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 2018 Winners!

Honoring Excellence Group 2018

Not pictured: Frank Varga, Karen Champa & Georgina Quinn

FS - Champa

Karen Champa

Outstanding Food Service - Chef / Manager

"Karen loves her job and the residents that she encounters daily.  She is highly respected by her staff and her peers from the Operations Team.  She has valuable input and always maintains a positive attitude.  Karen is a truly dedicated employee who treats everyone with respect and caring." - Elizabeth J. Hickle, Ret. Executive Director at Light of Hearts Villa

RN - Cook
CARE - Dugang
HOUSE - Edwards
SALES - Farley

Travis Cook

Outstanding Nurse - RN

"When I think of excellence, Travis' name comes to mind.  Travis brings so much resident compassion, care and concern to his position.  He is always there to hug them, hold their hand, and make sure they are getting the best care. His job is not just a job; it is who he is at his very core." - Shawna Milatovich, Executive Director at Bickford of Lancaster

Maria "Cora" Dugang

Outstanding Caregiver (Co-Winner)

"Cora is tireless. She and her sister (co-winner), Lina Tobias have never had a call off in 11 years.  It's highly unusual to find employees that can work 80 hours per week (she works a 2nd job at an SNF) always pleasant, always with a smile, never complain and still deliver excellent service." - Ron Pyle, General Manager at Feridean Commons

Connie Edwards

Outstanding Housekeeper

"Connie is my 'go to' person for help...the leadership she demonstrates has kept our 4-person housekeeping team together for 24 combined years of experience without turnover. Connie truly is the glue that holds us together.  Her tough work ethic is unmatched!" - Andy Reinhart, Dir. of Plant Operations & Housekeeping at The Barrington of West Chester

Anne Farley

Outstanding Director of Customer Relations

"Anne's innate ability to put people at ease and help them feel safe sharing the emotional and exhausting journey of Alzheimer's is unparalleled.  Working at Ganzhorn Suites is not a job to Anne - it's a passion and this passion coupled with her never-ending desire to help those living with Alzheimer's disease and their family members." - Deborah Taylor, Director of Marketing at The Ganzhorn Suites

Regional - Hartman2

Cheryl Hartman

Outstanding Regional Director (Co-Winner)

"Cheryl has compassionately dedicated 34 years to the care industry. Cheryl is committed to excellent customer service and care within the communities she serves...not only is Cheryl an advocate for our residents, she is an advocate for our team members. Cheryl is the "go to" when we have a struggling community and she always succeeds in making a huge impact in the lives of everyone involved." - Stacey Bortz, Regional Director at Capital Senior Living

ACTIVE - Hasel

Deidre Hasel

Outstanding Activities / Life Enrichment Coordinator

"Deidre's activity program goes far above traditional activities.  Outings to restaurants, shopping, singers, bands, dancers, and even a fire breathing guest; out activities are like Deidre, upbeat and stimulating.  She always makes time to do the extras for her residents to make their worlds and life a happier place. She is one of the friendliest people I know!" -  Rich Stevens, Executive Director at Cardinal Place an Enlivant Community

BOM - Kootsouradis

Kimberly Kootsouradis

Outstanding Business Office Manager

"If you want to know about anything related to Wiggins Place, Kimberly is the person to talk to.  As the Office Manager at the front desk, Kim makes sure that everything runs smoothly.  As if running the front desk was not enough, Kim also manages the daily/weekend transportation programs for the entire Menorah park campus...she goes the extra mile on a regular basis." - Nancy Sutula, Administrator at Wiggins Place


Rev. David Parry

Outstanding Chaplain

"Rev. David Parry has been at Copeland Oaks for many years.  He started young and never wavered from teaching and ministering.  He loves all no matter their age.  Rev. Parry believes Jesus died for all of our sins.  He believes in repentance, grace and mercy.  He has given his life to the Lord." - Dorothy M. (Spack) Hahn, Resident at Copeland Oaks

LPN - Quinn

Georgina Quinn

Outstanding Nurse - LPN

Georgina works steady night shift so she can care for her family during the day.  She maintains high standards and exemplary work ethics.  On 01/12/18, a very strong snow storm his Mahoning County, making it extremely difficult & dangerous for people to travel on the roads.  Georgina called to say she may be a little late but her husband was driving her in.  Then going the extra mile she traveled to a co-workers home and brought her to work also. Georgina often goes far above and beyond the call of duty in providing amazing care." - Sr Dolly Azzi, Nursing Director at Antonine Village

HWD - Ramsey

Erica Ramsey

Outstanding Health & Wellness Director - LPN

"People follow Erica because she is a true leader in this field.  She is and always will be a patient advocate first.  She is not only a strong woman with an incredible work ethic; she is a leader and new age manager that shows you can create loyalty in healthcare by treating people with respect and giving them proper training.  She truly is a visionary when it comes to the retention of her nursing and care staff." - Kari Steele, Executive Director at Rutherford House Assisted Living

REG - Rice

Carole Rice

Outstanding Regional Director (Co-Winner) 

"Carole instills a leadership in her Executive Directors that encourages us to strive for a daily successes.  She challenges us to become better leaders by exhibiting compassion and understanding during our most trying days. We are truly blessed to have Carol Rice as our leader!" - Ohio Heartland District of Brookdale Senior Living

ED - Steinman

Shala Steinman

Outstanding Executive Director

"Shala never ceases to amaze me with her remarkable patience, dedication, respect and passion shown to our residents and staff.  She truly promotes resident centered care, leads her staff skillfully, and resolves conflict with remarkable patience and tact. Shala is well respected by all and her door is always open!"- Cindy Clark, Sales Director at Primrose of Zanesville

CARE - Tobias

Lina Tobias

Outstanding Caregiver (Co-Winner)

"Lina has provided excellent service to Feridean for the past 11 years on our 2nd shift.  She is an excellent team player.  She and her sister (co-winner), Maria "Cora" Dugang have never had a call off in 11 years.  Lina has a special talent for delivering impeccable service to our residents and always with a smile." - Ron Pyle, General Manager at Feridean Commons

DISH - Varga

Frank Varga

Outstanding Food Service Employee

"Frank has been with Maplewood as a dishwasher for two years and has never missed a day or work.  In our field it is hard to find someone so dedicated to their job on a day-to-day basis.  Frank is in college at Kent State University and is a prime example of what a hard-working college student is capable of.  He makes me proud to not only be his boss but to know & work with him." - John Orlosky, Culinary Service Director at Maplewood at Twinsburg