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2013 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 Administrator of the Year: Julie Taylor at Gilman Park Assisted Living in Oregon City, OR
  • NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living: Robin Moran from The Chelsea at Tinton Falls, NJ
  • 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 GatliffMelissa LaFaveKim Pitsenbarger, and Lany Puckett.

NCAL congratulates the award recipients. The honorees were 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.


NCAL Administrator of the Year​


Julie Taylor
Gilman Park Assisted Living
Oregon City, OR


Julie Taylor, administrator of Gilman Park Assisted Living is not afraid to clean, dig, paint, or do anything she asks of others.


The pride she takes in the assisted living community is contagious to her staff members. She encourages them to make their own decisions and trains them to take care of resident issues in a timely fashion. Those are just a few of the accomplishments of Taylor, who is the recipient of the 2013 NCAL Administrator of the Year Award.


Her support of staff members encourages the delivery of person-centered care to residents. In her five years at Gilman Park, she created an awards program for the community’s volunteers and reduced staff turnover while increasing census.


Read the October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Ms. Taylor’s contributions.


NCAL Assisted Living Nurse of the Year​

Cheryl Hopkins, RN
Vintage Park
Paola, KS

Cheryl Hopkins, resident care manager at the Kansas community Vintage Park at Paola, personifies the community’s mission: Make a difference, every day, every time. She is described as compassionate and committed. Hopkins’ leadership inspires staff and conveys concern and great care to the residents and their family members.

For an example of her dedication and personal commitment, her nominator Christina Dick, Vintage Park director, cited how Hopkins works long hours to make sure a resident who is close to the end of life is “not alone” and is comfortable.

Dick added, “Cheryl displays integrity and a high standard of ethical behavior by leading staff to standards, which she sets above and beyond expectations. She rolls up her sleeves and works side by side with the staff, teaching and reviewing their skill competencies.”

Hopkins has led the community to deficiency-free surveys for the past five years. In 2010, she guided staff to achieving Silver in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program.

Read the October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Ms. Hopkins’ contributions.

NCAL Noble Caregiver in Assisted Living

Robin Moran
The Chelsea at Tinton Falls, NJ

Robin Moran the recreation assistant for The Chelsea at Tinton Falls makes it her life’s purpose to get to know each resident as well as possible. She loves getting to know each resident and becomes a trusting friend to the residents. In one recent instance, a resident confided to Moran about his memory lapses and asked if his repetitive questions annoyed her. Moran reassured him that they did not, explaining that he wasn’t the only person with this condition and telling him, “This could be me some day, and I hope people will be kind when that day comes.”

Moran’s kindness is demonstrated through visits to residents who have been hospitalized. She reaches out to residents who are shy or unhappy and is often rewarded with a smile and newfound friendship.

Read the October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Ms. Morans’ contributions.

Best Programming for National Assisted Living Week For 2012 Theme: Art of the Ages

Summer’s Landing 
Warner Robins, GA

Staff members from left to right: Allison Gatliff, Kim Pitsenbarger, and Melissa LaFave. Not pictured is Lany Puckett.

The team at Summer’s Landing of Warner Robins in Georgia, planned events based on the 2012 National Assisted Living Week theme, Art for the Ages with the spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional (SPICE) needs of residents at the forefront of their programming design.

This was a winning strategy that created engaging and fun events for residents, staff, families, and the surrounding neighborhood. These four individuals designed programming that celebrated the creativity of everybody, inside and outside the assisted living community, such as a nearby daycare center, a local elementary school, and experts who conducted interactive presentations that helped empower residents to consider and create art individually and collectively.

Read the October 2013 issue of NCAL FOCUS​ for more details on Summer’s Landing of Waner Robins activities for National Assisted Living Week.​



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