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 Chandra Matthews, Colorado Access (2013), Shannon Gimbel, Denver Regional Council of Governments (2014), Ky Agnew, PASCO (2015), Chad James, The Center at Lowry (2016), Kelly O’Connor, Senior Care Authority (2017), and Nanae Ito, Senior Support Services (2018).


The Society is pleased to present the 2020 Professional in Aging Award jointly to Nicole Schiavone, Colorado Assisted Living Association and Jarrett Hughes, Senior Policy Advisor to Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

Nicole Schiavone is a registered nurse who has owned five small homes known as A Wildflower Assisted Living for fourteen years. The homes serve older adults, brain injury residents, and those with chronic mental illness. She is also the owner of The Journey Brain Injury Community Services, an adult day program. She is active with at the Capitol on legislative issues and believes in advocating for those who are unable to speak for themselves.  She is an advocate for person centered care and currently is the president of Colorado Assisted Living Association.  She has an Associates of Nursing from Front Range Community College.

Jarett Hughes is currently the Senior Policy Advisor on Aging, Office of Governor Jared Polis.  Previously he was the Project Administrator for Colorado Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging.  He is an adjunct faculty in Gerontology at Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College, Grand Junction.  He earned a BS from Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina and a master’s degree gerontology program from the University of Northern Colorado in 2018.

The Society is pleased to present the Young Professional in Aging Award to Nicole Schiavone and Jarrett Hughes.