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I am passionate about:
giving training, hope and laughter to family members of persons living with dementia. And my daughter, Grace.
A little known fact about me is:
I hate beets, love fried okra, love people who laugh easily, detest the sound of clicking pens, need coffee in the morning, trying to be more patient as a passenger in a car and love seeing babies smile.
Black Mountain, NC, United States
Chief Purpose Officer
In the Moment
I have been training in non-clinical dementia care for 20 years, ever since my Dad's diagnoses of Alzheimers'. I have used improv as a training tool since I started facilitating workshops. I was the co-developer of the CMS Hand in Hand Training Toolkit which used videos and interactive training methods in the 4 modules of Dementia Care and 2 modules of the prevention of abuse. I have been privileged to have been featured on This American Life, Real Simple magazine and website and presented at TED MED. We created the non profit In the Moment to pursue this project. beinginthemoment.org
Hello! 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.