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Person-to-Person Caring—A Family Tradition

The Leader-Janeczek-Mills family

The family of former Pennsylvania Governor George M. and Mary Jane Leader has been in the profession of providing quality retirement services for older persons since 1962. The family’s main emphasis has always been to provide high-quality services at reasonable costs through a well-trained and highly motivated team of professionals. Beyond the Leaders’ involvement in the profession, their commitment has never changed—a philosophy of friendly, person-to-person caring that has become a Leader tradition.

As the founders of that tradition, Gov. and Mrs. Leader had been personally interested in helping people throughout their careers. George M. Leader served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955 to 1959. His Administration is noted for its accomplishments in promoting human welfare. Well-remembered are his programs for bringing new jobs to Pennsylvania, expanding education opportunities for the physically and mentally handicapped and improving highway safety. Others recall his efforts to bring state mental institutions out of the Dark Ages. Under the Leader Administration, nursing home inspection was begun and the State Office of Aging was established. Another program of which Gov. Leader was especially proud is the state’s first licensure program for practical nurses.

Today, Gov. and Mrs. Leader’s children, grandchildren and their spouses serve in various capacities to continue the family tradition of quality, compassionate care.

  • G. Michael Leader, Executive Chairman (son)
  • Meredith (Janeczek) Mills, President & CEO, MHA (granddaughter)
  • Jane (Leader) Janeczek, Company Director (daughter)
  • Theodore Janeczek, CFO Emeritus (son-in-law)
  • Daniel Mills, Sr. Vice President & Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer, MHA (grandson-in-law)
  • Andrew (AJ) Janeczek, Campus Executive Director of Hershey, Advisory Council Board Member (grandson)
  • Kristin (Leader) Ramirez, Company Director, Compliance Board Member, MASM (granddaughter)

We honor the contributions of Gov. and Mrs. Leader’s late grandson, Alex Janeczek, who was the first member of the third generation to join the family business—a milestone that made them so proud— and served 13+ years in several roles, most notably Project Manager of Capital Projects and a Legacy Board Member.

Other Leader family senior living brands include not-for-profit Ecumenical Retirement Community, Providence Place Senior Living, Lifesong Hospice & Palliative Care and SeniorLivingU, a consultative education solution for senior care providers

We hope our family earns the privilege to care for yours.

Governor George M. Leader

On Jan. 17, 2018, Country Meadows founder former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To honor his memory,  Country Meadows campuses will host special events throughout this year including special birthday dinner celebrations, video remembrances and other occasions.

George Leader Quote

“I, too, have a dream…for the elderly”
By Gov. George Leader

Gov. Leader passed away at his home in Hershey, Pa., on May 9, 2013. The following stories and tributes were penned in his memory and shared at his funeral.

Remembering the Life of a Leader
Click to read more about Gov. Leader’s life accomplishments, his time in office at Pennsylvania’s youngest governor, the chicken farming years and founding several senior living communities.

Top 10 list of things I learned from my dad
Click to view this list by Gov. Leader’s youngest son, David Leader, as he recalls life lessons  learned from his father and shares them to inspire others.

Celebrate an exceptional life
Click to read the more about Gov. Leader’s private achievements in this emotional eulogy delivered by eldest son, Michael Leader, at his father’s funeral.

George Leader

Stop by any Country Meadows campus to pick up a printed version
of these memorial stories.

Quote about Governor George Leader

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