On March 7, 2023, over 200 aging services professionals, business partners and supporters traveled to Chicago to be honored for their work in the sector during the inaugural McKnight’s Pinnacle Awards ceremony.
“You’ve blazed the way, you’ve raised the bar, you have made us all so very proud to work with you as you bring a bright, warm light to this profession,” said emcee and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News Executive Editor Jim Berklan in one of several toasts.
According to McKnight’s, the new awards program was launched to honor those who have had a remarkable influence over industry standards, played key roles as change-makers and inspired others with their leadership approach.
Here’s a list of all LeadingAge honorees and their respective awards:
AGENT OF CHANGE AWARD
Mary Leary, CEO and president of Mather
Carol Odnoha, Director of the Nurse-Family Partnership for VNS Health
Benjamin Unkle, Jr., CEO and president of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay
INDUSTRY ALLY AWARD
Robyn Stone, DrPH, MPA, Co-Director of LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston & SVP for Research for LeadingAge
Daniel Reingold, CEO and president of RiverSpring Living
Dana Ullom-Vucelich, Chief Human Resources Officer at Ohio Living
SETTING THE STANDARD AWARD
Jennifer Brullo, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services for VNS Health
Rita Mabli, CEO and president of United Hebrew of New Rochelle
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Yvonne Eaddy, Vice President of Regional Patient Care Services for VNS Health
THOUGHT LEADER AWARD
Laurence Gumina, CEO of Ohio Living
BUSINESS PARTNER AWARD
Scott Thurman, Head of Production, Healthcare, FHA at Greystone & Co.
Professionals with at least 20 years of experience in the field, but who continue to strive for success, are eligible. Nominations for the 2024 class will open this fall. Keep up-to-date on the program and learn more about the process on the McKnight’s Pinnacle Awards page.