Congratulations to the 2019 Luminary Winners!

ElderSource received over 40 nominations this year for our Luminary Award. Nominators were given the task to select employees, coworkers or colleagues who they felt exemplified the true meaning of a Luminary; someone who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field, a leading light. While all the nominations we received showed just how much heart and dedication it takes to work with seniors and provide quality service and care, only a few among them stood out.

We congratulate all of our nominees for their passionate work with seniors, because each of their contributions has positively impacted seniors helping them to live better lives of independence and dignity.

Here are our official 2019 Luminary Award Winners

Anna Strickland, Direct Support Professional at Pine Castle 

Category: Assisted Living/ Memory Care 

Anna works with the Seniors Program, providing activities that enhance an individual’s well-being and ensures the continued engagement of those served by Pine Castle, a community that cares for older adults with intellectual and developmental differences. As part of her many responsibilities, Anna created a Story Time Session group. She literally dug right in and started a butterfly garden, stretched her dedication by leading a chair yoga class. She plays the violin and directs a small band called The Courtyard Roosters. Anna says she would like to see more visibility brought to the direct support of the profession and to the value to elevate the value of helping the marginalized members of society.

Diandra Dyer, Director of Resident Care at Autumn Village Assisted Living Facility 

Category: Assisted Living/ Memory Care

Diandra’s job at Autumn Village is to care for older adults diagnosed with mental health challenges. Sis knowledgeable about each resident she serves, offering them genuine love and personalized care and excels at helping them and their families during the most trying of times. It is so important to her that none of her residents feel judged because of their diagnosis, but instead ensures each one person is told how they each bring light to the world. Diandra leads her staff with sincerity by being a strong role model in every way. Her dedication does not stop after 5 o’clock. She often visits past residents who are in the hospital or rehab facilities. She truly brings light and love to the elderly and mentally ill in our community.

Josephine Mercado, Aide at Silver Treasures at Lane

Category: Assisted Living/Memory Care

Josephine was a nominee last year and is back again, being nominated by her new employer, Silver Treasures at Lane. Her nominator shared that residents love her because of her passion and does all things to the ‘hilt’ with an open and loving heart. And…she is known to bring her singing voice along with her tender care. Josephine is a respected leader to her peers and residents at Silver Treasures.





Jim Stuck, Volunteer Beaches Council on Aging 

Category: Volunteer 

Inspiration, boundless energy, faithful servant, dedicated, passionate, leads the charge. These are some of the words and phrases used by people who know and work with Jim Stuck.

His focus is ensuring that aging in place is not only a possibility but can be done with grace, dignity and comfort. Jim believes, as many of us do, that staying in your home can improve one’s overall physical and mental health. As a result, he created a partnership between St. Paul’s by the Sea Episcopal Church and Pablo Towers 5 years ago which brings a cultural music program to the residents. He has also been the driving force behind their enrichment program and most recently a medication management program that ensures residents are obtaining their medications and taking them as prescribed. He formed a day of service for Pablo Hamlet 2 years ago (which continues to this day) to help residents with tasks that have become difficult; i.e. cleaning, laundry, etc. He volunteers weekly at the Pablo Café and has been serving with Beaches Community Kitchen for the last 5 years which currently provides the Meals on Wheels program for seniors. Jim also serves on the board of the Beaches Council on Aging which provides transportation services to seniors and disabled at the beaches through the Dial-A-Ride program.

With his support, the Dial-A-Ride program has expanded its area of operation and its fleet. One of the Beaches Council on Aging Board members said it best, “Jim Stuck is an inspiration to us all and has boundless energy when it comes to serving the needs of seniors in his community. What makes us smile with awe is that Jim considers himself ‘just a volunteer.’’

Katelyn Woodcock, Activity Coordinator at Brooks Rehabilitation Bartram Crossing

Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Katelyn has grown at Brooks starting as a C.N.A. advancing to Activity Assistant and now serves as the Activity Coordinator at Brooks Rehabilitation at Bartram Crossing. She is intentional in getting to know her residents personally and treats them as if they are her own family. She is even willing to go the extra mile to grant the request of her residents. If a resident wants to go to the St. Augustine Outlets – she takes them. If someone needs a watch fixed, she gets it done. If a family member wants to meet their loved one at the beach, she makes it happen. Katelyn is a great leader who anticipates challenges and engages with her team. Her future is bright and she is already shining!

Carla Beverly, Home Health Supervisor at Nassau County Council on Aging 

Category: Home Health

When Nassau County’s Council on Aging Home Health Department began to experience growth and more help was needed in the office, Carla was tapped first. With 10 years’ field experience, she is not only respected by her peers but adored by her members.

Carla is responsible for scheduling and supervising all field visits, setting the schedules weekly for 25 Home Health Aides/CNAs and serving 60 members in the Westside of Nassau County. She supports the office in projects including interviews with new hires, orientations, training and technology, participates in meeting planning and team training, as well as fielding calls from members, Aides and the main office.

Having been in the field for a decade, Carla understands the importance of compassionate care and member care plan knowledge to provide that care. She knew most of the members in her area, either by being raised as a local or by having served most of the members in the Westside of the county. Carla created schedules that allowed the Aides to work the hours they could around their family, childcare, aging parents and/or car troubles. They in turn were willing to fill in for their teammates when the call came. Carla is known to be ready to serve, keeping scrubs and work shoes in her vehicle, if an emergency situation occurs when we do not have immediate coverage.

Carla has been a champion for members whose family cannot care for their loved ones. Often her role requires diplomacy and discretion. Be it in the field with members, the Aides or Main Office requests, she facilitates with grace and ease.

Krissy Young, Director of Resident Programs at Brookdale Southside 

Category: Independent Living Facility 

Krissy has amazing patience and kindness, not only for the residents at Brookdale Southside but their families. She works hard to create projects and events tailored to both the physical and mental well-being of her residents. Krissy, too, has a green thumb like another of our Luminaries. She created a butterfly garden in the atrium at Brookdale. Project with a Purpose is a program that makes residents feel important and needed. While the crafts, Bingo, music and fitness classes create a sense of well-being. Under her guidance, many of the residence, laugh, grow and become more confident.

Shirley Brown, Volunteer Project/Faith Coordinator at Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Center 

Category: Senior Center 

Shirley has been a volunteer with Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Center for over 10 years and continues to provide exceptional service to staff and volunteers. She has volunteered over 10,000 community service hours helping coordinate 6 volunteer recognition events and several other EWC events. She demonstrates leadership and consistent dedication to serve others. Her passion to serve others is contagious for anyone who has experienced her exceptional gift of service.

Wayne Rogers, Lead Driver for North Florida Executive Transportation, LLC 

Category: Medical Transport 

Wayne leads the drivers at North Florida Executive Transportation to ensure safe and timely travel for its senior clients. He takes charge in getting clients with mobility challenges to their destination all with a compassionate and caring hear. He is very friendly, kind and always goes the extra mile to make sure the client is completely satisfied.





Tina Tadros, Manager of Adult Day Program at River Garden Hebrew Home

Category: Adult Day Care

Tina is a selfless caregiver who truly loves her clients. She is hands-on developing and participating in activities; cooking for her clients as well as holding hands and providing hugs and kind words as needed. She is s role model to staff, visitors and family members.


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