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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors

Jennifer Taylor, BA, CGS

Jennifer Taylor

Director of Communications

  • Manages public relations and the overall image of the Association and its members
  • Edits and oversees association publications
  • Responsible for Association communications and website
  • Staff liaison to Communications Committee

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Recognition & Awards

LeadingAge Ohio is proud to celebrate the difference our members and residents make in communities across Ohio.  Various programs are offered through LeadingAge Ohio to shine a light on the impact this difference brings.  From our Annual Awards program highlighting accomplishments of member staff and programs, to honoring shining STARS within our members of front line staff who make a difference every day as well as sharing the talents of our residents/patients through our Art & Writing program, LeadingAge Ohio wants to offer this opportunity to share your gifts with the world.

Click on each of the tabs below to learn more.

Annual Awards

LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program

LeadingAge Ohio proudly honors outstanding members each year in a number of categories, recognizing organizational excellence and individual leadership across our membership. LeadingAge Ohio members are encouraged to nominate individuals, programs or groups in each awards category, which are presented at the annual conference.

 Submitting a Nomination

Nominations for the 2017 Award program will open Friday, March 17, 2017.  Review the different award categories below and start thinking about WHO in your organization deserves the chance to be recognized among their peers.

Step 1: Please click on the category name to determine award criteria. 

Step 2: Submit Online Nomination Form

2017 LeadingAge Ohio Award Nomination Form


Step 3: Submit Supporting Documentation

Biographical Essay: Please prepare a description of the nominee’s service. Please limit your essay to 500 words or less.

A. Describe your nominee’s history and relationship to your organization, including role and scope of activity.

B. Describe the impact your nominee has made to your organization that details why the nominee is deserving of recognition.

NOTE: The essay must also include the signature of the CEO or Executive Director to ensure that a key person of the member organization is aware of all nominations.

Please return all supporting documentation as outlined below to:


Mail: Jennifer Taylor, Director of Communications
         LeadingAge Ohio
         ATTN: AC17 Award Nominations
         2233 North Bank Drive
         Columbus, Ohio 43220


Deadline for Nominations is Friday, May 5! Don't delay! 

Awards Selection Process

The Awards Committee will review nominations and make selections for awards, notifying nominees of decisions before the end of June.  The committee reserves the right to move nominations to different categories to consider them where they best fit.

Award winners will be notified in early June and this important recognition will take place at LeadingAge Ohio’s annual meeting this September in Columbus.  To celebrate this achievement, those programs/individuals that have been selected will be asked to create a 60  to 90 second video sharing your thoughts and congratulations around receiving this honor. This process was implemented as part of the 2016 annual conference to rave reviews and we are excited to continue it.  


Awards Program Questions

If you have questions regarding the Awards Program, please contact:

LeadingAge Ohio Awards Committee Chair
Michele Engelbach
Ohio Eastern Start Home Community
Phone: 740-397-1706


          LeadingAge Ohio Contact
          Jennifer Taylor 
          Director of Communications
          LeadingAge Ohio 
          Phone: 614-545-9028


Stars Awards

Employee Recognition

2017 Stars Awards

Stars LogoThe Stars program annually recognizes those special staff members with a much-deserved day of honor and celebration. Who are the unsung heroes among your staff who work behind the scenes to meet the daily needs of residents, clients, and program participants? LeadingAge Ohio encourages you to look beyond the clean hallways, nourishing meals, laundry areas of your organization and identify the employees and front-line hands-on caregivers who diligently work to provide selfless gifts to those we serve.

Each event includes unique touches to make the day special for our Stars including:

  • A gourmet lunch
  • “Selfie” Station to take fun pictures
  • Commemorative lapel pins
  • Award certificates
  • Copies of the heartfelt nominations for each Star
  • Fun momentos


STARS District Map and Celebration Event Information


STARS District Map


2017 STARS Information Sheet

 Each event will be from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm with registration starting at 12:15 pm.

Dates & Locations:

April 5, 2017: Central/Southeast - Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber; Columbus, OH

April 12, 2017: Northeast - The Renaissance; Olmsted Township, OH

April 25, 2017: South/Southwest - Twin Towers/Gulden Community Center; Cincinnati, OH

May 2, 2017: Northwest - Genacross Lutheran Services; Toledo, OH

May 4, 2017: South - Bristol Village; Waverly, OH

May 10, 2017: Mideast/East - Ohio Living Rockynol Retirement Community; Akron, OH


How to Nominate a STAR

We want your entire community to be able nominate a special staff STAR.  To allow that to happen, there are two options available to help nominate that special shining STAR. 

**NOTE: Please make certain that the Human Resources Director within your organization is aware of the STAR nomination prior to submission.

STEP 1: Nominate Your Staff STARS

>>2017 Stars Nomination Paper Form<<

(Download the paper form, complete the nomination and submit to the HR Director)

Final nominations must be made using the online link below.  Submit nomination(s) two (2) weeks prior to event. Limit of six (6) Stars per organization.

>>Online STAR Nomination Form<<


Celebration Event Registration Information

STEP 2: Two Easy Ways to Register for the STARS events.

Option #1: Download the flyer for your district below and mail registration form with payment to:
LeadingAge Ohio
2233 North Bank Drive
Columbus, OH 43220

2017 Stars Central/Southeast Registration Form

2017 Stars Northeast Registration Form

2017 Stars South/Southwest Registration Form

2017 Stars Northwest Registration Form

2017 Stars South Registration Form

2017 Mideast/East Registration Form


Option #2:   Online registration available below. Please click on the

April 5, 2017: Central/Southeast

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Central/Southeast event.

April 12, 2017: Northeast

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Northeast event.

April 25, 2017: South/Southwest

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the South/Southwest event.

May 2, 2017: Northwest

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Northwest event.

May 4, 2017: South

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the South event.

May 10, 2017: Mideast/East

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Mideast/East event.

Resident Art and Writing Program

Art & Writing Program



"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
Pablo Picasso

Organize your residents to participate in the 2017 LeadingAge Ohio annual Art and Writing Program! Five District Shows will be held across the state in May and June, with all winning entries progressing to the State Show during the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference, September 14 & 15, 2017 in Columbus. Entry is free to all our member residents and clients.

NOW is the time to encourage your artists and authors to prepare an entry (or two or three!) for the 2017 Program. Fuel enthusiasm so it can spread and involve everyone! Both novice and experienced writers and artists may submit entries. Two or more persons may work together on a project and enter one of our cooperative categories.

General Program Information

All Residents of LeadingAge Ohio member facilities are invited to participate! Award winners from each District Exhibition will show their work at our Statewide Show to be held in conjunction with the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference and Resident Celebration Day at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, September 14-15, 2017.


Regional Show Information/Details

Each regional show flyer is highlighted below listing event dates, times, location and district coordinator contact information should you have any additional questions about the show.  Click the link below in your area to find out all the details and unleash the creative arts in your community! 


Registration Forms

Each piece must be entered online to be included in the Regional Show. Only ONE entry per form and ONE entry per category. 


Printable pdf version    2017 Art & Writing Resident Entry Form
Use the printable pdf version to allow residents to complete


Online Entry Form 

***Online form for Activity Director Use Only***

2017 Art & Writing Resident Entry Form




 To learn more about the LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing program, contact:

Art & Writing Program Chair
Marlene Andersen
Director of Resident Life & Activities
Willow Brook Christian Communities
Phone: 740-368-4694
LeadingAge Ohio Art & Writing Contact
Bobbi Dolan
Program Associate
LeadingAge Ohio
Phone: 614-545-9025




What is the LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration?
The LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration is affiliated with LeadingAge Ohio. Participants are residents and clients of LeadingAge Ohio member organizations and are encouraged to become involved in: the annual LeadingAge Ohio Resident Celebration/Art and Writing Exhibition, the STARS employee recognition program, legislative and regulatory advocacy, consumer education to assure protection for all seniors, and sufficient governmental funding for all levels of care.

2017 Resident Celebration Information Available Mid-Summer 2017

Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.