2016 Educator of the Year

2016 Educator of the Year

2016 Educator of the Year

Wendy K. Watson, PhD
Associate Professor
Coordinator, Gerontology Program
Bowling Green State University

Educator of the Year

(Dr. Watson with Diane Ramey)

Dr. Wendy Watson is currently the program coordinator for the undergraduate and graduate programs in Gerontology at Bowling Green State University.  She started teaching at BGSU in 2006 and has been an asset to the gerontology education in the state of Ohio since that time.

Dr. Watson currently teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her courses range from aging policy to gender and aging to interviewing and observation along with introductory level gerontology courses.  Her teaching focuses on student engagement and high impact practices. She is passionate about the learning process and motivates students to high academic standards.  At the graduate level, she is the primary graduate faculty adviser mentoring graduate students with courses, thesis, and graduate level projects. She is always willing to meet with students and does an effective job asking strategic questions to students in order for them to think and conceptualize.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2016 Researcher of the Year

2016 Researcher of the Year

2016 Researcher of the Year

Aloen L. Townsend, PhD
Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University

2016 Researcher of the Year

(Dr. Townsend with Diane Ramey)

Dr. Townsend’s primary research interests are in adult development and aging, family relationships, mental and physical health, and the interface between families and formal service systems. Her research projects have focused on multiple roles of middle-generation caregiving women, benefits to families of using adult day services for older relatives with dementia, and physical health and depression in middle-aged and older married couples. Her current research investigates the impact of cancer and comorbidities on psychosocial quality of life of middle-aged and older married couples.

In honoring her for this award, OAGE noted, “Dr. Townsend is a dedicated researcher and first-rate research mentor.  Those who know her speak of her ability to move seamlessly from the conceptualization of research questions, to the research design, to the implementation of primary data collection procedures, to the analysis and reporting of results.  Dr. Townsend exemplifies excellence in research and shares her substantive expertise about gerontology and longitudinal research methodology by mentoring others. Beyond this, she is always willing to share helpful advice to support graduate students and early career researchers in efforts to successfully navigate personal and professional challenges.  For many, Dr. Townsend is a role model for excellence in research through hard work, academic integrity, and compassion.  She is clearly regarded as a leader in aging, family caregiving, and more recently end-of-life research. Dr. Townsend is extremely highly respected by her colleagues in both gerontology and social work, and she is most deserving of this award.”

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Individual

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Individual

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Individual

Nina R. Keller, MSW
Assistant Director
Area Agency on Aging, District 7

Nina Keller, MSW, has worked at the Area Agency on Aging (District 7) for 26 years and currently serves as the Assistant Director.  Ms. Keller is skilled with establishing a plan of short-term and long-term goals for desired outcomes, and rigorously evaluates program effectiveness to respond to challenges for the purpose of improving services for older adults. Her work in services for older adults spans over thirty years and includes both institutional and community-based settings. She has presented on various topics related to programs and services at both state and national professional conferences and continues to engage in policy development with regards to service delivery for older adults in rural areas.

In the words of Pamela K. Matura, Executive Director of the AAA7, “Nina has worked at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 for 26 years and serves as my Assistant Director. She has been involved in literally every aspect of our Agency’s total operations and is a great value to our Agency and our district.”

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Individual

Pictured: Tina Lightcap (Area Agency on Aging District 7), Nina R. Keller (Area Agency on Aging, District 7), and Diane Ramey

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Organization

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Organization

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Organization

United Church Homes

United Church Homes (UCH) is focused on developing leaders for the field of Long Term Care Services and Supports to provide quality services for older adults.  UCH provides resources above and beyond to assist nursing home administrator students to acquire skills in the areas of MDS training, EHR training, and leadership training in addition to accepting student interns (Administrators in Training) at the Canal Fulton location, Chapel Hill Retirement Community.  UCH partnered with Kent State Stark on the Great Lakes Internship Readiness Grant that provided one of the first paid internships to nursing home administrator students.  UCH created an education scholarship, The Quellhorst Endowment, as yet another indication of their commitment to developing leaders who will assure quality services for older adults.

2016 Practitioner of the Year – Organization (United Church Homes)

Accepting award from United Church Homes

Pictured from Left to Right: Beth Long- Higgins (Director of Church & Community Relations, United Church Homes), Debbie Durbin (Administrator, Chapel Hill Community), and Donna Alexander (Instructor/Internship Coordinator of Nursing Home Administration, Kent State University)

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.