LeadingAge OH President & CEO

Deffet Group

President & CEO

Deffet Group, Inc. is pleased to have been retained by LeadingAge Ohio to conduct an executive search for its President & CEO.  

Founded in 1937, LeadingAge Ohio (LAO) is a non-profit trade association that represents approximately 400 not-for-profit organizations located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities that provide long-term care and rehab, assisted living, ancillary health care, home care support, hospice, and housing services. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serves an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans annually and employs more than 35,000 persons statewide. The association is a state partner with LeadingAge National and is aligned via an Affiliation Agreement. To support its members, LAO provides representation by advocating members’ interests on state and national issues, maintaining a strong presence with state regulatory agencies, and participating in regulatory and legislative meetings, workshops, and task forces. LAO also provides many networking opportunities for members through participation in state and national committees, an annual conference, and educational seminars and workshops, as well as keeping members informed on industry news with its publications, including the association newsletter, briefs on public policy issues, and more. LAO also has a not-for-profit subsidiary, The LeadingAge Ohio Foundation.

The President & CEO is directly accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for providing strategic leadership consistent with the mission, vision, and values of LAO. (S)he serves as chief liaison between LAO and its affiliates, the local community, and governmental agencies while providing leadership and assistance to the Board of Directors and its committees in accomplishing the organization’s long- and short-range goals. (S)he will ensure the continued stability and growth of the organization while leading and supporting the development of innovative programs, services, and new initiatives, taking an active role in public policy and staff and board development.

The successful candidate for this position will have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, with a Master’s preferred, as well as 7-10 years of senior level experience and 5-10 years of senior living/service profession experience. (S)he will be a strong communicator with developed industry knowledge and public advocacy experience who can lead an experienced team. Skilled in strategic thinking and leadership, the finalist will build consensus both inside and outside of the organization in a transparent and ethical manner.

Candidate nominations or expressions of personal interest may be directed in confidence to Dan Deffet, Managing Partner, Deffet Group, Inc., via email:

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Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.