Lory L. Phillippo, MPH, OTR/L, has been Chief Executive Officer of Circle Center Adult Day Services since 1980 and is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The National Adult Day Services Association has awarded the 2012 Ruth Von Behren Director of the Year Award to Lory.  A pioneer in adult day programs, Lory led the nonprofit center from virtual bankruptcy in 1980 to ownership of its current $4.3 million state-of-the-art facility.  As three-term President of the state adult day services association, Lory was instrumental in securing Medicaid reimbursement for Virginia adult day centers.

In addition to her dedication to Circle Center Adult Day Service, Lory’s community advocacy has advanced public policy in support of adult day services: involvement with state licensing standards revisions; current leadership role in regional AgeWave planning/implementation with advocacy for key role for adult day services; member of Virginia Tech team to develop and publish manuals for development of rural adult day centers. 



The award bestowed upon Lory Phillippo is named after a former NADSA Chair, Ruth Von Behren, who was internationally renowned for her pioneering work in California and throughout the country.  This special award was created to recognize the personal achievements and commitment of individuals in the field of Adult Day Services who have had a national impact on Adult Day Services.

Lory has a B.S. in occupational therapy from Eastern Michigan University, has been a registered occupational therapist since 1970, and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine to practice occupational therapy in Virginia. She received a Master of Public Health degree at The University of Michigan, specializing in Health Gerontology and also has a post-graduate Specialist in Aging Certificate from the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan/Wayne State University.

Lory has twin daughters and is proud Oma to three grandsons and a granddaughter. Lory attributes her compassion and 40-year career serving older adults to her childhood in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where four grandparents and four great-grandparents all lived within a mile of her family home. She is currently involved in long distance caregiving to support her own elderly mother and her two brothers who live near her.

Lory’s mission at Circle Center is to have the most caring and competent staff, providing a safe and enriching day for participants, in a well-run agency that families can count on to help them be successful caregivers now and in decades to come.


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