Young Professionals Step Up Amid Pandemic
Most young professionals have limited experience navigating major world events, and now many of them are finding themselves thrust into a position of leadership amid a global health crisis.
Luckily for many, Megan Carter, lifestyles and transportation director at Concordia Life Plan Community and Keri Sapcut, office manager at VillagesOKC, have risen to the challenge by displaying the passion it takes to make a powerful impact with the older adults they are serving.
“Megan has worked tirelessly to ensure Concordia’s residents feel heard, supported and cared for, despite these challenging circumstances,” said Julie Davis, marketing director at Concordia Life Plan Community. “It’s been inspiring to see her rise to this challenge and find creative solutions. Our residents and staff look to her for direction and she delivers.”
In her role as lifestyles and transportation director, Carter engages residents in enriching activities and coordinates all aspects of Concordia’s Wellness on Wheels Program. She was honored as the Leading Age Oklahoma ‘Outstanding Employee for Resident Services of the Year’ in 2014.
“Because our residents are not able to do their usual activities or socialize in common areas, we needed to find solutions fast to keep them engaged mentally and physically,” said Carter. “I am honored our residents are placing their trust in me and feel comfortable to ask questions and express concerns. I’ll do what it takes to make sure they’re cared for.”
Like Carter, VillagesOKC Executive Director Marilyn Olson said office manager Keri Sapcut has demonstrated a deep capacity for innovation, flexibility and empathy, qualities that Olson said Sapcut is using to lead their organization at this time.
“Keri went above and beyond in the first week of this crisis by developing a tutorial and giving personal guidance to foster virtual connections,” Olson said. “VillagesOKC and our members are appreciative she is contributing her time and talents toward helping us live our best lives in a challenging time,” said Olson.
“Our members have handled this pandemic with such amazing attitudes. It inspires to find new ways to make them feel connected and engaged,” said Sapcut.
The residents of Concordia and members of VillagesOKC have expressed appreciation for these powerful young professionals and hope the community will consider options like these for themselves. Learn more about Concordia and VillagesOKC at concordiaseniorliving.com or villagesokc.org.
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