Jennings is proud to announce that three staff members were recognized by LeadingAge Ohio, the state association of non-profit service providers, at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference. Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO; Danielle Paluscsak, Director of Life Enrichment; and Lisa Brazytis, Director of Marketing were recognized with awards. LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit association that represents approximately 400 Ohio nonprofit care organizations who together serve more than 400,000 Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.

Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck (left), who was honored by LeadingAge Ohio​ as Outstanding Executive. According to LeadingAge Ohio, “Allison helped transform Jennings Center for Older Adults into a model CCRC and has been a stalwart member of the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee and a valued mentor for those entering the profession, showcasing compassion and skill throughout her organization and profession.”

Director of Life Enrichment, Danielle Paluscsak, was honored with LeadingAge Ohio’s Excellence in Caring Award. “Whether creating magical memories through creative resident activities or helping married residents renew their vows, Danielle ensures those they serve have multiple outlets to live rich, fulfilling lives. She also serves as the LeadingAge Ohio Northeast Region Art and Writing Coordinator.”

Director of Marketing, Lisa Brazytis, honored with the LeadingAge Ohio Chair’s Citation Award. “Lisa continually shares Jennings’ commitment to quality, person-centered services through multiple channels. It is her electronic media usage, including inspirational videos, that truly captures the spirit of Jennings’ mission-driven services and her own passion for those Jennings serves.”

In addition to staff recognition, Jennings had much activity at the annual conference of LeadingAge Ohio.  Some of our staff members attended this two-day conference (Sept. 10-11), attending workshops, sharing ideas and best practices, and celebrating accomplishments.

LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit organization that represents approximately 400 nonprofit long-term care organizations located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services. Member organizations serve more than 400,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide. Not-for-profit providers of senior services include senior housing, both subsidized and market rate, adult day care, home- and community-based services, assisted living and skilled nursing. A majority of members are faith-based and provide many or all of these services.

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.”