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Laura Cameron
Executive Director
Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
(518) 449-7080, ext 12
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Karen Thornton
Director of Member Services
Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
(518) 449-7080, ext 11
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Alyssa Petronio
Special Projects Coordinator
Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
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Aging-NY Executive Director, Laura Cameron, is Henrietta Rabe Humanitarian

In recognition of her inspiration, guidance and significant contribution to the field of aging, Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the Association on Aging in New York, received the 2014 Henrietta Rabe Humanitarian Award at a joint Legislative Conference of the NYS Coalition for the Aging (NYSCA), Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS) and Aging-NY at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.



Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the Association on Aging in NY, holds received the Henrietta Rabe Humanitarian Award at the 2014 Legislative Conference, with Igal Jellinek, CSCS of NYC, Corinda Crossdale, NYS Office for Aging Director and Ann Marie Cook, President of NYS Coalition for the Aging and CEO of Lifespan.
Laura has been the Executive Director of the Association on Aging in NY since 1992. The Association (or Aging-NY as it's sometimes called) represents New York's 59 offices for aging.
 
Laura established the popular ACUU (Aging Concerns Unite Us) conference, which has grown into a professional development event that attracts 400-plus aging professionals from the New York State Office for the Aging, NYS Coalition for the Aging, Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, AARP, NYS Adult Day Services Association, Albany Guardian Society, among others, to Albany every year in June for professional development. (Click here for more information on #ACUU2014.)

"I am so honored to be recognized by NYSCA and the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC with the Henrietta Rabe Humanitarian Award," Laura told the audience at the 2014 Legislative Conference. "I share this award with the many people I’ve worked with over the years. When I reflect on my two decades as Executive Director of the Association on Aging in NY, I realize that for me aging advocacy isn’t a job or even a career – it’s a mission. It’s a mission that has become a passion for a cause that’s near and dear to the hearts – and minds – of everyone in the room."

"Laura's combination of  intelligence, dedication and compassion matched with her many years of experience makes her a valuable professional working on behalf of older adults," said Igal Jellinek, Executive Director, Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS) of NYC, one of the Legislative Conference sponsors. Read more on the conference.
                                        
In 1997, Laura received the "Association Excellence Award" from the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE), an organization representing associations in New York State, for the ACUU conference.
 

 Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the Association on Aging in NY with New York State Senator David J. Valesky (D, IP, WF) 53rd Senate District at the annual Aging Concerns Unite Us conference in Albany.
Laura has been actively involved with a group of 15 aging organizations -- the Aging Alliance -- that collaborate on aging policy issues and promote funding for community-based services for older New Yorkers.

Together the group introduced a proposal to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAGE commission, a solution for long-term care in New York that would streamline aging services by enhancing the role of the New York State Office for the Aging.Laura served as Chair of the Board of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE). She is a graduate of the 1998-1999 "Capital Leadership" class sponsored by the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.

This year, Laura joined forces with the NYS Coalition for the Aging, the Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC and Lifespan of Rochester to ask the Governor and Legislature to add $26 million to the Community Services for the Elderly (CSE) program to help deplete waiting lists for programs and services across the state.

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Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
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Karen Thornton

Karen Thornton, Director of Member Services


Karen Thornton, Director of Member Services, joined the Association in 2009. Karen has more than 15 years in the human services, not-for-profit arena, mainly as a fundraiser, event planner and volunteer coordinator.

Karen is the main point of contact for Aging-NY's members. She's responsible for educational programming and events, including the Aging Concerns Unite Us (ACUU) conference that's held every year in Albany.

She is a real asset to the Association, planning meetings, professional development events and working with the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). Recently, Karen has been Aging-NY's project manager for a series of training modules for staff and Directors of the state's local offices for aging.

Her management of ACUU includes developing workshops, bringing in sponsors and exhibitors and working with the venue to ensure the success of the event, which has seen record numbers of attendees in recent years.

"Karen is a diplomat no matter how adverse the situation, and her ever-present positive spirit is a real joy," said Laura Cameron, Executive Director of the Association on Aging in New York.

She previously worked for the YMCA in fundraising and the Wildwood Foundation, also in fundraising.

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Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204
(518) 449-7080(518) 449-7080, ext. 11


 

Alyssa Petronio

Alyssa Petronio, Special Projects Coordinator
Alyssa Petronio joined the Association in 2013 as Special Project Coordinator. A graduate of Siena College, Alyssa previously worked for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

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Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204
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 Laura
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