UMA September 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Mary's Message
Organizations Awarded EAGLE Accreditation
UMA Annual Meeting
UMA Mourns the Loss of Dr. Tyler Plaxico
UMA Welcomes New Members
Thank You 2021 Excel Members
Shared Learning
Care Purchasing Services
Marketing the Value of EAGLE
Member News
   ‣  Older Adult Ministries
   ‣  Children, Youth and Families Ministries
   ‣  Annual Conferences
   ‣  On the Move
Annual Sponsor News
Calendar of Events


A Reflective Time

Mary Kemper
Mary Kemper
President & CEO

    Time expands and contracts in ways we don't always comprehend. These past two years in particular, time's rhythm has altered for many of us. Yet, certain milestones invite us to pause and reflect on where we have been and the progress we've made. Most of all, it offers a chance to stand still, be present and express our gratitude for the important people and organizations in our lives.

This month marks my five-year anniversary as president and CEO of UMA. I am profoundly grateful to the UMA board, staff, members and sponsors who make up our UMA family. Without hesitation, I can say that you - the UMA members - and your dedicated commitment to
your organizations continue to inspire me. You are truly servant leaders who strive to grow and learn, to do more, to do better, to serve more and to do so in fresh and innovative ways.

I firmly believe that an association's strength is in the commitment and engagement of its members. Since I stepped into my role in the fall of 2016, we have united around powerful themes to inspire us: Connecting Community, Pathways to Excellence, Empowered by Joy, Resilience 365 and now Growing in Partnership. Together, at our annual and peer network meetings, we have collaborated, invited tough conversations and reached out to one another for support. Quality and compassion have guided those conversations. Hope and faith have strengthened our resolve to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.

It has certainly not been easy... read more.

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Organizations Awarded EAGLE Accreditation

The EAGLE Accreditation Commission awarded the following reaccreditations to:
Charlotte, NC
      Presbyterian Home for Children
Presbyterian Home for Children
Talladega, AL

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Growing in Partnership will be the theme for the 2022 UMA Annual Meeting.
The Shared Learning Committee, chaired by Adalay Wilson, Vice President of Programs at UMFS, convened last month to review a record number of quality education proposals.
Mark your calendar and plan to bring your leadership team to join your UMA peers for this engaging in-person meeting. With more than 20 outstanding education sessions, general sessions and events, you'll learn, discover, and grow together as individuals, organizations and partners.
Registration will launch in in mid-January 2022.

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Dr. Tyler Plaxico Dr. Tyler Plaxico, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Glen Ministries, passed away on September 9. "We are heartbroken to learn of Tyler's death. He was a gifted leader and man who led our ministry well and deeply cared for our residents," said Patricia Beeber, chairwoman of the Wesley Glen Board of Trustees. UMA extends its deepest condolences to Wesley Glen Ministries board, staff and residents and his family during this difficult time.

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UMA Welcomes New Members

UMA is delighted to welcome:
Circle of Care Hillcrest Family Services Methodist Children's Home Society
Circle of Care
Keith Howard
Circle of Care
Oklahoma City, OK
Hillcrest Family Services
Mike Fidgeon
Hillcrest Family Services
Dubuque, IA
Methodist Children's Home Society
Kevin Roach
Methodist Children's Home Society
Redford, MI

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Thank You 2021 Excel Members

UMA wishes to thank the following organizations who have contributed extraordinary support above
their membership dues this year. Their generous contributions support a bold future for UMA.

Board of Child Care
Baltimore, MD

Magnolia Manor
Americus, GA

Cunningham Children's Home
Urbana, IL

Methodist Children's Home
Waco, TX

Richmond, VA

United Methodist Communities
Neptune, NJ

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Lessons in Resilience: Preparing, Managing and Recovering from Crisis
September 23, 2021 - 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Eastern

Planning and preparation are the keys to surviving and recovering from an emergency. When crises occur, will your organization be ready? An organization that has taken the time to think through its response to an emergency will recover faster.
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services    Join leaders from Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services as they share their organization's response not only to the COVID-19 pandemic, but to the impact of devastation caused by natural disasters past and present. Hear their lessons learned, and how LUMCFS' EAGLE accreditation helped guide an internal framework and processes that supported their clients, staff and communities. Click here to register.
Highlights from UMA and CHHSM Building a Resilient Ministry CYF Event
Seventy attendees from human service providers from across the country attended "Building a Resilient Ministry," a joint webinar between UMA and Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) on August 11. The event featured a keynote by Frank Kros, a career child advocate whose presentation provided resilience-building inspiration and practical tools and a panel discussion featuring Adalay Wilson, Vice President of Programs of UMFS and Chris Cox, President and CEO of Hoyleton Youth and Family Services and was moderated by Mary Kemper, President and CEO of more.

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UMA has entered into an agreement with Care Purchasing Services (CPS) to offer its members additional purchasing power through this non-exclusive group purchasing agreement.

UMA was involved with CPS many years ago. Much has changed at both UMA and CPS since that time. UMA President and CEO Mary Kemper felt the time was right to reengage with CPS. She hopes members will take a fresh look at the CPS purchasing benefits to support their purchasing needs.

With ongoing financial pressure to reduce operating costs, CPS offers another resource to help organizations control the costs of a wide range of supplies, equipment and services including products that to support administration, culinary, environment, health, therapy and fitness, construction, renovations and technology needs.

"We see this as a value add for members as they seek to manage their costs and access supplies amidst inflation pressures and ongoing supply shortages," said Kemper.

If interested in learning more, please visit our website or reach out to Susan Packin at with any questions.

"CPS is a strong option as we all look to get the best pricing for our organizations. The pricing programs, which can be shared with our employees, are not just good for our organizations, but also a great benefit and many employees have seen significant savings, especially with the GE appliance program."

- Alan Brown, CEO, Methodist Retirement Communities, TX

"EAGLE looks through a lens that we see as the heart and soul of our organization. It really does look at our faith foundation and how that influences the operational practices of our organization."

- Dianne Schultz, President/CEO
The Baby Fold
Watch our EAGLE videos to hear more from Dianne and other leaders of EAGLE organizations about the value of faith-based accreditation. These are great resources to share with staff, board members and others who want to learn more about the importance of EAGLE Accreditation.

EAGLE Celebration of Excellence 2021

EAGLE Accreditation: What Is EAGLE?

EAGLE Accreditation: Why EAGLE?

Chandler Estate joins Asbury Communities (MD)
"It is becoming increasingly common for senior living organizations to join together to expand their missions... Asbury and Chandler are excited to learn from and grow with each other."... read more.

- Sandra Lawson, Chief Growth Officer, Asbury Communities

Evenglow Announces CEO Retirement and Successor
Cindy Wegner
Cindy Wegner
Mark Hovren
Mark Hovren
Evenglow Senior Living and its Board of Trustees have announced the appointment of Cindy Wegner as chief executive officer. Wegner succeeds Mark Hovren, who has recently retired as CEO after serving in that position for 17 years. Under his leadership, Evenglow recently led a multimillion-dollar, four-year expansion of their campus. Evenglow has been continuously EAGLE accredited since 1991.

Cindy Wegner, who assumed the role of CEO on Aug. 16, has more than 27 years of experience in senior living services... read more.

Act Now: Become a 2022 Annual Sponsor

Becoming a 2022 Annual Sponsor provides you with year-long exposure and business relationships and supports our UMA mission and ministries. To view or download the benefit details of each level, please click here. Submit the online application here. For more information, contact Kristen Jones at


September is National Preparedness Month, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Hunger Action Month. Please find additional resources on these below:

National Preparedness Month

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Hunger Action Month

Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
September 23 Lessons in Resilience: Preparing, Managing and Recovering Through A Crisis, 11:00 A.M.
September 30 EAGLE Education Series: Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
October 7UMA Development Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
October 13 UMA HR Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
October 14 EAGLE Education Series: Introduction to EAGLE, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
October 28 EAGLE Education Series: Preparing for EAGLE Self-Study/Site Visit, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
November 4 UMA Development Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
November 10 UMA HR Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
November 11 EAGLE Education Series: Serving as an EAGLE Peer Reviewer, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
November 17 EAGLE Communications Network, 11:00 A.M.

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

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