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Pioneer Award 2013 - Denise "Nisi" Pozderac

Nisi Pozderac Pioneer awards The OHCA Pioneer Award is designed to recognize Ohioans influential in the development and advancement of long-term care programs, education, professionalism or ideals. The Awards honor the commitment of these individuals to excellence in long-term care services.


Nisi Pozderac is President/Administrator of Transitional Living Centers (TLC), which provides 13 homes for Ohio’s developmentally and intellectually disabled populations in  Northern Medina County - Brunswick and Valley City.  Nisi has been in the field of healthcare for over 30 years and in the forefront of the contemporary ICF/IID residential service system for 25 years.

Nisi grew up in a family dedicated to providing long-term care services.  Her parents started building nursing facilities in the 70s, and ran Willowood Nursing Home in Brunswick, instilling their work ethic and the need to care for others in Nisi. 

With her husband Patrick, Nisi had the vision to move individuals with disabilities out of large institutional settings into group homes for a better quality of life, and started TLC in the early 1990s.  They later built the TLC “Riverside Habilitation Center” for day programming to serve their clients.  Patrick passed away from cancer 14 years ago, but his dignity, courage and example of giving back to others has led their sons, daughter in laws and other family members to work for LTC and assuring a third generation of caregivers.

Now with a staff of 230, Nisi and TLC believe that their success is dependent on the success of those people living in the homes they provide. Emphasis is placed on self-determination and independence, both in-house and on community outings via handicapped equipped vehicles. The company takes pride in its homes and the outstanding professional, loving care each resident receives.

Nisi has worked within OHCA to build the representation of ICF/IID providers within the Association’s membership.  With more than 36 years of long-term care experience, she was instrumental in chairing the Association’s DD/ID constituency when it was represented as a committee, moving to a conference and now operating as the Ohio Centers for Intellectual Disabilities (OCID). 

In addition to her work with the Association, she has worked with legislators, state agencies and others to assure the continuation of Ohio’s ICF/IID program.  Nisi has served as a member of the Futures Committee for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), and currently serves on several IID subcommittees.  Most recently, she was credentialed to teach the DSPATHS curriculum to direct support candidates to professionalize the position and help create a better informed and trained workforce.

Her leadership philosophy stating “Do the right thing, always, regardless of the consequences” sums up Nisi’s successful career and life path

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