2016 Annual Report, Scripps Gerontology Center Staff, Researchers, and Affiliated Faculty

From the Executive Director

Perspectives on Teamwork

Working collaboratively makes us more creative and more effective in meeting our mission to engage in research, education, and service that makes a difference. 

Dear Friends:

We are delighted to share with you the Scripps Gerontology Center Annual Report for 2016. As you’ll see, we have many accomplishments to celebrate this year, thanks to our stellar team of staff, researchers, affiliated faculty, and students. Record levels of external funding now support the implementation of person-centered care and the expansion of Opening Minds through Art across the state of Ohio, as well as an impressive portfolio of research projects on education and training of older workers; service coordination in housing for low-income elders; family caregiving; business acumen in the aging network; and long-term care financing, delivery, and quality. We launched our inaugural Alumni Advisory Group and a research apprenticeship model for undergraduate and graduate students. These 2016 initiatives round out our continuing high level of service, publications and presentations, and productive partnerships with other departments at Miami University and with agencies and organizations across the nation.

It has become almost cliché for an organization to say that teamwork is valued. But it is unequivocally the case that we could not accomplish what we do without the Scripps spirit of teamwork. Our collaborative culture means that every one of us is on multiple teams where we must remain agile and open-minded in order to adapt to different work styles, maximize each other’s unique strengths, and respectfully hold each other accountable to our shared standards for high quality and impact. Working collaboratively makes us more creative and more effective in meeting our mission to engage in research, education, and service that makes a difference.

This description of the Scripps team approach is based on an all-staff open discussion about what it means to be part of a team, and what we value most about team members. Respect, trust, openness to new ideas, feeling empowered to ask questions and disagree, and counting on each other were some of the themes that emerged to characterize the Scripps team culture.

Our team-based work culture doesn’t prevent bumps in the road, but it helps us get past them so that we can accomplish our goals together. It is that shared commitment to our goals and our mission that make the Scripps team, and every project team, so effective.

As one of my colleagues stated at that fall staff meeting, “It is a great feeling to know that we are in this together.” I couldn’t agree more. Thanks to all of you for your interest and investment in our work that makes a positive difference in the lives of older people, their families, and their communities. We couldn’t do it without you.

Suzanne Kunkel, PhD
Executive Director


Scripps Gerontology Center 2016 | Staff, Researchers & Affiliated Faculty
Back row: Kendall Leser, Ryan Shanley, Aaron Abbott, Katy Abbott, Erin Kelly, Becky Thompson, J. Scott Brown, Linda Barrett, Phyllis Cummins, Lisa Grant, Pamela Mayberry, Matt Nelson; Front row: Kim Logsdon, Jane Straker, Suzanne Kunkel, Tonya Barger, Cheryl Johnson, Kathryn McGrew, Robert Applebaum

Not pictured: Karl Chow, Kate de Medeiros, Joan Fopma-Loy, Jennifer Kinney, Like Lokon, Sara McLaughlin, Shahla Mehdizadeh, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, Janardan Subedi, Jonathon Vivoda