LeadingAge Board of Directors Focus on New Strategic Plan and Policy Opportunities with Biden Administration for 2021

PRESS RELEASE | December 16, 2020 | by Lisa Sanders

LeadingAge welcomes two new board members and a former board member returning for a new term

Contact: Lisa Sanders
lsanders@leadingage.org 202-508-9407

December 16, 2020 Washington, DC—The Board of Directors of LeadingAge, the association of nonprofit and mission-driven aging services providers, heads into 2021 with a strategic plan for 2021-2023 as well as a focus on policy opportunities with the new Administration.

“The pandemic has disrupted our field in ways we could never have imagined,” said Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge’s president and CEO. “LeadingAge’s new strategic plan is a bold roadmap for providing mission-critical support for our membership--and for creating a stronger, more effective aging services system for an increasingly diverse, post-COVID world. And a new administration in Washington offers fresh opportunities for policy progress and innovation,”

Sloan added. “I am excited to work with our board to lead the field into the future, solving the range of challenges that impact how our members care for older adults.”

The 17-member board, led by chair Carol Silver Eliott of Jewish Home Family, is made up of executives from LeadingAge membership of more than 5,000 aging-focused organizations providing services to older adults across the care continuum, from skilled nursing to home health, hospice and affordable housing. The group provides strategic leadership, policy direction, and fiduciary oversight. Members shape LeadingAge’s activities during their terms, and influence how the association works to transform aging services.

LeadingAge welcomes two board members beginning new terms. Deke Cateau is a 20+-year-veteran of long-term care, and CEO of A.G. Rhodes, a nonprofit organization providing therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery, and long term care. Walter J. Ramos, J.D., is a long-time leader in nonprofit healthcare and municipal agencies, and the president and CEO of Rogerson Communities, a nonprofit network of affordable housing and services for older adults, persons with disabilities, and the working poor.

In addition to these new members, former board member Roberto Muñiz, president and CEO of Parker Health Group, returns for a new term with the role of board secretary.

“We welcome our new board members, who bring important experience and perspective to our organization,” said Sloan. “At a time when our members face the most challenging moment of their careers, LeadingAge is ready to help them through the pandemic and beyond.”

Members of the 2021 LeadingAge Board of Directors include:

Carol Silver Eliott
Jewish Home Family
Rockleigh, NJ

Karyne Jones
The National Caucus and Center on
Black Aging, Inc.
Washington, DC

Mike King
Chair Elect
Volunteers of America
Alexandria, VA

Todd Murch
Carmichael, CA

Stephen Fleming
Immediate Past Chair
The Well-Spring Group
Greensboro, NC

Laurence Gumina
Ohio Living
Westerville, OH

Terri Cunliffe
Covenant Living Communities
Skokie, IL

Mike Rambarose
Whitney Center, Inc.
Hamden, CT

Roberto Muñiz
Parker Health Group, Inc.
Piscataway, NJ

Walter Ramos
Rogerson Communities
Roslindale, MA

Marvell Adams
The Kendal Corporation
Kennett Square, PA

Kate Rolf
Nascentia Health
Syracuse, NY

Deke Cateau
A.G. Rhodes
Atlanta, GA

Joseph Scopelliti
VNA Health System
Shamokin, PA

Christie Hinrichs
Lincoln, NE




Shannon Strickler
LeadingAge Iowa
Urbandale, IA

Patricia Tursi
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Children’s Center
Yonkers, NY


About LeadingAge:

We represent more than 5,000 aging-focused organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside our members and 38 state partners, we address critical issues by blending applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building. We bring together the most inventive minds in our field to support older adults as they age wherever they call home. We make America a better place to grow old. For more information: www.leadingage.org.