An innovator is described as a person who introduces new methods, ideas, or products. That definition truly describes Toni Lynn Davis, the President and CEO at Green Hill Inc. She has spent her career implementing new and innovative practices to improve the lives of Elders in New Jersey. The first Green House homes were opened under her leadership in that state, and she has been a champion for culture change in aging services for many years. So, it’s not surprising that NJBIZ selected Toni as one of the Best Fifty Women in Business in New Jersey. The awards ceremony was held in late March and was a special evening for those being honored.
Click here to read about Toni’s story in the awards ceremony official program (see page 11). In addition to her very successful work at Green Hill, Toni serves the State of New Jersey as a policy expert in the area of Elder-first long-term care as a board member of Leading Age New Jersey. She volunteers countless hours and resources to long-term care providers across the state who desire to redefine the long-term care model in their institutions. She also serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Green House Peer Network, helping to shape the policies and vision for this group of adopters. She is very involved in volunteer community programs, providing holiday gifts to seniors in need. Toni has also led the effort for intergenerational programming—including student and senior roundtable 8 minute mixers, plays from the local high school, intergenerational Valentines dances and special choral concerts. Lastly, she is a real advocate for women. Toni serves as a coach and mentor to a large number of women who work in the Elder healthcare industry. She works with Rutgers University as mentor for student interns and is currently mentoring Assisted Living administrators in developing a new community in Newark for low income and Medicaid Elders.
It should be noted that Toni was promoted to Executive Director/President of Green Hill Inc. during a period of financial loss and low occupancy. Staff morale was extremely low. She established a system of staff empowerment, created roundtables of discussion and opened communications. Toni moved the organization from a top down hierarchy to a cross lateral structure which created a creative problem solving atmosphere. In a period of four years, Toni overcame a $2.7 million financial loss and put the organization solidly in the black. The morale of staff as well as the Elders completely turned around.
Toni: We applaud your life long work with Elders and anxiously await to see what innovations you have in mind in the future! Congratulations on your award!