Jennings Center for Older Adults is proud to congratulate its Chief Executive Officer Martha M. Kutik on her receipt of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living’s 2013 Dr. Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award. Martha was presented with the award on December 3 at Menorah Park’s annual meeting.
Martha was nominated by Jennings’ board member Howard Bram, whose professional history with Martha began when he was the Executive Director at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living and supervised Martha’s training to receive her nursing home administrator license (LNHA). His nomination read, in part, “I have long admired her as a person of integrity and professionalism. I served with her on several committees dealing with aging services, and was delighted when she chose to apply for the leadership position at Jennings. Martha is a charming and intellectually brilliant leader. She has been chosen to hold several leadership positions in the not-for-profit field.”
The Dr. Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award, established in honor of Dr. Heller’s 18-year tenure as medical director of Menorah Park, publicly recognizes individuals or agencies who have made a significant contribution to the field of gerontology and geriatrics. Its criteria is defined by achieving a high degree of excellence, mentorship to new students or professionals, local or national leadership, or impact on the field of aging through vision and work. In addition to the nomination for this award, support letters from staff and board members demonstrated the profound impact that Martha has made in her leadership.
“Through her leadership Martha helps to redesign perceptions and values, and changes expectations and aspirations,” said Jennings Center for Older Adults President Allison Q. Salopeck. “She has a gift for the articulation of an energizing vision and challenging goals. Martha is a moral exemplar of working towards the benefit of the team, organization and community. Martha, through her example, has created other transformational leaders who have had the opportunity to work closely with her in serving older adults.”
Martha is the 31st honoree of the Dr. Arnold L. Heller Award. Prior to receiving the honor during the annual meeting, Martha’s leadership was toasted at a dinner reception where Harvey Shankman, President and CEO of Eliza Bryant Village, recognized Martha as “a very bright, committed leader” and added that “it is remarkable to know what has been achieved under her tenure. Beyond that she is a real resource to the community.”