Each year, the Minnesota Association of Senior Services honors outstanding individuals for their work in the field of aging. 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.
We are currently seeking nominations for the 2020 MASS Professional Awards. The nomination form can be found 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 by February 7th to Stephanie Baumann at [email protected] Please consider nominating a deserving colleague!
Also, we are looking for some more representation on the Awards Committee. We will be getting together once in late February/early March to select the winners, but we would be happy to communicate via video or teleconference if someone outside the metro was interested but did not want to travel. Anyone interested can reach out directly to Stephanie Baumann at [email protected] or 651-322-6016.
Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners!
- Outstanding Professional in the Field of Aging: Sue Bohnsack, Eden Prairie Senior Center
- Up and Coming Professional: Laura Hoberg, Winona Friendship Center
Outstanding Professional in the Field of Aging award winner Sue Bohnsack was surprised at a special presentation, attended by members of the Eden Prairie Senior Center, Eden Prairie Parks & Recreation staff, the Mayor of Eden Prairie, and many others wanting to celebrate her many accomplishments. MASS members Barb Lipinski, Stephanie Baumann, and Rebecca Kropelnicki presented Sue with the well deserved award. Sue's mother happens to be a participant at the center and was also able to celebrate her daughter! Congratulations Sue!!
A wonderful surprise celebration was held at the Winona Friendship Center for Up and Coming Professional award winner Laura Hoberg, planned with her nominator and Director of the Friendship Center, Malia Fox. Laura was recognized by senior members, City of Winona and Winona Parks & Recreation staff, the Mayor of Winona, and many others wanting to sing her praises! Her parents even made a special trip from Monticello to attend the presentation! MASS members Barb Lipinski and Stephanie Baumann were proud to present Laura with the award. Congratulations Laura!!
Thank You to the 2019 MASS Awards Committee
Committee Members: Stephanie Baumann, Renee Brekken, Rebecca Kropelnicki, Amber Jacobson, Norm Kunselman. If you are interested in serving on the 2020 Awards Committee, please contact Stephanie Baumann at 651-322-6016 or [email protected] This is a fun committee to serve on, as our job is to honor and recognize our deserving colleagues for their hard work and dedication to the field. We are always looking for new members!
Past Award Recipients:
|2018||Heather Radke||Up and Coming Professional||Marshall Senior Center|
|2018||Laura Hood||Outstanding Professional||Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud|
|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|
|1995||Linda Dietz||Breckenridge Senior Center|
|1990||Steve Hennes||Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud|