Jean Wood receives national aging, disability award

September 18, 2015

Recognition is first-ever Executive Director Award from national organization

Jean Wood was presented with the first-ever Executive Director’s Award from the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities at its annual conference in September.

Wood, executive director of the Minnesota Board on Aging and director of the Aging and Adult Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, was recognized for outstanding leadership nationally and her commitment to NASUAD, first as a staff member and then as a long-standing member of its board of directors. Her leadership is credited for helping the association evolve from one that served only state aging agencies to one that now includes state agencies on disabilities and aging.

“As one of the most tenured state officials on aging programming, Jean has served as a national expert, a peer mentor, and a voice of reason on many issues,” said Martha Roherty, NASUAD executive director. “I am certain that without her consistency and strength on the NASUAD board, our association could not have achieved the level of success we have.”

Wood, who resides in Excelsior, began serving in her current position in 2006 after working in other aging-related positions in the Minnesota Department of Human Services since 1993.  She earlier served with NASUAD and was a state long-term care ombudsman in Ohio.

Wood, who will retire at the end of 2015, also recently received the Dutch Kastenbaum Outstanding Gerontology Award from the Minnesota Gerontology Society.

NASUAD represents the nation’s 56 state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities and supports visionary state leadership, the advancement of state systems innovation and the articulation of national policies that support home and community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

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