United Methodist Association

In This Issue

Achiever or Leader?

Shared Learning

Member News


Sponsor News

Joy Stories

Did you know?

Calendar of Events





Instagram     Twitter     LinkedIn
                                                                                                         July 2019
Achiever or Leader?
A blog post from Reed About Leadership

Debbie Reed
President & CEO, Chaddock
UMA Board of Directors, Chair
    I recently had the chance to hear writer, executive educator and coach Marshall Goldsmith speak. One of the (many) things he said that stuck with me was this: "One of the hardest things for high performers is to transition from being a great achiever to being a great leader." What's the difference? To be a great achiever the focus is on "me". To be a great leader, the focus is on "them."

Certainly a number of great achievers aspire to occupy the seat at the top of the organizational chart, or at least the head of a division or department. If you see yourself, even vaguely, in that statement, it may serve you well to
reflect on whether such a role is appealing because it would serve as validation or a crowning achievement to years of effort on your part, or if you feel drawn to the role because it would afford the opportunity to help your organization, and the people in it, succeed... Read more.

Shared Learning

Call for Proposals for 2020 UMA Annual Meeting

UMA is seeking high-quality education proposals for the

2020 UMA Annual Meeting
April 28-30
Boulder, CO

All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EDT July 26, 2019.

Details and the online submission form are available here.

If you have questions, please contact us at education@ouruma.org.

    A Virtual Conversation with Tom Rath
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
11:00 a.m. CST

Tom Rath, NY Times Best Selling author, will be presenting to UMA members during this virtual event. He is best known for his studies on strengths-based leadership and wellbeing and synthesizing research findings in a series of bestselling books. His books have sold more than 5 million copies and have been translated into sixteen languages.

Please stay tuned our website for more details.

Save the Date

HR Network: SelfCare for HealthCare

LeAnn Thieman, author of "Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul" and 12 other Chicken Soup books recently spoke to our HR Network sharing proven strategies that improve retention. Her year-long program, SelfCare for HealthCare, nourishes caregivers in mind, body and spirit, resulting in improved turnover, engagement and resiliency. Her team is offering complimentary consults for UMA members that include a FREE copy of the SelfCare for HealthCare Guidebook. Email katie@leannthieman.com for more details.

MRC Announces Purchase of Mirador
"MRC is excited to expand our service ministry into the Coastal Bend area. We enthusiastically welcome our new family members at Mirador." - Ron Jennette, CEO of MRC.

Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) announced the purchase of Mirador, a Corpus Christi senior living community, on May 1, 2019. MRC acquired Mirador from Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), headquartered in Addison, TX. Read more.

Leadership Excellence

    Alison Evans Elected Board President for Together Georgia

Alison Evans, President of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth and UMA Board Secretary was recently elected President of the Together Georgia Board of Directors. Together Georgia was formerly known as the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children (GAHSC).

Read more.

    LeadingAge Pennsylvania Leader of the Year: Gary Gardner, Senior Vice President of Special Projects, United Methodist Homes

The Leader of the Year award recognizes an individual with a history of exceptional leadership. Throughout Gary Gardner's nearly 20 years with United Methodist Homes, he has been instrumental in its growth. For more, please view this short video.

    LeadingAge Michigan Life Member Award: John Thorhauer, Former President and CEO, United Methodist Retirement Communities

"The Life Member Award is presented to distinguished individuals, who have made significant contributions to the field of aging services." - LeadingAge Michigan President and CEO David Herbel. Read more.

    Thank You, Doug Myers

UMA sends our best wishes to Doug Myers who served as
Vice Chair on the UMA Board of Directors and has accepted a position at Westminster Ingleside Foundation,
where he will serve as President and CEO.

Click here to read the heart-felt Asbury tribute to Doug.

UMA Welcomes New CEOs

    Nancy Weinbeck was named the new CEO of Bayview Retirement Community in April. Nancy has spent over 25 years in the field of aging, the last 18 with Bayview. Her most recent position before becoming CEO was as Director of Residential Operations. Nancy repaces Mary Cordts, who retired last spring.

Read more.

    Trey Oakley was elected President/CEO of the Methodist Children's Home (MCH) in a special called meeting of the MCH Board of Directors on May 16, 2019. Oakley, Vice President for Development at MCH, will succeed Tim Brown on July 1, following Brown's retirement. Tim Brown has served as President/CEO of MCH since 2010 as part of a 36-year career with the 129-year-old social service organization based in Waco, TX.

Read more.

    Tyler Plaxico was recently named as Wesley Glen Ministries new President/CEO. Plaxico is an ordained elder in the South Georgia Conference and a former law student. He has served as a minister in various communities in the middle Georgia area for 14 years. Wesley Glen Ministries is a private, Macon-based non-profit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities in Macon, GA.

Read more.

Bayview Celebrates EAGLE Reaccreditation

Mary Kemper visited Nancy Weinbeck in June.
    Bayview Retirement Community proudly celebrated their EAGLE reaccreditation earlier this year. Emphasizing the value of EAGLE, EAGLE has helped them to reinforce the importance of community engagement. Bayview's most exciting example of community engagement is the relationship with our Intergenerational Children's Center, which serves over 40 children. The young benefit from the wisdom and experience of elders, and elders experience the joy and wonder of youth.

Read more.

States Face Opportunities and Challenges Implementing Family First Prevention Services Act

LA Spagnola, President & CEO, Board of Childcare, met with lawmakers to share her unique perspective on FFPSA.
    This spring, Representatives (D) Democrat, Gwen Moore and Republican (R) Jackie Walorski held a Capitol Hill Roundtable discussion on how three states are implementing the (FFPSA) Family First Prevention Services Act's comprehensive law. Laurie Anne Spagnola, President, and CEO, Board of Childcare, and UMA Board of Directors member, was one of three panelists selected including David Whelan, Vice President, Child Well Being, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; and Sharon Pierce, President, and CEO, The Villages of Indiana, Inc; to share their unique perspectives on FFPSA. Also, the roundtable was organized to better inform future policy considerations, and to serve as a resource. Read more.

Family First Act Clearinghouse Delayed, Feds Give States More Flexibility
The Children's Bureau (CB), the agency that oversees most federal child welfare funding at the Department of Health and Human Services, announced a plan in June that could dramatically ease the process for states to take advantage of the front-end funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act - at least in the short-term. CB Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner notified child welfare leaders that for a transitional period, states would be able to make a case for inclusion of substance abuse, mental health or in-home parenting services that were not yet officially approved under the act. Read more.

EAGLE Peer Review Opportunities for 2019 and 2020
We are pleased to announce that all site visits for 2019 have been scheduled with confirmed teams. See calendar for details. If you are a new Peer Reviewer, please consider becoming an alternate for one of these teams. Serving as an alternate will provide you with a unique opportunity to be part of the planning process of a site visit and/or be prepared to step in in the event of a last-minute illness or emergency that may lead to the absence of a scheduled Peer Reviewer.

Please contact Jill Myers at (jmyers@ouruma.org) or at 301-556-1344 for more details.

HJ Sims Welcomes Tom Bowden as Vice President, Investment Banking
As Vice President with HJ Sims, Tom Bowden is based in Richmond, Virginia and leads business development efforts in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. Bowden is focused on raising capital for retirement communities, with a significant emphasis on those organized as non-profits. Well-versed in various aspects of senior living governance and operations, Tom consistently strives to further his knowledge for the benefit of his clients. Read more.

Building Trust
A Joy Story from LUMCH
By Patrick Blanchard

It had been said, "Nobody has ever been able to touch the abuse and get him to admit it. We had all but given up on him." The little boy had been removed from a horrendous home environment and had spent the last 12 years in sixteen different foster placements. Children who have to deal with the unspeakable things that have happened to them are at a distinct disadvantage when facing life's everyday challenges. They tend to act out impulsively, be aggressive and even assaultive. Throughout his time in foster care, this little boy had been diagnosed with major depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, conduct disorder and PTSD.

For 12 years, this child had been seen by skilled therapists who tried to get him to take the immensely critical step of acknowledging what happened to him. This is an all-to-often repeated story about the children we see in our three residential campuses and in Methodist Foster Care... To read more on this story, please click here. To learn more about LUMCH, please visit their Facebook page.
The critical difference with this child, this time, was Barry Calahan.

Share Your Joy
We would like to hear from you. Do you have a joy moment or story that you like to share? We plan to feature Joy Stories in our newsletter and on our website throughout the year. If you would like to share yours, please email Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org).

Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders
"...more than any other professionals, pastors, chaplains and pastoral counselors minister at the intersection of theology and moral practice. They teach people to choose life. They provide guidance in how to build lives worth living. They teach how to manage suffering. They monitor and intervene when suicidal people come to them for help. They guide faith communities in how to support suicide survivors."
-Dr. Karen Mason, Professor of Counseling and Psychology
Faith leaders play a key role in supporting mental health and preventing the tragedy of suicide. To equip faith leaders with the capabilities needed to prevent suicide and provide care and comfort to all those affected by suicide, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has identified a set of suicide prevention competencies-the recommended attitudes, approaches, and skills for supporting life before, during, and after a suicidal crisis. Read more.

Important July and August Grant Deadlines
     •  Funding Opportunity Available for Workforce Development: Deadline: July 15 2019
     •  NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program Deadline: July 18, 2019
     •  Transitional Living Program's Maternity Group Home (MGH): Deadline: July 25, 2019
     •  Grants for Projects in Aging Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

Recovery from Disasters
We offer our condolences to the community of Virginia Beach and to the families of those who lost their lives the violent shooting. Disasters, both natural and human-caused, affect people and communities in different ways and certain groups or populations may be at greater risk for developing severe reactions to a disaster or traumatic event. According to SAMHSA experts, "Reactions to the disaster may occur not only in people with direct experience of a disaster, but also in those who were indirectly affected through repeated exposure to media coverage of the incident. Most disaster survivors are resilient and will recover with no additional assistance. However, some people may need a little extra help during the recovery process." It may be helpful to read SAMHSA's Recovery from Disasters.

2019 Calendar of Events

July 18-19   EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
July 24   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
August   UMA Networks are on hiatus. See website for updates.
November 13   A Virtual Conversation with Tom Rath
April 28-30   2020 UMA Annual Meeting (Boulder, CO)