We are honored to announce that Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck has been recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women in Nonprofits. Allison was nominated for her leadership, commitment to mission and values, quality and innovation for older adults and advocacy in local, statewide and national efforts. She is recognized in the print issue and online feature for Crain’s Cleveland Business:
Through her career at Jennings, Allison has been instrumental in the transformation of Jennings from a nursing home into a continuum of services across four locations for successful aging with many choices in residences and services. She leads not only with her sharp intellect but with her generous and warm heart. Through her leadership, Jennings has maintained a reputation for high quality, person-centered care and innovative services. Likewise, she is attentive to the difference a hug and a few minutes of her time can make in the life of an individual. Allison personifies the qualities of servant leadership with unwavering commitment to Jennings’ not-for-profit mission. She gives of herself tirelessly whenever there is a need.
The nomination highlighted several of Allison’s leadership traits, including:
- Allison has a passion for serving older adults. Mrs. Salopeck has been instrumental in the transformation of Jennings from a nursing home into a continuum of services across four locations for successful aging with many choices in residences and services. She leads not only with her sharp intellect but with her generous and warm heart.
- Through her leadership, Jennings has maintained a reputation for high quality, person- centered care and innovative services. Likewise, she is attentive to the difference a hug and a few minutes of her time can make in the life of an individual.
- Mrs. Salopeck challenges staff to be the best they can be, to continue to learn in the spirit of one of Jennings’ core values: Discovery of Potential. She inspires a love and respect for the place where we all work and give of ourselves. Allison has an ability to translate her compassion into meaningful action on both a personal level and a strategic level.
- In the ever- changing financial landscape of health care, she seeks out and pilots new opportunities for Jennings to provide quality care with dignity not only for individuals with financial ability but also those whose limited means would otherwise provide them with fewer choices.
- Allison has earned the respect of state and national policy makers as a result of her significant advocacy efforts. Through numerous personal visits with legislators in Columbus and Washington, D.C., she has helped countless legislators understand the challenges aging services providers face when it comes to our ability to effectively ensure the best quality of life and quality of care for the people we serve.
LeadingAge Ohio President and CEO Kathryn Brod said of Allison: “LeadingAge Ohio sought Allison as a board member because we desired the strength of her voice. She is unwavering in her commitment to bring clear-headed thinking to regulations that will reform the manner in which quality services are provided to aging Ohioans. As LeadingAge Ohio crafted its strategic plan, Allison wasn’t afraid to speak with candor regarding needed strategies and solutions … this is a critical attribute of leadership for serving the needs of aging Ohioans. We are a better organization because of her presence on our Board of Directors.”
A woman of vision, Allison seeks opportunities for innovation and quality. “For Allison, the mission and values of Jennings are the driving force behind all she does. She promotes the Catholic identity of our organization through her strong witness to Gospel values, both personally and professionally,” said Jennings Chief Mission Leader Sister Valerie Sweeney. ”She is dynamic, caring, approachable, humble, and generous. Allison is a blessing to all of us at Jennings and to Catholic health care as a whole.”