October 11, 2023

The Eden Alternative Appoints New President and CEO

Rochester, NY - The Eden Alternative® Board of Directors and the Eden Home Office Team are excited to announce the appointment of Michelle Daniel, NHA, MHA, CFRE as President and CEO.  Michelle has worked in the field of long-term care since 1995 and has experience in skilled nursing homes, assisted living centers and ICF-IDD campuses in Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas.  She has a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Memphis. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Michelle join the organization as President and CEO.  Her dedication to spreading the mission and vision of The Eden Alternative has been evident throughout her career.  I am confident that with her leadership the organization will reach new heights.” – Angie McAllister, Eden Alternative Board Chair


Michelle will join the team on October 16, 2023.  As a longtime advocate for culture change and The Eden Alternative, Michelle is an Eden Educator and Consultant.  As a seasoned presenter, she has shared her expertise in culture change and person-directed care at five Eden Alternative International Conferences, Pioneer Network Conferences, Green House Project Conferences, and many others.  She currently serves on the United Methodist Association Board.

Michelle most recently served as a Vice President for Methodist Senior Services.  She began in October of 2015 as their Vice President of Philanthropy and Strategic Implementation.  Her latest endeavor as Vice President of Leadership Development is the Celebration of Leadership, a masters level Leadership Academy.

"I am a witness to the transformation The Eden Alternative can make in people’s lives.  Many years ago, The Eden Alternative changed my life and those whom I served, both team members and elders.  I am entering this new role with much humility and gratitude.  I am delighted to be working with this amazing team and impacting aging services through advocacy and education all over the world."  - Michelle Daniel, Incoming President & CEO

The Eden Alternative is grateful to Kathy Hagen, MBA for serving as Interim CEO for the past 10 months.  Her dedication and leadership have kept the organization moving forward with new initiatives and set a strong foundation to welcome new leadership to the team.

"The team and I are thrilled with the appointment of our dear friend and “Eden family” member, Michelle Daniel, as President & CEO for The Eden Alternative.  We look forward to working with her and learning from her vast experience.  We are so fortunate to have her join our incredible team.  She is an inspiration, and we will do great things together!" - Kathy Hagen, Interim CEO

The Eden Alternative is an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on creating a world that celebrates aging and human potential. Dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders, people living with disabilities, and care partners, we offer person-directed care education, consultation, and Eden Membership with tools and resources designed to create revolutionary shifts in the culture of care and strengthen well-being for all.  The Eden Approach provides a flexible framework for personal and organizational transformation that honors each individual and supports purpose, connection, empowerment, and possibilities, regardless of age or abilities.