transitioned from renting a home to partnering with Inns at Centerstone to host our guests
  • Donated our furniture and household items to families who lost their homes due to a tornado in Southern MN
  • New housing partnership allows us to serve more patients and caregivers every year 

OUR FUTURE

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

OUR BOARD

“Work, Wisdom, Wealth”

Stephanie Fisher Jim Yolch Margaret Mattke

Stephanie Fisher

President

James A. Yolch, MHA

Vice President

Margaret Mattke

Treasurer
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).
Jeff Anneke Dr. Narayan Kissoon Peggy Paul
     

Jeff Anneke

Dr. Narayan Kissoon 

 

Kim Hansen

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. Over 20 years Corporate & Community Relations, Fundraising, Coaching and Workshop Development working for numerous for-profit, non-profit and political organizations. Kim’s enthusiastic communication style helps to create fresh strategic approaches for organizational leadership. Top five Strength Finders’ skills include: Strategic, Empathy, Activator, Woo and Individualistic. Combining those skills help formulate Kim’s effective leadership style. Over her career, she has raised over $3M in revenue through traditional fundraising channels, creative campaigns, grant writing, event management, corporate sponsorships and individual solicitations. Kim loves sports, exercise, her family and two cats - and makes time to watch really well written and produced TV shows. 
Peggy Paul

Kipp Fesenmaier

Joyce Even

Peggy Paul
Executive Director

Kipp Fesenmaier is a Senior Director in the Marketing Department of Mayo Clinic where he oversees all sales and marketing efforts of health information.  Kipp is a 30 year health care executive veteran and serial entrepreneur in the surgical services, healthcare technology and medical device industries. Kipp has held multiple board positions with healthcare technology and consumer healthcare product organizations.  He has a 20 year history of volunteering for community and sport events.  Kipp resides in Rochester, MN with his wife and has three adult children.  His family enjoys playing golf, cross-country skiing, reading and gardening.. Joyce Even is a retired health care executive with 30+ years of in-depth understanding of health care, finances, data/systems, and content management. She received her MBA from Minnesota State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. As past vice chair of Mayo Clinic Health Education & Content Services she led teams who created original, evidence-based content that is provided to each Mayo Clinic patient and is leveraged by health care platform developers, hospitals and clinics worldwide. Joyce lives in Byron with her husband, Mark. In addition to being a member of the Neuro Hospitality House Board, she is vice president and CFO of the Healing Chapters Foundation founded by her husband. She enjoys golfing, traveling, going to their cabin, and being with their three grown children and their families who all live near-by. 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 team. Peggy 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
PO Box 7034
Rochester, MN 55903
(507)512-0227
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