President/CEO, Jewish Senior Life
Years in current role: 6 (16 years with JSL)
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love being part of a collaborative, forward-looking organization. I enjoy spending time with our elders and learning about their lives and experiences. I love that our culture inspires passion for our elders, patients, and clients. Our dedicated and caring staff is also something that I love about my role. Being able to lead such an impressive and committed team of heroes during the Pandemic is something I will always remember and never forget.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Obviously fighting the battle against COVID-19 was our biggest challenge. Our entire focus from board members, leadership team, to our front line heroes was keeping all the elders at JSL safe, healthy and engaged. We all worked together in our successful fight against the nasty virus with this singular focus on our elders and patients.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the health care industry in the next 3-5 years?
I believe the biggest challenge facing health care over the next 3-5 years will be the workforce struggles many are facing. Our community and state must focus attention of how we can staff our hospitals, senior living communities, and nursing homes so that the Rochester area can continue to be known nationally for the collaborative, innovative and high quality of health care services.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I am a board member of both the Mary Cariola Center and the Rochester Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. I love both organizations and their missions.