Congratulations to our Professional of the Year, Elana Naclerio, Director of Creative Arts Therapy and Recreation at St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center!

Graduating from CW Post with a Masters in Clinical Art Therapy, she began as an intern in 2013 at St. James Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, obtaining licensure hours in the Art Therapy Department, soon becoming a NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Over her time at St. James, she was promoted to her current position, the Director of Recreation.

She is known for her warm, compassionate presence, and she shares her creativity in all that she does, creating individualized opportunities for her residents to feel empowered and find a sense of purpose, listening to their needs and wants to ensure their ideas come to life. She is truly an advocate for her residents who struggle with finding their voice to speak up and make their needs known, utilizing her skills as a therapist each day, weaving them into all aspects of her career.

Elana has created lasting connections with residents, staff, families, and caregivers alike. She is a gifted liaison and supporter within the community. A few of our nominators for this prestigious award shared:

“Elana has given me joy in my darkest times.” — St. James Patient

“Elana is a mentor to all around her.” — CRC team member

“Elana makes all of us at St. James want to be our best every single day.” — St. James Employee

What did Elana win?

A $10,000 Travel Voucher, to go anywhere in the world, with anyone she would like to take!

Congratulations Elana, you are #TheCareRiteDifference! You are the 2024 Professional of the Year!