UMA Fall 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Peace and Blessings
UMA Welcomes New Members
Shared Learning
Group Purchasing Plan
Member News
   ‣  Older Adult Ministries
   ‣  Children, Youth and Families Ministries
   ‣  Community-Based and Developmental Disabilities Ministries
   ‣  On the Move
Annual Sponsor News
Calendar of Events
Peace and Blessings During this Season of Advent

Season of Advent
The word "advent" derives from the Latin "adventus", meaning "coming." During its earliest observances, Advent was 40 days of repentance, fasting and prayer as new believers prepared for their baptisms. Oftentimes, these baptisms took place on the day of Epiphany, which is a day remembering the Magi's visit to baby Jesus; it was a celebration of Jesus' incarnation on Earth. Today, Advent is a period of preparation for both "advents" or arrivals of Jesus... read more.

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UMA is delighted to welcome:

Wesley Towers

Mark Mains

Mark Mains
Wesley Towers
Hutchinson, KS
    UMCH Family Services

Sean Reilly

Sean Reilly
MSW, LISW-S, Executive Director
UMCH Family Services
Columbus, OH

Welcome New Mission Supporter Business Member
Ascension Capital Enterprises, LLC, Sewickley, PA

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"It really is our call to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world and to be love in the world. EAGLE is unique in that it really calls us to focus on why we do the work."

- Allison Ashe, President/CEO,
Wellroot Family Services

Grounded in its faith-based mission and EAGLE's Principles around holistic care and exceptional outcomes, Wellroot Family Services launched Healthy Families Gainesville expanding wrap-around services traditionally offered to foster families to also include at-risk biological families. By serving birth families in the same way as foster families, many children could stay with their parents - creating stability and opportunity. Wellroot's bold three-year strategic plan uses evidence-based programming to help children and families build resiliency.

Please find The Healing Power of Family links here: website and video.

For questions about EAGLE accreditation, contact Emily Robbearts at
Welcome New EAGLE Peer Reviewers
Congratulations to Ginger Mills, Director of Advancement, Cunningham Children's Home; Pam Richmond, Chief Strategy Officer, Otterbein Senior Life and Jill Kinser, Donor Engagement Specialist, Flat Rock Homes for completing training and earning certification as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer. They join our peer reviewer pool that includes individuals representing 25 different UMA members and EAGLE accredited organizations.

Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer offers professionals a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the EAGLE process and principles. At the same time, reviewers have a chance to take back innovative solutions and best practices they learn from other organizations. The three part EAGLE Education Series for Peer Reviewer resumes in 2022. Click here for details.
Special Need for Bilingual Peer Reviewers and Translators in 2022
The EAGLE staff is working with four children/youth organizations in Puerto Rico pursuing EAGLE accreditation for the first time. To provide the best EAGLE experience for the organizations, EAGLE is seeking bilingual individuals to serve as reviewers as well as translators to assist review teams on site visits. If you are bilingual in Spanish and would like to assist with these visits in 2022, please email Emily Robbearts ( for more information on this opportunity.

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Annual Meeting 2022 in Savannah, GA

2022 UMA Annual Meeting
April 25-27  |  Savannah, GA
Please make plans to join us for an incredible shared learning and networking experience in Savannah, GA. UMA Annual Meeting registration will
open in early 2022.

   Book Your Hotel Now   
    Registration is open at the special UMA Rate for the AM2022 Headquarters Hotel:

The DeSoto - Reservations

Conference registration will begin in early 2022. For more, please click here.

The DeSoto sits on historic Madison Square, which boasts shops, restaurants and beautiful examples of Greek Revival, Gothic, and Romanesque architecture.
Click here to learn more!

   Call for Awards Nominations   
Deadline January 18

UMA is seeking nominations for the Mission Awards to recognize outstanding contributions to mission attainment through inspirational leadership, innovation, commitment, and community. Awards will be given to an individual, and to a group, organization, or collaborative partnership.

Nominations are open to all UMA members in good standing. We invite you to submit for one or both of these awards. To render your nomination(s) please click on the category:

Mission Award for a Group, Organization, or Collaboration
Mission Award for an Individual

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Award winners will be selected by the Awards Committee and presented during the UMA Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA, April 25-27, 2022.

UMA and LeadingAge Virginia Announce New 2022 Governance Series
UMA and LeadingAge Virginia are pleased to once again partner together with HJ Sims and Plante Moran Living Forward on a Governance Series. This multi-part series will launch on January 13, 2022, and will combine powerful ideas, tools, and strategic insights to deliver a learning experience for executive leadership and board members.

Building upon concepts presented during the Winter 2021 Series, the 2022 modules will feature expert thought-leaders and topics include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Strategic Planning, Sustainability Benchmarks, Innovation and Risk, Strategic Workforce Planning, Governance through Transitions, Organizational Agility and more. Breakout sessions will allow for conversation with ministry peers.

Plan to attend or register your entire board and executive team at the special discounted rate. Click here for more information or to register.
UMA Announces New Executive Assistant's Peer Network
UMA is pleased to announce a new peer network for Executive Assistants specifically those serving in roles supporting UMA member Presidents and CEOs. With more and more administrative professionals managing office software, large events and creative communications efforts in addition to their traditional responsibilities, this informal network is intended to offer a no-cost way to share best practices through discussions and presentations quarterly.

The first Executive Assistant's Peer Network Call is planned for Thursday, November 18, 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Eastern via Zoom. This introductory gathering will be a facilitated meet and greet hosted by Yvonne Levesque, Executive Assistant to the President, Florida United Methodist Children's Home with an introduction by UMA President and CEO, Mary Kemper. Please contact Sara Charbonneau ( to RSVP.

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Look for Stronger Supply Savings with Online Pro Access
The Home Depot or Lowe's store just down the street from you might be convenient for supplies now and then, but even at these big-box stores, it is unlikely that your organization is getting the best price.

UMA members now have access to Care Purchasing Service's (CPS) contracted pricing through many different vendors including Home Depot Pro and Lowe's ProServices. Rather than spending extra time and money to drive to the store for maintenance supplies or cleaning chemicals, why not set up online purchasing access with Home Depot Pro or Lowe's ProServices, and take advantage of our contracted CPS pricing? To learn more about cost-savings opportunities like this, please contact our CPS Client Account Manager for UMA members, Chad Coffey, at

HomeDepot Pro CPS Lowe's Pro Services

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Membership Renewal Time
Now is the time to renew your UMA membership for 2022. Whether we are gathering virtually or in person for our UMA Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA, UMA connects you to inspiration, learning, networks, and fellowship.

As your needs have evolved, UMA has responded with more resources to meet you where you are and help you move forward. Dues invoices have been emailed to the primary contact for your organization. If you have any questions about billing, please contact us at

Member Welcome Wednesday
Are you a newer member of UMA? Perhaps you have been a member for quite some time but need a refresher on the benefits your UMA membership provides and how you and your team can access them.

Join us for a quarterly Member Welcome Wednesday event on December 15 at 3:30 P.M., Eastern. This informal opportunity will acquaint you with all that UMA has to offer and it is a great way to maximize your benefits. Grab a cup of coffee, ask questions, meet fellow members and our UMA team, and learn how you and your organization can take full advantage of your membership. This is open to all. Please click here to register.

Adalay Wilson, LCSW Promoted to Chief Program Officer of UMFS
Adalay Wilson
Adalay Wilson
UMFS announces the promotion of Adalay Wilson, LCSW, to Chief Program Officer, of UMFS (VA). Adalay has served UMFS for more than 32 years and served as their Associate Vice President of Programs. Adalay was also recently named an "Angels in Adoption" honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Adalay serves as chair of UMA's Shared Learning Committee.

Dr. Nathan Velez Announced New President and CEO of Rainbow Acres
Dr. Nathan Velez
Dr. Nathan Velez
Rev. Gary W. Wagner
Rev. Gary W. Wagner
The Rainbow Acres (AZ) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nathan Velez as the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He began with Rainbow Acres as President and CEO-Elect on October 20 and assume the role of President and CEO on January 1, 2022. Nathan and current CEO, Gary Wagner, will overlap through the end of 2021 to ensure a smooth transition... read more.

Joe Bernard Named New Acting CEO of Spero
Joe Bernard
Joe Bernard
   Joe Bernard has been named the new acting chief executive officer of Spero Family Services (IL). He succeeds John Shadowens who served as CEO since 2014. "I could not be more grateful to accept the position at an agency full of dedicated and talented individuals who deliver on our mission to improve the quality of life for our clients," Bernard said.

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Act Now: Become a 2022 Annual Sponsor
Your Business Membership supports the mission of UMA and enhances your connections with member organizations across the country. Taking the extra step to become a 2022 Annual Sponsor provides you with year-long benefits in addition to your Business Member benefits. Show your continued support for UMA members, their work, and the people they serve by sponsoring UMA.

Watch for the announcement of our 2022 annual sponsors in our next issue!

To view or download the benefit details of each level, please click here.
Submit the online application here by November 30.

HJ Sims Financing Catalysts for Future Growth
Senior living organizations may take several approaches to achieving financial success for their communities. However, there are certain strategies that can save time and money, and ultimately execute an effective, long-term and innovative financing solution for any capital needs. These strategies... read more.

iN2L Presents Impacting Social Isolation, Loneliness, and Well-Being Webinar
Join Lydia Nguyen, PhD, Lead Researcher at iN2L, to discuss the results of iN2L's recent research conducted with older adults living at home and in senior living communities. These research programs focus on how iN2L tablets can promote engagement, connection, and well-being, and decrease feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Dr. Nguyen will provide an overview of the research program, share the positive impacts of iN2L technology on well-being and social isolation/loneliness, discuss the observed benefits to senior living staff, and offer a glimpse of our future research. Register here for Thursday, December 2 at 2:00 P.M. or 6:00 P.M., Eastern.

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November is...
National Homeless Youth Awareness Month National Adoption Month

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Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
November 16 UMA Chaplains/Spiritual Care Network Call, 2:00 P.M.
November 17 EAGLE Communications Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
November 18 EAGLE Education Series: Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
November 18 UMA Executive Assistant's Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
December 2 UMA Development Network Call, 10:00 A.M.
December 8 UMA HR Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
January 6 UMA Development Network Call, 10:00 A.M.
January 12 UMA HR Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
January 13 Governance Series, 11:00 A.M.
January 19 EAGLE Communications Network Call, 11:00 A.M..
January 27 Governance Series, 11:00 A.M.
April 25-27 UMA Annual Meeting

We invite you to keep abreast of this year's Shared Learning educational opportunities at:

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