Annual Awards

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LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program

2020 Award Nominations Postponed

Attention LeadingAge Ohio Members: 

As we navigate this day to day journey brought to us by this pandemic,  we know there will be some amazing stories and examples of caring, compassion and service like we’ve never known. 

We are postponing the submission deadline for the 2020 LeadingAge Ohio Annual Awards program nominations and when we get on the other side of this, we will reach out to our members with updated information on next steps to help us celebrate the individuals and organizations we are so proud to serve.


The LeadingAge Ohio Annual Awards honor individuals and organizations that embody excellence in aging services leadership, are models of quality and innovation, and are making outstanding contributions to our field that merit recognition.

LeadingAge Ohio member organizations and/or individuals associated with them are eligible for consideration. 

Award Criteria and Nomination Forms

How to Submit a Nomination

Nominations for the 2020 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program are now open.   Submit award nominations online no later than April 10, 2020, using the applicable entry form below.  Unless indicated, supplemental materials and/or letters of support are not requested or required.  

Award submissions must be submitted using the online entry forms below.  For questions or issues accessing the online form, please contact Jennifer Taylor at 614-545-9028.

Entry Form Prep Tips

Answer all questions on the entry form for each award nomination you submit.  Provide as much supporting detail as possible without exceeding the requested word count.  Be sure to convey in your answers how the nominee meets the criteria indicated for that particular award.  Finally, save a copy of what you have written for your records.  

Click on the criteria for each award category below to view the requirements and questions to help compose your answers.  You may find it helpful to compose your answers offline, then cut and paste them into the online form when ready to submit your entry.  In your answers, provide concrete examples of leadership, innovation, achievement and impact, as applicable, that support your statements about why the nominee merits recognition.  

2020 Award Categories

Aging Services Impact Award:

Aging Services Impact Award Criteria 

Aging Services Impact Award Application

Board Member of Distinction Award:

Board Member of Distinction Criteria

Board Member of Distinction Award Application

Emerging Leader Award:

Emerging Leader Award Criteria  

Emerging Leader Award Application

Excellence in Caring Award: 

Excellence in Caring Award Criteria 

Excellence in Caring Award Application

Excellence in Innovation Award:

Excellence in Innovation Award Criteria

Excellence in Innovation Award Application

Excellence in Volunteer Service Award:

Excellence in Volunteer Service Award Criteria 

Excellence in Volunteer Service Award Application

Excellence in the Workplace Award:

Excellence in the Workplace Award Criteria

Excellence in the Workplace Award Application

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award:

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award Criteria 

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award Application

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor:

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor Criteria 

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor Application

Awards Selection Process

Nominations for the 2020 awards program are now open with a submission deadline of April 10, 2020. The Awards Committee will judge the entries and present the slate of winners to the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors in mid-May. We will notify award winners in late May so honorees can make plans to attend the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio, August 25-27, 2020, to accept their awards. Although we are unable to defray winners’ travel expenses, each winning individual or organization will receive one complimentary registration to the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Trade Show.

You also will be notified in late May if your nomination is not selected for an award. Even though not every entry will receive an award, all nominations are carefully considered and often lead to additional opportunities to “tell the story” of member accomplishments through such avenues as our website, media outreach, education events and other means.

The committee reserves the right to move nominations to different categories to consider them where they best fit.  To celebrate this achievement, those programs/individuals that have been selected will be asked to create a two minute video sharing your thoughts and congratulations around receiving this honor. 

Awards Program Questions

If you have questions regarding the Awards Program, please contact:

LeadingAge Ohio Awards Committee Chair
Michele Engelbach
Ohio Eastern Star Home Community
Phone: 740-397-1706


     LeadingAge Ohio Contact
     Jennifer Taylor 
     Director of Member Experience 
     LeadingAge Ohio 
     Phone: 614-545-9028

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Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors
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Patrick Schwartz

Director of Strategic Communications

  • Serves as lead member communications and media strategist for key association initiatives
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  • Provides strategic direction for communicating organizational goals and achievements to members, partners, policy makers and the media
  • Serves as primary contact for media inquiries

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Jennifer Taylor

Director of Member Experience

  • Manages provider member recruitment and retention strategies
  • Database management
  • Responsible for website content/access
  • Provider Membership staff liaison
  • Staff liaison to Awards and Membership committees
Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.