Senior Independence's Cassidy Accepted Into Leadership Academy

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Seven-Month LeadingAge Ohio Program Grooms Next Generation of Leadership

LeadingAge Ohio Foundation Chair R. Doug Spitler hands Senior Independence Director of Business Development Nicole Cassidy a scholarship check to Leadership Academy.

I look forward to working with some of Ohio's current leaders to help drive our profession in the future.

Nicole Cassidy recently was accepted into LeadingAge Ohio's Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the Senior services profession.

Cassidy is the director of business development at Senior Independence's regional offices in Akron and Cleveland. Senior Independence, one of Ohio's premier providers of home and community based services, offers seniors the help they require and the confidence they need to stay in the place they call home.

Each Leadership Academy class is made up of 17 individuals who work for not-for-profit organizations that are LeadingAge Ohio members. The academy program includes four two-day modules held in various locations throughout Ohio.

Each of the two-day retreats feature personal coaching, interactive site visits to host facilities and ongoing mentoring through assigned coursework and online forums. The class will finish the program at the LeadingAge Ohio Annual Conference in Columbus in late August.

"This is an opportunity to advance my skills in the not-for-profit senior services field," said Cassidy. "I look forward to working with some of Ohio's current leaders to help drive our profession in the future."

Cassidy has been with Senior Independence for eight years, starting out as an account executive and moving up to director of business development. She is passionate about older adults and shares her time, volunteering for several local senior organizations.

Cassidy holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration Marketing from John Carroll University.

About Senior Independence
Senior Independence, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS), is one of Ohio’s premier providers of home and community based services recognized for quality, innovation and a positive work environment. Statewide, Senior Independence provides services to more than 67,000 older adults, operates 10 adult day centers and manages six senior centers, in partnership with local governments. In addition, Senior Independence services are extended nationwide through its iPartners. OPRS is the largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services in Ohio.

About LeadingAge Ohio
Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio is a not-for-profit association representing approximately 400 not-for-profit senior service organizations located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services. Members are sponsored by religious, fraternal, labor, private and government organizations committed to providing quality services for their residents and for older persons in the community at large.

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