Each year, the Florida Association of Senior Centers presents the Jay K. Morgan Award to recognize an outstanding professional in Florida’s Senior Centers and their efforts to enhance the senior center profession as well as the Florida Association of Senior Centers. Named after Jay Morgan, a long-time proponent for seniors both state and nation-wide, this award honors their efforts to improve Senior Centers and the quality of life for all seniors across the state. This year’s recipient is Donna DeFronzo of the N.E. Focal Point Senior Services Center in Deerfield Beach.
In her 27 years working in the field of Senior Centers, Ms. DeFronzo has been responsible for the overall management, supervision, and coordination of all project activities and staff in order to provide a comprehensive program of services to individuals from age 2 -102. She coordinates the Senior Center, Adult Day Services Center, Alzheimer’s Day Care Center, Intergenerational Child Care Center, and Thrift Shop services and programs. She has received a Master of Science Degree from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Atlantic University in Health Services Administration. She has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Florida since 1987 and a licensed Assisted Living Facilities Administrator since 2000.
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Her philosophy is to labor hard, learn always, laugh often, love much, and live in faith, hope, and charity. Jay Morgan, for whom the award is named states, “I found Donna to be one of the most positive people I know. She attended every conference full of enthusiasm, always volunteering on the front end of the conference to stuff bags for FCOA, manning the FASC booth, being a speaker for FASC presentations, introducing other speakers for FCOA, and basically stepping up to help when there was a need. I still remember the wonderful picture of her and her sister in the hospital together after her surgery when Donna needed a kidney transplant and both had the biggest smiles and both were wearing big red clown noses. What an inspiration she is.”
For these and many more reasons, Ms. DeFronzo has been a tremendous advocate for seniors and has championed the role of Senior Centers in the lives seniors. It is the pleasure of the Florida Association of Senior Centers to present her this prestigious award, and to thank her for all of her work to improve the lives of seniors across the state!
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