Our Mission

To provide affordable, comfortable, and homelike 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 1 to 300 or more nights
  • Donations per night of stay $35 – $45
  • Coffee, tea and light snacks available in self serve kitchen
  • Served 400 guests per year
  • Operating budget of $50-60K per year with only two paid house management staff
  • Debt free


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


“Work, Wisdom, Wealth”

Kathryn A. Stolp, MD


A graduate of the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan, Dr. Stolp is Associate Professor Emeritus PM&R and Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Former department chair PM&R, associate dean Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. Past president of Association of Academic Physiatrists and American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Ryan Pendergast

Vice President

Senior software engineer, CTO, entrepreneur, philanthropist. Widow of wife/mother who lost her battle with brain cancer. Father of 2 who’s made volunteering a life priority.

Marilyn Sommerfeldt


Mayo Clinic Operations administrative assistant, Medical Office Manager in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for 15 years; Certified Tour Ambassador for Mayo Clinic and the City of Rochester.

Ruthann, MEd

House Manager

UW Stevens Point, UW Milwaukee, UW Minnesota. BS English and Writing; MEd in Educational Leadership. 38 years teaching Middle School English, Stewartville, MN. Huntington Learning Center tutor.

Robin Gwaltney

A graduate of Concordia University–Bachelor’s degree in Marketing/Management. Twenty years of dedication at Mayo Clinic prior to starting a real estate career in 2000. Currently leading Gwaltney Group-RE/MAX Results. An extremely active member of the community including 20 years of volunteer work with Rochester Better Chance. Distinguished characteristics of leadership, energy, dedication and customer service.

Mallory Weggemann

Mallory experienced paralysis at the age of 18 due to complications from a medical procedure. With hard work and determination, she returned to the pool and became a Paralympic Gold Medalist. She rose to International prominence winning an ESPY for “Best Female with a Disability”, recording 15 World Records and 34 American Records. Mallory is a motivational speaker, contributing writer for CNN, Huffington Post, as well as a disability rights advocate.

Jeremy Snyder


Partner at TFA Productions, a content marketer in the sports and entertainment industries. Jeremy founded The Factory Agency and is a top partner with Paralympic athletes, helping them reach their potential. Achievements include securing and negotiating marketing, endorsement, appearance opportunities, media outreach, philanthropic support for the talent representation division for growth of the Paralympic Movement.

Guiseppe Lanzino, MD


Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science with long standing clinical and research interest in stroke and complex brain tumors.

Olga Anderson, OTR


Retired Occupational Therapist, Mayo Clinic; former supervisor of Occupational Therapy. Worked in Cancer Rehabilitation, developed Hand Therapy Program, Work Rehabilitation and Low Vision programs with a special interest in ergonomics.

Ann Rebidas, MBA


Art Director with Brand Strategy and Creative Studio at Mayo Clinic. Experienced healthcare communication professional in strategic design, marketing and advertising. Risk-taking entrepreneurial business experience with confirmed positive outcomes. Volunteer for Alzheimer’s and MS community fundraising.

Heath Elenbaas, MS, MBA, RN


Nurse Manager for Inpatient Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic, Major in the Minnesota Army National Guard, ambitious leader and mentor. Passionate about service and innovation.

Margaret Mattke


Graduate of Mankato State University with a BS degree in finance and economics. Banking career with Wells Fargo Bank, Rochester and for the last six years with US Bank. Currently Vice President and Managing Director of Wealth Management Banking.

Craig Wendland


A graduate of the University of Minnesota B.A., and UCLA Law School J.D. Retired from Wendland Utz law firm with concentration in business, real estate and estate planning. Experienced with numerous non-profit boards over the years. Currently serving the Rochester Area Foundation-Finance Committee and the Neuro Hospitality House.

James Bower, MD


A graduate of Duke University and New York University School of Medicine. He completed his Neurology training at Mayo Clinic. Currently a Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and Division Chair of Movement Disorders. Medical Director for Mayo Clinic Abroad, Mayo Clinic's global health outreach program.

Emeritus Board Members

Jeffrey Smigielski, PhD

Ronald Carlson

Lisa Beck, RN, CSN

Ronald Reeves, MD

Myatt Helmers

Anne Moessner, RN

Timothy Brennan, MBA

Christopher Wendland

Laurie Bennett, RN

Brian Childs, Larkin Hoffman Attorneys, Legal Counsel

Neuro Hospitality House
839 Second Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

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