Shondrella Little Named 2016 Activity Director of the Year

February 23, 2017

Photo Cutline: From left to right: Harve Bauguess, GHCA Chair; Rita Hudson, Georgia Society of Nursing Home Activity Directors Board Liaison; Shondrella Little, Lenbrook and GHCA 2016 Activity Director of the Year, and Donna Martin-Estes, GSNHAD President

The Georgia Health Care Association has named Lenbrook's Shondrella Little its 2016 Activity Director of the Year. GHCA is the nonprofit association representing 95 percent of skilled nursing care organizations in Georgia. She was recently recognized at the annual "Stars of Long-Term Care" awards ceremony with 400 GHCA members and healthcare leaders from around the state attending.

Shondrella is responsible for developing and coordinating a full range of activities for the residents of Lenbrook's Healthcare Center. She and the Lenbrook Enrichment Team have introduced a whole new wave of programming in the past year including weekly cooking and baking events, massage therapy days, aromatherapy days, fresh flower arranging sessions and more.

Beginning her career in health care over 20 years ago, Shondrella became certified by the Georgia Nursing Home Association in 2002 and has served in a variety of board positions with the Georgia Society of Nursing Home Activity Directors, including president.

“Shondrella's spirit, sense of service to her fellow activity directors, and compassion for the residents in her care truly exemplifies what it means to be Activity Director of the Year," said Sylvia Barnes, Assisted Living Staff Director for GHCA.

"We are extremely proud of Shondrella and her well-deserved honor and recognition by her peers in GHCA," said Lisa Kiely, Director of Enrichment for Lenbrook. "She is the embodiment of exceptional caring, compassion and competency, which is why our residents love her so much."

Shondrella's surprise and delight when presented with the 2016 Activity Director of the Year award by Rita Hudson, Ga. Society of Nursing Home Activity Directors Board Liaison.

About Lenbrook (

Lenbrook is the first and only life plan community in Atlanta to achieve national accreditation by CARF-CCAC. Founded in 1983 and doubling its size in 2008, this not-for-profit senior living community in Buckhead enables its residents to enjoy the gifts of independence, good health and personal fulfillment through engaging programs and services. Its award-winning facilities also offer the security and convenience of excellent on-site, Medicare-certified senior healthcare services. Visit or call 404-233-3000 for more information.

About the Georgia Health Care Association (GHCA) (

GHCA is a non-profit association of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and home and community based case managers. The association represents 95% of skilled nursing care facilities in Georgia. GHCA is committed to continuously improve the quality of life of all persons requiring post-acute care and long term health care. It works closely with government agencies and other trade and professional associations in developing, amending, and implementing sound legislation, regulatory policies, and standards of care.