Service Awards of The Society

2015-Awardees

2015 Service Award and Henry Welch Scholarship Recipients at the 36th Annual Meeting of The Society. From left Eileen Doherty, Director, Colorado Gerontological Society; Ky Agnew, Young Professional in Aging Award; Courtney Neary, Welch Scholarship Winner; Mona Osterhoudt, Welch Scholarship Winner; Kent Olsen, Pioneer in Aging Award; Ferol Johnston, Al Berger Community Service in Aging Award; Joe Barrows, Rocky Mountain Health Plans – Corporate in Aging Award; and Ron Wright, President, Board of Directors.


The Awards Committee of the Board of Directors selects the winners of the Society’s five annual awards. The awards include the Distinguished Pioneer in Aging, the Al Berger Community Service Award, the Young Professional in Aging, Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging and the Corporate Award. This is a great opportunity to recognize a colleague who has made a difference in the field of aging.

The purpose of these awards is to recognize and honor those individuals who have contributed to the advancement of the field of aging in Colorado. Select an award below to learn more about them and those who have received them.

Al Berger Community Service Award

The Al Berger Distinguished Service in Aging Award remembers a former President of the Board of Directors of the Society. Al Berger was a past president of The Society who volunteered many hours to lead the long term care insurance initiative to protect individuals who were placed in long term care facilities as well as quality of life efforts following ...

Corporate Award in Aging

The Corporate Award in Aging is given to organizations and agencies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping Colorado’s senior population continue to live independently and healthily. In their leadership, community service, and work to improve the quality of life for older adults through their agency mission, recipients of the Corporate Award in Aging represent the passion and caring that ...

Distinguished Pioneer in Aging

The Distinguished Pioneer in Aging Award recognizes those individuals who have been working continuously in the field of aging making contributions at the federal, state, and local level for 30 years or more. Past recipients of the Distinguished Pioneer Award include Stephen Bender of the Veterans Administration (2007), Catherine Benavidez Clayton of the Hispanic Nurses Association (2008), Sheldon Steinhauser of Metropolitan ...

Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award

The Eugene Dawson Leadership in Aging Award remembers the work of the first president of The Society from 1980-1982. His leadership helped to bring increased awareness and recognition to the field of gerontology in Colorado. The Award recognizes the work of community leaders who strive to be on the vanguard of efforts to improve the quality of life for older ...

Professional in Aging Award

The Professionals in Aging Award recognizes up-and-coming individuals within the aging field who are positively impacting the senior community. They bring fresh ideas, new projects and lots of energy to the aging field and help our community to continue to support seniors in Colorado. Past recipients include Erica Sprenkel of Brookdale Senior Living (2006), Jamie Malone of the Colorado Department ...