Jackson Named Administrator of the Year
Kenetta Jackson has the same kind of unconditional love for her E.E. Cleveland community that a mother has for a child. It’s somewhat bittersweet that the person who taught Jackson about such devotion – her own mother – learned about her Administrator of the Year award shortly before passing away.
“It’s something I wanted for a long time and my mom knew that, so even though I’m sad I didn’t get to share in that day with her, I’m grateful that she knew about it before she passed,” says Jackson.
Jackson’s other family members watched proudly as ABHOW presented her with the honor during the 2011 annual meeting in Berkeley, Calif., last month. Citing her strong financial and facilities management skills, the company praised Jackson for her unwavering commitment to high standards at E.E. Cleveland, a 54-apartment home community in east Oakland, Calif.
“Kenetta’s always been strong as an administrator, but in 2010 that was especially true,” says Ancel Romero, senior vice president for affordable housing. “Under her management, E.E. Cleveland is continually ranked among the top affordable senior housing communities in Northern California by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.”
Jackson knows the affordable housing field inside and out. She spent 15 years as an occupancy and intake specialist at communities in downtown San Francisco before coming to E.E. Cleveland six years ago. The way Jackson sees it, everyone should be proud of their home, no matter what the surrounding neighborhood is like and regardless of their income level.
“People walk in to my community and say, ‘Wow, I didn’t think it would be this nice.’ To me, it doesn’t matter what is going on out there, all that matters is what’s in here. We’re proud of our community, and I think it shows.”
Founded in 1949, ABHOW is widely known for its pioneering leadership in senior housing and health care. The company serves more than 5,000 residents in 37 retirement communities in California, Arizona, Nevada and Washington.
To learn more about ABHOW visit www.abhow.com.
This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of ABHOW Words.
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