Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging CEO to Retire in 2018

Jean Leonatti, CEO of the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA), has announced that she will retire from that position later in 2018. Leonatti has served as CEO of CMAAA since 1981. She has also served in various leadership positions for committees and organizations dealing with senior citizen health and advocacy issues on both the national and state level, including service as President and Treasurer for MA4, Missouri’s statewide association of Area Agencies on Aging.

“The agency is in excellent shape. This seems like the right time both professionally and personally to retire” Leonatti said.  “I feel a great responsibility to our Board, staff and clients to make sure we have an effective and successful transition to a new CEO. I wanted to give the Board adequate time to plan for this transition.” Leonatti will remain at the helm until a new CEO is in place.

Leonatti began her career with CMAAA in 1974 while an undergraduate at the University of Missouri.  She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work and MS in Public Administration from the University of Missouri while working in several different roles at CMAAA. She was hired as CEO in 1981.

“I began my career when the field of aging was in its infancy and almost exclusively relied on institutional care for elders. I was privileged to be part of the evolution of a broad array of community and home-based services that now address the individualized needs of older Missourians,” Leonatti said.

The Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging is based in Columbia, MO and covers 19 counties in mid-Missouri.  It receives federal, state and private funding to support a wide range of services including local senior citizen centers, home-delivered meals programs, Medicare enrollment services and counseling and advocacy for issues of importance to Missouri seniors. 

New Chapter Coaching will assist in the selection process and transition to a new CEO for CMAAA.

For more information contact Jean Leonatti: jleonatti@cmaaa.net.


Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging

Jean Leonatti, CEO

1121 Business Loop 70 East, Suite 2A

Columbia, MO 65201

(573) 443-5823

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