University at Albany
Richard Ianello

Richard Iannello

Distinguished Continuing Professional Education Leadership Award of Excellence

Executive Director, Albany Guardian Society

Rick Iannello is a 1971 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a major in economics and a minor in art.  He became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1975.  In 1982 he received a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in health care.  Mr. Iannello has served as administrator at Genesee County Nursing Home; Vice President, Programs and Administration at St. Anne’s Home, a 591-bed nursing facility campus in Rochester, New York; and health care consultant for Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).

In 1987, Rick Iannello was appointed executive director at Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center and went on to serve as director of all Eddy health care and housing sites.  With the creation of Northeast Health, he completed his tenure as executive director of LTC Eddy, Inc., the holding corporation that oversaw all Eddy activities.  After leaving the Eddy at the end of 1996, Mr. Iannello assisted numerous chronic care providers with strategic planning engagements and also facilitated planning sessions to help organizations refocus their services in response to the changing needs of the senior populations they serve. 

Since July 2000, Rick Iannello has served as executive director of Albany Guardian Society, an operating foundation that undertakes projects to improve the quality of life for seniors.  Since 2001, he has worked with the Foundation for Long Term Care to develop statewide nursing assistant training programs.  In 2009, Albany Guardian Society has worked to expand these programs to include direct care workers in the field of home care.  Since 2001, Albany Guardian Society has convened more than 60 forums to help encourage and promote dialogue on matters important to the aging services community.  In 2003, Mr. Iannello wrote and, with WMHT Educational Telecommunications, co-produced the 13-part television series, “IT’S AN AGE THING!,” which aired on public television stations across the country. 

In 2007, with Rick Iannello at the helm, Albany Guardian Society expanded its efforts by publishing a new journal, Capital Commons Quarterly: The Dynamics of Aging and Our Communities.  Also in 2007, Mr. Iannello served as co-executive producer when Albany Guardian Society again partnered with WMHT to produce a follow-up13-part television series, “IT’S AN AGE THING! Our Communities.”  In 2008, Albany Guardian Society issued a second edition of Housing Options for Seniors, a regional housing directory originally produced in collaboration with Senior Services of Albany.  Recently Mr. Iannello co-produced a new episode of  “IT’S AN AGE THING! Our Communities: Caring For Your Parents.”

Last year, Rick Iannello was appointed to two councils of the New York State Office for the Aging, the New York Connects Council and the Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) Council.  He serves on the Boards of Rubin Dialysis Centers, McAuley Assisted Living Program, St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehabilitative Center, Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, South Mall Towers and Cohoes Memorial Corporation.