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Congratulations to All our 2013 Award Honorees

Chair Citation

Donna Timm
Donna has been an integral part of the Associations team for more than 16 years. During that time Donna has always performed any job asked of her no matter how difficult. Most of you know her from having attending a Board or Committee meeting or something much more basic like ordering a Resident Right’s Brochure from the Association. Yet, that is the magic of Donna, a woman who on a daily basis runs between the most basic tasks and also rises to the most sophisticated with grace and ease. The best part about it all is that she does with a smile and kind word.
Something you may have not known about Donna is that over the years she has assisted or directly performed many of the functions currently assigned to one of the Directors or Vice Presidents. She has a true asset to the membership and the association as a whole.

 Business Partner of the Year Awards
FR&R Healthcare Consulting, INC.
This year, LeadingAge Michigan recognizes the fine work and consistent support of FR&R Healthcare Consulting. FR&R provides a broad array of services including accounting and consulting services to post acute care members and to the Association. Each and every interaction over the years has focused on service and quality. Their ability to build strong relationships, both organizationally and individually, has helped them understand their customer needs while exceeding expectations. 
FR&R works with members to help them manage challenges of declining reimbursement rates, rising labor and supply cost, regulatory burden, and complex technology. They bring every bit of this expertise to support our members through collaboration with the LeadingAge Michigan Educational Foundation. 
We want to especially thank Betsy Anderson and her team of knowledgeable professionals, who have been willing to answer every question, hear every thought, address every teachable moment, listen to every problem and help with best solutions. 
It is no surprise that FR&R has won the Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility every year since 2008, has been named one of Chicago's Top 100 Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune, and listed by Crain's Chicago business as one of the Top 25 leading accounting and consulting firms in Chicago.

Legislator of the Year Awards


Senator Roger Kahn
LeadingAge Michigan is pleased to be able to recognize Senator Roger Kahn with this award for his leadership and commitment to Michigan's seniors.Throughout his time in the legislature, Senator Kahn has worked closely with us to advance our policy agenda and legislative priorities. He works with our legislative staff and Public Policy Task Force to support legislation and amendments that not only enhance the lives of Michigan's Seniors but supports the not for profit mission.Senator Kahn, a Cardiologist by trade, was elected in November 2004 as the state representative for the 94th District. In November 2006 he was elected as the state senator for the 32nd District, representing Saginaw and Gratiot counties. Today, Senator Kahn sits as the Senate Appropriations Chair where he oversees appropriations of over $50 billion.

Representative Matt Lori
Representing the 59th District, State Representative Matt Lori was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2008. Representative Lori serves on the House Appropriations Committee and currently serves as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health.  As Chair, he oversees the state's largest budget of nearly $11.2 billion.Throughout his time in the legislature, he has been an advocate for long term care and a champion of PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). LeadingAge Michigan is pleased to recognize Representative Lori for his hard work and dedication to making Michigan a better place to age. 

Life Member Awards


Rob Stevens
Rob Stevens leaves a legacy of strong commitment to senior aging issues as he retired this past January from his role as Vice President - Continuum of Care - Genesys Health Systems.  His commitment and passion for service is evident through his participation as member and chair of the LeadingAge Michigan Public Policy Task Force spanning 16 years, the LeadingAge Policy Congress, LeadingAge House of Delegates, and LeadingAge Michigan Board of Directors and Executive Committee. 
Under Rob's guidance, the Public Policy Task Force has kept in front of policy issues related to aging services, informing the development of a comprehensive and detailed public advocacy plan designed for action. For the past several years, Rob had the opportunity to guide service delivery for the full range of senior services at Genesys health Systems.  His attention to quality and performance has been ever-present, especially as he helped guide the service community to a real focus on patient centered care.  We wish Rob success and happiness in his future endeavors.


    Robert J. Perl

This year, Bob Perl completes 30 years as the Executive Director at Clark Retirement Community.  Since 1983, he has helped move this community forward while maintaining the strong mission-based principles on which it was founded.  His long set of accomplishments include the development of Clark Crossings - a lovely development of 32 town homes, the Keller Center that offered revolutionary  neighborhood design for skilled nursing in 1995, and ongoing development in dementia programming.  He is proud of the significant difference the Clark teams make in the lives of seniors every day.  Bob served important roles as one of LeadingAge Michigan's early board members from 1989-1993.  He has served both the Association and his community very well. The quality of life for the residents at Clark has been at the heart of every decision that Bob has made.  He asks for resident input and carefully considers their opinions prior to moving forward with decisions that could impact their quality of life.  He also has demonstrated consistently that employees need to be recognized for the work that they do in order to keep residents happy and well cared for.  Bob has been very intentional about making sure that the employees know how important they are to Clark. 


 Sylvia Simons
Following many years of service to seniors, Sylvia Simons took a new path in her commitment to health care when she again took on the role of student by enrolling in the Kirkhof School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program.  After leaving Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care last year, Sylvia started a new chapter focused on supporting senior health care and its place in the community.   Prior to her tenure at Spectrum Health, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at Holland Home. Sylvia works from a faith base that is consistently woven through all aspects of her life.  She has consistently displayed energy and compassion for the people for whom she cared as well as the employees she has supervised.  Sylvia has always made herself available to those who sought her counsel, whether it be for advice, support, or just listening.  She has been an excellent mentor for well-seasoned professionals, but new work force as well.  In spite of her busy life, she has always been family oriented. Sylvia has given us many years in mentoring roles as Chairman of the LeadingAge Michigan Board of Directors (2008-2010) during which time the Bold and Flexible campaign was developed and implemented.  She had also served as a Board member from 2005-2011, member of the Political Action Committee Board, and member of the LeadingAge House of Delegates. We look forward to continuing work with her as she continues to conquer the challenges of mission-based care and services for frail elderly.


Stan Clouse
This year, Stan Clouse closes a 38 year career in aging services - a career that spanned across many states and boundaries - driving exemplary senior care most recently through work with the Life Care Services Corporation. With focus on superb customer service, honesty, and integrity, Stan has guided numerous communities within and outside of Michigan. After retiring from the Executive Director position at Henry Ford Village at the end of 2012, he plans to return to North Dakota following final activities with Life Care Services.Stan's long tenure includes leadership for the entire not-for-profit industry as he served on both the LeadingAge Michigan Board as well as the LeadingAge House of Delegates.  Stan was an integral part of LeadingAge Michigan policy and advocacy development including the Bold and Flexible Campaign, Senior Care Network Development, and all our New Era Initiatives. We will miss his friendship and humor as he moves his entire focus to what is important in his life, his family. We will miss him.

 Caring Spirit Awards
Sharon Brouwer
Sunset Retirement Communities & Services
Sharon has been a Resident Aide at Sunset Retirement Communities & Services for over 30 years. Along with her regular duties, Sharon also volunteers her own time to decorate the halls and common areas to create a second home for the residents. She is committed to creating the perfect home for the seniors at Sunset Retirement. Sharon is a Caring Spirit because she does everything she can to provide the highest standard of care.
Janet Roscoe
Mercy Memorial Nursing Center
Janet has been the Head Cook at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center for over 7 years. Janet started a tradition of home cooked meals during the holidays to brighten the spirits of the residents. She ensures that each day at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center is memorable for her residents by providing Person Centered Care.  Janet is a Caring spirit because she places the happiness of the residents ahead of everything else.

Individual Volunteer of the Year Award

Linda Dudley
Clark Retirement Community
Linda is a retired teacher that has been a volunteer instructor for the Creative Writing Class at Clark Retirement Community since 2007. In the class, residents are encouraged to share the memories and experiences they have gained throughout their lives. The Creative Writing Class has been a huge success at Clark Retirement Community and she continues to provide sessions in the Fall, Winter, and Spring on an annual basis. As a result of Linda's passion and encouragement, the residents of Clark Retirement Community published a book filled with their amazing stories and sold it as a community fundraiser. Linda is the Individual Volunteer of the Year because of her unrelenting passion to connect with "The Greatest Generation."
Ann Geniusz
United Methodist Retirement Communities
Ann has been a dedicated volunteer at Chelsea Retirement Community for over 13 years.  Ann was originally employed at the organization until she decided she could give more of herself to the residents as a volunteer. Some of Ann's volunteer duties include: greeting residents, pouring coffee, providing baked goods, and making sure everyone feels welcome. She has a unique way of making each person feel recognized and valued as an individual. Ann is the Individual Volunteer of the Year because she dedicates her time and energy to connect on a personal level with everyone at Chelsea Retirement Community.   

 Group Volunteer of the Year
 Meals At Home 
Sunset Retirement Communities and Services
Meals at Home has been in existence at Sunset Retirement Communities & Services since 1997. Meals at Home provies hot meals 365 days a year to homebound seniors, utilizing 150 gracious volunteers who use their own vehicles and gas to deliver over 23,000 meals per year throughout Grand Rapids. This program is able to keep the meal cost at only five dollars thanks to the amazing group of dedicated volunteers. Meals at Home is the Group Volunteer of the Year because they provide more than just meals to the seniors in the community, they also provide friendship, care, and something to look forward to every day.

 Leadership in Action Award 

Ray Rabidoux
Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Ray has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Glacier Hills since 1999. Through his leadership and vision, the organization has dramatically transformed to meet the changing needs of residents, families, staff, and the greater Ann Arbor community. Ray has been a Long Term Care leader for over 38 years and has been actively involved within LeadingAge Michigan's leadership. Ray exemplifies Leadership in Action because of his passion, vision, and personal commitment to the senior living industry.

Leading Edge Care & Services Award

Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services
Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services is a not-for-profit organization that has served the Grand Rapids area for over 34 years. This organization currently provides services to over 800 adults of all income levels on 8 different campuses. One of the main goals of Porter Hills is to meet the needs of seniors wherever they live, and they accomplish this through their innovative programs and collaborations. Some examples of their innovations include: LifeCircles - a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly which provides an affordable "one stop" location for seniors and the Porter Hills Leadership Institute - a year long program designed to develop emerging leaders in the area, including competitors. Porter Hills Retirement Communities and Services displays its Leading Edge Care & Services philosophy by collaborating with like minded organizations to meet the needs of the seniors in Grand Rapids.

 Outstanding Mentor Award
 Sue Hurst
Evangelical Homes of Michigan
Sue has been the Senior Executive Director at Evangelical Home Saline since 2005. She also has been heavily involved with LeadingAge Michigan's leadership throughout the years, including her current role as Secretary of the Business Alliance Board of Directors. Sue has been an amazing mentor to several of the staff at Evangelical Home Saline due to her warm personality and great leadership skills. Sue has an exceptional ability to see the potential in her employees and she nurtures that relationship to allow growth in each individual. Sue is an Outstanding Mentor because she gives everything she has to make her employees successful.
Fawn Naffien
AuSable Valley Community
Fawn has been a nurse at AuSable Valley Community since 2009. Fawn began her nursing career as a staff nurse and has progressed to the MDS Coordinator role. Fawn meets with the staff daily to ensure quality is maintained for each resident. When AuSable Valley Community converted to electronic health records in 2011, Fawn was instrumental in ensuring the success of the program because of her mentoring abilities. She also displayed her ability to be a great mentor when she was chosen to assist in the development of the Lutheran Home Standards of Excellence. Fawn is an Outstanding Mentor because she knows how to develop staff based on their individual talents. 

 Shining Star Award
Nancy Ritchie - Sanctuary at the Shore
Nancy has been a nursing home administrator at Sanctuary at the Shore for over 30 years. Nancy has implemented person centered care through the Eden and Sanctuary models. She has built a strong leadership team in every department within her organization. Nancy always displays great enthusiasm, commitment, and discipline in her role as the administrator. As a testament to her leadership skills, Nancy has over 40 employees with more than 10 years tenure at Sanctuary at the Shore. Nancy is a Shining Star because she empowers her employees to provide superior care to all of the elders in her organization.  
Ann Richards - Heritage Community of Kalamazoo
Ann has held several different positions at Heritage Community Valley of Kalamazoo since 1991. In her current role as Community Director, Ann dedicates her time to improving the lives of the people she serves. Ann accomplishes this through her leadership in the Memory Care Programming and Best Friends Training. Through her commitment, Heritage Community Valley of Kalamazoo has been able to successfully create a culture of hospitality and high standards of customer service. Ann is a Shining Star because she always puts the resident first, resulting in a wonderful environment to be a part of.


Trustee of the Year Award

Carl VerBeek - Holland Home of Grand Rapids
Carl joined Holland Homes Board of Directors in 1993 and he has served as Chairman of the Board for most of the ensuing years. Throughout his tenure, Carl has helped take Holland Home from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the largest senior health care organizations in Michigan. Due to Carl's changes, the Board is able to focus its time and energy on strategic concerns while delegating most matters to strong committees. Carl has been actively involved in all of Holland Home's capital campaigns, including the two most recent campuses of Breton Woods and Trillium Woods. Carl is the Trustee of the Year because he ensures the organization's success by recruiting and retaining the most talented individuals his can find.  
Stephen Dobson - Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
Steve has been involved as a leader with Glacier Hills for over 20 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Glacier Hills Foundation in 2006. Under Steve's guidance and commitment, the Foundation has been a huge success. In difficult economic times, he has been the core driver in encouraging innovative thinking to maximize the impact of available funding. He also has a personal commitment to the organization as his mother has been a resident at Glacier Hills for over 10 years. Steve is the Trustee of the Year because he embraces the mission of Glacier Hills and contributes his time, talent, expertise, and financial support to help achieve that mission. 


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