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David V. Pomeranz Elinor C. Guggenheimer Award for Excellence in the Field of Aging

David V. Pomeranz is Chief Operating Officer of RiverSpring Health and Board Chair of LiveOn NY. David has thirty three years of progressive experience in executive positions managing large community based and long-term care programs. His area of special expertise and accomplishment is in strategic and visionary planning and the development and operation of new service programs with an emphasis on innovative service delivery models. Since 2009, David has been a member of the LiveOn NY Board where he combines his compassion for aging people, expertise of the field and vision for a City that enables each of us to embrace our full potential as we age.  Thanks to David’s leadership, hundreds of thousands of older New Yorkers are seeing their care integrated so that they can rely on both healthcare and community services in their later years.

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Michael Spaan | Corporate Leadership Award

CEO and one of the Principals of InLight Risk Management, LLC and Elevate Captives. InLight is a Commercial Lines Insurance Agency that provides businesses across the Country with Risk Management and Insurance services. Approximately 80% of InLight’s business is servicing the needs of Non-profit Healthcare and Social Service Organizations. InLight’s sister Company is Elevate Captives which provides Alternative Risk Financing services and consulting to larger organizations or groups. Mike’s vision of leveraging the buying power of LiveOn’s members has proven to be a great success. This partnership provides 40 members with 164 policies with competitive solutions to their unique exposures.

Mike has been in the Insurance industry since 1984. Has been a Certified Insurance Counselor since 1995. Prior to InLight he was VP of an Insurance Agency owned and operated by the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Prior to the insurance industry Mike spent time in management of Eckert Drugs and with Sunshine Biscuit Company in sales. Mike is a proud veteran who served 6 years in the United States Navy.

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John Leland | Human Spirit Award

John Leland is a reporter at The New York Times. When John set out to chronicle the lives of six New Yorkers age 85 and older in a year-long series in the New York Times, he was prepared to write about the challenges of aging, loneliness and deterioration. Unexpectedly, what he found changed him and his beliefs not only about aging, but about his own life and the notion of happiness. His new book, Happiness is a Choice You Make is his collection of these lessons. Before joining the Times, he was a senior editor at Newsweek, editor in chief of Details, a reporter at Newsday, and a writer and editor at Spin.

All monies raised through the Gala will be used to improve the lives of older New Yorkers through advocacy, policy and program development