At the May 3, 2019 Annual Naperville Jaycee Distinguished Service Awards dinner, Dennise Vaughn was honored with the Community Leader recognition award.
Dennise Vaughn has been passionate about making a difference through service and leadership for more than 35 years. She started her leadership journey as her high school class president and has been on a board, committee or served as volunteer ever since then. As a leader, she loves to bring people together, organize them, and focus on each person’s strength as a way to achieve group excellence. She makes things happen by turning thoughts into actions. She has a strong need to achieve and a great deal of energy and stamina.
Dennise is currently the President and Administrator of Homewatch Caregivers, a home care company in Naperville, offering services to help clients of all ages who need help supporting the quality of their life. She often shares with her team Warren Buffet’s philosophy, that success equals love and we should think and act selflessly without expecting anything in return, chose a culture of love, work on the “Platinum Rule” to treat others the way they want to be treated and always do what you love.
Dennise spent 23 years at Edward-Elmhurst Health, where she held numerous leadership roles including Vice President of Corporate Resources and Operations. She led management of corporate strategic planning, business development, market research, clinical service lines, and human resources for the system. She credits the leadership at Edward with supporting her passion for community service and giving her multiple opportunities to serve on local boards as part of Edward’s commitment to the community.
Dennise has served in numerous board leadership roles including the Naperville Education Foundation, the Naperville Heritage Society, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Voluntary Hospitals of America, KidsMatter, Multi-Cultural Leadership Academy, Chicago Area Healthcare Planning and Marketing Association, and the DuPage Community Clinic. She was the American College of Healthcare Executives Young Executive of the Year in 1995.
She is currently on the boards of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, Naperville Elderly Homes, President-Elect for Naperville-Lisle Triad, and President-Elect for the Association of Senior Service Providers.
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