Kemi Reeves’ devotion is to the health, care, and dignity of older adults. She understands this stage of life requires a special kind of attention that is rooted in patience, compassion, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges and health issues that older adults face. Through her work, she strives not only to care for patients, but also to educate them and her colleagues, demonstrating a deep commitment to the field of nursing.
Kemi’s commitment to equitable, person-centered care extends beyond geriatric clinical care; she creatively builds structures and processes that promote equity, diversity, and belonging. The mindset of never being satisfied with the status quo allows her to see opportunities where others see obstacles. Under her leadership, the Unity in Diversity Council was developed to foster a shift towards active kindness and warmth. Kemi launched the inaugural Unity in Kindness Day featuring a note-writing activity where participants expressed gratitude and pledged to spread kindness. Notes were hung on a brass ring, fostering community and encouraging compassion. It was such a resounding success that it is now a highly anticipated annual event. Kemi is dedicated to cultivating positivity among colleagues, within her organization, and with patients, leveraging her infectious energy and optimism to foster an environment that encourages growth, collaboration, and a shared commitment to excellence. Her enthusiasm and her drive to leave the world a better place than she found it make her a person to watch.