We are pleased to honor Jay Morgan as the National Institute of Senior Center’s (NISC) 2014 Founders Award recipient.
Jay retired in 2012 from the position as Manager for the Office on Aging for the City of St. Petersburg, FL, where he was responsible for the operations of the OOA, two community service centers, and three adult recreation centers.
He started with the city as a student intern in March 1977 during a time when the Sunshine Senior Center was being built. Jay spent most of his professional life as the Supervisor of the Sunshine Senior Center (1980-1999). He helped develop the community collaboration model for senior centers so that older adults could receive many of the services they needed under one roof. He has worked for over 35 years to continually improve services for older adults in St. Petersburg, Florida and around the country.
The Sunshine Senior Center became the first senior center in Florida to receive the Florida Association of Senior Centers’ Florence R. Goldmann Award; the first senior center in Florida to become nationally accredited and re-accredited; and the first senior center to host the Florida Attorney Generals Senior vs. Crime Storefront project.
A Florida Council on Aging (FCOA) active member since 1993, Jay has served as a Trustee-At-Large for two terms and has worked on several committees, including publications, nominating, membership, website, and local conference planning. He has also been a regular presenter at FCOA’s annual state aging network conference.
As an advocate for senior centers, he has been an active member of the Florida Association of Senior Centers (FASC) since 1985, where he served as President from 1992-1996 and continues to participate in the statewide senior center leadership group. In 2012, FASC named their state award honoring outstanding senior center professionals after Jay, and he was the first recipient of the Jay K. Morgan Distinguished Senior Center Professional Award.
In service to NISC, Jay served as Vice-Chair from 2003-2006. He was the Florida Delegate for NISC from 1995-2002 and has assisted on numerous projects. He is certified as a National Senior Center Accreditation lead peer reviewer, a Senior Center Standards Trainer, and currently serves on the NISC National Senior Center Accreditation Board. Jay led the effort to encourage eight other Florida senior centers to become nationally accredited. He is the Crossroads Senior Center Group moderator. He continues to consult with local, regional, state, and national senior center contacts to assist them with designing and improving their operations.