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Kathryn Brod, MBA

Kathryn Brod


  • Is the association's primary spokesperson
  • Oversees staff and daily operations
  • Promotes LeadingAge Ohio's position and public policy goals to elected officials; staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
  • Responsible for implementing LeadingAge Ohio's strategic direction
  • Works with LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors

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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Annual Awards

LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program

LeadingAge Ohio proudly honors outstanding members each year in a number of categories, recognizing organizational excellence and individual leadership across our membership. LeadingAge Ohio members are encouraged to nominate individuals, programs or groups in each awards category, which are presented at the annual conference.

 Submitting a Nomination

Nominations for the 2017 Award program will open early March 2017.  Review the different award categories below and start thinking about WHO in your organization deserves the chance to be recognized among their peers.

Step 1: Please click on the category name to determine award criteria. 



Get the Word Out to Your Staff

This year, we have created resources to help members spread the word among their staff and facilities about the Award program and get the nominations flowing.  Print these off and spread the word!

2016 LeadingAge Ohio Awards Flyer 8 1/2 x 11

The 8 1/2x11 size flyer is PERFECT to stuff in employee mailboxes or paycheck envelopes.

2016 LeadingAge Ohio Award Poster 11x17

Hang the 11x17 poster throughout your organizations in break rooms, conference rooms, and more.


Awards Selection Process

The Awards Committee will review nominations and make selections for awards, notifying nominees of decisions before the end of June.  The committee reserves the right to move nominations to different categories to consider them where they best fit.

New Image

 LeadingAge Ohio is PROUD to be able to take the Awards program to the next level.  New in 2016, some of the award categories have the potential to align with categories at the national level offered through LeadingAge.  Winners selected in these categories through LeadingAge Ohio may be forwarded to LeadingAge for consideration as part of the 2017 LeadingAge Award Program.  These categories include, but are not limited to, the Visionary Leadership Award, Volunteer Service Award, Excellence in Service (Best Practices) Award, and Board Member of Distinction.


Awards Program Questions

If you have questions regarding the Awards Program, please contact:

Valerie Davis                                                                               Adrienne Walsh, CEO, Bayley
Director of Membership & Member Value                                   LeadingAge Ohio Awards Committee Chair
LeadingAge Ohio                                                                        Bayley
Phone: 614-545-9020                                                                 Phone: 513-347-5545
Email:                                            Email:

Stars Awards

Employee Recognition

2017 Stars Awards

Stars LogoThe Stars program annually recognizes those special staff members with a much-deserved day of honor and celebration. Who are the unsung heroes among your staff who work behind the scenes to meet the daily needs of residents, clients, and program participants? LeadingAge Ohio encourages you to look beyond the clean hallways, nourishing meals, laundry areas of your organization and identify the employees and front-line hands-on caregivers who diligently work to provide selfless gifts to those we serve.

Each event includes unique touches to make the day special for our Stars including:

  • A gourmet lunch
  • “Selfie” Station to take fun pictures
  • Commemorative lapel pins
  • Award certificates
  • Copies of the heartfelt nominations for each Star
  • Fun momentos


STARS District Map and Celebration Event Information


STARS District Map


2017 STARS Information Sheet



April 5, 2017: Central/Southeast

April 12, 2017: Northeast

April 25, 2017: South/Southwest

May 2, 2017: Northwest

May 4, 2017: South

May 10, 2017: Mideast/East


STEP 1: Nominate You Staff STARS

These nominations must be made using the online link below.  Submit nomination(s) two (2) weeks prior to event. Limit of six (6) Stars per organization.

**NOTE: Please make certain that the Human Resources Director within your organization is aware of the STAR nomination prior to submission.

Online STAR Nomination Form


STEP 2: Two Easy Ways to Register for the STARS events.

Option #1: Download the flyer for your district below and mail registration form with payment to:
LeadingAge Ohio
2233 North Bank Drive
Columbus, OH 43220

2017 Stars Central/Southeast Registration Form

2017 Stars Northeast Registration Form

2017 Stars South/Southwest Registration Form

2017 Stars Northwest Registration Form

2017 Stars South Registration Form

2017 Mideast/East Registration Form


Option #2:   Online registration available below. Please click on the

April 5, 2017: Central/Southeast

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Central/Southeast event.

April 12, 2017: Northeast

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Northeast event.

April 25, 2017: South/Southwest

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the South/Southwest event.

May 2, 2017: Northwest

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Northwest event.

May 4, 2017: South

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the South event.

May 10, 2017: Mideast/East

CLICK HERE to Register Online for the Mideast/East event.

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.