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ERS Announces 2018 Martindell Award Winners

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Bonnie Green, Resident Assistant at Marjorie P. Lee with Susannah Jonas, Stephanie Anton, Brenda McIntyre, and Judi Dean.

Every year, Episcopal Retirement Services honors non-management team members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to exemplify our person-centered values and actions with the Martindell Award.

The Martindell Award was established by the late Trish Martindell, who served on the ERS board for seven years. Her inspiration for the award came to her father John Wahlberg’s caregivers at ERS.

These compassionate and skilled ERS team members made a lasting impression on Trish in the way they enabled her father to live out his last years with dignity, choice, purpose, and freedom.

This year, ERS was overwhelmed to receive more than 250 nominations for this special award. The Martindell family carefully studied each nomination and chose two winners for 2018: Bonnie Green, Resident Assistant at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood, and Rosy Ngoie-Nzeba, Certified Medical Aid (CMT) at Episcopal Church Home in Louisville.

Trish Martindell’s husband Jack and her stepdaughter Kim presented the award to Bonnie and Rosy earlier this month, along with a $1,000 check. Here’s more about them.


Bonnie Green, Resident Assistant at Marjorie P. Lee


Kim and Jack Martindell presented the award to Bonnie Green at Marjorie P. Lee.

Bonnie has had a remarkable 40-year career at ERS for 40 years. Here’s what family members of MPL residents and coworkers had to say about her:

  • “The evening time can often be a difficult time for my mother, fortunately, that is the time of day Bonnie starts work. Her smiling, happy face greets you and it can’t help but to lift your spirits.”
  • “Bonnie is just so kind in every interaction with the residents. Always outgoing and always upbeat.”>
  • “The attitude that Bonnie exudes is joyful, cooperative and inclusive.”
  • “Bonnie is a jewel at your community and we are so thankful for her.”


Rosy Ngoie-Nzeba, Certified Medication Technician (CMT) at Episcopal Church Home


Rosy Ngoie-Nzeba, Certified Medication Technician (CMT) at Episcopal Church Home with Kim Shellhart, Paula Cates, and Beverly Edwards.

Rosy has worked at ECH for 12 years. Here’s what family members of ECH residents and coworkers had to say about her:

  • "Rosy is both a skilled worker and a compassionate caregiver. She offers a smile and a kind word to anyone who needs it."
  • "Rosy has been a consistent part of my mother's life since she has lived at ECH. Rosy stands out in many ways. She carries a consistent upbeat attitude and greets all of the residents like dear friends”
  • "Rosy cares not only for residents’ physical needs but for their emotional needs as well. She seeks out those who are sad or depressed and draws them near. She has even sung to a few with a lovely voice.”
  • “Even though my parents have now moved to another unit, Rosy still finds time to visit and say hello. She is cheerful and engaging. Quite simply, she is a diamond in the rough. We are blessed to have her at ECH.”

Trish Martindell passed away unexpectedly in August of 2016, and we at ERS sorely miss her presence in our lives. But we are honored that her legacy lives on through this special award at ERS. Congratulations to Bonnie and Rosy, and thank you for all you do to put our residents first.


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Kristin Davenport
November 12, 2018
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS in 2014 after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director with American City Business Journals. Her role at ERS has ignited her passion for making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city, and she spends time with residents as a SAIDO® Learning lead supporter. Kristin is the executive producer and co-host of the Linkage Podcast for ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex live in Lebanon, Ohio, with their two daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon, where she teaches painting and has an art studio, Indium Art.

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