Older Americans Act Program Manager
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Lacey won a free roundtrip ticket on Southwest Airlines for her response when asked to complete the sentence, "I am an ASA member because...". Here's what she said:
I am relatively new to my position and after attending my first ASA conference realized the world beyond my walls. This field is amazing and the resources are all here with ASA. The newsletters, information, network, conferences, opportunity, webinars, etc, are all beyond compare. There has not been anything in my career (7 years in aging) that has come close to the extensive base of knowledge that is available through ASA. As a two month member, I can see the value in my membership and hope to keep it for many years to come.
What drew you to the field of aging or gerontology?
Like many others in the field, personal experience with aging initially drew me to the field of aging. However, the opportunity for innovation in this booming field has retained and piqued my career interests. Even with programs and/or services that have existed for years, we continue to evaluate and evolve. Now, more than ever, is a very exciting time to be in the field of aging.
What is your specialty or area of interest?
Systems change and operations--evaluation, measurable objectives, and policy.
How do ASA's resources and education help you with your work?
The 2014 ASA Conference in San Diego was my first ASA experience and a highlight of my career. ASA offers the latest news in technology, support services, policy issues, etc. I look forward to learning opportunities through ASA, as well as the fantastic publications! After becoming a member of ASA, I am more aware of various programs around the country and have the ability to build off of additional ideas to grow and/or enhance current and future services for the customers we serve.
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