2018 Leadership in Aging
2018 Leadership in Aging Honoree: Ron Swanda
While active in his career in the Air Force and as senior executive with a trade association representing the manufacturers of general aviation airplanes, Ron was always an avid volunteer. Upon retirement, Ron chose to be a “Volunteer Advocate for seniors in DC.” Ron has served as Vice-chair of the DC Commission on Aging and continues service on the Age-Friendly DC Task Force and the AARP-DC Executive Council. He is a member of the DC Long-Term Care Coalition and the Health Department’s Medical Care Advisory Committee, which advises the DC Department of Healthcare Finance on Medicaid. Ron is also a member of Seabury’s Care Management Council and the Seabury Ward 6 Senior Advisory Council.
Community Partner Award: Annie's Ace Hardware
Since 2016, Annie’s Ace Hardware has partnered with Seabury Age-In-Place® program to help local older adults age safely in their homes. Annie’s has been a collection site for the Stuff the Shed donation drive for volunteer yardwork and housecleaning supplies. In addition, Annie’s created a cash register round-up program to benefit Age-In-Place®. Annie’s employees have volunteered with Age-In-Place®, too. Annie’s business partners Anne Stom and Thomas Vedrody share a belief that businesses should be active partners within their community.
Leadership in Aging is an annual celebration started in 2006 to honor individuals and organizations on a local or regional basis for their outstanding service in the field of aging. The celebration allows us to tell our story and showcase services that are provided by the organization. Leadership in Aging has become the premier fundraising event for Seabury Resources for Aging.