Lindenlaub Retiring As Executive Director of Thrive Alliance

Mark Lindenlaub Announces Retirement as Executive Director of Thrive Alliance

 Mark Lindenlaub, Executive Director of Thrive Alliance since its inception in 2011, has announced his retirement beginning at the end of this month. Lindenlaub began serving as President of Housing Partnerships, Inc. (HPI) in 1993 and was named Executive Director of the newly formed Thrive Alliance when HPI merged with Aging and Community Services of South Central Indiana, Inc.

In his role he has been responsible for overall agency leadership, managing the merger process (including legal structure, board restructuring, and operational consolidation), strategic planning, expanding and developing new client services, and producing greater client and community impacts. He also led development of Thrive Alliance’s vision statement, “Everyone has the opportunity to live a secure, engaged and independent life,” and mission statement, “To improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence.”

Under Lindenlaub’s leadership, after the merger with Aging and Community Services, HPI shifted its focus from refurbishing homes for first-time home buyers to obtaining funding for the construction of multi-unit, affordable housing complexes, including The Armory and Gateway Apartments in Columbus, Historic Greensburg Square, Crossroads Senior Apartments in Seymour and, soon to be under construction, Heritage Landing in Terre Haute. These projects combine HPI’s long-time commitment to creating much-needed affordable housing along with the healthcare, wellness and social services expertise of Aging and Community Services.

A celebration of Lindenlaub’s career is planned for May 22 at the Commons in Columbus from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to [email protected] or 812.372.6918.

During his tenure with HPI and Thrive Alliance, Lindenlaub has held numerous positions with State associations and local community organizations and has received numerous awards for his professional and community-involvement accomplishments. They include the following:

  • Indiana Association for Community Economic Development, Board of Directors 2002-present including a two-year term as president.
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 2003-2009, serving as chair in 2008.
  • Governor’s Distinguished Hoosier Award, 2007
  • Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing, Leadership Award, 2001
  • United Way of Bartholomew County
    • Self-Sufficiency Vision Council, Chair, 2009-present
    • Strategic Planning Committee, 2008-2009
  • Brown County Partnership, Vision 2020 Tracking Committee, Chair, 2008-present
  • Friends of Brown County State Park, 2007-present; President, 2009-present
  • Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Affordable Housing Task Force, 2007
  • Columbus Rotary Club, 1996 to present
    • Governor’s “Service Above Self” Award, 2008
    • Columbus Rotary Club’s “Teree Bergman Service Above Self” Award, 2008


Guided by the vision that everyone should have the opportunity to live a secure, engaged and independent life, Thrive Alliance strives to improve the quality of life and health for people at risk of losing their independence.

Thrive Alliance’s network of programs focuses on issues related to affordable housing, caregiver support and services, nutrition and wellness programs, transportation and accessibility services, as well as fostering community-wide support for aging related issues.

From The Republic: Closing the Gap

Mike Wolanin | The Republic An exterior view of Columbus Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, 2100 Midway St., in Columbus, Ind., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The property may be demolished and repurposed as affordable housing for low-income families and seniors.

Thrive Alliance has unveiled plans to tear down a vacant nursing home in Columbus to build a housing complex for low-income families and seniors.

The proposed development, located at 2100 Midway St., could potentially include up to 128 affordable housing units, which would be a significant step forward in the city’s efforts to expand affordable housing.

Housing Partnerships Inc., a non-profit that does business as Thrive Alliance, bought the 7.6-acre property for $1.5 million on March 22 and plans to apply for federal Low Income Housing Credits and accept Section 8 vouchers.

On Wednesday, the Columbus Plan Commission voted to issue a favorable recommendation to rezone the property to allow for the development. Next, the rezoning request will go before the Columbus City Council.

“We’re still in the concept (phase), trying to get all the pieces put together of what we need,” said Kevin Johnson, executive director of Housing Partnerships at Thrive Alliance. “Of course, part of what will sway what we decide will be the housing study that Columbus is going through right now. …Our dream will be to put a multifamily project on the site.”

“Of course, everything is contingent on funding,” Johnson added.

Currently, Thrive Alliance is hoping to build a 64 units on the property for families that incorporates child care that also would be open to the community, Johnson said.

Additionally, the organization plans to build another 64 units for seniors with hopes of connecting the two areas and setting up an area for the seniors to connect with young people living in the family development to “help break down social isolation.”

However, the proposed housing development will not be ready in time to house the residents of the Villas apartments, which is going to close next year.

Johnson said he hopes to break ground on the project by late spring or summer 2025, “if everything falls into place,” with construction tentatively expected to take around 18 months. That would mean residents likely would not be moving in until at least late 2026.

Johnson said Thrive Alliance is planning to “go after multiple streams of funding” for the project, which is estimated to cost about $14 million.

The proposed affordable housing development comes as city is poised to lose 99 affordable housing units after BHI Senior Care announced that it would close the Villas apartments, 4101 Waycross Drive, next year.

The city also could be at risk of losing more affordable housing units within the next five years should property owners not extend their agreements or obtain new subsidies when their contracts with the federal government expire, according to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development database.

“We sure hope whatever inventory we lose, projects like what Thrive is proposing will help fill some of the void,” said Eric Frey, the city’s executive director of administration. “We’re hopeful that we’ll see other developers down the road as well looking at developing affordable housing and try to help make up for the loss that we’re going to see from the Villas.”

The Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball Scramble Was A Great Success!

A huge thank you to all the players, sponsors, Columbus Pickleball Club Members and all who attended the Bill Martin Pickleball Scramble for Thrive Alliance on Saturday, May 4 at CERA Sports Park. The amazing efforts of dozens of helpers made it possible to dry the courts in the morning and make it possible to complete the tournament.

Donations in memory of Bill Martin are still possible at

Photos of the event are at the links below, with more coming later this week! Thank you to Jana Bunch, Greg Wilmore and Warrie Dennis for taking photos!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball Scramble for Thrive Alliance!
4.0+ Division
1st: Matt Malinsky
2nd: Mike Bagley
3rd: Steve Manley
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball Scramble for Thrive Alliance!
3.5-3.9 Division
1st: Clayton Stine
2nd: Danny Key
3rd: Ryan Seward
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Congratulations to winners in the 2024 Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball Scramble for Thrive Alliance!
3.0-3.5 Division
1st: Bob Morrison
2nd: Teresa “Bug” Brown
3rd: Sandra Morrison
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Congratulations to winners in the 2024 Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball Scramble for Thrive Alliance!
2.5-2.9 Division
1st:James Fu
2nd: Harry Morgan
3rd: Nancy Sterling
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Congratulations to winners in the 2024 Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball Scramble for Thrive Alliance!
2.0-2.4 Division
1st: Ben Donner
2nd: Nancy Haehl
3rd: Natalie Donner
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Volunteers Needed

Saturday, May 4, Thrive Alliance will be hosting 80 participants for the Bill Martin Memorial Pickleball tournament, a major fundraising event for our Dementia Programs. We can always use volunteer help in making this event run smoothly. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Sue Lamborn at [email protected].