The Beard Center on Aging at University of Lynchburg annually recognizes three local gerontology professionals for going above and beyond to serve older adults in Region 2000. Awards include the Professional Caregiver of the Year, the Outstanding Geriatric Nursing Professional of the Year, the Outstanding Contribution to Positive Aging, and the Caring Heart Award. Winners are selected from a committee of peers who are members of the Consortium on Aging and are announced during the Conference on Aging.
Make a Nomination!
Making a nomination is a great way to recognize persons who go above and beyond the call of duty every day to make a difference in the lives of the older citizens they serve.
Information: Call the Beard Center at 434.544.8456, fax 434.544.8580, or email .
Winners in each category will receive:
- Framed certificate of recognition presented at the annual conference on aging
- $100 cash award
- Free registration to the Conference on Aging and one workshop offered by the Beard Center on Aging (non-transferable)
All nominees will receive:
- Free lunch during the conference to attend the award ceremony
- Discounted $45 registration fee to attend the entire conference (optional)
Outstanding Contribution to Positive Aging
This person is an exemplary leader for other gerontological professionals. He/she demonstrates a commitment toward quality care, education, and/or quality of life for the aging community and their caregivers. This professional is currently employed in Region 2000 or in a Consortium agency.
- Eddie and Tara Archer, Raspberry Hill Adult Daytime Center (2016)
- Karen Preston, The Summit (2015)
- Susan Rosser Jones, Campbell County Department of Social Services (2014)
- Lynn Burnham, retired (2013)
- Gary Cooper, Senior News (2012)
- Lynn Fox, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation (2011)
- Rev. Kenneth E. Burger, The Summit (2010)
Outstanding Geriatric Nursing Professional
Since 2008, the Beard Center on Aging has recognized outstanding geriatric nurses that go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the aging population in our community. He/she is currently employed in the field of nursing or in a related position and provides caring, exemplary service and commitment toward providing a positive quality of life for those he/her serves.
- Kitty Parker, Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center (2016)
- Lisa Moore, Generation Solutions (2015)
- Beverly Craft, Care OPTIONS Plus (2014)
- Kathi Cresson, Adult Care Center of Central Virginia (2013)
- Sandy Bradshaw, Gentle Shepherd Hospice (2011)
- Pamala Mutter, The Elks Home (2010)
Professional Caregiver of the Year
Professional caregivers who provide direct care to older adults and serve in the capacity of certified nursing assistant, nursing assistant, personal care assistant, hospice aide, home health aide, companion or a similar position, and who exemplify the caring and helpful qualities of a professional caregiver and consistently offer outstanding customer service in their agency of employment are recognized by this award.
- Cheryl Knight, Heritage Green (2016)
- Velma Jones, Generation Solutions (2015)
- Amanda Garraghty Brown, Bedford County Nursing Home (2014)
- Christopher Frazier, Home Instead (2013)
- Elizabeth Shultz, Home Instead (2012)
- Sandy Simpson, Home Instead (2011)
- Lucinda Tucker, Personal Home Care, Inc. (2010)
Caring Heart Award
For the first time ever, we will present the Caring Heart Award to honor a professional who makes a big impact on older adults and families he/she works with in his/her program or facility. This person is passionate and sensitive. He/she consistently goes “above and beyond” the call of duty. He/she may be a secretary, administrator, groundskeeper, housekeeper, or any other deserving staff member within the facility/agency.
- Teresa Hailey, Centra Home Health (2016)
- Tanya Peltier, The Summit (2015)
- Heather Pippen, Heritage Green (2015)