Sep 28, 2022

September 28, 2022


The 2022 Fall Conference will be held in-person this year!

Bringing together professionals and leaders from healthcare, social services, and public administration, the Fall Conference examines the issues, practices, and discoveries affecting the lives of the older adults and individuals with disabilities we all serve.

The conference will now be a full day hosted in-person on September 28, 2022 at St. George Orthodox Church. The 2022 conference features leaders and experts in the state of the region, working together to identify needs, post-pandemic innovations, preparation for the future of aging, and age friendly initiatives. Attendees have the opportunity to discuss important issues and celebrate successes in the field with the people advancing the cause.

Join us at St. George Orthodox Church
3204 Ridgewood Rd.
Fairlawn, OH 44333

September 28, 2022 
8AM - 4:30PM

Register Here (closes 9/27)

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Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided

8-8:30 AM State of the Agency

  • Gary Cook, CEO, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities 

8:30-9:45 AM Closing the Care Gap, Senior Service Levies in Ohio (1.0 CEU for LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses)

  • Joe Rossi, CEO, Direction Home of Eastern Ohio 

  • Ken Wilson, VP Program Operations, Council on Aging

10-11:15 AM The Next Generation: The Future of Long-Term Services and Supports (MyCare/OAA) (1.0 CEU for LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses)

  • Ljudmila Burchfield, Sr. VP Compliance and Legal Affairs, Direction Home Akron Canton 

  • Chris Fagerstrom, Sr. VP Home & Community-Based Services, Direction Home Akron Canton 

  • Francine Chuchanis, Director of Entitlement Rights, Direction Home Akron Canton 

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Creative Partnerships for a New Reality: The Impact of the Pandemic on Older Adult Supports (1.0 CEU for LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses)

  • Barb White, Deputy Director, Akron-Summit County Public Library  

  • Jeff Wilhite, Summit County Council Member, District 4 

1:30-2:45 PM PACE Panel (pending 1.0 CEU)

  • Ann Conn, President and CEO McGregor Foundation
  • Shawn Bloom, CEO National PACE Association
  • Elizabeth Miller, Quality Assurance Director McGregor PACE

3-4:30 PM Age Friendly Panel  (1.5 CEUs LSW/LISW/SWA; Nurses)

  • Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Executive 

  • Dan Horrigan, Mayor of Akron 

  • Susan Sigmon, Co-Chair, Age Friendly Akron; Co-Chair, Age Friendly Summit 

  • Dr. Harvey Sterns, Professor Emeritus, The University of Akron Dept. of Psychology; Co-Chair, Age Friendly Akron; Co-Chair, Age Friendly Summit 

*Tentative; agenda/seats/offerings subject to change based on state of the pandemic


Thank you to our 2022 Fall Conference Sponsors!


Leading Sponsor

Northeast Professional


Simply EZ










Cleveland Clinic Akron GeneralACFWooster hospital



Schauer Group, Inc.