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***Spring 2020 Cohort is Full - Congratulations to our new group of Emerging Leaders**

Spring Dates: March 3, April 6, May 8, June 2

Here's what people are saying about their time in Emerging Leaders...

"The course content was planned beautifully to discuss critical components needed for successful professional and personal growth. A true bond was formed among all attendees that was ultimately fostered by the amazing course leaders. Their personalities, content knowledge, and delivery of the materials made this program one of the best trainings I have ever attended in my nursing career. I strongly recommend the Emerging Leaders program to anyone who is looking to challenge themselves to be the best leader they could possibly be."

"I had a realization that made me glad I was participating: everyone was around the circle in their DiSC order and it occurred to me- although we are so different in leadership styles, I could not do my day to day work without these other minds and personalities."

"The most memorable part of day one was that your DiSC style does not define you, and that qualities you may find difficult to work with can also be qualities you look for in a person."

"I've learned how I can change things immediately to help the flow at my workplace."

Cohort members tell us that the best things about the program are the opportunity to learn more about their individual styles and personalities, how to best work with those who have differing styles and personalities, getting to know other emerging leaders, and that they enjoy the adult-centered, interactive learning environment.


Application Information and Instructions

Who can apply?

Emerging Leaders is available to anyone who is an employee of a LeadingAge Maryland non-profit member organization, regardless of their position or work experience. It is more important for candidates to demonstrate potential within their organizations and the field than it is for them to carry a specific job title.

How do I apply?

Send the following documents to Allison Ciborowski:

1. Completed application form

2. Two letters of recommendation; one must be from your supervisor

3. Up-to-date resume

Tuition: $500

Tuition includes the costs of leadership assessments and individualized reports, learning materials, and breakfast and lunch each day of the program.

Sponsoring organization commitment

If selected, the participant's organization agrees to:

  1. Pay the Emerging Leaders Program tuition and any related costs of travel.
  2. Allow time for the participant to attend all four program sessions
  3. Provide a supportive environment in which the participant can begin to practice applying the knowledge and skills gained in each session.

Mentor/Supervisor Commitment

If selected, the participant's mentor/supervisor agrees to:

  1. Meet at least once per month to discuss the participant's learnings and goals

Applicant Commitment

If selected, the participant agrees to:

  1. Attend and actively participate in each of the course sessions.
  2. Complete assignments to enhance the understanding and application of the content areas.
  3. Actively participate with your assigned learning group through phone and email.
  4. Remain employed with a LeadingAge Maryland member for the duration of the program.

Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort





Angel Bailey  Catholic Charities Senior Communities Service Coordinator
Anne Shimanovich CHAI Aging in Community, Program Manager
Ashley Deppe  Asbury Bethany Village HR Generalist
Brian Railing  Asbury Bethany Village Security Supervisor
Christa Dailey  Edenwald Director of Nursing
Courtney Abell Miller's Grant Wellness Coordinator
Dan Hanley Medline Post-Acute Sales Rep
Darren McDonell Roland Park Place Marketing Associate
Debra Loube  Ingleside at King Farm Community Engagement Manager
Diamond Moore  Catholic Charities Senior Communities Congregate Housing Supervisor
Frank Assaro LeadingAge Maryland Intern
Jacquelina Rivero Asbury Methodist Village - Sodexo Food Service Manager
Jenn Schwamb Asbury Foundation Communications Director & Program Manager
Kelechi Onyenachi  LeadingAge Maryland Intern
Meghan Curtis  Edenwald Social Worker
Nicole Knox Catholic Charities Senior Communities Housing Associate
Sara Woodward Ingleside at King Farm Life Enrichment Manager


Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Emerging Leaders Cohort





Alena Dailey

Ginger Cove

Activities Coordinator

Amanda Truman

Hospice of the Chesapeake

RN Clinical Manager

Ana Amaya

Collington Life Care Community

Culinary Services Coordinator

Andrea Whetzel


Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Brandi Salvatore

Asbury Springhill

Health Services Supervisor

Brandy Marius

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Property Manager

Cindy Perez

Miller's Grant

Administrative Assistant

Dana Neel

Hospice of the Chesapeake

Clinical Manager

Danielle King

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Property Manager

Debra Pease

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Property Manager

Elena Ruiz

Asbury Methodist Village

Dining Room Supervisor

Hannah Albers

National Lutheran Communities and Services

Project Manager and Executive Assistant to the CEO

Janet Cole

Fahrney Keedy Home and Village

Assistant Director of Nursing

Julie Stanley

Glen Meadows

Sales Counselor

Kate Kavitski

Ingleside at King Farm

Director of Life Enrichment

Kia Evans

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Property Manager

Kristen Sottile

Ginger Cove

Dining Room Supervisor

Melissa Blackstone

The Village at Rockville

ConnectedLiving Manager

Michele Kiley

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Tax Credit Property Manager

Michelle Pryzie

Asbury Bethany Village

Social Worker

Morgan Cain

Baywoods of Annapolis

Sous Chef

Penny Gaines

Baywoods of Annapolis

Dining Room Supervisor

Philippa Hollingsworth

Heron Point

Director of Assisted Living

Reggie Tinsley

Mercy Ridge

Maintenance Manager

Tiffany Mack

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Service Coordinator

Trickeyta White-Satterfield

Catholic Charities Senior Communities

Congregate Housing Supervisor


Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Emerging Leaders Cohort

Name Organization Role/Title
Alicia Hartnett Carol Lutheran Village Administrator in Training
Anna Nowaczyk  Assisted Rehab Rehab Manager
Aubrey Sippel  Asbury Bethany Village Retirement Counselor
Cathleen Liberatore  Ginger Cove Dining Room Manager
Cortney Woolslayer  Asbury Bethany Village HR Generalist
Donna Snyder  The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant Director of Sales
Emily Foster  National Lutheran Communities and Services Brand Manager
Hanna Perez  The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant Dining Room Supervisor
Jameel Samuels  Asbury Methodist Village  Dining Room Supervisor
Javier Castillo  Asbury Methodist Village Dining Supervisor
Karen Hood  Asbury Methodist Village Administrative Assistant Residential Living 
Kristin Juchem  Asbury Bethany Village  Director of Resident Life and Volunteer Coordinator
Laura Cheung  Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village Director of Staff Development 
Molly McFarland Brown  Asbury Methodist Village Office Coordinator
Ryan Hetrick  Asbury Springhill Fitness Manager
Sarah Hemming  Asbury Solomons Healthcare and AL Wellness Manager
Susan Sherwood  Asbury Springhill  Marketing Coordinator
Tiffany Fletcher  Asbury Methodist Village Dining Room Supervisor
Yewanda Obasa  Baywoods of Annapolis Nurse Navigator


Spring 2020 Session and Date Information

March 3, 2020 – Who I Am

  • Explore and discuss one’s own strengths and styles using the DiSC assessment and related learning activities

  • Explore and recognize how one relates with individuals with differing strengths and styles

  • Set personal development goals

  • Discuss the significance of one’s organization’s mission and vision, and how their individual contributions can move the organization toward these goals

April 6, 2020 – How I Interact with and Lead Others Part 1

  • Recognize and discuss styles of others on one’s team

  • Discuss and practice strategies for effective interpersonal communication

  • Discuss and practice strategies for productive conflict

  • Recognize and discuss how one’s DiSC style might affect communication and conflict management tendencies

May 8, 2020 – How I Interact with and Lead Others Part 2

  • Discuss and practice strategies and techniques for “ditching the drama” in the workplace

  • Discuss and practice techniques for reframing one’s thinking

  • Recognize one’s own locus of control and how this affects their ability to demonstrate and practice accountability

  • Discuss and explore different levels of personal accountability

  • Discuss and explore strategies and techniques for building trust

June 2, 2020 – How I Continue to Grow

  • Discuss and practice strategies for working with and leading challenging individuals

  • Explore how to effectively navigate the transition from “Bud to Boss”:

    • Succeeding in your transition

    • Setting goals with others

    • Giving coaching and feedback

    • Successful collaboration

  • Develop a plan for continued growth and development

All sessions will be held at the Asbury Home Offices, 5285 Westview Dr, Frederick, MD 21703


More About the program

To support our members in developing leaders who will help take their organizations into the future, LeadingAge Maryland is pleased to offer a newly redesigned Emerging Leaders Program.

Helping high potential employees and new managers gain the knowledge and skills to contribute as effective leaders is a key initiative for any successful organization. As the healthcare environment changes and organizations are asked to do more with less, it will be more important than ever for not-for-profit aging services organizations to have effective leaders across all departments and levels. This program was developed based on feedback from LeadingAge Maryland members, past program participants, and input from subject matter experts in the fields of leadership and organizational development.

Who is this program for?

Emerging Leaders is designed for individuals at any level of an organization who are newly in a management role, aspire to be in a management role, or who play or want to play a leadership role within their organization.

Note: Emerging Leaders is different from the LeadingAge DC, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Leadership Academy. To learn more about the Leadership Academy, please visit:


Emerging Leaders is a selective, four-month long growth and development experience for individuals at any level of an organization who are passionate about the field of aging services, and who are seeking to transform themselves, their relationships, and their organizations.


Expanding possibilities for aging through helping organizations develop engaged, whole, and effective leaders across every department and level.


Participants will engage in small group, customized learning experiences over the course of four months. This is a highly interactive program that will prompt and facilitate self-exploration, discovery of strengths and areas of opportunity, and development of a plan for continued personal growth and development. Upon successful completion of the program, Participants will receive an official certificate of completion, along with recognition on the LeadingAge Maryland website, future Emerging Leader’s materials, and at the following year’s Annual Conference.

Questions? Contact Allison:, or call 410-925-1295


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