YONKERS, NY (November 2015)—Selena Perez, L.M.S.W., the lead social worker at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, was honored with a LeadingAge New York 2015 Employee of Distinction Award on November 10, 2015.
Daniel Heim, Executive Vice President of LeadingAge New York, presented Perez with her award during a ceremony held at the Pediatric Center on Tuesday afternoon. State Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer was in attendance and presented Perez with the legislative resolution honoring the recipients of the LeadingAge New York 2015 Employees of Distinction Award.
Perez also received acknowledgement from those who know her best – her colleagues and some of the families she’s cared for. Perez’s work at the Pediatric Center was lauded by Patricia Tursi, Chief Executive Officer at the Pediatric Center, and Lisa Poskanzer, Vice President of Operations. In addition, a former resident and his mother reflected on the impact that Perez has had on their lives and a current resident performed Rachel Platten’s empowering anthem, “Fight Song,” as a tribute to Perez.
The heartfelt recognition was much deserved for Perez, who has worked at the Pediatric Center since 2011. She became department head in July of 2015. “Her loyalty to our residents and their families is no different than the commitment and unconditional love she gives to her own family, expressing empathy and compassion in supporting and guiding their life journal,” said Lisa Poskzaner, the Pediatric Center’s Vice President of Operations. “Her professional development has been enriched by her selection to participate in the IGNITE Leadership Academy through LeadingAge New York and, while time-consuming, it has not prevented her volunteerism in every special event held at the Pediatric Center. Selena also serves on our Palliative Care Committee and co-chairs our Family Involvement Task Force.”
Perez received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Lehman College and her Licensed Masters of Social Work from Fordham University. Perez lives in Yonkers, N.Y.