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Each year, the Minnesota Association of Senior Services honors outstanding individuals for their work in the field of aging at our spring conference.  In 2018, a second category was added; the Up and Coming Professional Award for those who have been in the field for ten years or less.  

Now Accepting 2019 Nominations!

We are currently seeking nominations for the 2019 MASS Professional Awards, including the Outstanding Professional in the Field of Aging (10+ years of service) and the Up and Coming Professional Award (less than 10 years of service).  The link to the nomination form is below, and nominations can be submitted by a supervisor, colleague, a senior served by the nominee, etc.  Self-nominations are also accepted.  We would ask that nomination forms be returned to Stephanie Baumann at [email protected] by February 1st

2019 MASS Professional Awards Nomination Form (pdf)

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners!

  • Outstanding Professional in the Field of Aging: Laura Hood, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud
  • Up and Coming Professional:  Heather Radke, Marshall Senior Center

Up and Coming Professional award winner Heather Radke was surprised at a special presentation, attended by many of the members of the Marshall Senior Center, City of Marshall staff, her beautiful family, and many others wanting to celebrate her accomplishments.  MASS members Barb Lipinski, Lacelle Cordes, and Michelle Starkey presented Heather with the award.  Congratulations Heather!!

Past Award Recipients:

2017 Rebecca Kropelnicki South Washington County Senior Center
2016  Nicole Gorman Farmington Senior Center
2015  Barb Lipinski Marshall Senior Center
2014 Laurie Thrush Hastings Area Senior Center
2013 Michelle Starkey Burnsville Senior Center
2012 Steve Pieh City of Minnetonka Senior Services
2011 Linda Walter City of Lakeville
2010 Missie Kohlbeck Farmington Senior Center
2009 Suzanne Kostanshek Elk River Activity Center
2008 Connie Thompson Fridley Senior Center
2007 Arlene Fink Northfield Senior Center
2006 Dodie Johnsrud Pope County Senior Center
2004 Pam Loidolt Monticello Senior Center
2003 Jeanne Fackler City of Golden Valley
2003 Gail Sinkel Delano Senior Center
2002 Susan Newville Hopkins Senior Center
2001 Kris Orluck Maple Grove Senior Center
2000 Cathy Bailey Gillespie Center, Mound
1999 Jennifer Spado (Crotteau) Buffalo Senior Center
1998 Melinda Ludwiczak  
1997 JoAnne Kvern  
1995 Linda Dietz Breckenridge Senior Center
1994 Mary Hilleshiem  
1993 Dorothy Williams  
1992 Carol Kuettner  
1991 Jean Thorne  
1990 Steve Hennes Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud
1989 Kathy Meyer  
1988 Kathryn LeBrasseur