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.
August 24, 2021
2021 Best Practices Awards: Advancing Innovation in Aging Programs
The Commonwealth Council on Aging, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Dominion Energy cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate the Council’s 2021 Best Practices Award Winners! The Best Practices Awards serve to encourage organizations across the Commonwealth to develop and support programs and services that assist older adults to age in their community. Established in 2006, the Best Practices Awards recognize and encourage the replication of model programs, particularly those that foster aging in place, livable communities, and home and community-based services.
The upcoming webinar will highlight this year’s amazing winners:
FIRST PLACE: Bay Aging Stable Foundations for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness
SECOND PLACE AWARD: Jefferson Area Board for Aging Friends in Schools Helping (FISH) Program
THIRD PLACE AWARD: Inova Health System Medical House Calls Program
Webinar attendees will learn more about these award winning programs, how the programs can be replicated, and how programs can be nominated for the Council’s 2022 Best Practices Awards. Real-time captioning will be provided via Zoom.
For More Information on the Council or the Best Practices Awards:
Joshua Gemerek, Senior Vice President, Housing, Bay Aging
Mr. Gemerek has worked for Bay Aging, headquartered in Urbanna, Virginia, since April 1999 and is Senior Vice President, Housing for Bay Housing, a division of Bay Aging. He oversees the operation of 357 multifamily units ($2.2 million annual operating budget) existing in 11 income- and age-restricted apartment properties, the production of new multifamily housing, homeless solutions programs and administration of a sixcounty Housing Choice Voucher Program. Bay Housing has secured more than $40 million in grants for affordable housing development, construction, and operations, administers the local Weatherization Assistance, Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation and Emergency Home Repair Programs and partners with local governments on Community Development Block
Marta Keane, CEO, JABA
Marta Keane has been the CEO of JABA since April 2013. She came to JABA as COO in the Fall of 2012. She has made collaboration a focus of her tenure- both internal and external. The opportunities grow as JABA works to help people age in community, through providing services and support along the continuum of aging. During her previous 27 years, she worked in executive positions overseeing rehab programs for national rehab and skilled nursing companies. Her entire career has been focused on helping seniors achieve the highest quality of life, in the place of their choice. She believes in creating a community that honors and respects the gifts that seniors have to offer.
Winter Broadhurst, Volunteer Services Coordinator, JABA
Winter Broadhurst is the Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, responsible for managing Neighbor to Neighbor and Friends in Schools Helping programs as well as overseeing recruitment, screening, placement, and support of volunteers across the organization. Broadhust has a degree in Digital Media and Communications with a background in adult education services with a passion for nonprofit work and connecting people to meaningful experiences through volunteerism.
Lauren Elcesser, LCSW, Inova Health
Lauren Elcesser, LCSW, graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Catholic University in 2011 and has served older adults in a variety of community-based settings over the last decade. Working with home health, hospice, and as a case manager and community educator she became intimately aware of the challenges faced by the older adult population such as, social isolation, caregiver burnout, and difficulties accessing services when homebound. Lauren joined the Medical House Calls team in December of 2021 and supported operations for administering over 1,200 vaccines to homebound older adults.” The Medical House Calls team serves the Northern Virginia community in amazing ways and vaccinating the most vulnerable in our community was true privilege.”