MAXWELL EARNS NATIONAL HONOR
Article appeared in a recent issue of the Post,
written by Glenn Gannaway, Staff Writer
Dawn Simpson, president of the National
Association of Area Agencies
on Aging, praises Marilyn Pace Maxwell for her
dedication and compassion
during the announcement of the Mountain Empire Older
executive director as winner of the Excellence in
Excellent leadership has been a
hallmark of Marilyn Pace Maxwell's tenure as
executive director of Mountain Empire Older
Citizens, and the National Association of Area
Agencies on Aging recognized as much by selecting
her as its national "Excellence in Leadership" award
Maxwell, who began MEOC in 1974, is
retiring at the end of October.
"Marilyn shows a dedication and
passion for her work that is truly admirable.
What she has accomplished is truly remarkable, and
it is an honor to recognize her inspiring leadership
with this award," the association's president, Dawn
Simpson, said in presenting the award during the n4a
Annual Conference and Trade Show held July 7 - 11 in
Over the past four decades, Maxwell
has advocated on all levels for the people of
southwestern Virginia, developing a comprehensive
infrastructure of nationally recognized in-home
services and family caregiver support services, the
national association noted, adding that MEOC has
grown by creating a diverse funding base to provide
services and has increased its staff to 315
employees under Maxwell's leadership.
"Marilyn exemplifies servant
leadership in all that she does and has earned this
acclaim for her decades of service to our
Commonwealth," said Commissioner Jim Rothrock of the
Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative
"This award is so deserved," MEOC
Care Coordination Director Judy Miller said.
"I think this award acknowledges what all the
employees here at MEOC already know, that we have
the most excellent leader in the nation."
"We are so very proud of Marilyn.
We all just really love working at MEOC, and Marilyn
is the reason," Miller said. "She recognizes
talent. She lets you work."
"The organization we work for is what
it is because of her vision," Miller said.
"And because of her unselfishness, Marilyn doesn't
crave credit. She wants to provide services.
She is mission-oriented, and therefore the agency
and all the employees here are mission-oriented."
"If you don't share that vision, you
maybe don't stick around for very long, but we have
a lot of people who have been here a long time.
They stick around and find a home, and it is because
of her mission, her energy," Miller said. "Her
energy is infectious and she is so energetic and
MEOC is home to one of the nation's
first rural PACE programs. Despite the
challenges of developing transportation services in
the region, Maxwell established a coordinated health
and human services transportation system, hired a
full-time mobility manager and launched a growing
volunteer driver program.
Maxwell has been the congressional
appointee for the Ninth Congressional District for
the last three White House Conferences on Aging.