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March, 2016

From The Executive Director

Spring Is In The Air!


Lynn Mackenzie - Light the LegacyLynn MacKenzie - Executive Director
Spring is here! Every year at this time, I find myself eager to see the blooms that will blossom from the bulbs I planted in the fall, take the first breath of the fresh morning air, and hear the sweet sounds of the birds chirping and signaling a bright new day. It seems Spring Fever has struck Light the Legacy as well, with the installation of three new esteemed board members who have generously donated their time and talent. We have also hired a new development director to assist in supporting the tremendous amount of growth we have realized with our education and training programs. I'd like to take this opportunity to present these new members of the Light the Legacy team, and share with you a few updates on the work we are currently doing to honor life's choices in Central Minnesota.

Welcome New Board Members

We are pleased to have added three new board members to the Light the Legacy family. Welcome aboard and thank you so much for your service! 

Edith Hernandez-Fussy - Hernandez Law Firm
Joy Hornung, CPA - Clifton Larson Allen
George Schoephoerster, MD  - Collaboration with CentraCare Clinic


Board Member Updates

Chad Roggeman, Attorney - Rajkowski Hansmeier, Ltd has accepted the role of chairperson of the Development Committee.  

Development Director Hired

On behalf of the entire board of directors, I am pleased to introduce our new development director, Lisa Chernick.  Lisa comes with over 24 years of high-level nonprofit experience with national organizations such as Alzheimer’s Association and Boys & Girls of America.  Recently moving to Central Minnesota from Chicago, she resides in Long Prairie. We are grateful to have her expertise and passion. Be sure to check out the Q&A with Lisa in this newsletter for more information. 

In Closing
Light the Legacy has big things planned for this spring, and with the new talent provided by our new additions, we are confident you will be hearing
many more great things as the year progresses. I wish you all the very best and hope your spring brings great things. Blessings to you!

Lynn MacKenzie
Executive Director

Register For Our Upcoming Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training!

Registration Deadline Extended to April 1st!

Register now for our next Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training Course and secure your seat today! Our ACP Facilitator Training courses are taught by Respecting Choices® certified instructors and will equip you to serve in critical ways. If you have been considering this course in the past, we urge you to act now and register. The training will be held on April 20th at CentraCare Health Plaza. Nurses and social workers also receive CEU credits for attendance!

What can you accomplish as a trained ACP Planning Facilitator?
  • Meet with individuals and families to explain various end-of-life treatment options and interpret often-intimidating medical terms.
  • Guide the conversation to important topics that may be difficult to discuss.
  • Provide emotional support, making sure the experience is comfortable and positive for everyone involved.
  • Play an important role in preparing the individual’s chosen healthcare agent,
  • Provide information and resources, as needed.
  • Assist in the completion of a health care directive, the document that outlines the health care values and desires for treatment expressed during the conversation,
  • Impact the larger community by providing formal or informal education opportunities or coordinating advance care planning activities.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of systems that support advance care planning and provide performance reviews to improve the quality of systems currently in use.

Q&A With New Development Director

Lisa Chernick

After much consideration, Light the Legacy chose to hire Lisa Chernick to act as our new development director. She brings so much to the table, and we thought that a short Q&A with Lisa would help demonstrate just how much she brings, and what her plans are to progress our mission and vision.

What brought you to Light of the Legacy?
As a result of several personal and professional experiences, advance care planning has become increasing more important to me. The community-based aspect of Light the Legacy and how they have become a convener of many communities resonates with me. I think it is vitally important to use our voice to communicate our final wishes while we still are empowered to do so. 

How will you assist in the advancement of our mission?
I believe my years of experience in branding and fundraising will only enhance the strong Foundation that has already been established thus far. 

In the short time you have been with us, what has been your most impactful experience?
I have had so many wonderful experiences, from working and getting know the board and their vast knowledge in this area. However if I had to choose one, it would be going through the Advanced Care Planning Facilitator training program. It was truly a life-changing experience, providing me practical knowledge through the role-playing exercises and thought provoking conversations. As an added bonus, I even got a certificate!

The Big 4

Spring ACP Events

We have some phenomenal ACP Events coming up this spring that we have lovingly titled, "The Big 4". Don't miss out on these phenomenal opportunities. Click on the banner below for more information.

Along with our "Big 4", we also have a couple additional upcoming events you don't want to miss. 

March 31 - Health and Wellness Fair
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Whitney Senior Center

March 31 - "We Honor Veterans" Conference
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - CentraCare Health Plaza

See all our important upcoming events on
our website

April 2, 2016
10:00 AM
Clearwater Library

“Who will speak to you when you’re unable to speak for yourself?”

April 20, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
CentraCare Plaza

Respecting Choices ACP Facilitator Training (Registration Deadline Extended to April 1st!)


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Thank You To Our Sponsors
Our Mission Partners


Excellent resources are available on our 
Resource Page

Check It Our
Resources for families and facilitators

If you haven't been on our resource page, we invite you to check it out. There are some phenomenal resources available. Also on the resources page are direct links to both the short and long health care directive forms.
Light The Legacy is a community-based organization dedicated to improving end-of-life care in Central Minnesota. Our organization hopes to inspire ongoing advance care planning conversations among family members and friends, between patients and health care providers, and in the community at large. Our goal is to encourage the people of central Minnesota to make informed healthcare decisions and to implement programs that facilitate patient- and family-centered end-of-life care.

Light The Legacy works in collaboration with Honoring Choices Minnesota.
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