Award Winners 2015

2015 Practitioner of the Year

Joseph Rossi
Executive Director
Area Agency on Aging XI, Youngstown, Ohio

Joe has worked in the aging network for over 20 years and is a graduate of Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University.

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2015 Researcher of the Year

Virginia E. Richardson
Professor in Clinical Practice and Research
College of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Virginia “Ginny” Richardson has held numerous leadership positions throughout her career including the Director of Aging Research for the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Ohio State and President of the Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work.

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2015 Educator of the Year

Daniel J. Van Dussen
Associate Professor of Gerontology
Youngstown State University

He started teaching in 2006 at Youngstown State University teaching graduate and undergraduate courses ranging in topics from Medical Gerontology to Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare. He created Youngstown State’s master’s degree program in gerontology with approval in 2013.

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