Volunteer of the Year - People's Choice!

Eldon Harris

Position: Volunteer

Organization: Orange Senior Center


Mr. Harris, who is almost 90 years old, is dependable, and he does his volunteer duties every day, rain or shine. He takes pride in his duties and responsibilities. He is always willing to help out when asked and seeks nothing in return.

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Family Member Hero - People's Choice!

Peggy Padilla


Organization: Home Caregiver


The first time you see Peggy Padilla dance, she wows you with the sheer joy and energy of her dance. When you are told her age, you are blown away! Peggy has been a dancer almost since she was born. At 5 years old, she was entertaining at various USO facilities. Today, at 83, she is still dancing and entertaining! At five years old, her mother took her to the USO.

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Senior Hero - People's Choice!

Richard Molthen


Organization: Cypress Senior Center


I have known "Doc" for many years and one day he said, "Teena if you ever need any help ..." Well, that day changed everything. Everytime and I mean everytime a volunteer would not be able to do their duties I was able to call Doc and ask if he could help. Even if he was assisting another senior center, he would find the time to do the task for me.

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Veteran Hero - People's Choice!

Jack Ray Hammett

Position: President

Organization: The Freedom Committee of Orange County


Jack is the recipient of the Navy Commendation and Star, Navy Commendation 1 Star, Good Conduct Medal and 4 Stars, Pacific Theatre Star, American Theatre Star, European-Africa 1 Star; WWII: Korean Defense Medal and Victory Medal.

He served in WWII Pearl Harbor Attack; England: D-Day Casualty Care, North Africa & North Atlantic and Korea.

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Compassionate Caregiver - Home Care / Hospice

Megan Jimenez

Position: Caregiver

Organization: Oasis In-Home Care


The word “Hero” defines someone who “in the face of adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism”. While all Oasis caregivers consistently and compassionately engage with their senior clients, Megan Jimenez embodies this ethic at an entirely different level.

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Compassionate Caregiver - Hospital / Facility

Ana Iyeke

Position: Program Aide

Organization: Alzheimer's Family Services Center


Ana defines what it means to be a compassionate caregiver. When families drop their loved ones off in the morning, they are always greeted by Ana’s bright smile and warm heart. She knows more than just our participants’ names – Ana can tell you all about their past professions, memorable vacations, favorite pets, even childhood sweethearts! Whether she is helping to feed someone who has lost motor function or assisting with balance and mobility exercises in the health room, Ana attends to each participant’s needs with the utmost care and respect.

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Outstanding Nurse - Home Care / Hospice

Jasper Banes

Position: Registered nurse

Organization: OC Hospice


Lyn Kennedy, Administrator and CEO of OC Hospice appreciates that, “He is unfailingly willing to work 5 days a week and then weekends to provide our patients with any extra help they need. His flexibility is truly appreciated! He is willing to take on everything he is asked to do and he never says, ‘no’.”

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Outstanding Nurse - Hospital / Facility

Carrie Domene

Position: Staff RN

Organization: Anaheim Regional Medical Center


The average age of the patients that Carrie takes care of is 72.She has defined the "Art of Listening". I observe her sitting on the side of the bed of the elderly holding thier hand, and truly hearing what they are telling her. She designs her day to meet their needs, not just what the MD has ordered, and delivering nursing care, but what does the individual need from her. She ensures safety understanding their need for independance and to feel respected.

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Outstanding Social Worker - Home Care / Hospice

Susan Paulsin

Position: Social Worker

Organization: St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare


Susan has been instrumental in helping our senior population. She has been a resource to her paitients as well as to our staff. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to help her patients or co-workers. Susan helped find family for one of our confused patients that lived alone, was no longer able to drive.

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Outstanding Social Worker - Hospital / Facility

Jan Brook, MSW

Position: Department of Social Work Supervisor

Organization: Acacia Adult Day Services


Jan Brooks obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work at UCLA, and has been working with the geriatrics population ever since. She has been working with the elderly over 15 years, particularly with seniors with cognitive and physical impairments. She is the Supervisor of the Social Work Department at Acacia Adult Day Services, an Adult Day Health Care and Adult Day Care located in Garden Grove, but this is just her official job title because Jan does so much more.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim McAleer

Position: President and CEO

Organization: Alzheimer's Association


Jim McAleer began his career in the non profit world at age eighteen while pursing an undergraduate degree in Savannah, Georgia. For the next ten years, McAleer worked with individuals with mental retardation and other disabilities. He used those years to hone his leadership and senior management skills culminating in serving as the Interim Executive Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association in 1994.

For the next six years, McAleer served as the CEO and President for several agencies serving at risk populations and individuals with varying labels of disability in Boston Massachusetts, where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration at Northeastern University.

Today, McAleer is the President and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County and serves on multiple charity Boards. He lives in Orange County with his son Joseph.

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Outstanding Therapist (OT, PT, ST)

Mario Burciaga

Position: Occupational Therapist

Organization: Providence Little Company of Mary San Pedro Rehab Center


Mario is one of our patients and families favorite therapist. As an occupational therapist he meets with patients to help them achieve the highest level of independence possible, primarily with their activities of daily living. He will even go to a patient’s home to make recommendations for safety and give the patient and family an opportunity to practice in the home environment.

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Outstanding Advocate, Gerontologist, Educator

Wanda Crow

Position: President

Organization: Horizon Support Services


It's a little-known fact that the Senior Care Hero Awards annual event was started in 2011 by a small local collaborative association called "Answers", with Wanda Crow as one of the leaders. Wanda's leadership and guidance enabled this worthy cause to finally become a reality. She believed so strongly in the vision of honoring the unsung heroes of senior care, that she volunteered her own funds to reserve the Nixon Library as the venue for the first years' event.

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Outstanding Administrator or Executive Director of a Facility

Rebecca Forrest

Position: Executive Director/Administrator at Advanced Rehab Center Tustin

Organization: Advanced Rehab Center of Tustin


Rebecca has always been a caring and loving individual she doesn’t like to be in the spotlight and instead prefers to give the honors to others. When Rebecca walks into her Skilled Nursing Facility for the first time she always begins the task of insuring that both her staff and residents thrive in this environment. This requires her to give both physically and emotionally of herself. The selfless acts she does, when no one is around is what makes her a Hero in our eyes.

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Outstanding Senior Care Professional

Lahoma Snyder

Position: Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Organization: Council on Aging - Orange County


Her years of dedication and commitment to this population are outstanding, especially considering her age. She is 80 years old and still works about 40 hours a week protecting & listening to her residents. She had a resident, Sandra, who lived in a facility and desperately wanted to return to her home. Sandra worked very hard to regain her strength and health so that she could return home.

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Outstanding Physician - Specialist

Gordon Glasgow

Position: Founding Medical Director

Organization: Hospice Care of California


An Admissions Nurse calls him “a man of wisdom” and other observations (from hospice staff) describe Dr. Gordon Glasgow “as a highly professional, incredibly competent, very approachable and available physician. When called for advice or orders at all hours of the day or night, Dr. Glasgow answers the phone to immediately assist in meeting the needs of the patient and/or family. He is described as a ‘caring educator’, always including both patient and family, taking time to explain the who, what, why, and how of a treatment plan and answering questions so that patients and their families can make the best informed choice possible.

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Outstanding Physician - General Medicine

John W. Wang, M.D.

Position: Doctor

Organization: Circlemed Healthcare


I am pleased to nominate John W. Wang, MD for the Senior Care Hero Award: Outstanding Physician – General Medicine.

“OC Hospice is very proud to have such an outstanding doctor serving as our Medical Director“, states Lyn Kennedy, CEO and Administrator of OC Hospice. “He has a stellar reputation and thoroughly deserves it!”

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