Join us every fourth Tuesday of the month at 1pm for our webinar series.
We will cover an array of topics important service and care of Older Virginians.
Social Isolation in Long Term Care Facilities
Tuesday, August 25
President & CEO, LeadingAge Virginia
Melissa Andrews joined the LeadingAge Virginia staff as President & CEO in 2016 after 14 years with LeadingAge (national). LeadingAge Virginia is an association of not for profit aging services providers, serving the entire continuum, expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Their vision of positive aging for each Virginian is one they seek to attain through advocacy, education, and establishing a leadership position within the Commonwealth.
Melissa leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, leading the team and raising the visibility of the association in pursuit of its vision to impact older Virginians wherever they live.
Under Melissa’s leadership, Dementia Friendly Virginia was launched in collaboration with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Dementia Friends initiative was launched in Virginia. The pillars of LeadingAge’s strategic plan are workforce, impact and capacity building.
Prior to joining the LeadingAge Virginia team, Melissa served as the Vice President, Board Development & Member Relations at LeadingAge (national), facilitating board development retreats and strategic planning processes around the country. Melissa continues to serve as a governance resource in her current role, facilitating leadership retreats nationally.
Melissa is a frequent speaker at conferences, educational events and has been featured in media interviews about dementia and aging issues.
Melissa was a class of 2010 LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy fellow. In 2012, she received the BoardSource© Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education, and in 2013, Melissa received The Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services’ Certified Aging Services Professional national certification.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Boston College. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, daughter, stepchildren and French Bulldog. Her “why’s” in life are her family and positively impacting the aging experience both in Virginia and across the nation.
Sarah Lineberger, MPH
Division of Clinical Epidemiolog, Virginia Deparment of Health
Secretary Richard Prudom
Florida Department on Elder Affairs