Distinguished Service Awards
2022 nominations are open!
The LeadingAge PA Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) program was created in 1973 to spotlight the amazing work of our members. We are so proud of their many successes in support of our shared mission of improving senior services in Pennsylvania!
Nominations for the 2022 awards open in Nov. 1 and award winners are announced in May 2022. Members of our team personally deliver a celebration basket with the award to each winning community. We look forward to the opportunity to share the tremendous work of our members through their involvement, innovation, leadership, or advocacy, as well as their personal or organizational generosity.
Our members set the new standard for excellence in senior services throughout Pennsylvania!
Paul P. Haas Lifetime Achievement Award
LeadingAge PA's most prestigious award is presented to an individual member that demonstrates excellence in leadership; playing a pivotal role in the overall operations leading to organizational success.
Congratulations to this year's winner, Susan Cooper Drabic, NHA, MPH, president and CEO of Morningstar Living!
Leader of the Year
This LeadingAge PA award recognizes an individual who demonstrates excellence in leadership; playing a pivotal role in the overall operations leading to organizational success.
Phoebe Ministries' vice president of pharmacy services, Cynthia Richart, RPh, is this year's winner. Congratulations!
Manager of the Year
Innovation of the Year
Volunteer of the Year - Individual or Group
The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual or group that enhances the quality of life for older adults through volunteer work.
For 2021, we are blessed to have two deserving awardees, Carolyn Rutherford, a longtime volunteer at Messiah Lifeways at Messiah Village, and Brethren Village Grocery Stores, an all-volunteer run service for Brethren Village residents. Congratulations!
Licensed Caregiver of the Year
Direct Caregiver of the Year
The Direct Caregiver of the Year Award recognizes an individual who provides excellent clinical care and services, serving as a model of commitment to compassionate care.
We are pleased to honor Gisela Dietrich, CNA, at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, with the 2020 award. Congratulations!
Staff Member of the Year
The Staff Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has exhibited excellence within their role and enhanced their member community through exceptional service to staff, residents/clients, and families served.
Congratulations to this year's winner, Wilfredo Macatantan, a housekeeping associate at Pine Run Community!
Outstanding Business Partner of the Year
The DSA program is proudly sponsored by