We congratulate Rogerson’s president and CEO, Walter Ramos who was recently elected chair of the board of trustees of LeadingAge of Massachusetts during the Association’s 69th Annual Meeting of the Membership on October 11, 2023. Walter has served on this board for the past four years and also serves as treasurer of the national board of directors of LeadingAge in DC which provides support and advocacy to more than 5,000 mission-driven, aging-focused organizations across the country. LeadingAge Massachusetts represents over 200 member organizations serving more than 30,000 older adults across the Commonwealth. A trusted and influential voice in the field of aging services, the association focuses on meeting the needs of older adults.
Since arriving at Rogerson, Walter has taken an active, government-wide approach in advocating to ensure that older adults and families can access the care they need. A leading figure in advocating for not-for-profit aging service providers, Walter has focused on fair reimbursement that truly covers the cost of care, and on a range of policy solutions that will build the domestic and international applicant pipelines, and fund recruitment and retention programs.
In his remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts LeadingAge membership last week, Ramos stated: “As incoming chair of the board of trustees, I want to focus my tenure on ADVOCACY — a paramount goal in our strategic plan. I want to encourage every member to join me in this effort, advocating for our agenda before federal, state, and local government. Let’s begin together this new effort to educate and advocate for the people we serve. Through these efforts we can build a more positive profile of aging service providers… We must advocate for a strong understanding that our membership is truly mission-driven. It is not enough to describe ourselves simply as non-profit entities. We are people driven, not profit driven. We have a purity of purpose.”
Photo Credit: Kristen Renneker Photography Photo: Walter Ramos, Rogerson’s president and CEO with Elissa Sherman, president of LeadingAge Massachusetts