Resolution J554-2013

Honoring Dr. Linda Leest upon the occasion of her retirement after 28 years of distinguished service to Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc.

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  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 21, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Linda Leest upon the occasion of her
retirement  after  28 years of distinguished service to Services Now for
Adult Persons, Inc.

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body seeks to  acknowledge  those  individuals
whose  professional lives and civic endeavors serve to enhance the stat-
ure of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr.
Linda Leest upon the occasion  of  her  retirement  after  28  years  of
distinguished service to Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc.; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Leest  has  been  the President/CEO of Services Now for
Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP) since 1985; under her  leadership,  SNAP  has
grown both in size and in scope of services, from case management, home-
delivered meals and transportation, to include the Floral Park, the Bell
Park and the Queens Village Senior Centers; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. Leest has been a professional social worker and adminis-
trator in the field of gerontology for 32 years; she earned a Master  of
Social Work degree and a doctorate in social welfare from the Wurzweiler
School  of  Social  Work, Yeshiva University, where she has served as an
adjunct professor; and
  WHEREAS, Linda Leest was born and raised in the Bronx  where  she  met
her  future  husband Steven; she attended Hunter College High School and
Hunter College in Manhattan; and
  WHEREAS, After taking some time off from academia to start  a  family,
Dr.    Leest  reentered  the  workforce  as a teacher in Co-Op City, the
Bronx; prior to working at SNAP, she was a social worker at  the  Jewish
Association  for  Services  to  the Aged (JASA) in both Coney Island and
eastern Queens; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to her success  as  a  President/CEO,  Dr.  Leest
always recognized the need for advocacy to meet the growing and emerging
needs  of  the  elderly;  she currently serves a leadership role on many
boards, and is a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee  on  Aging;
and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Leest  is  past  President  of the New York State Aging
Services Advisory Committee, the Queens Interagency Council on Aging and
the New York State Coalition for the Aging; she was presented  with  the
prestigious  statewide Henrietta Rabe award in June 2001 for recognition
as a leader in the field of aging, and also was named the 2001 Outstand-
ing Social Worker in Queens; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Leest was also presented with a Declaration of  Honor  in
2001;  in  2005, she was presented with the Maggie Kuhn award from Pres-
byterian Senior Services for distinguished services  on  behalf  of  the
elderly,  and  in  2008,  received  the Rose Kryzak Leadership Award for
years of dedicated service and advocacy; and
  WHEREAS, In her capacity as President/CEO,  Linda  Leest  served  with
loyalty, honor and distinction; and
  WHEREAS, Along with her husband, Steven, with her throughout have been
their  three sons and four grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to
be a part of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
  WHEREAS, During her tenure with Services Now for Adult Persons,  Inc.,
Linda   Leest  earned  the  admiration,  esteem  and  affection  of  her
colleagues; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Dr. Linda Leest upon the occasion of her retirement after 28 years
of distinguished service to Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc.; and be
it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Linda Leest.

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