Wartburg’s Schuster and Byrnes Appointed to LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy


Wartburg, a senior services provider in Westchester, NY, today announced that two of its top administrators — John Schuster, Director of Admissions and Michaela Byrnes, Director of Recreation — were appointed to the prestigious 2013 LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy.

LeadingAge New York is the state’s premier association of aging services organizations, and its yearlong Academy program provides a challenging learning environment that enhances the leadership capacity of aging-services professionals so they are better equipped to serve the aging-services field.

“The highly-regarded Academy program will facilitate the development and growth of the next generation of senior living leaders in New York and I am so pleased that John and Michaela will be representing Wartburg,” said David Gentner, President and CEO of Wartburg.

LeadingAge NY represents not-for-profit, mission-driven and public continuing care providers, including nursing homes, senior housing, adult care facilities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living and community service providers.  Founded in 1961, its 600 members employ 150,000 professionals serving more than 500,000 New Yorkers annually.

“As a newly licensed nursing home administrator in New York State, it is my hope that the LeadingAge Leadership Academy will enhance my ability to improve the lives of seniors and to meet the demands that we will face as major reforms in health care are implemented in the years to come,” said Shuster.

“I am honored to have been chosen as a participant in the first LeadingAge New York Leadership Academy.  I have been working at Wartburg for over 14 years as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation.  I look forward to expanding my knowledge of how to implement change, be innovative, and to build partnerships with my peers in the long-term-care field,” said Byrnes.


Recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in New York State,” Wartburg ( is a not-for-profit Lutheran ministry, serving people of all faiths with a full range of residential options and health-related services for older area adults and their families.  Wartburg offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day services, home care, pastoral care and monthly caregiver support groups.  Wartburg is a member organization of the National Center for Creative Aging.  Over the past few years, Wartburg has launched an ambitious building expansion program, including the recently opened Friedrichs Residence, with 61 independent living apartments, and a new rehabilitation and adult day services center, opening in September 2013.

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