LeadingAge PA awards $40,000 in Professional Development Scholarships to members

By LeadingAge PA
May 17, 2022

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (May 17, 2022) – LeadingAge PA, the leading voice for senior services across Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce it recently awarded 33 scholarships totaling $40,000 to members through the 2022 Professional Development Scholarship program.

The Association is dedicated to the education and workforce enhancement efforts of member communities, and to date has awarded more than $500,000 to funding scholarship and internship programs. The Professional Development Scholarships are awarded to staff at member communities to enhance career opportunities as they continue to pursue a career in senior services.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship program in support of the continued education of our members and further developing the senior services workforce, especially during this crucial time,” said Garry Pezzano, LeadingAge PA president and CEO.

The LeadingAge PA Professional Development Scholarship program is part of the Association’s ongoing efforts to address the workforce challenges faced by its members and serves to benefit member staff pursuing further education, training, and certification — both within and outside the field of nursing.

The LeadingAge PA team congratulates the following recipients on their scholarships, commitment to furthering their professional development, and dedication to serving Pennsylvania’s seniors!

Nursing Scholarships:

Beverly Barfield – Normandy Farms Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Manuela Brandolino - Phoebe Allentown, Phoebe Ministries; Samantha L Cavanaugh - Southampton Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Thomas Davis - Little Sisters of the Poor Philadelphia; Patsy Dawes - Phoebe Allentown, Phoebe Ministries; Kelly Favazza - The Easton Home, Presbyterian Senior Living; Nicolette Fila - Christ's Home Retirement Community; Ache Nicole Galman - The Long Community at Highland, Presbyterian Senior Living; Teresa Gonzalez - Dock Woods, Living Branches; Dana Haney II - The Mansion at Rosemont, HumanGood PA; James Hartmann - Chandler Hall Health Services; Katherine L. Knebl - Brittany Pointe Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Grace Masakadza - Normandy Farms Estates, Acts Retirement-Life Communities; Anthony McCloskey - Jameson Care Center, UPMC Senior Communities; Jihan McCullum - Manchester Commons, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network; Lindsey Plowman - Garvey Manor;  Sarah Sivels - Ware Presbyterian Village, Presbyterian Senior Living; Erika Slusar - Longwood at Oakmont, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network; April Tinto - Cornwall Manor

Non-Nursing Scholarships:

Melissa Brandt - Messiah Lifeways; Haley Carpenter - Thornwald Home, United Church of Christ Homes; Doreen Connelly - Morningstar Living; Crystal Jones Darlington - The Hickman; James Harkness III - Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of PA; Elizabeth Ann Janota - Pickering Manor Home; Enoch Mensah - Pickering Manor Home; Christopher Mrozinski - Foulkeways at Gwynedd; Ian Prediger - Foulkeways at Gwynedd; Angela Rearick - Clarion Forest VNA; Brittney Sarnese - Presbyterian Senior Care Network; Missy Shupe - Cross Keys Village; Autumn Weller - The Highlands of Wyomissing; Timothy Wiles - Redstone Presbyterian Senior Care


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:
La Torre Communications for LeadingAge PA
David La Torre