Lisa M. Cini – www.MosaicDesignStudio.com and www.LisaMCini.com Lisa is the Founder, President and CEO of Mosaic Design Studio, a global senior living design, project management and procurement company, Mosaic’s mission is to “Improve Quality of Life By Design.” She is also founder of www.BestLivingTech.com, which curates the best products to Embrace Living as we age. Think Sharper Image meets AARP! Her award winning company has expanded 149% over the past three years helping a diverse clientele that includes the top global senior living operators, the United States Air Force and Navy, the National Hockey League and many more. Her newest book, Hive: The Simple Guide to Multigenerational Living How Our Family Makes it Work is Lisa’s personal account of how her family has designed a home in which 4-Generations live together and lead productive, happy and healthy lives, even as the eldest member of the family struggles with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Lisa is also the author of 2016’s THE FUTURE IS HERE…Senior Living Reimagined. A sought-after speaker, Lisa has been featured on radio and TV; recently, she appeared on Today in America with Terry Bradshaw. Lisa’s 3rd book BOOM The Baby Boomers Guide to Leveraging Technology, so that You Can Preserve Your Independent Lifestyle & Thrive pre-release has already made #1 on Amazon Kindle in 4 countries! Lisa is regarded as the leading Alzheimer’s and long-term care design expert in the nation and has been recognized for her contributions in the field.
Kathleen Cody – www.americanbonehealth.org Kathleen is Executive Director of American Bone Health and believes that all people should and can take care of their bones. She is working with thousands of volunteers to create a movement designed to keep adults free from fractures as they age. She works with scientists and researchers to provide easy to use and understandable tools and resources for the public to encourage individual engagement and empowerment. Kathleen received her BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and graduated from the top of her class at the University of San Francisco’s Executive MBA program.
Susan Crowson – Certified Dementia Practitioner; Speaker; former Alzheimer’s Association Legislative Advocacy Ambassador
Susan Crowson – www.susancrowson.com Susan Crowson is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with over 12 years’ experience developing systematic approaches to recognize and identify loss and behaviors due to dementia. She served as an Alzheimer’s Association Legislative Advocacy Ambassador, providing testimony for the National Alzheimer’s Advisory Council in Washington, DC. She has been guest speaker for conferences and special events. Susan was Director of Programs and Advocacy at the Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter, Manager of Baptist Memory Care Center – an outpatient memory screening clinic. Currently, Susan is a Dementia Specialist for the Neurology Clinic providing comprehensive cognitive assessments and a Certified Testing Administrator forAlzheimer’s clinical trials. In addition to her professional experience, Susan was primary caregiver for her Father who died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. Susan Howe Crowson, CDP, Dementia Specialist www.SusanCrowson.com 901.292.4672 Susan@SusanCrowson.com
Kristen Cusato – Associate Director of Communications for the San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Kristen Cusato – https://www.alz.org/sandiego/about_us/contact_us Kristen spent 20 years as a television journalist, in New York, Texas, Connecticut and California. Her mother’s diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia in 2009 changed everything. Kristen moved from San Diego to New York to help her best friend – her Mom – on this difficult journey. Kristen served as a Regional Director for the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association while her Mom was ill, sharing what she was learning as a caregiver, and teaching people about this disease. After her Mom passed, Kristen returned to California and is now the Associate Director of Communications for the San Diego/Imperial chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her goal is to share her caregiver hits and misses, in the hopes that her stories can help make the journey a tad bit easier for others.
Vickie Dellaquila, CPO®, CPO-CD® – Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules®
Vickie Dellaquila – www.organizationrules.com Vickie Dellaquila, CPO®, CPO-CD® is western Pennsylvania’s first Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life® since 2002. We specialize in working with those who are chronically disorganized, downsizing, aging in place, virtual organizing, and those who have hoarding tendencies. She has also presented in many places, including for the Japanese Life Organizers Association in Japan. She is a founding member of the Pittsburgh chapter of NAPO, National Association of Senior Move Managers and a member of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, where she received many certifications. She has been the featured professional organizer on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move. The book is now in its second edition and rated one of the top 100 best books on Aging by Amazon. One of Vickie’s specialties is working with seniors who are downsizing and moving, aging in place, and have issues with chronic disorganization and hoarding.
Paul DelPonte – Consultant; two term Commissioner on Aging in Montgomery County, MD; Author-Will You Still Treat Me When I’m 65?
Paul DelPonte- http://www.seniornet.org Paul is a strategic communications consultant focusing on aging and public policy areas. He served two terms as Commissioner on Aging in Montgomery County, Maryland, helping the county gain recognition by the World Health Organization as an age-friendly community. In the 1980s, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Alliance for Aging Research, where he spearheaded Project Independence for Older Americans which led to more than a $1 billion increase in federal aging research. He also authored, Will You Still Treat Me When I’m 65? And Medical Never-Never Land: Ten Reasons Why America is Not Ready for the Coming Age Boom, two landmark reports on discrimination of older people by the medical establishment. As a consultant, he has worked for the nation’s mostprominent health and aging organization’s including AARP, Pfizer, Johnson& Johnson, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards for his communications and health work. These have included Inside PR’s campaign of the year, Health Care Website of the Year, and the Thoth Award for Public Service for the Men’s Health Campaign featuring Morgan Freeman. He isa frequent speaker and workshop presenter. His work has been part of the Community Organizing Institute at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, the annual Beeson ScholarsSymposium, and is an advisor to Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where he was student body president.
Kathryn Harrison – Author of award-winning picture book, Weeds in Nana’s Garden; Smile for Grandpa; member AlzAuthors.com
Kathryn Harrison – weedsinnanasgarden.com Author / Illustrator Kathryn Harrison was educated in science and business, then worked as a marketer for over a decade before she finally turned to her creative side and was trained as an artist. In 2016, Kathryn wrote and illustrated her debut picture book, Weeds in Nana’s Garden, to help spread understanding of dementia among children. She was compelled to create this resource following her family’s own experience with her mother’s early-onset dementia. At that time, there simply weren’t many books available to explain dementia to her young children. Through the colourful illustrations and tender story in Kathryn’s book, she brings this complicated topic to a level where a child can begin to understand what is going on. Since its publication, her book has been translated into multiple languages and is available globally. In 2018, she collaborated with dementia care expert, Jaclyn Guenette, to launch another picture book about dementia, I Smile For Grandpa. Currently, Kathryn is also a member of the management team running AlzAuthors.com, a one-of-a-kind online collection of written resources about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Both of Kathryn’s children’s books support the Alzheimer Society of Canada* with every purchase. For more information, please visit Flipturnpublishing.com. *The Alzheimer Society of Canada is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
Christina DeSantis, MSW – www.pssusa.org Christina is Co-Director of Presbyterian Senior Services’ Circle of Care program in New York City. Christina DeSantis is a native of Staten Island, NY. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Adelphi University. Upon graduating from Fordham Christina joined PSS Circle of Care as a Care Consultant and recently became the Co-Director of the program.
Lisa Dinhofer, MA, CT – www.kodenllc.com; http://www.ingenillc.com Ms. Dinhofer, MA, CT, is a certified Thanatologist and communication expert with 18+ years teaching, consulting and coaching experience for effective messaging and situational management for: realistic expectations in the aftermath of traumatic events; death notification and employment termination; workplace harassment and bullying; abrupt change/disruption in the workplace; high conflict teams and ‘living/non-death losses’ that include: divorce/custody issues, unexpected illness or disability, incarceration, substance abuse and foster care. Ms. Dinhofer is a frequent educator on resilience building for burnout, compassion fatigue, primary and secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma and horizontal violence. She is a seasoned educator within: healthcare, social work, mental health, law enforcement, child welfare agencies, emergency response preparedness, forensic and mortuary, clergy, Call Centers, non-profit and corporate environments. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lisa-dinhofer-ma-ct-ctbs/14/441/65b 301-366-7944 Phone 301-874–5529 Fax email@example.com
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – Founder Jenerations Health; Media Expert; Author Cruising Through Caregiving
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – https://jenerationshealth.com Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP is the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., a full service healthcare education organization. With over 20+ years experience in healthcare, Jennifer is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program. Jennifer appears frequently in the media and has been featured on ABC, CBS, Univision, Sirius XM and in Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post and many more. A member of the National Speakers Association, she is one of less than 800 Certified Speaking Professionals (CSP) worldwide. Her first book, Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One helps family caregivers and is also a resource for healthcare professionals who want to set better boundaries with patients.