Bayley Names Winner of 2019 Sister Jeanne Roach Service Award
Publication 5-July 2, 2019
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Donald J. Jansen is the 2019 recipient of the Sister Jeanne Roach Service Award. Presented Jan. 17 following a dinner at the Western Hills Country Club, the award was granted posthumously and accepted by Jansen’s daughter, Jaclyn Jansen Yi, on his behalf.
The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has contributed extraordinary service to Bayley, a nonprofit retirement and wellness community in Delhi Township, by helping to fulfill its mission of providing loving care and making a profound impact on residents and their families.
The award was established in honor of Sister Jeanne Roach, the first long-term president and CEO of Bayley and the first award recipient in 2004.
Jansen has an established legacy of service to Bayley. He joined the Bayley Board of Directors in 2009 and served as a member for more than six years in his role, including serving as board chair in 2014 and 2015.
As board chair, Jansen aimed to make all meetings interactive, inviting the expertise and input of the full board to involve them in the decision-making process for Bayley. After completing his time on the board, Jansen remained active with Bayley by serving on the Leadership Advisory Committee from 2016 to 2017. In addition, he served on the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee — which he chaired in 2010 and 2011 — from 2009 until October 2018.
Jansen’s greatest accomplishments during his tenure include successfully spearheading the planning and eventual construction of Bayley's new Memory Care building, which recruited several new members to Bayley's leadership and supported its fundraising efforts through personal example.
One such example includes leading a collective board gift several years ago to acknowledge Sister Roz Hafertepe, an instrumental contributor to Bayley, through a naming opportunity in the new building. Jansen also left arrangements in his will to enroll his parents in the Mother Margaret George Society, which occurred Dec. 28, 2018.
In addition to his work at Bayley, Jansen was an active volunteer in the community. He spent many years volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House and most recently with the PurpleStride Walk as a team leader in fall 2018.
“Don was a mentor and a role model to me," said Adrienne Walsh, Bayley president and CEO. "I have always valued and sought Don’s advice and expertise, particularly with regard to areas relating to strategic planning, Board leadership development, changes and trends in the new delivery systems and reimbursement with health care."
"With his guidance and insights, I learned and grew as a health care professional," she said. "Don also inspired me to be a better person, because although he was a most humble and gentle man I realized how many ways he served others and in so doing, served Christ."