Friend of the Elderly
The Friend of the Elderly award is given annually to an individual or organization making a substantial and/or unique contribution to the health, housing, social, psychological, or spiritual quality of older adults’ lives.
Friend of the Elderly Awardees
Friend of the Elderly 2023
Dr. Barbara White
School of Nursing at CSULB
Dr. Barbara White is faculty emerita in the School of Nursing at CSULB. She developed the first “Health Care of the Older Adult” lecture and clinical laboratory courses in the undergraduate nursing program and was the coordinator of the Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner option. She co-authored two textbooks with a focus on gerontological nursing in acute and long-term care. For 10 years she was the Director of the Gerontology Program on campus that offers both a non-nursing minor certificate and a Master of Science in Gerontology. Dr. White served as the Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB for 12 years, until her retirement in 2022.
Ms. Patti LaPlace
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Patti was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Long Beach. She currently holds the position of Lecturer at California State University Long Beach with the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department in the College of Health and Human Services. Prior to this position, Patti was the Mental Health Coordinator with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from CSULB and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Patti has worked in Mental Health for over 30 years and has been recognized for her work with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, California Park and Recreation Society, Recreation Therapy Section, Mental Health America, Long Beach Police Department, and VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
RHF is pleased to present Barbara White and Patti LaPlace with the 2023 Friend of the Elderly Award.
Congratulations to all of our past award recipients!
2022 – Dr. Laverne R. Joseph, Former President and CEO, Retirement Housing Foundation
2020 – Scott P. Moore, Legal Specialist, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
2019 – Steve Protulis, President / CEO, Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation
2018 – Tom Slemmer, President / CEO (retired)
2017 – Jim Bowman, President & CEO, National Affordable Housing Trust
2016 – David Schless, President & CEO, American Senior Housing Association
2015 – Kristina Cook, Executive Director
2014 – Ellie Hollander, President & CEO, Meals on Wheels Association of America
2013 – Henry Cisneros, Former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
2012 – Jay Schochet and Richard Henken, Schochet Associates, Inc.
2011 – Larry Minnix, President, Leading Age
2010 – Thomas Gleason, Executive Director, Mass Housing
2009 – Jan Perry, Los Angeles Councilwoman
2008 – Carl A. Ballton, President & CEO, Union Bank of California Foundation
2007 – Tom Jenkins, Judge
2006 – Barney Frank, Congressman