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2015 Award Recipient

On June 3, 2015 the annual Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award was presented to Joan Hudnall at the 37th Summer Institute on Aging Conference held at Lakeview Resort & Conference Center in Morgantown, WV.

The annual honor is awarded to a West Virginia social worker who has made a significant contribution in the field of aging and is named after the social work professor who helped to begin the Summer Institute on Aging in 1977.

Hudnall, an adult protective services supervisor in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, was nominated by Susie Layne and Wade Samples.

“If there was one person we could clone, it would be Joan Hudnall, because she exemplifies what a professional social worker should be,” Layne wrote in the nomination letter for Hudnall’s recognition.

“With her knowledge, passion and courage in the face of adversity, Wade and I believe she is an excellent candidate for the prestigious Anita Harbert Award.”

Hudnall has more than 40 years of experience working with West Virginia families. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Alderson and Broaddus in 1974 and obtained her social work license in 1983.

Over the course of her career, she’s gone from point of entry worker, to income maintenance, foster care, child protective services, homefinding, adult services and has been an adult protective service supervisor for more than 27 years. 

Hudnall has promoted awareness of elder abuse and neglect by spearheading West Virginia’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Nicholas County.  She has continuously trained and coached staff to help them to thoroughly investigate abuse and neglect cases.  In 2014, she received the Ronald Nester Award, an honor that recognizes individuals who have advocated ending elder abuse and have helped raise awareness of the issue.

For more information on this event including a downloadable brochure and registration form, conference schedule and exhibitor application, please visit www.wvsioa.org.

For more information, contact Jacki Englehardt at 304-293-3280, or email Jacki.Englehardt@mail.wvu.edu.

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