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; recognizes individuals who are just starting to study and work in the field of aging and are under the age of 50.

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; recognizes individuals who are just starting to study and work in the field of aging and are under the age of 50.

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), Nanae Ito, Senior Support Services (2018) and jointly to Nicole Schiavone, and Jarrett Hughes (2020).

The Society is pleased to present the 2021 Professional in Aging Award jointly to Kendall Rubottom and Shelby Parker.

Kendall Rubottom is a registered nurse who has a love for the geriatric population and contributing to the community.  We first met Kelly when she attended the assisted living administrator training four or five years ago.  Since then, she has purchased five assisted living homes in northeast Colorado, two in Sterling, two in Fort Morgan, and one in Yuma which she operates under the name Harmony Home.  Despite the many challenges that small assisted living residences with less than 20 beds have encountered in this time of COVID-19, Kelly has expanded the business and kept true to her passion. At Harmony Home, the goal is to provide personalized care and assistance to the residents while offering independence.  Under her watchful eye, Harmony Home provides a home like atmosphere with the safety and security of protective oversight.  She lives in Sterling, with her husband, Scott who is a general contractor. He owns and operates Sterling Handyman.  They have three young children.

Shelby Parker is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and will be graduating in May 2022. She is planning to further her education by completing a residency after graduation specifically emphasizing geriatric care. Her passion lies in helping older adults manage their medication by providing them with education and preventing adverse effects.  Giving back to the community is something she finds very fulfilling through volunteer work.  She has participated in Society events such as Holiday Baskets and Medicare Part D prescription drug counseling during Medicare open enrollment. Last year, she was the president of the local CU Anschutz chapter for The American Society of Consultant Pharmacies. Through this pandemic, she has enjoyed being a part of many vaccine clinics administering COVID-19 vaccines to our community. Shelby was also one of the recipients of the Henry Welch Scholarships last year from The Society.