Jewish HomeLife’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeffrey A. Gopen, LNHA, DPT, has won the Professional of the Year Award presented by the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). AJAS represents more than one hundred Jewish-sponsored, not for profit senior care organizations in the United States, Canada, Israel, and Australia. The organization presented this award during their Annual Convention, held virtually in March.

The Professional of the Year award is given annually to an outstanding AJAS member professional who “reflects the highest standards of knowledge and expertise, shows exceptional leadership, and is highly respected by staff, residents, and families served.”

Additionally, Mr. Gopen has just been elected Treasurer of the Board for the Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GCAL) at their May meeting. GCAL is the local affiliate for the National Center for Assisted Living and serves Georgia’s skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities.

“Jeff has dedicated his entire professional career to improving the lives of older adults,” said Jewish HomeLife President & CEO Harley Tabak. “He has built a top notch operations team that works together, mentors and challenges each other, and has made Jewish HomeLife a stronger, more sustainable organization.”

During the past year, Jeff led Jewish HomeLife’s Incident Command Center, the organization’s COVID-19 Task Force, which managed the organization’s pandemic response and infection control efforts. Under his leadership, the organization has also been able to provide COVID testing and PPE procurement for other Jewish agencies and day schools around the metro Atlanta area.