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Each year, the LeadingAge Texas Awards honor those who are committed to enhancing the field of aging services and who excel in leadership and advocacy. These awards celebrate those who embody our highest aspirations and inspire our admiration, all while making appreciable contributions within and beyond the walls of their communities.

LeadingAge Texas honored this year's award winners at the 2018 Annual Conference & Solutions EXPO in May. Throughout the conference, attendees celebrated these dedicated aging services professionals who provide impactful leadership, innovative programming, and outstanding support for aging Texans and the not-for-profit staff who serve them.

Many thanks to the 2018 Award Winners for placing quality first, delivering excellence in the work you do, and inspiring those around you to do the same! Nominations for our 2019 Awards will open mid-November!

2018 LeadingAge Texas Award Winners


Award of Honor
Ron Jennette, President and CEO • Methodist Retirement Communities

Dr. Herbert Shore Outstanding Mentor
Nicole Gann, Chief Operating Officer • Juliette Fowler Communities

Emerging Leader
Sharla McDaniel, Director of Human Resources • Manor Park, Inc.

Excellence in Governance
Willie Rivers, Board Member and Past Chair • Plano Community Home Sponsored Properties

Excellence in Leadership
Rodney Rueter, President and CEO • Lutheran Sunset Ministries

Service Excellence
Teresa Fierros, Personal Caregiver • Freedom House at Blue Skies of Texas

Volunteer of the Year
Darla Kay Blake, Volunteer • Manor Park, Inc.


Excellence in Advocacy
Plano Community Home Sponsored Properties

Excellence in Community Service
Querencia at Barton Creek

Excellence in the Workplace
Goldberg B’nai B’rith Towers

Innovation in Care & Services

LeadingAge Texas Network Representatives Council who collectively spearhead the 2018 Awards Program.

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