Gretchen Napier, Owner

Gretchen is the owner of LifeLinks, a premier geriatric care management firm with locations in Nashville and Raleigh. Prior to serving as LifeLinks CEO from 2012-2019, Gretchen held a number of administrative and directorial positions in the geriatric care industry. While working as an assisted living administrator and publisher of a resource guide for seniors, she saw how easily aging adults can fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. Gretchen also repeatedly observed that broken family relationships and distance made caring for aging loved ones especially overwhelming. Inspired to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families, Gretchen joined LifeLinks in 2009 and has been developing the company ever since.

In addition to supporting LifeLinks, Gretchen is holds the Care Manager Certified credential and is an active leader in the Aging Life Care Association where she serves as Chair of the Public Policy Committee and Past President of the Southeast Chapter and is a Fellow of the Leadership Academy. She has served as a member of the Health Committee on the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, on the advisory board of FiftyForward Martin Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. Gretchen is a featured writer and speaker on issues related to aging, including participation as a symposium presenter at the Aging in America National Conference.

Gretchen holds a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development with a specialty in public policy from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s degree in health services administration along with a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was included in the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Class of 2015.

Gretchen is raising a teenage son and takes great pride in carrying out her vision and passion for older adults and individuals with disabilities every day.

+ Education

Bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development with a specialty in Public Policy
Vanderbilt University

Master’s degree in Health Administration
University of Alabama at Birmingham

+ Certifications

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology with UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Class of 2015
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Aging Life Care Association Certified

+ Community Involvement

President-Elect of the Southeast Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association

Member of the Public Policy Committee for the Aging Life Care Association

Member of the Health Committee on the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations

Previously on the Advisory Board of FiftyForward and the Alzheimer’s Association

Featured writer and speaker on issues related to aging

Symposium Presenter at the Aging in America National Conference