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Mount Vernon Caregivers To Learn Leadership At Academy

John Schuster is one of two Mount Vernon senior service providers who will participate in the LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy.
John Schuster is one of two Mount Vernon senior service providers who will participate in the LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A pair of longtime administrators at Wartburg in Mount Vernon have been appointed to the 2013 LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy.

John Schuster, the director of admissions at Wartburg, and Michaela Byrnes, the director of recreation at the senior service provider, will participate in the yearlong academy designed to challenge top professionals in the field.

LeadingAge New York is one of the state’s top associations for aging service organizations. The academy provides a challenging environment that enhances leadership ability in aging-services professionals so they can better provide service to the elderly in their care.

“The highly regarded academy program will facilitate the development and growth of the next generation of senior living leaders in New York,” Wartburg President David Gentner said. “I am so pleased that John and Michaela will be representing Wartburg.”

Founded more than 50 years ago, LeadingAge New York helps care providers in nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities and retirement communities. It currently employs 600 members and represents more than 150,000 professionals in the state.

“As a newly licensed nursing home administrator in New York State, it is my hope that the LeadingAge Leadership Academy will enhance my ability to improve the lives of seniors and to meet the demands that we will face as major reforms in health care are implemented in the years to come,” Schuster said.

Byrnes, who has worked in her position at Wartburg for more than a decade, said that LeadingAge has provided both she and Schuster the opportunity to offer seniors better care in Mount Vernon.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a participant in the first LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy,” she added. “I look forward to expanding my knowledge of how to implement change, be innovative and to build partnerships with my peers in the long term care field.”

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