Of the many remarkable moments in Aysha Kuhlor's life, one of the biggest arrived in 1994. She went to a party in New York City a week before she was planning to go back to London, where she had a job and was in nursing school. She met a man named Francis. They were married six weeks later. As to why she agreed to stay in the United States and get married, "I think it was all the promises," Kuhlor says, laughing.
If your first role model is a parent, then Mike Rich, 49, learned early what it takes to be a long-term care administrator. His mother, Donna, "was the type of administrator who went to work early," he says. "Back then, administrators did a lot of the hands-on work. They did rounds, they made beds. "She would come home and feed the six of us and then go back to do dishes. In the '70s, she was a regional director of operations in a time that most of those executives were men," he says.
Ron Arrison knows why he works at the interdenominational King's Daughters and Sons Home. "I believe God sent me here," he says. The former hospital administrator says he planned to stay a year. That was in 1987.
Over the past 63 years, 11 presidents have come and gone, wars have been won and lost, and the long-term care industry has experienced a roller-coaster of changes. But one thing has remained consistent: Nora Morant has served residents at Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of the Jewish Association on Aging.
From an early age, Joseph Isaacs has strived to make people proud.
As a first-year social worker, Roxanne Galloway often lay awake worrying about her future.
There may be nobody more imbued in the policy of Medicaid than Matt Salo.
Frankenmuth, MI, is a quaint Bavarian village about 90 miles north of Detroit that draws tourists from around the United States and Canada.
What most people know about Francis Kirley pertains to his success: how he is the American Health Care Association PAC chairman, and how he created one of the top 25 nursing home chains in the United States, Nexion Health.
As the ranking Republican member on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Bob Corker has witnessed firsthand the debates on antipsychotic legislation, long-term care financing and chronic illness.
Convincing medical students to go into geriatrics is a tough sell, which Joseph Ouslander, M.D., knows better than anyone.
Robin Arnicar has been on an accelerated life plan. By age 6, she knew she wanted to be a nurse. By 17, she had started working in her first nursing home as a licensed practical nurse. At 18, she was married. By the time she was 22, she was a divorced single mother who owned a home.
From an early age onward, Judy Feder learned how to stick up for herself. The third of four girls raised by an English immigrant salesman and a bookkeeper mother, Feder says she was told by her father to "stand up for what I believe in, speak out and always look people straight in the eye."
While some government officials might dream of their retirement days to be filled with globe-trotting, for Sheila Lambowitz, travel couldn't wait.
From his days as a child to running around the halls of UHS centers to running after his own children, Neil L. Pruitt Jr. has always balanced family and work.
The new leader of the American Hospital Association's Governing Council for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation has been a chief executive officer for the past 15 years. But at her core, Patricia Ostaszewski still considers herself a nurse.
Kathleen Wilson, Deputy Director, Division of Nursing Homes, CMS
At LeadingAge's 50th anniversary celebration in October, Howard Washburn was applauded, thanked and much sought after.
If you ever find yourself in the company of Joe Steier, you might get lucky and be treated to a delicious meal at Bearno's, a Louisville, KY, favorite among locals for decades.
Marsha Greenfield, VP of Legislative Affairs, LeadingAge
Should a visitor ever go into labor at eldercare's St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community in Centreville, OH, never fear: The executive director knows his way around a delivery room.
Mary Naylor, Ph.D., RN, Chairwoman, Long-Term Quality Alliance
Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, U.S. Congress (R-PA)
David Gifford, M.D., Senior VP, Quality & Regulatory Affairs AHCA
Cheryl Phillips, MD, SVP for Advocacy, LeadingAge
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC; Director of Clinical Affairs, American Medical Directors Association
Courtney Lyder, Dean, UCLA School of Nursing
Mark Parkinson, President, CEO American Health Care Association
Cynthia Morton, Executive Vice President, NASL
VP of Long-Term Care and Health Strategies AAHSA
Christopher Christensen, President and CEO, The Ensign Group Inc.
Karen Schoeneman, Deputy Director, Nursing Homes Division, CMS
Toby Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Lori Porter CEO, Founder, NAHCA
Gina S. Kaurich, Executive Director, NADONA
Audrey S. Weiner, President, CEO, Jewish Home Lifecare
Robert Van Dyk, Board Chairman, American Health Care Association
Mark McClellan, Director and Fellow, Brookings Institution
Bonnie Kantor, Executive Director, Pioneer Network
Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, HHS
Joseph Lubarsky, President, Eljay LLC
Marvin Mashner President and CEO, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities
A lot has changed since Boyd Hendrickson was hired as a nursing home administrator back in 1970...
Stephen L. Esdale, Chairman ACHCA
In November, Winthrop "Win" Marshall's three children will install him as the next chair of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
You may not know Josh Wiener, but if you're in long-term care you are probably familiar with his work.
Martinez's Cuban roots have shaped his views on life, and his childhood experiences have given him a "more caring heart" for the elderly
Hockey has played a pivotal role in Tim Lukenda's life. So it's no surprise that the former college goaltender invokes sports to explain his role at Extendicare.
Nursing is more than a profession for Charlotte Eliopoulos. It is her ministry.
George Hager just may be the Ben Roethlisberger of Genesis HealthCare Corp.