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February 20, 2020

Next President & CEO Announced

The LeadingAge Maryland Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Allison Ciborowski will become the next President and CEO of LeadingAge Maryland. Following a thorough search process, the Board was unanimous in its decision that Allison was the candidate best suited to move LeadingAge Maryland forward.

Allison Ciborowski has been on staff with LeadingAge Maryland as Director of Member Relations since 2018, where she has successfully led the expansion and development of many educational, leadership development, and peer networking initiatives. She brings more than ten years of experience in the field of aging services in a variety of nonprofit settings. Allison has been actively involved with LeadingAge Maryland since its founding seven years ago, having worked previously for a nonprofit member organization. She brings a passion and energy for advancing the mission and vision of our members and the association, as well strong, well-established relationships with our provider members, business members, sponsors, and partners at LeadingAge national.

Allison will begin as President and CEO on March 30 to allow for a smooth transition as Jill Schumann, founding President and CEO, retires on April 30. We want to thank Jill for her many contributions to LeadingAge Maryland during her tenure and look forward to Allison leading us onto the next exciting chapter for LeadingAge Maryland.

Mike Brady | Board Chair, LeadingAge Maryland

Upcoming Events

Webinars & Events

March 10 - Webinar: Take Control of Your Employee Benefits Package

March 12 - Understanding Aging Conference

March 24 - Skilled Nursing Symposium

April 2 - Webinar: Fostering a Culture of Team Engagement Through Improved Onboarding Practices

May 5-6 - Annual Conference

Legislative Updates
Bi-Weekly | Monday 11 AM

February 24

March 9

Tuesday StandUp
Bi-Weekly | Tuesday 10-10:15 AM

March 3 - Privacy and Security Best Practices for Clinical Teams: What you need to know

March 17 - Nursing Documentation: Back to Basics

Workforce Wednesdays
Monthly | 12-12:30 PM

March 4 - How to Measure Employee Satisfaction with Health Benefits & Improve Retention

April 1 - Using Business Intelligence to Build Your Workforce

Housing Happenings
Monthly | 9-9:15 AM

March 18 - Processing Loss and Grief: What Affordable Housing Teams Need to Know

April 15 - Building 'Community' In Your Community

Peer Networking Forums
Members Only | Contact Allison for more details 

March 4 - Nursing Home Administrators

March 18 - Spiritual Life

March 25 - Life Enrichment


Quick Summary of Proposed Legislation of Interest in the 2020 Maryland Session

The 2020 Maryland Legislative Session is in full swing and more than 3,000 bill have been proposed. We have created a document that provides a summary of proposed bills of greatest interest to LeadingAge Maryland members. Access this quick summary here. Please let us know if you have particular interest or perspectives on any of these bills. We have provided testimony on several bills and attended hearings and will continue to do so throughout the session.

Census 2020: What It Means For Our Members

Several of you have asked about how various aspects of the census will work. Here is some information that may be helpful as you encourage the older adults in your communities to participate:

  • Nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities and inpatient hospices are all considered “group quarters” by the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will mail a letter in January to the administrators of group quarters as Phase I of that process. During Phase II – February 3-March 6, the Census Bureau will contact group quarters administrators to gather preliminary information and to schedule an in-person interview for enumeration if needed. In Phase III – February 21 – March 6, census workers will visit group quarters with which they were unable to establish contact during Phase II.
  • Assisted living facilities and the independent living sections of Life Plan Communities and affordable housing communities are considered “housing units”, not group quarters and the census of those residents will be taken the same as other “renters”.
  • To understand more about the importance of the census to older adults, this article from AARP may be helpful and it also addresses the privacy concerns of older adults with the online format and reminds everyone that people can also participate in the census via paper. Older adults may also decide to apply for temporary positions as census workers.

LeadingAge has also developed a Census 2020 FAQ.

Time for Renewal

Tis the season for renewing LeadingAge Maryland memberships. We are reaching out to sponsors and business members for 2020. If you have misplaced our email to you, please contact Jill. This year, we are including the option to reserve conference registration slots at a deeply discounted rate since that option, suggested by our board, got a big thumbs up in the Poll Everywhere survey at last year’s conference. 2020 is going to be a great year!

Build Tomorrow's Leaders and Invest in our Field's Workforce -- Apply for Leadership Academy | Applications Due February 28

Selected Academy fellows will: 


  • Read, reflect, and discuss leadership principles
  • Engage with emerging leaders across DC, Maryland, and Virginia
  • Focus on collaboration, advocacy, self-reflection, work-life integration and innovation
  • Meet leaders in the field
  • Tour other communities
  • Present an action learning project
  • Grow under the guidance of our coaches and facilitator
  • Become even stronger contributors at their communities
  • Gain confidence
  • Question established thinking
  • And much more!

LeadingAge DC, Maryland and Virginia Leadership Academy is modeled on the national Leadership Academy. This year-long cohort program knits together a long-lasting group of successful colleagues. Applications and supporting materials must be received by 5PM on February 28, 2020. 
Learn More and Apply > 

LeadingAge Maryland Consults on Strategic Planning

Jill Schumann, President and CEO of LeadingAge Maryland, traveled to North Carolina on February 14 to lead a strategic planning session with Lutheran Services Carolinas' Strategic Planning Committee and Leadership Team.

- Sponsor Highlight -

LeadingAge Maryland is excited to announce that Eventus Strategic Partners has joined us as a BronzeSponsor for 2020!

By combining planning, design, operations, finance and construction expertise, the Eventus Strategic Partners team provides you with the best coordinated solution for your senior living project planning and senior living renovation and development needs


Webinars & Events

Bi-Weekly Maryland Legislative Session Calls

**Next call** Monday, February 24 at 11AM

Learn about the issues being discussed during the 2020 Maryland legislative session. 

Join by computer:

Or you can also dial in using your phone.  +1 (872) 240-3212

- One-touch: tel:+18722403212,,408452269#

Access Code: 408-452-269


Take Control of Your Employee Benefits Package

March 10 | 11AM OR 2PM


Register Now

The high cost of employer-sponsored health insurance is single-handedly cannibalizing employees' benefits packages. Employers are investing massive amounts of money into employees' benefits, yet benefits packages - especially health and retirement plans - continue to deteriorate for most of America's workforce.

Lead your nonprofit out of this hazardous cycle by signing up for this free webinar that will show you how you can strategically approach benefit design to control costs without degrading benefits for your employees.

In this FREE 45-minute webinar, we will discuss how nonprofits can:

  • control health benefits costs to protect their investment in their employees overall benefits package
  • design your health and retirement benefits strategically so that employees can pay for healthcare without sacrificing retirement savings
  • strategically use benefits to impact retention and recruitment efforts
  • ensure employees understand the value of their benefits package 


Understanding Aging Conference

March 12 | 9:30AM-2PM

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

Register Now

LeadingAge Maryland is partnering with Montgomery College, HOC, DHCA, JSSA and Habitat America to provide an in-person educational program for senior housing professionals. Topics include: Fair Housing and Property Management, Mental Health, and Engagement & Socialization.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Fair Housing Update
    Lisa Tunick, Reno & Cavanaugh, LLC
  • Behavioral Health and Older Adults
    Kim Burton, Director of Older Adult Programs, and Casey Saylor, Older Adult Project Manager, Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Panel Discussion: Promoting Wellness Through Social Connection
    Dennis Poremski, Director of Wellness, Asbury Solomon's
    Susan Messina, Deputy Director, Iona Senior Services
    Ryan Elza, Social Entrepreneur, AARP Foundation

Who should attend:

  • Service Coordinators
  • Property Managers
  • Independent Living Administrators
  • Social Workers

*Continuing education credit available for social workers


Skilled Nursing Symposium

March 24 | 9AM-4PM

The Village at Rockville, Rockville, MD

Register Now

Be sure to register and bring your team for this day of practical information and resources on a variety of topics, including:

  • PDPM and Phase 3 Updates and Guidance
    Stephanie Kessler, Partner and Senior Living Advisor, RKL LLP
  • Survey Update: Trends and Preparedness
    Patrick Campbell, National Account Director, Providigm - a HealthStream Company
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Trauma-Informed Care Implementation
    Jill Schumann, President and CEO, LeadingAge Maryland
  • Ethical Considerations in Skilled Nursing Settings
    Charles Harrell, Chaplain, Asbury Solomons


Fostering a Culture of Team Engagement Through Improved Onboarding Practices

April 2 | 12-1PM


Register Now

This webinar demonstrates an Onboarding Toolkit, a free adaptable resource that provides more than 50 different activities, discussion guides, PowerPoint presentations with speakers' notes, organizational assessments, and more, to develop a custom onboarding experience for staff. The toolkit was developed using quality improvement and performance excellence principles, with the goal of increasing retention through engagement. The tools and resources are organized around five core principles of team member engagement.

These principles include:

  1. Welcoming a Team Member to the Organization
  2. Introduction to the Organization’s Culture
  3. Leveraging an Organization’s Mission, Vision, and Values
  4. Career Pathways and Role Specific Challenges
  5. Teamwork and Building Relationships in the Workplace

The 2020 theme is "Together"

We are a community of aging services professionals dedicated to one common purpose: advancing the lives of millions of elders in our collective care. Although we each play separate roles, we are able to accomplish more together than any of us could on our own. Join us as we explore together bold new strategies for propelling our field forward. 

Send us your stories of "Togetherness"

We'd like to share our members' stories of togetherness throughout our conference. Please send us any video, photos or other anecdotes demonstrating how your organization exemplifies the theme of "Together". Send media to our Communications Manager, Deanne Bellin.


What: A narrowly focused, 15 minute learning experience referencing a current clinical, regulatory or operational issue associated with providing care, supports and services for older adults.

When: All calls are held 10-10:15AM every-other Tuesday. 


How to join:

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 669-224-3412 
Access Code: 584-828-189 

Upcoming Sessions:

March 3 - Privacy and Security Best Practices for Clinical Teams: What You Need to Know
John DiMaggio, CEO - BlueOrange Compliance

March 17 - Nursing Documentation: Back to Basics
Stephanie Kessler, Partner and Senior Living Advisor - RKL LLP

What: LeadingAge national has partnered with LeadingAge Maryland to offer a new, convenient way for members to explore practical ideas and solutions related to building engaged, healthy workforces within their organizations. A variety of topics, ideas, practices, and solutions will be discussed.

When: All calls are held 12-12:30PM on the first Wednesday of each month.


How to join:

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 
Access Code: 839-421-413

Upcoming Sessions:

March 4 - How to Measure Employee Satisfaction with Health Benefits & Improve Retention
Derrick Smith, Senior Marketing Manager - NonStop Wellness

April 1 - Using Business Intelligence to Build Your Workforce
Seth Anthony, Director of Business Development - Holleran Consulting

What: LeadingAge Maryland and LeadingAge Ohio are excited to offer these short, practical learning sessions designed specifically for service coordinators, property managers, and other individuals who work with older adults in affordable housing settings.

When: The third Wednesday of every month from 9-9:30am


How to join:

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 646-749-3122 
Access Code: 389-687-645

Upcoming Sessions:

March 18 - Processing Loss and Grief: What Affordable Housing Teams Need to Know
Tiffany Nicollete, VP of Aging in Community - CHAI Baltimore

April 15 - Building 'Community' in Your Community
Brandon Moss, Regional Manager - CSI Support and Development

Free networking and learning opportunities exclusively for non-profit members. Please share these opportunities with others in your organizations who would be interested to connect with and learn from peers. Most networks meet quarterly for an in person meeting. To be added to the email list for any of the our networks, please contact Allison Ciborowski. Find out more about our Peer Networks here

March 4 - Nursing Home Administrators
10-11:30AM | Virtual Meeting Join Info >

March 18 - Spiritual Life
10AM-1PM | TBD

March 25 - Life Enrichment
10AM-2:PM | Ingleside at King Farm

If you have questions or would like to attend any of these events please contact Allison Ciborowski or 410-925-1295. 




LeadingAge Maryland hosted a reception for our not-for-profit members and members of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee on February 11, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Chart House in Annapolis.

The reception provided an opportunity for our members to build relationships with seasoned and new legislators and committee members. Bills of interest to LeadingAge Maryland members were discussed and our members were able to express issues of importance to themselves and their residents. 

Social Workers Peer Networking Forum Meets

We convened our social workers peer networking forum on February 12. The group discussed PDPM and trauma assessments as well as challenges and what's working in relation to level of care transitions. Special thanks to Asbury Methodist Village for hosting. The next social workers peer networking forum is scheduled for May 13 at Mercy Ridge.

Did you miss a recent #TuesdayStandUp #WorkforceWednesday or #HousingHappenings call? Don't worry, recordings are now available.

Nursing Documentation and PDPM
Stephanie Kessler, Partner and Senior Living Advisor, RKL LLP
Listen Now >

Medical Marijuana and Affordable Senior Housing
Lisa Tunick, JD, Reno & Cavanaugh PLLC
Listen Now >

Filling the Care Gap: Integrating Foreign-Born Staff into the LTSS Field
Natasha Bryant, Managing Director/Senior Research Associate, LeadingAge
Listen Now >

Listen to our past calls:

Housing Happenings >

Tuesday StandUp >

Workforce Wednesdays >


SOCIAL WORKER (LCSW-C) - Baywoods of Annapolis, Annapolis, MD

ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD

Visit our jobs page to see full listings.

To include an opening on our job board, please email our Communications Manager, Deanne Bellin.


This graphic tells the story of 202 funding, sad, but heading in the right direction.

LeadingAge Maryland Members to Receive More Than $4.8 Million in Federal Funding to Support Affordable Housing for Baltimore Seniors

Thanks in part to our membership's efforts to advocate for increased HUD funding for Section 202 through hill visits, action alerts and the housing rally, two of our members have received new grants to help expand affordable housing for low-income seniors.

Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc (CHAI) will receive $3,734,840 for the development of Woodland Gardens Elderly Housing project in northwest Baltimore, and CSI Support and Development Services will receive $1,141,097 to build seven new units at the Highlandtown Plaza Cooperative Apartments in southeast Baltimore. Read the full article >


Broadmead appoints Robin R. Somers as President and Chief Executive Officer. Robin has served the last five years as Broadmead’s Chief Operating Officer.

George Clemes joins Acts Bayleigh Chase as Executive Director. George previously served as Executive Director of Acts Manor House in Seaford, Delaware. 

Alicia Hartnett of Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant Recognized by McKnight's

Former LeadingAge Maryland Emerging Leader, Alicia Hartnett, has been recognized as one of McKnight's Women of Distinction 2020 Rising Stars. Alicia is Director of Healthcare and Assisted Living at The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant. She was part of LeadingAge Maryland's first Emerging Leaders cohort back in fall of 2018 and has been a guest speaker during our last cohort.  

Love & Company Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Congratulations to our business member, Love & Company, on their 40th year in business! 

Welcome New Business Member BurnAlong

Pikesville-based BurnAlong is out with a new feature for its mobile app that provides heart rate reading from a phone camera. The facial metrics are an added feature to the on-demand health and wellness classes offered through its platform. Read the full article >


WEBINAR | PDPM Front Runner Series: SNFs Taking Risks: Is an I-SNP the right option for you?

LeadingAge Maryland Silver Sponsors CliftonLarsonAllen and MatrixCare will host this discussion covering the basic structure and key economic variables in transitioning from a world where per patient day (PPD) drives decisions, to a value based world, where per member per month (PMPM) is king.

More Info & Register >

We love to hear from our members. Please send any information regarding transitions, events, accomplishments and awards to Deanne Bellin: 


If you're a member and not receiving notices from LeadingAge, be sure to create a new account. Not a member? Learn more about becoming a member.

LeadingAge LTSS Center 2UMass Boston 2019 Annual Report

A look back over a successful 2019 and look forward to embarking on exciting new initiatives in 2020 and beyond. Download the report >

Captial Hill Insight Call | Thursday, February 27 at 2PM

Hear from LeadingAge experts on what is going on next in the halls of Congress and how the politics of the day are shaping our policy agenda. During this call you will also get the latest updates from LeadingAge experts on aging services policy in Congress.

Next Thursday, important topics will be discussed such as:

  • How will the President’s budget impact funding for affordable senior housing and other programs
  • Update on a newly introduced bill for Hospice
  • Key updates on nursing home regulation and reform
  • Workforce issues that are a priority for Congress

Register Today >



Older Americans Month | May 2020

The theme for this year's Older Americans Month is "Make Your Mark". We invite you to celebrate Older Americans Month and make your mark in May! Share your #OAM2020 plans, stories, and events on social media.

Learn More >



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