Billie Johnson, President/CEO of the Northwestern Ohio division of Area Office on Aging, Inc. received a resolution from the Ohio House of Representatives. Representatives Ashford (D-Toledo) and Arndt (R-Port Clinton) presented the resolution Wednesday, December 13 during House session. They were joined by other representatives in the Northwest Ohio Delegation—Representatives Fedor (D-Toledo) Sheehy (D-Toledo), Merrin (R-Monclova Township), Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), and Riedel (R-Defiance). Arndt remarked of Johnson’s work ethic, “If you have the desire and the passion, you can do an awful lot with very little.” Ms. Johnson received the 2017 President’s Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) in August during its national conference in Savannah, Georgia. The award is presented each year to a leader in the aging field who elevates the mission of N4A.

Johnson has served as director of the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc. (AOoANO) for thirty-three years. She began with a small staff and budget and now oversees 150 personnel and a budget of $32 million. After accepting her resolution, Ms. Johnson stated, “…I come to this work knowing that there’s still so many older adults in our wonderful, beautiful state who need help.” In all ten counties it serves in Northwest Ohio, AOoANO has implemented several programs and initiatives under Johnson’s leadership including senior prom, a partnership with Toledo Public Schools, and the Passport Program, an in-home care program.

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