COLUMBUS - Marc Molea, strategic partnerships chief for the Ohio Department of Aging and resident of Columbus, recently received the Muriel Bertsch Award from the Ohio Association of Senior Centers, Inc. The award recognizes leaders in the aging network who exhibit a sincere commitment to the senior center philosophy. Molea was recognized for his work in improving the image of senior centers, as well as promoting centers as regional organizers of community-based services for elders.
"Marc Molea was a unanimous selection by the Ohio Association of Senior Centers (OASC) board of directors," said Dave Bibler, OASC president. "His commitment to the senior citizens of Ohio is unparalleled. He has devoted his professional career to improving the quality of life for this generation of Ohio residents. He works tirelessly with senior service providers to ensure the best possible services are delivered. This is the highest honor bestowed by the OASC, and Marc exemplifies everything we look for in in a Muriel Bertsch Award winner."
"It truly is an honor for the Ohio Department of Aging to have Marc Molea recognized for his work in creating partnerships that benefit older adults and their families," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Department of Aging. "Marc lives and breathes the idea that our elders have a lot to contribute to their communities, and that senior centers play an important role in providing elders with opportunities to thrive."
OASC is recognized nationally as one of the first organizations that advocates for enhanced programs and services for senior citizens. Its members fully recognize the value and importance of senior centers and their crucial role of providing high-quality services to older adults. In 1976, OASC recognized the excellent work of senior center pioneers by establishing the Muriel Bertsch Award. Bertsch, the first president of the OASC, was instrumental in the formation of the National Institute of Senior Centers and was the first recipient of the award. Other recipients have included Carol Austin and Ken Mahan, both past directors of the Department of Aging; Richard Hoffman, a long-time employee of the department; and Martin Janis, widely considered the architect of Ohio's aging network; among others.
"I am very proud and honored to be selected by OASC for this year's Muriel Bertch Award," said Molea. "Senior centers are a vital component of Ohio's aging network, providing a wide range of services, programs and volunteer opportunities to, in many communities, three generations of elders."
About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.
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