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Our Honorees for 2020 Seniors Who Rock

What makes a senior a Senior Who Rocks?  Our honorees are people who are at least 70 years old, and they are still active, working or volunteering and adding a value and vibrancy to our community.  They are, in other words, inspirational. 

Join us in celebrating our 2020 Honorees:

Jean Dowell

A pioneer in women’s basketball, Ohio Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, legendary basketball coach and director of athletics at Mt. St. Joseph University, and softball star, Jean launched her next chapter with a guitar and her singing voice.  She supports many charitable causes with musical performances.

James Johnson

Founder of Summer Work Experience in the Law (SWEL) in 1988, Jim retired briefly from the City Solicitor’s office before embarking on his work for juveniles with the Hamilton County Public Defender, seeking to find hope in what others deemed hopeless.  Although now retired, Jim continues to actively support SWEL, mentoring and connecting African American college and high school students for a career in the law.

Barbara Kellar

While she began her career as an educator, Barbara is probably best known for her local philanthropy including her nearly 50 years of service to CET and public television.  Among her numerous honors are her 2019 MacDowell medal for lifetime support of the Arts, and a regional Emmy Award for her PBS program, “Showcase with Barbara Kellar.”


We will celebrate our 6th annual Seniors Who Rock on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.  This year we are taking our event online instead of in-person.  Please plan to join us from the comfort of your own home, with the beverage of your choice, as we toast these amazing seniors and enjoy their words of wisdom.  Watch this page for more details!

We hope you can join us!  

Welcome to Heritage Bank as our newest sponsor!  Many thanks to our renewing sponsors Graydon Head & RitcheyRitter Daniher Financial Advisory, and Robbins, Kelly, Patterson & Tucker.   Your Seniors Who Rock sponsorship supports critical services like ombudsman advocacy for people in nursing homes and free legal help for seniors facing situations that threaten their financial security. Contact Mary Day for information about sponsorship – 513-458-5525, development@proseniors.org.


2019 Honorees


Tom Cuni

William Deimling

Maralyn Itzkowitz

Dolores J. Lindsay


2018 Honorees


Dan Hurley

Marianna Brown Bettman

Don Neyer

Walter T. Oka

2017 Honorees



Alvin H. Crawford

Kathleen M. Brinkman

Marilyn Harris

Ronald J. Pfleghaar

2016 Honorees


Sr. Kathryn Ann Connelly

Jim Scott

Lilly Narusevich

Dee Shaffer

The Honorable Walter H. Rice

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2015 Honorees


The Honorable Nathaniel Jones

Sr. Rose Ann Fleming

Mary Meinhardt

Marty Brennaman

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Thank you for helping us recognize incredible seniors in our community.

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Your gift to #CincinnatiGives will help to establish the Rhonda Y. Moore Fellowship, to engage students/recent graduates in hands-on learning with our attorneys, ombudsmen and administrative staff, to continue the important work of Pro Seniors.  Funds raised will provide a stipend to the selected fellow in support of their service hours for Pro Seniors.

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