Annual Awards Program



Through outstanding leadership, personal commitment, and innovation in services and program delivery, LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware members are leading the way in providing outstanding care and services to New Jersey & Delaware’s seniors.

The LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware  Awards Program is a great opportunity to recognize all the ways that our members are making a difference in the lives of residents, colleagues, and their local community.

Nominations will open in the Fall!

Please save the date to join us on January 25, 9:00 – 12:00 noon at the Boat House at Mercer Lake to celebrate and honor our 2023 Awardees. 

Take a Look at our 2022 Award Winners!

President’s Award

  • Bonnie Kelly, Executive Director Ridge Oak Senior Housing

The President’s Award is our most prestigious honor.  This highly coveted award recognizes a distinguished career of service and achievement in the field of aging and is only bestowed periodically.

Life Time Achievement Award

  • Carol Silver Elliott, President & CEO, Jewish Home Family

With a distinguished career in aging services, this individual has exemplified foresight, leadership, and a commitment to advancing aging services. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual member who demonstrates excellence in leadership, playing a pivotal role in the overall operations leading to organizational success.

Excellence in Care

  • Elizabeth Ibitayo, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Daughters of Israel
  • Justina Gilliam, Physical Therapist, The Evergreens, Acts Retirement Life Communities
  • Nancy Reyes, Community Health Worker, Fair Share Support Services

This award category recognizes individuals from LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware member communities who demonstrate extraordinary talent, expertise, and dedication in provision of exceptional service to residents.

Excellence in Community Service

  • The Jewish Home Family

This category recognizes member achievements that contribute to neighboring communities by providing outstanding services, programs, and opportunities for engagement.

Excellence in Professional Advancement

  • Andrew Van Orden, Director of Rehabilitation & Wellness, Fellowship Senior Living
  • Tina Valente, Employee Relations Business Partner, Applewood

This category celebrates individuals who have assumed progressive leadership responsibilities within a LeadingAge New Jersey & Delaware member organization, and have worked to build a shared vision, develop robust relationships, and enhance organizational capacity.

Excellence in Innovation

  • Travis Gleinig, Chief Information Officer, United Methodist Communities

This category recognizes innovative best practice programs or services that promote and enhance quality of life for senior residents, staff, and/or the surrounding community.

Excellence in Leadership

  • Thomas P. Sheehy, Jr, Administrator, Peace Care St Joseph’s
  • Tanya Sweet-Preston, Housing Administrator, Bishop Taylor
  • Diane Willoughby, Delaware Program Director, Springpoint Choice

This category recognizes people from member organizations who have exhibited an exemplary career of outstanding service in the field of aging services, and who have enhanced the concept of professionalism by virtue of their leadership.