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Kathryn Brod, MBA

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
  • Staff liaison to Human Resources Committee

Jennifer Taylor, BA, CGS

Jennifer Taylor

Director of Communications & Membership

  • Manages public relations and the overall image of the Association and its members
  • Edits and oversees association publications
  • Responsible for Association communications and website
  • Provider Membership staff liaison
  • Staff liaison to Communications/PR, Awards and Membership committees

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Recognition & Awards

LeadingAge Ohio is proud to celebrate the difference our members and residents make in communities across Ohio.  Various programs are offered through LeadingAge Ohio to shine a light on the impact this difference brings.  From our Annual Awards program highlighting accomplishments of member staff and programs, to honoring shining STARS within our members of front line staff who make a difference every day as well as sharing the talents of our residents/patients through our Art & Writing program, LeadingAge Ohio wants to offer this opportunity to share your gifts with the world.

Click on each of the tabs below to learn more.

Annual Awards

Check out the 2018 Award Winner Video Tributes!


LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program


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 2019 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program will open March 1, 2019.   

2019 Award Categories

Aging Services Impact Award: Criteria (NEW)

Board Member of Distinction Award: Criteria

Emerging Leader Award: Criteria  (NEW)

Excellence in Caring Award: Criteria 

Excellence in Innovation Award: Criteria (NEW)

Excellence in Volunteer Service Award: Criteria 

Excellence in the Workplace Award: Criteria (NEW)

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award: Criteria 

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor: Criteria 


Awards Selection Process

Nominations for the 2019 awards program will open March 1, 2019 with a submission deadline of April 12, 2019. 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 27-29, 2019, 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 Communications and Membership 
     LeadingAge Ohio 
     Phone: 614-545-9028

Stars Awards

Click here to view past winners

Employee Recognition

2019 Stars Awards

Stars LogoThe STARS program annually offers a moment of public recognition for your most luminous employees with a much-deserved day of honor and celebration. Who are the unsung heroes among your staff who work behind the scenes to meet the daily needs of residents, clients, and program participants? LeadingAge Ohio encourages you to identify the employees and front-line hands-on caregivers who diligently work to provide selfless gifts to those we serve.

Each event includes unique touches to make the day special for our STARS including:

  • A gourmet lunch

  • “Selfie” Station to make fun memories

  • Commemorative lapel pins

  • Award certificates

  • Copies of the heartfelt nominations for each STAR

  • Fun momentos

Program Agenda

12:15 p.m.   Registration
12:30 p.m.   Welcome and Invocation
12:40 p.m.   Luncheon
1:30 p.m.     Dessert and Award Presentations
2:30 p.m.     Program Conclusion

Stars Information Sheet


STARS District Map and Celebration Event Information


2018 Stars Regional Map

It’s time to celebrate!  LeadingAge Ohio encourages members to take a minute and think about your front-line staff.  Who goes above and beyond every day?  We want you to recognize these individuals at one of our STARS events!  These regional events offer the opportunity for residents, clients, staff, and family members to express their sincere thanks to the most committed non-management employees.  Join us to honor stellar employees with well-deserved public recognition. 

LeadingAge Ohio is working diligently to get the 2019 STARS events scheduled.  Once the dates have been set we will get the word out!



Here are a few things that we learned about some 2018 STARS...

2018 STARS Selfie Statements-Rowland

2018 STARS Selfie Statements-Hido

2018 STARS Selfie Statements-Fisher






How to Nominate a STAR

We want your entire community to be able nominate a special staff STAR.  To allow that to happen, there are two options available.

If you choose to use the online Nomination Form:

Click on the link to the STAR Nomination Form, complete and submit.  A completed Nomination Form must be submitted for each individual STAR nominee two (2) weeks prior to the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Please make certain that the HR Director or appropriate person within your organization is aware of the STAR nomination prior to submission.


If you choose to use the paper Nomination Form:

Click on the link to download the Nomination Form.  If you choose to use the paper form please write legibly or type.  A completed Nomination Form must be submitted for each individual STAR nominee two (2) weeks prior to the event.  Once all the forms are gathered send them to LeadingAge Ohio, ATTN:  Bobbi Dolan or email forms to

PLEASE NOTE: Please make certain that the HR Director or appropriate person within your organization is aware of the STAR nomination prior to submission.






Resident Art & Writing Program

Click here to view past winners

Art & Writing Program


"Every human is an artist.
And this is the main art that we have:
the creation of our story."
Don Miguel Ruiz

Organize your residents to participate in the 2019 LeadingAge Ohio annual Art & Writing Program! Five District Shows will be held across the state this Spring, with all winning entries progressing to the State Show during the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference, August 27 - 29, 2019 in Columbus. Entry is free to all our member residents and clients.

NOW is the time to encourage your artists and authors to prepare an entry (or two or three!) for the 2019 Program. Fuel enthusiasm so it can spread and involve everyone! Both novice and experienced writers and artists may submit entries. Two or more persons may work together on a project and enter one of our cooperative categories.


General Program Information

All Residents of LeadingAge Ohio member facilities are invited to participate! Award winners from each District Exhibition will show their work at our Statewide Show to be held in conjunction with the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Resident Celebration Day at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, August 27-29, 2019.



Regional Show Information/Details

To read writing pieces from our 2018 participants click on the "View Past Winners" link at the top of this page.

Take a look at some of the 2018 Art & Writing participants!                  

Old Man by Barbara Mandell Peacock by Bob Johnson
Old Man
Barbara Mandell
Otterbein Lebanon
Leather Tooled Peacock
Bob Johnson
Willow Brook at Delaware Run


My Friend by Mario Alvarez-Perez Knitted Sweater by Rosemary Baley
My Friend
Mario Alvarez-Perez
Carnegie Tower at Fairfax-
National Church Residences
Knitted Sweater Jacket
Rosemary Baley
Canton Christian Home


Noah's Ark by Bob Hewitt Smoky Mountain Christmas by Gene Finnegan
Noah's Ark
Bob Hewitt
Otterbein Lebanon
Smoky Mountain Christmas
Gene Finnegan
Parkvue Community


If you have enjoyed the works of art and writing that we’ve featured, we encourage you to get involved in the program in 2019. LeadingAge Ohio is finalizing dates for the five district shows during the months of May and June, and entry is free to all residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio members.




Entry Forms



The online entry form will be open soon.  If you require assistance please contact your activities staff person or your District Coordinator.






 To learn more about the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing program, contact:

Art & Writing Program Chair
Marlene Andersen
Director of Resident Life & Activities
Willow Brook Christian Communities
Phone: 740-368-4694
LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Contact
Bobbi Dolan
Program Associate
LeadingAge Ohio
Phone: 614-545-9025




What is the LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration?
The LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration is affiliated with LeadingAge Ohio. Participants are residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio member organizations and are encouraged to become involved in: the annual LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration/Art and Writing Exhibition, the STARS employee recognition program, legislative and regulatory advocacy, consumer education to assure protection for all seniors, and sufficient governmental funding for all levels of care.

2019 Resident Celebration Information Available Mid-Summer 2019

Employer of Choice

Employer of Choice GREENWhat is the Employer of Choice?

The LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice initiative:

Establishes the operational standards for strengthening workforce practices among aging services employers;

Creates criteria/thresholds by which to evaluate the standards;

Provides a public recognition of this excellence so that residents, clients/customers, prospective employees, payors and other stakeholders can be aware

Through this instrument, LeadingAge Ohio members demonstrate that they strive not just to be residences/providers of choice, but they seek to be employers of choice as well.  They acknowledge the importance of treating their employees – those that serve their residents/clients – with the same care they wish these employees to provide. 

Requirements for Eligibility and Criteria

Before beginning the application process, please note there are several minimum requirements an Employer of Choice must meet:

  • In order to apply for this designation, if a nursing facility or home health organization, the facility must be a 3-Star or above (as of the most recent published rating)[see page 4 of application for additional information]; and
  • For newly opened communities, an occupancy rate of 80% or better for at least one year as of the date of application; and
  • If an organization has less than the appropriate benchmark median number of Days Cash on Hand or Current Ratio, additional supporting materials will be requested in order to validate financial viability [see page 6 of application for additional information]. Additional supporting materials should be submitted in advance of completion of the application.

The Employer of Choice designation is applicable to individual communities/locations, that is, it is not applicable to a multi-site.  Note, however, that exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis to multi-site organizations that centralize their human resource functions. 

Criteria for Employer of Choice

Sample application available under the Application Process and Due date section.



 We are pleased to recognize the following 2018-2019 LeadingAge Ohio Employers of Choice winners!

2018 Employer of Choice GOLDGold Level

• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Toledo (Toledo)
• Otterbein Springboro SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Springboro)
• Valley Hospice (Rayland)


2018 Employer of Choice SILVERSilver Level
• Graceworks Lutheran Services - Bethany Village (Dayton)
• Kendal at Oberlin (Oberlin)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Youngstown (Canfield)
• Otterbein Cridersville SeniorLife Community (Cridersville)
• Otterbein St. Marys SeniorLife Community (St. Marys)

2018 Employer of Choice BRONZEBronze Level
• The Christian Village at Mason (Mason)
• The Christian Village at Mt. Healthy (Cincinnati)
• Genacross Lutheran Services - Napoleon Campus (Napoleon)
• Green Hills Community and Universal Home Health & Hospice (West Liberty)
• National Church Residences Bristol Healthcare (Waverly)
• National Church Residences Chillicothe (Chillicothe)
• Ohio Living Dorothy Love (Sidney)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Akron (Fairlawn)
• Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice - Greater Cleveland (Willoughby)
• Ohio Living Lake Vista (Cortland)
• Ohio Living Mount Pleasant (Monroe)
• Ohio Living Swan Creek (Toledo)
• Ohio Living Vineyard on Catawba (Port Clinton)
• Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber (Columbus)
• Otterbein Maineville SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Mainville)
• Otterbein Marblehead SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Marblehead)
• Otterbein Middletown SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Middletown)
• Otterbein Monclova Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood (Monclova)
• Otterbein Pemberville SeniorLife Community (Pemberville)
• Otterbein Perrysburg SeniorLife Skilled Nursing Neighborhood (Perrysburg)
• Otterbein Union Township SeniorLife Community (Batavia)
• Trinity Community, a member of United Church Homes (Beavercreek)
• Volunteers of America - Autumnwood Care Center (Tiffin)
• Volunteers of America - Tiffin Rehabilitation Center (Tiffin)


Application Process and Due Date 

The application materials required for submission for the 2019-2020 program will be available in early Spring 2019. All organizations considering applying are encouraged to review the template materials in advance of the application deadline.

2018 Employer of Choice (Sample application for reference only)

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Kathryn Brod at 614-545-9014 or email


Case Studies

      Otterbein Portage ValleyOtterbein Portage Valley Employer of Choice Case Study




Ohio Living Employer of Choice Case StudyOhio Living Dorothy Love Employer of Choice Case Study  



 Otterbein St. MarysOtterbein St. Marys Employer of Choice Case Study





Best Practice Findings

2017 Best Practice Findings  



Questions about the application process should be directed to Kathryn Brod, President/CEO of LeadingAge Ohio;; 614-545-9014.


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.