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Profile: Israel Ray

Profile: Israel Ray

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During college, when Israel Ray ran track and field and specialized in the 110-meter hurdles, his coach noticed he would do whatever it took to win during a practice.

Profile: Jay Zimmer

Profile: Jay Zimmer

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Ask The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living CEO Jay Zimmer about his hobbies, and he'll mention he's been a long-time runner who also enjoys hiking and cycling.

Profile: Betty Frandsen

Profile: Betty Frandsen

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While many in the long-term care nursing profession know of Betty Frandsen's long career, they may not know she wakes up early each day to attend to her "horse nursing home."

Profile: Ruta Kadonoff

Profile: Ruta Kadonoff

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Studying Lithuanian was a large part of Ruta Kadonoff's Saturday mornings while growing up in Connecticut. One of three girls born to native Lithuanians, her parents left the country during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. from London in 1960.

Profile: Cecilia Sepp

Profile: Cecilia Sepp

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There's a running joke in the association management community that no kid dreams of a career in association management.

Profile: Alice Bonner

Profile: Alice Bonner

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Even if long-term care providers don't know much about the personal life of Alice Bonner, Ph.D., RN, they have likely seen her in running shoes.

Profile: Fred Benjamin

Profile: Fred Benjamin

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Whether it's representing the American Health Care Association, Medicalodges, or another of his interests, there's a frequent comment about Fred Benjamin: "That man is everywhere."

Profile: Kathryn Roberts, Ph.D.

Profile: Kathryn Roberts, Ph.D.

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At first blush, unflappable LeadingAge Board Chairwoman Kathryn Roberts, Ph.D., is not the type of person whom one asks to hold her boots.

Profile: Terri Cunliffe

Profile: Terri Cunliffe

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A few weeks after becoming the first female chief executive at Covenant Retirement Communities in June, Terri Cunliffe found herself chatting with a fellow passenger on a flight back from corporate headquarters. When he learned Cunliffe had spent the past 28 years at the company — nearly her entire working life — the man was surprised.

Profile: Sharon Colling

Profile: Sharon Colling

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While many administrators enter long-term care because of a personal experience, American College of Health Care Administrators interim CEO Sharon Colling's connection is different than most.

Profile: Tom Coble

Profile: Tom Coble

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At the end of February 1993, Tom Coble was working on offshore natural gas delivery in the Gulf of Mexico. By March 1, he was sitting behind a desk at a nursing home.

Profile: Naushira Pandya, M.D.

Profile: Naushira Pandya, M.D.

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After spending her childhood in Uganda and completing her early medical training in England, Naushira Pandya, M.D., was shocked by what she first witnessed as an American doctor.

Profile: Tammy Barker

Profile: Tammy Barker

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As Tammy Barker, RN, has climbed through the ranks in long-term care nursing, there have been literal obstacles.

Profile: Diane Carter

Profile: Diane Carter

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When Diane Carter was 14 years old, she volunteered as a candy striper at a nursing home near her home in Denver.

Profile: Kari Olson

Profile: Kari Olson

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The mother of 5-year-old twins and president of the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing in California, Kari Olson epitomizes work-life balance.

Profile: Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

Profile: Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

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When he's not busy working to improve the quality of life of residents at Sunrise Senior Living's more than 300 assisted living communities, Ed McMahon, Ph.D., can often be found perfecting his recipe for mulligatawny soup or planning his next trip overseas with Wade, his husband of 30 years.

Profile: Barbara Gay

Profile: Barbara Gay

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Growing up in a quintessential New England town with extended family all around, Barbara Gay always appreciated the rich relationships she had with older adults.

Profile: A New York state of mind

Profile: A New York state of mind

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As a child, Melissa L. Martin, M.D., MPH, was a singer who performed at Lincoln Center, a part of attending Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. The school is known as the basis for the setting of the movie "Fame."

Profile: Offering a voice of reason

Profile: Offering a voice of reason

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While he was growing up in Washington, D.C., there was a running joke in Clifton Porter's family. His mother would go on a "work trip," and his family would say that "six months later there would be news" from the region where she went.

Profile: The thrill is far from gone

Profile: The thrill is far from gone

Growing up in a big family, Deborah Green's tenacious spirit developed out of necessity: "As one of six kids, I was always vying for my parents' attention," says the executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer at the Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association.

Profile: Mor than meets the eye

Profile: Mor than meets the eye

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While Brown University Professor Vince Mor's accomplishments may be heralded in the long-term care profession, what may be less known is his dedicated work with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

Profile: Dedicated to excellence

Profile: Dedicated to excellence

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Of Carol Scott's many accomplishments, there is one that is a particular highlight: enabling nursing home residents on ventilators in her home state of Missouri to receive treatment.

Profile: AHCA's money player

Profile: AHCA's money player

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If there's a prevailing theme around the hours American Health Care Association senior fellow Elise Smith keeps, it's that they are constant.

Profile: Respecting his elders

Profile: Respecting his elders

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Michael D. Gore made great strides professionally this spring, but it also was a season of sadness for the rising long-term care leader. His grandmother died at the age of 87 after spending her last weeks in the Lincoln Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hamlin, WV. Gore was the center's executive director at the time.

Profile: Seniors' intimacy expert

Profile: Seniors' intimacy expert

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When Gayle Doll began her career, she set out on a completely different path from the one she is on today.

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

Profile: Faith in nursing and family

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As the youngest of four children in a small rural town in Minnesota, Neal Larson grew up in a tight-knit circle where hard work and putting family first were cherished values.

Profile: A rare bird in Congress

Profile: A rare bird in Congress

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When Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) was around 4 years old, she asked for a doctor's kit. But growing up in a working class family in Glen Burnie, MD, the future nurse and Congressman didn't know how to pursue her healthcare dreams.

Profile: Mastering by example

Profile: Mastering by example

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Everything Mary Leary needed to know about tenacity and resilience, she learned at home. Her father lived a full life despite injuries from World War II that left him fully disabled and forced him to relearn how to walk and talk.

Profile: On the side of seniors

Profile: On the side of seniors

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For those who work with Medicare beneficiaries, Judith Stein is a well-known powerhouse. Since founding the Center for Medicare Advocacy in 1986, she's led numerous major cases involving Medicare denials.

Profile: Work feels just like home

Profile: Work feels just like home

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If a Ciena Healthcare Management facility feels especially homelike, it's possibly because of Kay Peruski.

Profile: Headlines to headliner

Profile: Headlines to headliner

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It could have been fate that led Leonard Russ to healthcare. No one will really know. But what it wasn't was expected.

Profile: Boldly improving quality

Profile: Boldly improving quality

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As a child, Adrienne Mims, M.D., MPH, thought about being a lawyer. But when her beloved grandmother died of cervical cancer when she was in high school, she redirected her attention to a career in healthcare.

Profile: Still answering many calls

Profile: Still answering many calls

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When he entered nursing school, Steve Proctor was answering a call to serve others that he first heard years earlier. As a child growing up near Lake Huron, Proctor suffered from severe allergies and asthma and was in and out of doctors' offices. A series of shots helped him overcome his condition, and he saw that healthcare workers could change lives.

Wise beyond his years

Wise beyond his years

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Although he is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of aging, at least one of his friends says Judah Ronch is an under-recognized architect of nursing homes' culture change movement.

Profile: The grateful gatekeeper

Profile: The grateful gatekeeper

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Close to 50 years ago, John F. Taylor made two important decisions. First, he married his wife, Paula. Then, he left college roughly 10 credit hours shy of graduating.

Slow gardener, fast study

Slow gardener, fast study

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Stephen McAlilly, CEO and president, Mississippi Methodist Senior Services

A credit to the accreditor

A credit to the accreditor

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After more than two decades rising through the ranks at the Joint Commission, Gina Zimmermann's career can partially be ascribed to ethics instilled by her parents.

Every day learner, leader

Every day learner, leader

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For a man who describes himself as a "shy nerd" drawn to data and analytics, Christopher E. Laxton has mastered the role of leader.

Extremely goal-oriented

Extremely goal-oriented

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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.

He learned from the best

He learned from the best

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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, Executive Director, King's Daughters and Sons Home

Ron Arrison, Executive Director, King's Daughters and Sons Home

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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.

On the job for 6 decades

On the job for 6 decades

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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.

Profile: Joseph C. Isaacs Executive Director, Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative

Profile: Joseph C. Isaacs Executive Director, Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative

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From an early age, Joseph Isaacs has strived to make people proud.

Profile: Roxanne Galloway, Chairwoman, American College of Health Care Administrators

Profile: Roxanne Galloway, Chairwoman, American College of Health Care Administrators

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As a first-year social worker, Roxanne Galloway often lay awake worrying about her future.

Profile: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors

Profile: Matt Salo, Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors

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There may be nobody more imbued in the policy of Medicaid than Matt Salo.

Say 'Guten Tag' to Gehm

Say 'Guten Tag' to Gehm

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Frankenmuth, MI, is a quaint Bavarian village about 90 miles north of Detroit that draws tourists from around the United States and Canada.

A success at new starts

A success at new starts

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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.

Optimistic man with plan

Optimistic man with plan

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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.

This leader's a team player

This leader's a team player

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Convincing medical students to go into geriatrics is a tough sell, which Joseph Ouslander, M.D., knows better than anyone.

This 'car on perpetual roll

This 'car on perpetual roll

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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.

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