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Vanessa Brookes, Friendly Senior Living Director of Quality, Honored as Rising Star in Women of Distinction Awards

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Vanessa Brookes, Director of Quality for Friendly Senior Living, has been recognized by McKnight’s as a Women of Distinction award winner in the Rising Stars category. This national recognition honors women who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the senior care industry.

2019 is the inaugural year of the Women of Distinction awards program, created to recognize executive-level women at senior living communities. Of the hundreds of nominations received, Brookes was one of only approximately 20 women nationwide chosen as a Rising Stars winner, and the only award recipient from New York State in this category. The Rising Stars category specifically recognizes women age 40 or younger, or with less than 15 years of experience in the profession. Recipients will be honored at a special event in Chicago in May.

Brookes’ commitment to aging services began in her teens, when she volunteered at a local assisted living residence for people with dementia. This experience led her to pursue a career in the senior healthcare field. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Gerontology from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and is currently enrolled in a Master of Public Administration program at SUNY Brockport. Her interest in serving those with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions grew through continued volunteerism and internships at regional Alzheimer’s Association chapters and other aging services agencies. Prior to her current role at Friendly Senior Living, Brookes has served in leadership positions such as Program Director and Executive Director. Brookes’ career accomplishments include professional research and presentations focused on aging issues; innovative approaches to process improvements; and being selected into the fellowship programs of the Connecticut LeadingAge Leadership Academy. Brookes currently resides in Greece.

“We are very proud of Vanessa and grateful for her commitment and service to our organization. Those we serve greatly benefit from Vanessa’s dedication to addressing the needs of older adults, particularly those living with Alzheimer’s disease,” says Glen Cooper, President & CEO of Friendly Senior Living.


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