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Our History

Person-to-Person Caring—A Family Tradition

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 through the years has 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, Governor 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 Governor Leader is especially proud is the state's first licensure program for practical nurses.

Today, Governor and Mrs. Leader's son, Michael, serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of the company. Michael has served in various capacities in healthcare management for over 25 years. Currently, he serves on the Leadership Council of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), an organization that represents assisted living facilities throughout the nation, including Country Meadows.

Another member of the family joined the Country Meadows management team in 1987. Ted Janeczek is a CPA with experience in accounting and management consulting, and investment banking. Ted holds the position of chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administration for George M. Leader Family Corp. He also is the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association and a board member of the Alzheimer's Association – Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. Ted is married to Governor and Mrs. Leader's daughter, Jane.

In 2002, son David returned to Country Meadows as the company's chief operating officer and executive vice president. David's prior work experience includes 10 years of operations and managerial assignments with a Fortune 500 manufacturing company both domestically and internationally. In past years, David has served with Country Meadows in a variety of special project roles and as vice president of corporate planning responsible for capital projects and maintenance. He has been a director of the George M. Leader Family Corporation since 1985. Upon Governor Leader's passing in spring of 2013, David moved over to succeed him in managing Providence Place, a Central Pennsylvania retirement community his father had founded and ran.

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