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.

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LeadingAge Ohio Annual Awards Program

Presented during the Annual Conference and Trade Show, the LeadingAge Ohio awards program honors exceptional provider members and employees that set the bar for innovation, care, or service. 

The 2024 nomination period is open through May 31, 2024.

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Award Categories

Impact Award
The Impact Award is awarded to an individual or LeadingAge Ohio member organization for representing excellence in one or more of the following areas:
- expanding innovative practices for increasing resident quality of life;
- reframing the public perception of aging services; or
- fostering a healthy workplace environment and an environment that promotes a culture of belonging for all staff.

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is awarded to an individual within a LeadingAge Ohio member organization who demonstrates integrity, leadership, and professional dedication in their career.

Excellence in Caring Award
The Excellence in Caring Award is awarded to an outstanding direct or indirect care professional or volunteer within a LeadingAge Ohio member organization who enriches the lives of those they serve and exemplifies quality of care in the field of aging services.

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor
The Visionary Leadership Award of Honor is awarded to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution in the field of aging through inspirational and visionary leadership.

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award
Rose and Sam Stein began supporting hospice in the 1980s when they contributed funds to establish Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio. The success of the program prompted the Steins to award a grant to the Ohio Hospice Organization (Midwest Care Alliance) to provide quality hospice care for Ohio residents. In the 1990s, the Steins expanded their giving by setting up the Rose and Sam Stein Endowment Fund. In honor of the Steins’ commitment “to help the people who help the people,” LeadingAge Ohio is proud to recognize a group or individual that have made a significant, innovative and extraordinary contribution to hospice and end-of-life care.

Questions regarding the annual Awards Program can be directed to Workforce Director, Randi Hamill, at

Stars Awards

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The annual Stars Awards program offers a moment of public recognition for your employees with a much-deserved day of honor and celebration.

Nominate the unsung heroes among your staff who work behind the scenes to meet the daily needs of residents, clients, and program participants.


STARS Awards are for the front-line, non-management employees who work diligently to provide selfless gifts to those we serve. Each year, employers may nominate up to 6 staff persons to be celebrated at a luncheon in their honor. 

Celebrations will be held regionally. When submitting a nomination, indicate in which region your facility in located. 

Nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2024 online or via mail. Please provide a copy of the nomination to your organization's HR representative. 

Luncheon Information

Registrations are $25 per attendee. 

2024 Dates and locations for regional events are below:

South/Southwest Region: Twin Towers Senior Living Community, Cincinnati, OH - May 22 at 11:30AM

MidEast/East Region: United Church Homes Chapel Hill Community, Canal Fulton, OH- May 29 at 11:30AM

Northwest Region: Otterbein Pemberville, Pemberville, OH- June 13 at 11:30AM

Central/Southeast: OCLC, Dublin, OH - June 18 at 11:30AM

Northeast Region: Jennings, Cleveland, OH- June 20 at 11:30AM


Written nominations may be mailed to LeadingAge Ohio, ATTN. STARS, 2233 North Bank Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220. Nominations must include nominees name, facility, nominator's contact information, and a brief narrative about the nominee. 

Stars District Map

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Susan Wallace, MSW, LSW

Susan Wallace

President / CEO

  • Staff oversight, fiscal & operations of organization
  • Primary contact for policy priority development & advocacy 
  • Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee, Nursing Facility/Assisted Living Reimbursement, Billing/eligibility and Clinical/ Operations Subcommittees
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.