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Let me know if you would like to collaborate with our site providing the much needed training to the families. Take care!


Karen commented on Being in the Moment


Thank you so much. We should really team up and push each other's programs. I am doing this no matter will just take longer. : ) take care - Karen


Karen commented on Being in the Moment

I have my Advisory Panel almost completed. I thought I would share with everyone. I am honored to have all of these amazing people to be on the advisory panel. Karen

Dr. Allen Power, MD, FACP is the Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the University of Waterloo’s Research Institute for Aging. He has written 2 books, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care and Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being. Dr. Power travels extensively speaking to groups across the world.

Amy E. Elliot, Ph.D., is a health and long-term care policy and evaluation consultant with a strong background in health economics, gerontology, long-term care, public policy and financial analysis. Prior to her work as a consultant, Amy served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for Pioneer Network, in this role, Dr. Elliot was responsible for the demonstration of a sound business case to illustrate positive cost and quality outcomes resulting from person-centered care at the organization, state and federal policy levels. She has authored research publications, case studies, educational modules, and book chapters.

Beth Meyer-Arnold, RN, MS, is currently the Principal/Owner at Cygnet Innovations Group. She was the Director of Luther Manor Adult Day Services (25 years) , and President of National Adult Day Services Board (8 years). She has co-authored two books, Person-Centered Care in Practice: Tools for Transformation and Person-Centered Care for Families.

Sonya Barsness, MSG, Owner at Sonya Barsness Consulting provides consulting in gerontology, particularly related to person-centered care, long-term care, and dementia care. Sonya is Adjunct Faculty/Instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology 

Brian Kursonis, Brian was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016. Brian’s dream and life purpose is to bring help to caregivers through the faith community. As a former Pastor, counselor, and caregiver himself, Brian’s perspective is important and unique. Brian was recently a national volunteer spokesperson for both PhRMA and the Alzheimer’s Association because of his recognized communication abilities that will inspire you and bring hope.

Pastor Gary Gibson, Chaplain at Presbyterian SeniorCare and Senior Pastor at North Buffalo Presbyterian Church. Pastor Gary also serves on the Pennsylvania Culture Change Coalition Board and on the Western Team as well. Also serves on the membership committee of SWPAA. National speaker on Culture Change for the Pioneer Network for the past three years.

Valerie Boyd, Director of Senior Adult Ministries at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Al. Valerie is passionate about engaging older adults to live their fullest life with spirit, love laughter and fellowship. She is committed and dedicated to families who are living with dementia and cognitive impairments by providing resources through community respite programs, and active weekly support groups. Valerie’s motto in life is “we are all in this together”.

Grace Carter, Student and Caregiver for her Grandma, Virginia who has been living with Alzheimer’s for the past 15 years. Grace has written about dementia and spoken at a national conference. Grace is our Youth Advisor.