2017 Researcher of the Year

2017 Researcher of the Year

2017 Researcher of the Year

Phyllis A. Cummins

Phyllis A. Cummins

Senior Research Scholar
Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University

Dr. Cummins’ research interests focus on lifelong learning, workforce development, and job training activities for middle-aged and older workers, especially those who are unemployed or underemployed and face economic insecurity in retirement. She has completed several projects for the Ohio Department of Aging, primarily related to SCSEP and is currently a principal investigator on two grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Her current research uses data from the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive (OLDA) to examine educational and labor market outcomes for middle-aged and older student enrolled at any of Ohio’s 23 community colleges. To better understand barriers faced by older students, this project also includes focus groups and key informant interviews with students, faculty, and administrators at three case study community colleges in Ohio. In presenting her with this award, Dr. Harvey Sterns noted, “As someone who has focused on aging and work for many years, I have watched Dr. Cummins becoming a major contributor to this important area. Her current research about adult education and lifelong learning strategies has and will provide essential information about approaches and skills necessary to remain in the labor force at older ages. This work will provide new information regarding successful later life education and employment.”

Dr. Cummins has presented her research in many venues, including annual conferences of the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council for Workforce Education, the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and OAGE. She has also published in journals such as the Public Policy & Aging Report, Educational Gerontology, New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Management, the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, and Generations.

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.

 

2017 Practitioner of the Year

2017 Practitioner of the Year

2017 Practitioner of the Year

Duana Patton

Duana Patton

Chief Executive Officer
Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

Duana Patton has over 28 years of management experience with an emphasis in Operations, Human Resources, Finance and Long Term Care in the non-profit sector. During these three decades, she has made significant contributions in social service, education, volunteerism, and overall making our community a better place to live for all individuals. Duana has been in the aging network for over 20 years. Mrs. Duana Patton has been a driving force in substantially improving the quality of life and health for seniors, disabled individuals, caregivers and care providers through series of support and plans with business and community partners.

Duana has been a team member at the Area Agency on Aging since 1994. She has held the role of CEO since 2005. As Duana has progressed in her own professional career, her support for the advancement of others, including professionals and like businesses has been an integral part of her success. Her open and honest nature, fresh and unselfish perspective and positive outlook has made an impact on many. She is an inspiring mentor and leader who encourages those she works with and for the push for ongoing improvements and excellence.

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.

 

2017 Educator of the Year

2017 Educator of the Year

2017 Educator of the Year

Dr. Kate de Medeiros

Dr. Kate de Medeiros

Associate Professor of Gerontology
Miami University

Dr. Kate de Medeiros is currently an associate professor of gerontology, Chief Departmental Advisor for gerontology, and Chair of the Undergraduate Research Committee at Miami University. Prior to joining the faculty at Miami in 2011, she was Director of Research at the Copper Ridge Institute in Sykesville, Maryland, and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. de Medeiros currently teaches a range of classes, from a first-year research experience for undergraduates to a doctoral-level course on advanced theory and the construction of knowledge in gerontology. As an educator, she strives to open students’ minds to think about old age and later life as a critical site of knowledge that is shaped by historical, cultural and social components. She incorporates assignments designed to provide students with opportunities to apply what they are learning to situations relevant to themselves. For example, students might be asked to consider how an aging world might affect their chosen career path, how a particular theory might apply to their own research, or even what they envision for their own aging. Whenever possible, she also includes community engagement as part of the education process.

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.