LeadingAge Recognizes Two LSS Employees!

Carla Baum of Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), has received the 2017 E. Willis Piehl Award from LeadingAge Missouri. The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and is given to an individual employee who has made an outstanding contribution to the mission and philosophy of a LeadingAge Missouri provider member.

Carla’s significant contributions to Lutheran Senior Services during her time as a Regional Vice-President as well as her development of the post-acute care strategy for LSS were cited as reasons for her nomination and recognition of LeadingAge Missouri’s highest award. Currently, Carla is the Interim Executive Director of Meramec Bluffs, one of the largest Life Plan Communities of Lutheran Senior Services that serves over 800 older adults. She also continues to support the post acute care strategy at LSS. Both are crucial to offering service excellence to the 11,000+ older adults LSS serves annually.

Outside of her work with LSS, Carla has also made a significant impact on the community-at-large with her unique skills. She has served as Board President for Almost Home, a not-for-profit assisting homeless women in crisis pregnancy; grant panelist for the United Way; and member of the Board of Directors for Support Dogs, which provides highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities and uniquely trained therapy teams.

In 2016, Carla was also recently awarded the Health Care Accomplishment Recognition Award – Healthcare Senior Services from the St. Louis chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She was among twelve women from eleven organizations across the St. Louis region selected for recognition based on her contributions to the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.

Carla’s passion for performance and her commitment to quality may be best exemplified by a quote from Lutheran Senior Services’ CEO, John Kotovsky. “Carla’s leadership style is faith-inspired, serving as Christ would serve. It’s what makes her incredibly impactful here at Lutheran Senior Services and why we are continuously thankful that her gifts and leadership are used in service to enhance the lives of older adults.”

Janie Matsantonis, has received the 2017 Employee of the Year Award for Direct Care Staff from LeadingAge Missouri.  The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and is given to an individual employee who has made an outstanding contribution to the mission and philosophy of a LeadingAge Missouri provider member.

Janie Matsantonis has had a direct impact in the lives of thousands, using her unique attributes and skills in support of the Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) Christian Mission of “Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.” Having served for over 18 years at Laclede Groves Senior Living Community in Webster Groves, Missouri, Janie has committed herself to providing service excellence, leadership, and compassion to the older adults she serves as well as her team members.

Senior living and services can provide no less than service excellence. That motivation is seen in the high standards Janie sets for herself in the care she offers to each resident. This has also attributed to her zero-turnover rate amongst her leadership team. In senior living that is extremely rare and speaks volumes to her character and leadership, and another reason she is deserving of this award. On top of her leadership and commitment, Janie emphasizes compassion. It is something she has cultivated as one of the longest tenured DONs at Laclede Groves and all of Lutheran Senior Services.

LeadingAge Missouri is pleased to be able to recognize Janie as the 2017 Employee of the Year Award for Direct Care Staff. The difference she makes is commendable to the lives of older adults and all within the senior living and services field.