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2012 Award Winners


NCAL is proud to announce the winners for its 2013 national awards program which recognizes the exemplary work of members’ employees in four categories.
  • NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living: Robin Moran from The Chelsea at Tinton Falls, NJ
  • NCAL Administrator of the Year: Julie Taylor at Gilman Park Assisted Living in Oregon City, OR
  • NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year: Cheryl Hopkins at Vintage Park at Paola, KS 
  • NCAL National Assisted Living Week Programming Award: Summer’s Landing of Warner Robins, Ga. Staff members: Allison Gatliff, Melissa LaFave, Kim Pitsenbarger, and Lany Puckett.


NCAL congratulates the award recipients. The honorees will be recognized during a special luncheon held during the 7th Annual NCAL Day, on Sunday, October 6, 2013 in Phoenix – the opening day of the 64th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention and Exposition.


Congratulations to the 2012 NCAL Award Winners!



The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of the Administrator of the Year, the Assisted Living Nurse of the Year, Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living, and the National Assisted Living Week Programming Awards. These winners represent the best in the nation in the assisted living profession.

NCAL Administrator of the Year​

Helen Crunk 
Mable Rose Estates Papillion, NE
When a staff member told her administrator about a resident’s desire to see Mt. Rushmore, Helen Crunk, RN, administrator of Mable Rose Estates in Papillion, NE, immediately said “Let’s do it.”  Crunk wore many hats during the weeklong trip. She drove the van for the 1,100 miles round trip; was nurse to the residents, and made sure all was well with the 10 adults—seven of them residents—plus the four children.  She did this to fulfill one resident’s dream.  While the trip may have been once in a life time for the resident, Crunk demonstrates those leadership traits, delivers a high standard of person-centered care to residents, and advocates for her staff and residents on a daily basis. Read the October 2012 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Ms. Crunk’s contributions. ​​​

NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year​

Beverly Johnston 
The Chelsea at Tinton Falls Tinton Falls, NJ  
Staff and residents at The Chelsea at Tinton Falls, in New Jersey benefit from Beverly Johnston, RN, C-AL, the director of health services’ dedication and passion for her work. “She works tirelessly to give dignity to all by addressing the needs of mind, body, and soul, not only involving her caregivers but the entire staff,” says Kathie Deak, executive director of the Tinton Falls residences.  Since 2005, Johnston has been the residences’ health services director. She supervises 25 health care workers and coordinates the healthcare and personal care needs of 70 residents. She exhibits the critical leadership, supervisory, and teamwork skills that are inherent in providing high quality care in the assisted living setting.  Read the October 2012 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Ms. Johnston’s contributions.

NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living
Ernest Kastner 
Van Dyk Park Place Hawthorne, NJ   
Ernie Kastner is more than the director of environmental services for Van Dyk Park Place in Hawthorne, NJ. “He is not that ‘maintenance guy’ who replaces a light bulb and moves on to the next task, he is the guy that dances up the ladder, changes the light bulb and dances back down the ladder making his audience cheer!” says Jaime Cerritelli, Van Dyk Park Place’s director of activities and volunteers. “His passion for life and desire to make people happy shines through each and every task he completes.” Read the October 2012 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Mr. Kastner’s contributions.
Best Programming for National Assisted Living Week For 2011 Theme: Forever Proud

Grace Nordlund & Cathy Roark 
Riverside Lodge Retirement Community Grand Island, NE  
Riverside Lodge Retirement Community’s “Forever Proud’ National Assisted Living Week activities began with a parade with floats and a memorial service to honoring the victims of Sept. 11, 2001 veterans, and more. It launched a week-long series of events that successfully incorporated the theme, “Forever Proud,” and included residents, staff, volunteers, families, and local community groups. The week’s other activities included a salute to the military that featured three Riverside Lodge residents speaking about their war experiences. In addition, other residents baked cookies for delivery to the Riverside Lodge Veterans group. Many of these businesses were often visited by the residents. Staff members Grace Nordlund, the assisted living activity coordinator, and Cathy Roark, resident services coordinator designed and planned seven days of programming. To learn more about their efforts, read the October 2012 NCAL FOCUS​.   



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