Pines Village Retirement Communities is excited to congratulate Kathy Hockett, Kathy Clifford, and Sharon Costas for being recognized at LeadingAge Indiana's annual conference last week in Indianapolis. LeadingAge Indiana is a professional association representing non-profit organizations, providing housing, high-quality health care, and services for over 25,000 older adults throughout Indiana. Pines Village is an active member of both LeadingAge and LeadingAge Indiana.
LeadingAge Indiana recognizes excellent service that enhances the quality of life as top criteria for their Outstanding Leadership category. Kathy Hockett, Head Housekeeper, with over 21 years of service, was one of two Pines Village staff members recognized. Hockett's motto has always been “whatever you need.” When major snowstorms threaten to close roads and strand critically needed staff members, she shows up to work with a packed bag, willing to spend the night—or the week—if needed, to ensure the safety and comfort of the residents. “Whatever you need” extends to her coworkers as well. Kathy Hockett regularly inspires her team while demonstrating the utmost compassion and concern for residents.
Kathy Clifford, a Home Health Aide with over 20 years of experience, 10 of those at Pines Village, was also recognized for the Outstanding Leadership category. Clifford is best known for her signature greeting, “Honey I’m home,” when she enters a resident’s apartment, using her humor as both her calling card and secret weapon. This approach allows Kathy to connect not only with residents but their families as well. Kathy Clifford also positively impacts future generations of our profession. In addition to training new health aides for our community, she mentors high school students from the Porter County Career and Technical Center who spend 8 to 10 weeks interning with Pines Village.
Sharon Costas, who has been volunteering her musical talents at Pines Village for over seven years, was recognized for the Community Volunteer of the Year category. Costas performs for Pines Village residents twice a week during dinner. Sharon’s love of music and the story behind how her passion took a backseat to a practical career until her children were grown should inspire everyone to be lifelong learners. Her musical talents have touched residents and staff members alike, with her musical styles ranging from jazz, classic tunes, and hymns, to Carol King, The Beatles, and Elton John. She recently told a friend that what she had learned was just how powerful music is. “I have learned so much. Most people like it; some even love it.” But her lessons go beyond music, and that is a universal message she shares with the Pines Village community.