20 under 40: Clayton Jacobs
Published: November 30, 2012
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Clayton Jacobs, vice-president of programs and services at the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pa. Chapter, firmly believes you must find joy in your work. He finds his joy helping patients and their families and caregivers.
He oversees all aspects of the programs and services provided by the association’s chapter in 59 counties throughout Pennsylvania, which provide information and direct services to more than 60,000 Pennsylvanians.
Jacobs also serves on the senior leadership team which develops and implements the strategies for growth in the state.
He is driven by conversations where he hears “I wish I knew about the Alzheimer’s Association then...” but is rewarded when he hears that, “I’m so glad I found the Alzheimer’s Association when I did.”
“My staff, our volunteers and I have the unique opportunity that any conversation we have, may be the most important conversation someone has all year,” he says.
Always motivated by the need to help others, much of his career to date has been a mix of hard work and luck. “Staying true to myself and the importance I place on doing impactful work, I have had doors open based on my pride in producing high quality work and the expectation that others do the same. The relationships and partnerships I have formed by looking for the strengths and motivations of others continually energizes me and just lights the way to new opportunities,” he says.
Jacobs has had many individuals he respects and emulates, from his parents to his teachers and supervisors, like Erica Hood, Cindy Boyles and Ernie Laskosky, and current colleagues such as Estella Killian and Gail Roddie Hamlin, the president and CEO. His family has been his compass. “My wife Becky, my parents and all of my other family and friends provide the support and perspective that guide me in all that I do.”