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2014 Governor's Engaging Aging Award

Denise Izatt

Nominated by the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging in West Chicago.

Izatt has served to significantly help develop the Area Agency's Celebrity Chefs Brunch, which is the primary fundraiser event for its Holiday Meals on Wheels program. In addition to being an event donor and sponsor, she has served as committee chair since 2008. By engaging her community in fundraising efforts and identifying new donors, patrons, restaurants and chefs, Izatt has made an incredible difference to provide meals to at-risk seniors.

Dr. Paulette M. Archer, Peoria

Nominated by Central Illinois Agency on Aging.

A registered nurse since 1970, she teaches nursing students of the challenges and evidence-based practices needed for care of the older adult. This year she has been involved in revising curriculum for the Geriatric Population class at St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing to include student involvement in daily activities of older adults in community nursing homes. Dr. Archer is a compassionate nurse, teacher and advocate for seniors.

Kathy Munday, St. Joseph

Nominated by East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging (ECIAAA).

Munday, a pharmacist who owns and operates St. Joseph Apothecary, was named "Citizen of the Year" for her sense of community. When the ECIAAA administered a grant to coordinate a pilot project to help older adults manage their medications and prevent medication errors, she served as consulting pharmacist and provided training for care coordinators. Munday's work with ECIAAA continues on its Corporate Board.

Liliana Kalanik Costa, Jacksonville

Nominated by the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland.

Kalanik-Costa's dedication to social justice began when she was a teen living in Costa Rica and became involved in political, social, and human rights issues throughout Latin America. After marrying and settling in the U. S., she worked with Amnesty International, N.A.A.C.P., and American Civil Liberties Union. Currently, she works with Latinos communities in Jacksonville and Beardstown. Kalanik-Costa is the people's champion.

William Kreeb, President/CEO of the Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis

Nominated by Age Smart.

Social work for Kreeb started while growing up in Kentucky and working with impoverished people in the Appalachian Mountains. He joined Neighborhood House in the 1980s when East St. Louis was going through a tremendous change. Population dropped but the number of people living in poverty grew. Under Kreeb's leadership, Neighborhood House services include day care, adult day services, emergency services, and social work.

Jean Patrick, Carbondale

Nominated by the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging and Shawnee Alliance.

Patrick worked as the Shawnee Human Resources Director from 1985 to 2005 and assisted as the health service grew from a handful of employees to more than 200 when she retired. Previously an employee, she now volunteers providing support to help vulnerable people remain active and independent. Patrick's service through Volunteer Money Management and Shining Star programs exemplifies helping our fellow man.

Linda Siegel

Nominated by AgeOptions.

Siegel is the immediate past chair of AgeOptions' Board of Directors. She led the board in 2012 and 2013 and served as the vice chair before that. Her wealth of knowledge in the field of aging has developed throughout her career. She was Associate Director of the Area Agency on Aging in Palm Beach (FL) before moving, in 2001 to Chicago Ridge where she served as first lady during time her husband was mayor. Siegel currently holds a research assistant position in the Department of Health Services at the University of Maryland.