The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. recently honored the organization’s president, Michael Ellentuck, and his celebrated 10 years of service. As part of the reception, administrators, family, friends and Lana Van Giesen, executive director of The Legacy at Willow Bend, presented him with a commemorative gift.
Ellentuck was recognized by The Association of Jewish Aging Services as the 2007 recipient of the AJAS Dr. Herbert Shore Award of Honor, an award presented to the outstanding executive professional who, by his or her performance and contributions, best exemplifies the goals and ideals of AJAS and service to Jewish older adults by demonstrating dedication, integrity, commitment, innovation, proven professional leadership, and community involvement. He has been involved in gerontology and senior housing since 1972. He received a master’s degree in public administration and graduated with distinction from the University of Arizona, College of Business and Public Administration.
Ellentuck began his career at Golden Acres under the guidance of Dr. Herbert Shore as an assistant executive director for the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged, Golden Acres campus, from 1974-1976. From 1976 to 2000, he held the position of president and CEO of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities with campuses in Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County, as well as Generations Management Group, LLC, which managed the Jewish Home in Mission Viejo, California.
“This community and organization would not be what it is today without the vision, dedication and heart that Michael has put into it,” said Cary Rossel, outgoing chair of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. “He approaches life and work with such energy and enthusiasm. We are honored to have Michael as the leading force of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.”