Marylyn Kusek, RN, of Stamford received the first-ever “Martha Everett Meng Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). The award was presented at CALA’s 2012 annual meeting which was attended by nearly 250 senior care industry professionals in Connecticut.
Kusek was selected in recognition of her lifelong dedication to serving older adults, and to advancing the assisted living profession throughout Connecticut. Kusek spent her entire career working with seniors, most recently serving as nurse supervisor and resident care director at Atria Darien. She also has served as faculty to CALA professional development courses, as a CALA board member and member of the supervisor’s committee, and as a mentor to many in the field. Kusek will retire in 2013.
CALA created this lifetime achievement award in honor of Martha Meng, who was head of the health care practice group at Murtha Cullina, LLP, and founding board secretary of CALA. She was considered a national expert in the field of assisted living, and helped write and implement Connecticut’s assisted living regulations (which today are contained within the state’s public health code). She was very active as a CALA board member and committee chair, and as a faculty member and facilitator of professional development courses and seminars. Meng served as legal counsel to many providers in the field of aging services, and in 2003, she was honored with CALA’s Distinguished Service Award. Meng passed away in February 2012.
“Martha was a great friend and an inspiring proponent of quality assisted living care in Connecticut and throughout the country,” explained Christopher Carter, CALA president. “Her sudden passing earlier this year was a great shock to all who knew her. As a result of her sage counsel, quick wit, and dedication to the field, her legacy is an exceptional assisted living service experience for Connecticut’s senior citizens. It is fitting, then, that we honor her spirit with this lifetime achievement award.”
Formed in 1995, The Connecticut Assisted Living Association (www.CTAssistedLiving.com) works to enhance the quality of life for residents of assisted living communities in the state. CALA promotes the professionalism and growth of the assisted living industry by serving as an active resource for its members – primarily through the proactive development and implementation of continuing educational services; professional development efforts; and general “best practices” business and management support.