LeadingAge PA awards $36,000 in professional development scholarships

By LeadingAge PA
May 4, 2021

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (May 4, 2021) - LeadingAge PA is excited to announce the award of $36,000 to members through the 2021 Professional Development Scholarship Program. Recognizing the continued need for developing the senior services workforce, LeadingAge PA has awarded more than $450,000 to supporting scholarships and grants for members in just the last five years.

"We proudly encourage and support the professional development of our members through this scholarship program and others throughout the year," said LeadingAge PA President and CEO, Adam Marles. "There are many rewarding career paths within senior living and it's a privilege to award those seeking to better their opportunities, particularly following such a difficult year for our members. We applaud these awardees and celebrate their perseverance and ambition!" 

The LeadingAge PA Professional Development Scholarship Program helps staff of LeadingAge PA member communities who are pursuing further education, training, and certification that will benefit the senior services field. As part of the Association's workforce initiatives, the program enhances opportunities for advancing career aspirations and improving professional skill sets. 

LeadingAge PA is pleased to congratulate the following scholarship recipients who are furthering their education and professional development both within and outside the field of nursing!

Nursing scholarships:
Fadekemi Adediran - Southampton Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Daniella Andrews - Little Flower Manor Nursing Home; Jennifer bond - Tel Hai Retirement Community; Erica Gettle - Luther Acres, Luthercare; Angola Moore Hawkins - Phoebe Wyncote, Phoebe Ministries; Dawn M. Herold-Maher - Living Branches; Brandi James - Granite Farms Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Yolanda Jefferson - Saint Mary's at Asbury Ridge, Saint Mary's Home of Erie; Karla Juste - The Philadelphia Protestant Home; Kathryn McCloskey - Jameson Care Center, UPMC Senior Communities; Amanda Raso - Moravian Hall Square, Morningstar Living; Ashley Steich - Souderton Mennonite Homes, Living Branches; Jocelyn Shaffer - Cornwall Manor; Lauren Thompson - Frederick Living; Hilary Williams - Lutheran SeniorLife VNA, Lutheran SeniorLife; Kristin Varilla - The Willows of Living Branches, Living Branches

Non-nursing scholarships:
Kristen Ashton - Foxdale Village; Megan Davis - Oakwood Heights, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network; Victoria Gilchrist - Brevillier Village; Jena Gouger - The Hill at Whitemarsh; Crystal Jones - The Hickman; Amy Learn - Brevillier Village; Phoenix Marr-Jones - Phoebe Richland, Phoebe Ministries; Jared Martz - The Highlands as Wyomissing; Dawn Orzehowski - Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community; Marnie Pascuzzi - Gwynedd Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Alyssa Schwab - Frederick Living; Deb Trombetta - Granite Farms Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Julie Wenslow - Manchester Commons, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network; Autumn Weller - The Highlands at Wyomissing


About LeadingAge PA:
LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing more than 370 quality senior housing, health care, and community services across the commonwealth. These providers serve more than 75,000 older Pennsylvanians and employ over 50,000 dedicated caregivers on a daily basis. Services our members offer include Life Plan Communities/Continuing Care Retirement Communities, skilled nursing communities, assisted living residences, personal care homes, and affordable senior housing. LeadingAge PA advocates on behalf of our members at the state and local levels to influence positive change and affect a healthy vision for the delivery of quality, affordable, and ethical care for Pennsylvania's seniors. For more information about LeadingAge PA and our envisioned future of senior services, visit www.leadingagepa.org

Media Contact:
Christina Carden
Senior Director, Communications