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Valerie Davis

Valerie Davis

Director of Membership and Member Value

  • Manages all aspects of the association's membership programs, including member renewal and retention
  • Manages and analyzes member data, including member satisfaction survey, and serves as point of contact for member programs and inquiries
  • Staff liaison for Membership Committee

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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Nicole “Nikki” Batten Honored as Hospice Hero

A group of Canton area businesses have partnered to honor those who selflessly serve in the area hospice community through the Hospice Heroes program. Each month, a Hospice Hero is selected and recognized for serving with their hearts, being devoted to the mission of hospice and standing out among their peers. Nicole “Nikki” Batten, a hospice aide for Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice in the greater Akron area was selected as the Hospice Hero for the month of February.

Advocacy Spotlight: Mobilizing Residents’ Voices

Engaging residents, caregivers, staff and board members in grassroots advocacy is critically important for educating policy makers about the importance of federal and state reimbursement to providing quality care.

Maple Knoll Village Earns Five Star Nursing Home Rating

Maple Knoll Village, a continuing care retirement community in Springdale, is pleased to announce they have been awarded a 5 Star Nursing Home Rating Status from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Epsicopal Retirement Services Announces Laura Lamb as New CEO

Episcopal Retirement Services announced today that their Executive Vice President (EVP), Laura Lamb, will succeed Doug Spitler as the organization’s new President & CEO. Lamb, 47, has been with the company for 22 years and prior to her appointment last year as EVP she held the position of vice president of housing and healthcare.

Lycan named to Steering Committee

Jeff Lycan, the VP of Mission Advocacy for Ohio’s Hospice, was recently invited to sit on the Steering Committee of LeadingAge’s Public Policy Congress. Lycan, who was just named to the Congress this year, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience around end of life care, having served as the President/CEO of the Midwest Care Alliance for over a decade, and having practiced in oncology nursing prior to that.

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.