This month, our featured APA member is fluent in government relations and is fiercely passionate about her family. Read on to hear more about Nan Kohnen Cahall.
APA: What is your name and job title?
Nan: Nan Kohnen Cahall, Director Government Relations – Council on Aging
APA: Tell us about COA…
Nan: Council on Aging (COA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. We promote choice, independence, dignity and well-being through a range of services that help people remain in their homes for as long as possible.
APA: Is Council on Aging a sponsor of the APA?
Nan: Yes. COA is an Education Sponsor. The educational programs offered by APA such as the recent Unpacking the Research Behind Current Alzheimer’s Treatments are tremendously helpful to the professionals caring for aging clients. We are strong supporters of continuing education and awareness among our staff and APA provides strong educational opportunities to support our mission.
APA: How long have you lived in Cincinnati? Where else have you called home?
Nan: I have lived in Cincinnati for most of my life. I have also lived in Washington, DC and Columbus, OH.
APA: Thinking about your professional life, what are you most proud of?
Nan: My career has focused on public service and I have been on the front lines of many important public policy changes and national, state & local emergencies. There are two things I’m most proud of: past and present. I am most proud of the work I did as a staff member in the US House of Representative and the US Senate during the recent COVID pandemic and following the attacks on 9/11. However, I am now most proud of my opportunity to work with COA to more directly help support individuals and families in my home region.
APA: If we were to ask your best friend about you, what would they say?
Nan: That’s a tough question but I think they would say I am compassionate, passionate, empathetic and I love my family.