LeadingAge Kansas has selected 13 professionals in the field of aging services for the seventh class of the Center for Leadership (CFL). Renee Johnson, RN and Pine Village’s Director of Nursing, was one of those selected.
LeadingAge Kansas is an association of 160 not-for-profit aging services providers dedicated to serving the needs of aging Kansans. This CFL program equips talented aging services professionals to positively influence the future of aging services in Kansas.
“Our goal is to grow our own leaders in Kansas,” states Dana Weaver, chief operating officer for LeadingAge Kansas. “The program will provide the opportunity for these individuals to hone their leadership skills within their own organizations as well as influence the field on a macro level.”
More than 50 aging services professionals have participated in the year-long intensive. The program is celebrating its fifth year with great success. The group of fellows —administrators, operators, marketing managers, human resources professionals, nurses, housing managers, and food service professionals — includes representatives from all types, sizes, and locations of aging services providers in Kansas.
Over the course of the program, fellows convene in intense seminars led by established leaders in the field. The curriculum covers aging service issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn about innovative services, person-centeredness, and transformational leadership. They gain an understanding of how to lead through difficulty and continually improve the field for tomorrow’s seniors.
"Solving the challenges facing long-term care in Kansas requires highly skilled leaders from across the spectrum of professions and organizations that make up our patchwork system,” states Debra Harmon Zehr, president/CEO of LeadingAge Kansas. “By investing in emerging leaders, we are sowing seeds for better, more accessible aging services in Kansas. Individuals selected for this program are professionals with outstanding experience and commitment to aging services. It's a privilege to prepare them for the next level in their careers."
Johnson is the third Center for Leadership participant from Pine Village. This past July Jenna Lehrman, RN and Pine Village’s Behavioral Health Specialist, graduated from the program.