Our Mission

The LeadingAge Leadership Institute provides meaningful leadership and growth opportunities which emphasize the vital importance of relationship building, emotional intelligence and transformational leadership skills.

Introducing our 2020 Fellows

Congratulations to all the individuals selected and their organizations for supporting their journey!

Cameron Akita Panorama
Mari Apana Fred Lind Manor
Jill Chang Bayview
Mohamed Egal SHAG
Marlene Feliciano Wesley Lea Hill
Brittany Hallett Emerald Heights
Gurpreet Kaur Wesley Des Moines 
Katie Langner Foss Home and Village
Emily Lazar Transforming Age
Tien Le SHAG
Sofia Leguizamon Skyline
Julie Lim  Skyline
Nicole Loosbrock OPTUM
Shannon Noren Tacoma Lutheran
Jodi Pena Evergreen Court
Sheri Pfost Tacoma Lutheran
Michael Reasner Consonus Healthcare Services
Alicia Reyes Parkshore
Katie Salyers-Smith Parkshore
Maurice Sharpe SHAG
Jesse Simmons CRISTA Senior Living
Krystal Willingham Vashon Community Care
Martin Yanushev CliftonLarsonAllen

Coaches and Facilitators

Tracy Fritts, Facilitator Consonus Healthcare Services
Karmen Hudson, Facilitator Judson Park
Diana Buckalew, Coach Garden Village
Dave Foltz, Coach Fred Lind Manor
Tim Graves, Coach Crista Shores
Eve Jakoboski, Coach Transforming Age

View a list of our 2020 Leadership Institute Fellows


  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Collaboration and Commitment
  • Responsiveness and Open Communication
  • Respect and Generous Listening
  • Trust Building
  • Innovation


  • Learn how leaders become more authentic through clarification of personal values and their own leadership philosophy.
  • Understand the concepts behind distributed leadership and empowerment.
  • Explore how paradigm shifts occur, supporting environments of creativity and innovation.
  • Become aware of how a leader’s emotions influence the workplace and everyone in it.
  • Discover the secret of building trust at multiple levels-with others, within organizations, and communities at large.

Past Graduates and Coaches

Meet our 2019 Leadership Graduates & Coaches  Congrats’

Meet our 2018 Leadership Institute Graduates & Coaches!

Meet our 2017 Leadership Institute Graduates & Coaches! Congrats’

LeadingAge WA’s 2015-16 Leadership Institute Graduates & Coaches! Congratulations!

Congratulations! Meet our 2014-2015 Leadership Institute Coaches and Graduates

Congratulations! 2013-14 Leadership Institute Graduates

Jay Aguas. Nikkei Concerns – Nikkei Manor; Brooks Brainerd, Sage Architectural Alliance; Jonalyn Brown, Consonus Healthcare; Rosalinda Fernandez, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Phyllis Gearring-Anderson, Optum Post Acute Services; Suzanne Gollhofer, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Tim Graves, Crista Shores; Lawana King, Gardens at Juanita Bay; Kathy Knutzen, Christian Health Care Center; Robby Lanouette, Tacoma Lutheran; Wendy Li, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Chris Manio, Northaven; Kate Quebe, Franke Tobey Jones; Deanna Simpson-McNeal, Tacoma Lutheran; Bob Taylor, Sodexo/Tacoma Lutheran; Thea Van-Houl, Wesley Homes; Laura Williams, Garden Village; Roberto Yranela, Covenant Shores

2013 Leadership Institute Alumni

Alumni: Diana Buckalew, Garden Village; Annika DiNovi, Cristwood Nursing and Rehab; Karen Gamble, Covenant Shores; Mary Hindall, Consonus Healthcare Services; Anthony Laflen, Consonus Healthcare Services; Chris Magill, Franke Tobey Jones; Julie Martin, LeadingAge Washington; Carlene Marquis, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement; Annie Morningstar, Franciscan System Services; Cynthia Pack, Evercare; Edwin Pasion, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Catherine Reis-El Bara, Christian Health Care Center; Cindy Sears, Columbia Lutheran Home; Tracy Starcher, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Valerie Thiel, SAGE Architectural Alliance; Scott Wotring, Sodexo (Warm Beach) Coaches: Karmen Hudson, The Kenney; R. Kevin McFeely, The Hearthstone; Glen Melin, Crista Shores; Mark Mullen, Fred Lind Manor; Facilitator: Michele Holleran, DeArment Consulting

2012 Leadership Institute Alumni

Becky Bearden, Consonus Healthcare Services; Yoko Berthet, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Valerie Blanco, Garden Village; Sheryl Breidenbach, Evercare; Meagan Clark, The Gardens at Juanita Bay; Kristine Grant, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community; Jean Henkels, Covenant Shores; Twila Lorenzen, University of WA, Tacoma; Jerry Nelner, Consonus Healthcare Services; John Storz, CRISTA Senior Living; Eugenia Vinyar, Emerald Heights; Karen Lee Werner, Sodexo Senior Living.

2011 Leadership Institute Alumni

Alumni: Sherlyn Bessette, Judson Park; Jessica Chow, Nikkei Concerns – Seattle Keiro; Ben Coffman Infinity Rehab; Susan Cottrell, Timber Ridge at Talus; Linda Coulson, Evercare; Pete Del Signore, Consonus Healthcare Services; Jan Dion, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community; Pamela Gill, Cristwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Karmen Hudson, The Kenney; Mark Linden, Exeter House; Janice Pate, Covenant Shores; Naniofa Poulivaati-Mounga, Wesley Homes Des Moines; Alisa Sands, Warm Beach Senior Community; Kelly Scott, Living Care Retirement Community; Joanie Vivaz, Wesley Homes


2010 Leadership Institute Alumni

Alumni: (Back L-R) Nikole Jay, Emerald Heights; Joy Del Calzo, The Kenney; Sharon Christor, Tacoma Lutheran; Kevin McFeely, The Kenney; Dan DeBoise, Riverview Retirement Community; Deneen Richardson, Evercare; Lynette Ladenburg, Tacoma Lutheran; (Front L-R) Anne Arakaki-Lock, Covenant Shores; Tracy Fritts, Consonus Healthcare Services; Shelley O’Brien, Caroline Kline Galland Home; Christine Bachman Hall, Franke Tobey Jones; Marlita Basada, Covenant Shores; Lisa Meinecke, Wesley Homes; David Heyer, Columbia Lutheran Home; Darlene Storti, Northaven; Russ Akiyama, Judson Park; Pat Sylvia, Aging Services; Michele Holleran, Holleran & Associates – (not pictured) Manisha Desai, Sodexo Senior Services; Laura Hofmann, Warm Beach.

The LeadingAge Washington Leadership Institute vision is to develop leaders who will serve their organizations, state affiliates and the field of aging services in an exemplary, dynamic and innovative fashion. This new class of leaders will be the pioneers for the future of aging services.

2019-2020 Dates

Participants will engage in four face-to-face learning experiences that include visits to member communities, intimate conversations with aging services leaders and self-exploration of leadership styles through exercises and readings. Dates & themes are as follows:

  • Nov. 13-14, 2019 – Values Based Leadership – Harbor View Manor, Tacoma
  • Jan. 22-23, 2020 – Innovation – Martha & Mary, Poulsbo
  • August 18-19, 2020 – Relationship Management – Location TBD  (new dates)
  • October 26-28, 2020 – Self Management – The Grand Hotel, Spokane (new dates)



Contact Pat Sylvia, Director of Education and Member Development, LeadingAge Washington
PSylvia@LeadingAge.org | (253) 964-8870

2019 – 20 Faculty:

  • Tracy Fritts, Vice President of Leadership Development, Consonus Healthcare, Facilitator
  • Karmen Hudson, Sales Director, Judson Park, Co-Facilitator
  • Coaches:
  • Diana Buckalew, Nursing Services Director, Garden Village
  • Dave Foltz, Executive Director, Fred Lind Manor
  • Tim Graves, Executive Director, Crista Shores
  • Eve Jakoboski, Vice President of Administration, Transforming Age

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