Over 18 years of management, Dotty Lagesse
has guided Hospice
of Kankakee Valley from a small agency with two part-time employees and a handful of volunteers to one that counsels 12,000 people a year on death and dying.Hospice
, a United Way agency, provides medical care for the terminally ill, as well as counseling for their families.> This morning, Lagesse
was presented the Athena Award at the annual Women in Business seminar sponsored by the Kankakee Regional Chamber of Commerce
at Olivet Nazarene University's Chalfant Hall.The award honors "personal and professional achievement" among women, although there have been a handful of men winning the award, both locally and in other communities.
has set the gold standard of care and continues to expand services and programs offered by Hospice
...She is constantly thanking others for all they do for the organization," wrote Beverly Lemenager, a member of the Hospice board of directors, in nominating Lagesse.
has completed Hospice Management and Business Administration programs at the University of Illinois-Chicago
and a Masters of Business Administration at Olivet
."Dotty has been an inspiration to many professional women in the community," wrote Gwen Hopkins of the Hopkins Insurance Group in nominating Lagesse."Dotty has been an inspiration to many professional women in the community," wrote Gwen Hopkins of the Hopkins Insurance Group in nominating Lagesse.
...A member of the Kankakee Kiwanis Club, Lagesse is past council president of the United Way agencies in Kankakee County. She has also been a member of the YMCA board and has served on a variety of hospice-related boards, including being president of the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
, winner of the 2008 Athena Award, is hugged by one of the other nominees at Olivet Nazarene University
this morning.LaGesse is the executive director of Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
The award honors "personal and professional achievement" among women.