The Ohio State University at Marion


Winners named for National Association of Community Development

July 6, 2018
Winners named for National Association of Community Development

Extension Professionals Awards

June 27, 2018 – Marion, OH -- Anne Johnson, Senior Organization Development Consultant, Alber Enterprise Center of Ohio State University Extension was recently recognized as a national award runner-up by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at their 2018 Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. She received the award for the program, “Crossing Boundaries: Collaborating for Ohioans in Senior Living Communities.”

This award recognizes excellence in extension work that combines or integrates community resources and economic development activities with work in other program areas. In general, the NACDEP awards create a platform for community development work to be showcased in a professional setting beyond the state level and create a pathway toward national distinction.

In addition, a team from Alber Enterprise Center was recognized at the regional level at this conference, receiving the regional runner-up award for “Putting Elders First: Connections that Impact Ohioans in Senior Living Communities.” Myra Wilson, Director, accepted the award on the team’s behalf. “This award is significant because the team includes both internal staff as well as external long-term care professionals; the pilot program was developed with those organizations in order to improve the quality of care for senior citizens – and it is making a positive impact,” stated Wilson.

"One of the benefits of NACDEP membership is an opportunity to be recognized for outstanding work by your peers,” said NACDEP President Trudy Rice of Kansas State University Research and Extension. “These award winners that are being recognized represent the best of the best and will provide new ideas for expanding our work across the nation."

Created in 2003, The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

NACDEP has over 310 individual memberships, represents 36 states, the U.S. territory of Guam and Puerto Rico. Active members are currently employed as Extension professionals with at least a 25% extension appointment with responsibilities or strong interests in community and economic development.