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Anna Petersmeyer

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Vista Prairie Communities (VPC), a nonprofit provider of assisted living, independent living, memory care and care suites in Minnesota, Iowa, and Ohio, has announced the appointment of Anna Petersmeyer as vice president and chief operating officer.

Petersmeyer joins VPC on Nov. 2, from Volunteers of America–Minnesota and Wisconsin (VOA-MN/WI) where she has served as COO for nearly three years. She formerly was VOA-MN/WI’s vice president-services and the director of housing management and senior services. In her current role, Anna is responsible for all VOA-MN/WI operations. Before VOA, she was director of housing and community based services for Cerenity Senior Care.

“Vista Prairie is fortunate to welcome a leader of this caliber and experience to our executive leadership team,” said VPC president and CEO Jim Bettendorf. “Anna will be responsible to lead our assisted living and memory care services to provide an exceptional lifestyle for the residents of our communities. Our community executive directors and our organizational director of health care will report to her.”

Petersmeyer grew up farming in rural Wisconsin. She remains a self-proclaimed farm girl and is a licensed social worker. She serves on the VOA National Housing board of directors, has served on LeadingAge’s housing, home care and assisted living and HUD/affordable housing committees. Petersmeyer received the 2015 Leadership Award from National Volunteers of America for outstanding operational management in Housing, Older Adult Services and Assisted Living. She’s a member of the Executive Non-Profit Round Table, a group comprising executives from LeadingAge and several long-term care organizations. She holds a BA in social work from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MBA from Bethel University.

“I am delighted to join this innovative organization,” Petersmeyer said. “My close working relationships with several of VPC’s leaders and my knowledge of the organization will enable me to get off to a fast start.”

About Vista Prairie

Vista Prairie is a nonprofit organization that owns eight senior living communities, providing compassionate care and joy-filled environments for older adults. Its services include assisted living, independent living, memory care, and care suites in Minnesota, Iowa, and Ohio. For more than 20 years VPC has been dedicated to the highest possible quality, striving to provide innovative and relevant services through collaborative partnerships; making a significant difference in the lives of those we serve and their loved ones. For more information, visit

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