OALA Honoring Excellence Awards

Each year OALA recognizes the efforts of individuals in our profession who have done an outstanding job. These individuals are nominated by their peers and the residents in their communities.

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Anne's creativity is second to none -her programs involve science, current events, music, and photography.  She works with the local Mayor's office to recognize residents with milestone birthdays, and she manages an extensive volunteer program.

Anne Messer

Anne's creativity is second to none -her programs involve science, current events, music, and photography. She works with the local Mayor's office to recognize residents with milestone birthdays, and she manages an extensive volunteer program.

For over 20 years Gina has been providing outstanding care to the residents at Oakleaf Village.  She excels in personal engagement, making every resident feel special.  She recognizes the importance of the seemingly little things  - sitting and chatting, listening, or just holding a hand.  Gina is a leader through example and is never too busy to step in and help with residents, families or co-workers.

Gina White

For over 20 years Gina has been providing outstanding care to her residents. She knows how personalized care can make every resident feel special.  Gina is never too busy to step in and help with residents, families or co-workers.

Monique is just getting started - she works full time and goes to nursing school full time - her tireless, positive attitude is contagious.  To her it’s a privilege to take care of her residents and she also understands that it’s the little extras that matter - braiding hair, painting finger nails, or just sitting with a resident that is feeling down.  Monique's dedication and drive set her apart.

Monique Thompson

Monique's positive attitude is contagious. To her it’s a privilege to take care of her residents and she also understands that it’s the little extras that matter - braiding hair, painting finger nails, or just sitting with a resident that is feeling down. Monique's dedication and drive set her apart.

Max exemplifies "community relations" - she started at Middleton before it opened and helped fill it up - she coordinated events to build relationships with the local community, build census, and more importantly to cement its place in the community at large.

Max Kirby

Max exemplifies "community relations" - she started at Middleton before it opened and helped fill it up. She coordinates events to build relationships with the local community, build census, and more importantly to cement its place in the community at large.

Kathy is a role model.  Her staff are dedicated to her and they rise to meet or exceed her high expectations.  Kathy has a long standing zero deficiency record.  She is hard working and creative.  Kathy loves her residents and she lover her job and it shows - she has been an loyal member of her team for 35 years.......

Kathy Richmond

Kathy has a long standing zero deficiency record. Kathy loves her residents and she lover her job and it shows - she has been an loyal member of her team for 35 years.

Lynn was a floor nurse who stepped up when the Wellness Director position was open.    She was quickly promoted and has excelled in problem solving and decision making.  Lynn is a leader that rolls up her sleeves and gets things done.  She is not only dependable but a trusted adviser with excellent resident care always at the forefront.

Lynn Eitel

Lynn was quickly promoted and has excelled in problem solving and decision making. Lynn is a leader that rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. She is not only dependable but a trusted adviser with excellent resident care always at the forefront.

Charlie's priority is simple - "whatever the resident needs".  He makes himself available 24-7 and he takes great pride in the appearance of his building.  Charlie will try to fix anything and needs little to no guidance.  He treats the budget dollars like his own money.  He is self-motivated and skilled, but its the attention and respect that he gives the residents that really sets him apart.

Charles Kline

Charlie's priority is simple - "whatever the resident needs". He makes himself available 24-7 and he takes great pride in the appearance of his building.  He is self-motivated and skilled, but its the attention and respect that he gives the residents that really sets him apart.

Jill is a compassionate leader that cares about her staff and each resident.  Her care plans are truly resident-centered.  She takes time to get to know each resident and their special interests.  Jill has a passion for teaching, mentoring and continuing education. She has her staff's trust and respect because that is what she gives to them.

Jill Nowacki

Jill is a compassionate leader that cares about her staff and each resident. Her care plans are truly resident-centered. She takes time to get to know each resident and their special interests. Jill has a passion for teaching, mentoring and continuing education. She has her staff's trust and respect because that is what she gives to them.

Dorothy brings compassion, empathy and professional excellence to her job.  She was one of the first employees hired at Antonine Village in 2015.  Dorothy has always gone above and beyond for her co-workers and residents.  Her patience and compassion in serving memory care residents is second to none.  Dorothy's enthusiasm and caring sets the standard for quality of care at her building.

Dorothy Strenk

Jill is a compassionate leader that cares about her staff and each resident. Her care plans are truly resident-centered. She takes time to get to know each resident and their special interests. Jill has a passion for teaching, mentoring and continuing education. She has her staff's trust and respect because that is what she gives to them.

Robert has been in social services for over 20 years.  He treats each person with respect, kindness, and patience.  Robert assists residents and families with understanding Medicare and Medicaid, VA benefit options, and transitions into the Medicaid Waiver Program.  Robert is a problem solver - he alleviates stress for so many of our seniors and their families with knowledge and dignity.

Robert Evans

Robert has been in social services for over 20 years. He treats each person with respect, kindness, and patience.  Robert is a problem solver - he alleviates stress for so many of our seniors and their families with knowledge and dignity.

Debbie promotes her company's culture in all she does.  She coordinates operations in all departments, she implements technology enhancements, she troubleshoots and problem solves, and she manages admissions.  Residents and families praise her professionalism and caring attitude and we honor that today.

Debbie Morrison

Debbie promotes her company's culture in all she does. She coordinates operations in all departments, she troubleshoots and problem solves, and she manages admissions. Residents and families praise her professionalism and caring attitude.

Ann treats people with respect and that trait filters down to her entire staff.  She is genuine, professional, and knowledgeable.  Ann treats the residents like her own family and her pride in her community is a difference maker.  Ann is a dedicated leader who values her staff and supports them, earning their respect.  In fact, Ann had 17 nominations for this award from her staff - that says it all.

Anne Sevenich

Ann treats people, residents, staff, and family with respect. She is genuine, professional, and knowledgeable. Ann treats the residents like her own family and her pride in her community is a difference maker. Ann is a dedicated leader who values her staff and supports them, earning their respect. In fact, Ann had 17 nominations for this award from her staff - that says it all.

Greg approaches each day with a desire for excellence.  He loves coming to work every day, and the residents love to see him.  Greg coordintes transportation, a much needed service, but he loved being involved so much that he started a Men's Group that he hosts weekly.  He also joined the orientation team to help train new employees so that he can spread his passion for service.

Greg Lyzen

Greg approaches each day with a desire for excellence. He loves coming to work every day, and the residents love to see him. Greg he started a Men's Group that he hosts weekly. He also joined the orientation team to help train new employees so that he can spread his passion for service.

We would like to take this time to do something special and honor an assisted living leader that passed away unexpectedly in August 2017.  Karen Corso was a beloved leader who had vision, energy and courage.  She successfully ran an assisted living community for 27 years and then took a leap of faith to start a new memory care facility on the west side of Cincinnati.  She realized her dream and her strong spirit carries on at Artis Senior Living.  Those who knew her well attest that she has left a legacy of love and hope and joy.  Accepting the award on behalf of Karen Corso is Nancy Eckel, Director of Partnership Development.

Karen Corso

Karen Corso was a beloved leader , unexpectedly passed away August 2017. Karen had vision, energy and courage. She successfully ran an assisted living community for 27 years and then took a leap of faith to start a new memory care facility on the west side of Cincinnati.  Those who knew her well attest that she has left a legacy of love and hope and joy.