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Ohio Department of Aging Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others; for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation; and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Since 1977, more than 400 individuals have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame for contributions toward the benefit of humankind after age 60, or for a continuation of efforts begun before that age.

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2015 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium
Columbus, Ohio

Please direct all media inquiries to (614) 728-0253.

 

2015 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Inductees

Janice K. Barden
Janice K. Barden
St. Helena, CA

Mary Ann Brown
Mary Ann Brown
Lima

Earle Bruce
Earle Bruce
Columbus

Pauline Cornish
Pauline Cornish
Lore City

Albert H. Horn, Jr.
Albert H. Horn, Jr.
Bryan

John Hughes
John Hughes
Springdale

Charlotte Leeth
Charlotte Leeth
Marseilles

Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W.
Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W.
Athens

Eve Odiorne Sullivan
Eve Sullivan
Cambridge, MA

 

 

Janice K. Barden, St. Helena, CA

As a woman working in the once male-dominated field of aviation, Janice Barden has paved the way for thousands of men and women alike, who, like her, nurtured a love of aeronautics and its related disciplines. She has worked with both foreign and state-side airlines and business aviation departments, and steered many individuals to higher goals and successful careers.

Janice was born in Cleveland and raised in Cuyahoga Falls. She majored in business and minored in drama at Miami University. She earned her bachelor's degree in industrial psychological testing from Kent State University. In 1971, she leveraged her 16 years as a professional aviation psychologist to establish her own company, Aviation Personnel International (API), which is the first female-owned and operated search firm exclusively dedicated to the hiring needs of private (business) aviation.

Under Janice's leadership, API has aided the careers of thousands of aviation professionals. API's professional and technical standards helped to raise the bar for quality and performance in aviation, placing thousands of high-achieving professionals in an array of positions in the field. In 2012, Janice handed the API leadership responsibilities to her daughter Sheryl, and continues to serve as the company's chairman of the board.

Throughout her career, Janice has displayed an inexhaustible passion for breaking down the barriers that had long prevented highly capable women from performing in the same aviation jobs as their male counterparts. In 2009, she wrote the preface to the book, "Flying Above the Glass Ceiling: Inspirational stories of success from the first women pilots to fly airline and corporate aircraft," by Captain Nina Anderson. In Janice's words, "The history of women in aviation is a hard-earned story of the persistence of many brave and tenacious women who have overcome the dominance of a male-oriented profession."

Janice is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and served as local committee chairman for their annual convention of 33,000 people six times, more than any other person in NBAA history, and the only woman to do so. She received the NBAA John P. "Jack" Doswell Award in 1994, given to those with a lifelong individual achievement on behalf and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. She was presented with the NBAA American Spirit Award in 2000 and was recognized as an aviation industry "Game Changer" at the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference.

Janice is one of five recipients of the National Aeronautical Association's 2013 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award. She is a member of the Flight Safety Foundation and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Aviation and Who's Who in the South; as well as named a "Star Performer" by Professional Pilot magazine. She is the namesake for the UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarships.

In 1992, President George H. W. Bush appointed Janice to a Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel to research the training options and address the pilot and aviation maintenance technician shortage. She also served on the president's committee for the rehabilitation of returning Vietnam prisoner of war pilots.

She credits the faculty at Kent State for her early success. "I was a woman candidate in the 1940s, and that didn't even faze them. The belief in success on the part of the faculty was immeasurable." She earned the Kent State University Distinguished Alumni Award in 1986.

Janice is currently married to a retired aviation industry leader and living in Napa Valley. She enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, entertaining, wining and dining.

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Mary Ann Brown, Lima

Mary Ann Brown is regarded as the "mother of services" for people with developmental disabilities in Allen County. When her son Shelby was born with Down Syndrome in 1949, she did not yet know the positive impact her life and work would have for everyone in her community.

In the 1950s, Mary Ann began volunteering to raise funds to start the Robin Rogers School (later called the Marimor School), a school for children with disabilities. Her group of supporters faced many challenges, but stayed focused on improving the lives of these children and their families. Parents held bake and craft sales, and the Knights of Columbus helped with funding and engaged local contractors to donate materials. Mary Ann became involved with The Arc of Allen County, which formed in 1952, and a year later began serving as the organization's director. She remained in that position until she retired in 1995.

As the children served by The Arc and Marimor School aged into adulthood, she recognized a need to provide them with opportunities to continue to grow, thrive and contribute. She guided the formation of a sheltered workshop that provides employment services, helped secure federal funding for group homes and apartments, and laid the groundwork for an intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities, which today bears her name.

Over the years, Mary Ann has brought comfort to families facing the challenges of a child with disability. She believes, quite simply, that "All persons and families have a right to be normal, be successful, comfortable and happy." She adds: "Allen county was one of the first and has one of the best programs going because it offers integrated programs of all kinds for all stages and special needs in life." This is especially important as people with disabilities are living longer, more productive lives.

Since her retirement in 1995, Mary Ann has continued as a relentless advocate. In 2005, she returned to the workforce as a provider of residential supports. She currently works with many older adults with disabilities, and helps with tasks around the home, while advocating for and informing families.

Mary Ann received the President's Award at the annual meeting of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities for her lifetime achievement in the field. Her other awards include 1995 Woman of Vision Award from the Lima Jaycees, the 1991 Book of Golden Deeds Award from the Lima Exchange Club and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Award from Bradfield Center in Lima.

She credits her community service and involvement for her longevity, quipping, "You don't age very fast if you go fast enough."

Mary Ann has paved the way for so many serving in Allen county, ensuring that all persons with disabilities are able to live within their community as equal citizens, go to school just like any other child and grow to become contributing citizens.

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Earle Bruce, Columbus

Earle Bruce perhaps is best known as head coach of The Ohio State University's football program from 1979 to 1987. He also is a stalwart warrior in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, and generously volunteers his time and energy to improve the human condition. He is passionate about increasing research funding and finding better treatments as we drive steadily towards a cure.

Before coaching the Buckeyes, Earle was a player. He joined the team in 1950 as a freshman fullback. He graduated in 1953 and began a coaching career that would take him to a variety of high schools and colleges before returning to his alma mater. In 1979, he took over for the legendary Woody Hayes at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to eight bowl appearances and four Big Ten Championships (1979, 1981, 1984 and 1986), and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1979. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Earle has positioned The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a state and national leader in Alzheimer's disease research. He started the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer's Research Fund with his late wife in 2007. He supports the fund through a variety of fundraisers such as the Beat Michigan Tailgate, the Athletes Against Alzheimer's phone-a-thon, the Buckeye Football Spring Kick-off, and various speaking engagements across Ohio. To date, he has helped raise nearly $1 million for the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Earle also is a strong supporter and advocate of the Memory Disorders Research Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. With the funds raised, researchers developed the SAGE (Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination) test, which has already demonstrated its potential to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early dementia. This online assessment tool has been downloaded more than one million times and has helped countless patients and caregivers identify cognitive impairment at an early stage.

The fund also has supported imaging trials, the study of deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and drug therapies for the treatment of degenerative disorders, as well as social work and outreach for caregivers and families.

Earle's passionate advocacy for an Alzheimer's cure began as he dealt with the challenges of finding quality caregivers for his father and older sister. He established Buckeye Home Health Care in 2004 and speaks regularly at Peregrine Health Systems Alzheimer's Care Centers throughout the state.

While officially retired from coaching, Earle remains close to his beloved profession, serving as a radio analyst and podcast developer. He supports higher education and collegiate athletics by working closely with The Ohio State University Alumni Association. He is particularly proud of the number of high school and college players and coaches who worked or played for him and have gone on to have stellar careers and become wonderful people. He recalls, "Later in their life, they personally reached out to thank me for helping them to become better men. That means a lot."

Earle believes he got his work ethic from his father. "Dad was a hard-working, dedicated family man who took pride in providing for his family at a time when having a job meant everything," he recalls. He credits his wife for supporting him through the highs and the lows: "Jean was an incredible mother and grandmother, and the best football coach's wife ever." Earle and Jean Bruce were married 56 years and have four daughters. His children and grandchildren are involved both in football and Earle's endeavors to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

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Pauline Cornish, Lore City

Pauline Gray Cornish is a firm believer that we move forward wisely only when we truly understand our past. Considered a trailblazer by many in her community, Pauli has led efforts that not only restored and preserved important historical landmarks, but also made her community a hub for the burgeoning "heritage tourism" industry.

A native Ohioan, Pauli moved to New York with her family when she was a child. In 1986, Pauli returned to Winterset in Guernsey county with a family of her own. One of her favorite activities was walking in nearby Salt Fork State Park to look at the wildflowers on a path that frequently took her past a distinctive-looking stone building. Pauli felt that the structure must have significance, and in 1998, her dream to restore the building began to take form.

Originally built by Benjamin Kennedy in 1837, the Kennedy Stone House was home to several generations of his descendants until 1960, when it and its surrounding land were bought by the state. As chairperson of the Guernsey County Bicentennial Committee, Pauli used a small amount of left-over funds to commission a painting of the Stone House. Using the interest that the painting generated, a local group formed the "Friends of the Kennedy Stone House," a non-profit organization dedicated to the full restoration of the building and establishment of it as a museum that brings to life the experiences of eastern Ohio in the 19th-century. One of the 10 founding members, Pauli was selected as chairperson of the Friends' board of trustees.

Restoration at first seemed daunting. The original estimates came in around $600,000, which made the project unlikely to even get off the ground. However, Pauli was determined and, through shrewd negotiation, frugal resourcefulness and fully utilizing volunteer time and resources, she brought the price tag down to just $86,000.

The Kennedy Stone House was dedicated in May, 2003. Its popular features include a summer kitchen, herb garden and veterans courtyard. Initially, Pauli led a group of volunteers that maintained and operated the house. Then, she created a unique docent program through which volunteers from around the state come and volunteer for a week or two at time as museum guides. The cottage built to house the visiting docents is named the Cornish Docent Cottage in honor of Pauli and her son Ron. During the season, the Stone House Museum welcomes as many as 10,000 visitors. At 91 years old, Pauli is still active in the docent program, occasionally donning her 1800s-era costume to conduct museum tours.

In 2004, Ohio State Parks honored Pauli with the prestigious Chiefs Award for her efforts to restore and revitalize this important part of Salt Fork State Park. She received the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitor and Convention Board of Director's Tourism Volunteer Award in 2008, and the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce Award of Distinction in 2004 and 2006. The Cambridge Jeffersonian named her Person of the Year in 2000.

Pauli is a life member of the Guernsey County Historical Society and has participated or led many other efforts to preserve and celebrate the region's rich heritage, such as the refurbishing of the "Ole Stewart Tavern," the Winterset United Methodist Church and the Guernsey County Courthouse.

An avid world traveler, Pauli prides herself as having visited every continent with the exception of Australia.

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Albert H. Horn, Jr., Bryan

At the age of 20, Albert Horn committed himself to giving back to his nation through military service. For the past five decades, Al has used his financial and business expertise to help his hometown of Bryan, Ohio, grow, evolve and thrive.

Al's lifetime of civic service started in 1942, when he enlisted in the Navy to help the United States in World War II. It was during this time that he made a promise to his spiritual leader that if he survived this experience, he would strive to continue to give back to his country, community and family.

A lifetime Rotarian, Al is a believer in the Rotary's Four Way Test: "Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?" This, along with his faith, guides him in his service to his community.

In 1967, Al and his family relocated to the community of Bryan in northwest Ohio. He became an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church and Rotary Club. His affiliation with both groups gave him the chance to display his reliability and resourcefulness as he served in numerous leadership positions within each organization.

Al rallied and directed civic-minded neighbors to establish the Bryan Area Foundation. His regular job with the IRS forced him to defer a leadership position on the foundation's board of directors, but upon his retirement, he joined the board and served as its treasurer for 18 years. He is still a member of the board, which now has more than $20 million in assets, oversees 300 separate funds and has distributed more than $7.6 million in grants and scholarships.

In 1972, Al joined the Bryan Cameron Community Hospital's board of directors and served for more than 40 years. His financial acumen helped the hospital show a profit and embrace growth and technology. Under his leadership, the hospital launched the SHARE Foundation, which allows those with health care needs to receive treatment, even if they are unable to pay. Upon his retirement from the board, the hospital named its new patient care central tower in his honor.

The benefits he has brought to his community touch many aspects of life. He managed levies for Bryan City Schools and the City of Bryan police and fire departments. He served as chairman of the Bryan Board of Public affairs, which oversees the operations of community-owned utilities. His leadership guided the construction of the Bechtol Switchyard, an alternative source of power for emergencies. He also helped negotiate the purchase of land in Williams County for the future development of a well water field.

Ten years ago, Al was recognized for his contributions and support of the community when he was awarded the Bryan Area Foundation Good Citizen Award. A few years later, his military service was acknowledged when he participated in an Honor Flight visit to the World War II monument in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his community activism, Al maintains the tax consulting business he started upon his retirement in 1983. He and his wife June had been married for 57 years when she passed away in 2014. They have one daughter, Jennifer.

About his community service, Al says, "I had the opportunity to be involved with persons who wanted better lives for those who reside in the area. It took teamwork and, at times, we did not agree. We did not argue, but stayed truthful, and our objectives were obtained for everyone's benefit."

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John Hughes, Springdale

John Hughes' 38,000-mile journey started 45 years ago with one man, a bicycle and the dream to improve the lives of his neighbors while taking charge of his own health. John has always taken fitness and physical activity very seriously. At age 87, he continues to log as much as 100 miles per week on his bicycle and participates in as many charitable fundraisers as he can.

John has travelled the U.S.A. and abroad on his bike for various charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Fuller Center for Housing, Habitat for Humanity and others. His efforts have helped further diabetes research and provided housing for those in poverty. He made a personal financial contribution to the Maple Knoll Village to create a cycling room at the senior complex to promote health and wellness among his neighbors.

John's trek began with a diagnosis as an adult with type 1 diabetes. "My doctor said I ought to exercise," he said. "My son had just taken a bicycle trip and had a leftover bicycle. I 'inherited' it from him and started riding to work and on various kinds of trips." Since then, John has pedaled in Germany, Belgium, Holland, England, Switzerland and more.

He uses the Internet, particularly YouTube, to identify new cycling opportunities. Most recently, in March 2015, John completed about 100 miles of the 300-mile spring ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure.

John has volunteered to participate in a study to gauge the benefits of mentors in helping others with type 1 diabetes monitor their glucose levels and effectively manage the disease. John hopes he will be able to help someone else learn to manage the disease and live a healthier lifestyle.

To further efforts to improve the lives of his neighbors, John made a $250,000 donation to help open the Richard Neubauer, M.D. and John Hughes Hospice Center on the Maple Knoll campus. While Maple Knoll offers a full spectrum of care, John saw the need for a hospice center through caring for his wife Marjorie in her final days. "When one half of a couple's health declines more rapidly than the other, they are often separated. Yet, that's when they really need to be with each other most," John said. "Difficulties with transportation could make it hard to see each other." With the addition of the hospice center, Maple Knoll residents now need only to walk across campus to be with their loved ones.

John has also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and with the Independent Transportation Network, which helps seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in their communities by providing them with a safe driver to carry them to medical appointments and other places.

John is a life-long learner. After the age of 75, he took lessons and learned to play the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, flute and keyboard. He says, "If I run out of something to do, I pick up a musical instrument and have a try at it." He also is known for his woodworking skills and makes desks and other wooden creations for his family and friends.

His proudest accomplishment is his family, consisting of Bart and Sandy Hughes, Ginny Hughes and grandchildren Jordan Hughes and Katarina Hughes.

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Charlotte Leeth, Marseilles

Charlotte Leeth spent her 35-year career in the Upper Sandusky school system as a teacher and an administrator, but her love of people has made the world her classroom. She has made it her life's mission to connect with young people in need, wherever they may be, and is changing the world, one heart and one mind at a time.

At Upper Sandusky High School, Charlotte taught English. She also held the positions of dean of students and student council advisor. In addition to English, she taught "mini courses" on life-skills topics such as death and dying, as well as deeper dives into how the arts like folklore and Shakespeare touch modern life. Working with high school students who were struggling in academics or in life, she realized that the school district could do more to help these children earlier. She took the job of principal at one of the local elementary schools while continuing to teach high school English. In doing so, she was able to implement early interventions to helps students be more successful throughout their academic careers.

Not one to rest upon her retirement, Charlotte began volunteering at the local probation office, using her skills and empathy as an educator to help young offenders do better in school and improve their grades. Doing so helped the students enhance their own self-image and sense of self-worth, and reduced the likelihood of them getting into trouble outside of school as well.

She volunteered with the Wyandot County Youth Commission, where one of her most memorable experiences occurred. Following an event, one of the boys offered to help her move boxes, but surprised her by asking for a hug. The boy's mother had just died and he was dealing with anger issues. Charlotte contacted his guidance counselor, learned about his specific problems in school and began mentoring him to manage his anger and focus on academic success. Today, he is doing well and stays in touch with Charlotte. Charlotte is now a Middle School Mentor at Open Door, a local resource center to help families that are struggling.

As a board member on the Wyandot County Historical Society, Charlotte became involved with the restoration of an old school house as a museum for education in northern Ohio. Charlotte serves as the "Old School Marm," re-enacting days gone by for local third graders touring the museum. During the summers, students who attend History Camp are treated to many historical characters, such as Rosie the Riveter, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt and Florence Harding, all lovingly brought to life by Charlotte.

Charlotte's altruism is not limited to her local community. For the past ten years, she has made an annual mission trip to the Ukraine with S.A.R.A. (Sharing American Resources Abroad). S.A.R.A. was founded by a minister who escaped from the region with his father before the Nazis took over in World War II, and who now provides medical training for doctors in his homeland. During her missions, Charlotte teaches conversational English at three schools in the city of Mukachevo, as well as to area adults. Charlotte has two young goddaughters at St. Francis Orphanage in the village of Ratavlsi.

Charlotte recalls of her mission visits, "The first time, it was stepping back in time to about 1930." The mission has helped purchase a water filter for the orphanage to make the water fit to drink, raise money for a van for each house, purchase sound equipment for their music performances and supports other basic items and needs. "I have seen the orphanage grow from one house and a pile of bricks to three completed houses and one under construction. Each house is a true home. Each child has a story that breaks my heart."

Charlotte also travels to the Trans-Carpathian Mountains and spends time with the gypsies, where she became an adopted "Grandma" to one of the girls whose own grandmother had just passed away. For the gypsies, it is nearly impossible to get a job away from their traditional lives without an education. Of her missionary work, Charlotte says, "I will keep returning to do what I can until I can't go anymore. Do what you can while you are here. The time is short and the need is great. You get a lot more out of what you give than than those you help."

Charlotte and her late husband had three children, and her four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren are Charlotte's special joy.

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Joan Stroh, M.Ed., L.P.C.C., L.S.W., Athens

Joan Stroh plays many roles, and has excelled at each. As a private practitioner, she has helped families work through tough times and tougher situations. As an academician, she has helped shaped the faces of health care and elder care in Ohio and beyond. As an advocate, she has helped give the elders and caregivers in her community true choice and voice in how they live their lives.

Joan earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in education (guidance and counseling) from Ohio University, Athens. She has served as a geriatric social worker and counselor for 30 years. Since 1985, she has counseled in private practice, providing individual, marriage and family counseling to geriatrics, adolescents and adults. From 1996-2012, Joan provided mental health services to Russell's Nursing Home in Albany, Ohio. Since 2006, she has coordinated a monthly support group for caregivers and provides bereavement counseling services to Hospice at Kimes Nursing Home.

She served for seven years as an adjunct professor in the Colleges of Health Professions and Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University. She taught undergraduate classes on rural gerontology and teaming, as well as instructed second year medical students on family care issues, mental health assessment and successful aging. For nearly 25 years, she has presented lectures and workshops on elder issues such as coping with loss, community resources, suicide, sexuality, successful aging, advanced directives and the science of positive psychology. Her article, "Use of the Functional Assessment Inventory to Distinguish Among the Rural Elderly in Five Service Settings," appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in March 1989.

Joan is a member and current president of the regional advisory council for the Area Agency on Aging 8, which provides a link between community elders and their county councils on aging. She is an advocate for programs and services to professionals, students, volunteers and legislators. She is a voice for elders and caregivers in rural Appalachia, where many counties have high poverty rates and are medically underserved. She stands up for consumers on issues such as access to landline phone service.

She also has been an advocate and volunteer for AARP since 2008, serving on their executive committee and working on local, state and national caregiver issues. "Family caregivers are often asking where to start and how to handle both their work and home schedules while caring for an aging parent," Joan said. "We as a nation and as a state could never afford to give what family and friends provide, and could not do it as lovingly or successfully. But we also need to support those who are caring for our elderly. This is my work ahead."

It was her hard working parents who taught Joan to do her best and be kind to others. She recalls, "My parents taught me to depend on my family and also to meet and make new friends. My experiences have balanced me and shown me the true value of what is important in life."

"I have learned often it is the people that are most difficult who need us the most," Joan added. "I have worked with women in nursing homes who now have the time to remember and deal with past abuse, and I have helped them to put that pain at rest. I have worked with dementia clients who responded to a soft voice and attention to relieve fear and anxiety. I have helped caregivers deal with changes they have never expected, and have had the privilege to be in peoples' lives at the end of life. This has given me great rewards and pride in what we all do in the aging field."

Joan and her husband have two sons and five grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling.

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Eve Sullivan, Cambridge, MA

Eve Sullivan is not just a gardener of flowers, but also a cultivator of hearts. Through her professional career and her continued volunteer work, Eve helps plant the seeds of strong families. She uses her excellent communication, cross-cultural, foreign language and people skills to help adults around the world become better parents.

Eve founded the nonprofit peer support organization, Parents Forum, more than 20 years ago, and is the author of the program handbook, "Where the Heart Listens: A handbook for parents and their allies in a global society." Parents Forum provides workshops on emotional awareness to help individuals and agencies develop strong support networks and helpful resources for parents and other caregivers. The program is built on the principles that raising children connects all families, regardless of background or social status, and that all families can be strengthened by improving communication and increasing emotional awareness and strong community supports.

Parents Forum has worked in prisons, where inmates have been deeply appreciative of their new self-awareness tools. Eve recalls the inmate who first asked for parenting education: now released from prison and a father again, he has a much better perspective on the responsibility, thanks to Parents Forum. He currently works with other ex-offenders, helping them find jobs and encouraging their social and emotional development.

For many years, Eve served as professor-for-a-day at MIT's Charm School, presenting "How to Tell Somebody Something They'd Rather Not Hear," a mini-workshop based on the Parents Forum original curriculum. Her entry "Opening Doors to Parents" was one of 15 finalists from more than 700 entries in the Ashoka Foundation's 2012 Changemakers "Activating Empathy" competition. She has been a featured parenting expert on numerous radio programs.

Eve majored in French in graduate school and speaks it fluently. She has an excellent command of languages, which has served her well in bringing her message of parent peer support to parenting educators and parents in the U.S. and other countries. In January 2015, she participated in "The Family in the 21st Century: Roadmap in a changing world," a conference in Tunisia, as a member of the International Federation for Parenting Education, on whose board she serves. Last year, she was invited to join the WHO/UNICEF Violence Prevention Alliance and, as a member of the VPA's Parenting Project Group, gave a short "science slam" presentation at the alliance's October 2014 meeting in Washington D.C.

Eve received the Arminta Jacobson Parenting Education Professional of the Year in 2011 from the Texas Association of Parent Educators, the MIT Federal Credit Union People Helping People Award in 2010, MIT's Creating Connections Excellence Award, with Parents Forum co-founder Christine Bates, in 2009, and a special MIT Entrepreneurs Club Social Venturing Award in 1993.

In retirement, she continues her volunteer work on behalf of parents while also being devoted to her family. For her family and all whose lives she touches, Eve models the principles of Parents Forum, including good self-care and a focus on caring, honest and respectful communication. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, singing with them and teaching them about the world around them, just as she has helped countless other parents and grandparents do over the years.

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