Home / News & Events / Torch Passed to New President and CEO News & Events Torch passed to New President and CEO of Direction Home Akron Canton The new year is a time of change at Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities as longtime President and CEO Joseph L. Ruby retired December 30th. "I've had the pleasure of serving as the leader of an amazing organization for over 30 years, and have had my career become a calling" said Mr. Ruby. "Now I leave the organization in great hands with Gary Cook as the new President and CEO." Mr. Cook has been a vital contributor to the Agency's success over the last 20+ years. He has been instrumental in the development of Managed Care Organization Health Plans to provide comprehensive care management of new formal business collaborations with long term care services and supports in the Medicare and Medicaid dual eligible arena. This move into private sector partnerships enabled Direction Home to expand its long term care management and other supportive services to members of all ages with physical or behavioral disabilities. Direction Home, in effect, now serves all ages, not just older adults. He most recently spearheaded our Community-based Care Transitions Program, a result of Direction Home's longstanding outstanding working relationships with the medical community. This competitive nationwide initiative of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington, D.C., focused upon evidence-based health coaching to reduce costly hospital readmissions for Medicare patients. Over the 5 year course of this program, Direction Home was cited by CMS as one of the most successful program of its kind in the U.S. Prior to joining DHAC in 1992, Mr. Cook worked for 10 years at Goodyear Aerospace/Loral Corporation, where he served as Manager of Planning & Financial Analysis. "I'm looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of leading Direction Home Akron Canton through the exciting changes in health care and overall population health," said Mr. Cook. "We have a lot of work to do to ensure supports are available to those in the community so they can stay in the place they want to call home."