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Anya Metlitsky-Herasme, LMSW – Presbyterian Senior Services Senior Director of Older Adult Services

Anya Metlitsky-Herasme, LMSW – www.pssusa.org Anna is PSS Senior Director of Older Adult Services and oversees PSS’s nine senior centers throughout the Bronx and Manhattan and three senior residences including the Grandparent Family Apartments, the first U.S. residence built specifically for grandparents raising grandchildren. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and received her SIFI certification (Seminar in Field Instruction) from Lehman College. She is a Master Trainer in two Evidence Based Programs: A Matter of Balance falls prevention program and Powerful Tools for Caregivers. She is a member of LiveOn NY’s action committee and holds a certification in Mental Health First Aid. Anya received a BA in Communications from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York.  She joined PSS as a social work intern in 2011.

John Mills: Co-Founder and CEO, eCareDiary

John Mills – https://www.ecarediary.com John and his wife, Susan Baida, founded eCareDiary in 2011 to provide tools, content and services for family caregivers.eCareDiary’s cloud-based service allows caregivers to manage day to day health needs by tracking appointments and medications, organizing medical records, providing reminders, and inviting others to help with caregiving tasks.The company also has a content library of 2,500 articles, podcasts, videos and expert Q&As. eCareDiary works with health plans, employers, EAPs and disability insurers. From 2002-2011, Mr. Mills was Director of Product Development for Emblem Health in New York City where he oversaw the launch of the Emblem Health brand and the development of Consumer Driven Healthcare Products.  Mr. Mills was also Director of Product Implementation for myHealthBank, a healthcare software company.Mr. Mills worked on Capitol Hill for 8 ½ years serving as Legislative Director for Congressman Eliot Engel of New York and as a member of the Clinton Healthcare Reform Task Force. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington DC and a BA from Union College in Schenectady, NY.    

Dr. Daniel Nightingale
CEO Dementia Therapy Specialists (US) and Dementia Doctor (UK); Actor; Stand-up Comedian; Trained by Dr Patch Adams

Dr. Daniel Nightingale – http://dementiatherapyspecialists.com Dr Daniel Nightingale is a world leading clinical dementia specialist practicing in both the UK and US. He is the CEO of Dementia Therapy Specialists LLC in the US and Dementia Doctor in the UK; a Hypno-Psychotherapist, author and regular writer for Expert Care Manager. Dr Dan can also be seen as an actor (Daniel Nightingale – (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm8837122/) and stand-up comedian (Brit Comedy Doc). He was trained by Dr Patch Adams in the use of humour and clowning in medicine. He is world renowned for his pioneering empirical, published research in the use of hypnotherapy as a treatment option to alleviate many of the BPSD associated with neurocognitive disorders (dementia). His upcoming book, commissioned by Jessica Kingsley Publishers is entitled A Clinician’s Guide to Non Pharmacological Dementia Therapies.

Pam Ramsden – Manager of Coming of Age for Presbyterian Senior Services in New York City

Pam Ramsden – www.pssusa.org Pam is Manager of Coming of Age for Presbyterian Senior Services in New York City. Pam majored in both Psychology and Communications at the University of Dayton and earned an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Chapman University. Her professional experience includes: social work, psychometrics, HR, vocational counseling, conference planning and writing. As Manager of Coming of Age,she recruits speakers, initiates workshops and special events, produces monthly newsletters (national and NYC), all to inspire people 50 and older to live with passion and purpose.

Peter Rosenberger – Caregiver; Radio Host of Hope for the Caregiver, syndicated to 200+ Stations

Peter Rosenberger – https://caregiverswithhope.com An exceptional voice of experience—for an unprecedented need. A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the caregiver’s journey.  His weekly show, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER, is syndicated on more than 200 stations. The Self-Defense of Caregivers An accomplished martial artist, Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido.  The martial art provides many self-defense life lessons that Peter incorporates into his show and speaking. In addition, Peter is the author of several books including, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER and 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them. A pianist for fifty years, Peter recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.   Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.

Erika Rendon – Host Nourish Senior Life; franchise owner Comfort Keepers

Erika Rendon – www.comfortkeepers.ca/barrie Erika Rendon is a Senior Home Care agency owner in Barrie ON Canada. Erika was born in Colombia South America and was introduced to the senior population by her own family and in specific her grandmother who was the primary, 24hr caregiver to her grandfather that had advanced Parkinson’s. I spent days assisting my grandmother with all of my grandfather’s showers, meal times and enjoyed the special bond that I had with my grandfather up until the time he died. As a young person I recognized the desire to help our seniors in need and in particular the 24hr caregivers that had limited support and resources in their community and within the family circle as well. Erika went to the University of York, where she received a degree in English and a minor in Spanish. Seeing as this was just a minor stepping stone in my life, she decided to go back to College and pursue work as a Social Service Worker specializing in Geriatric care. Soon after graduation she found a career working in Long Term Care as a Social Worker and as an Recreational Therapist. She spent 4 years working in the private sector and moved on to work for Sunrise Senior Living as an Assisted Living Coordinator and soon thereafter was promoted to Reminiscence Coordinator and also as the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Coordinator for that Region. The dementia care field held a very special place in her heart, but it was becoming […]

Sonja Shute, MSW – Senior Director, PSS Circle of Care

Sonja Shute, MSW – www.pssusa.org Sonja is Senior Director of Presbyterian Senior Services’ Circle of Care program in New York City. Originally from Canada, Sonja received her Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. Sonja brings a breadth of experience in the social services sector including: counselling, group work, advocacy, community organizing and development. Sonja joined the PSS Circle of Care team in 2017, and recently became the program’s Senior Director.

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD – founder American Association for Caregiving Youth

Connie Siskowski, RN, PhD – www.aacy.org Connie was educated at Johns Hopkins, Montclair State and New York University, and she obtained her PhD in 2004 from Lynn University. Connie never expected her doctoral research to uncover the high prevalence of family health situations and concomitant caregiving with detrimental academic effects upon children in Palm Beach County. Her broad background in healthcare and dedication to diminishing caregiver struggles led to the 1998 establishment of a nonprofit organization which has transformed itself to become what is now the American Association for Caregiving Youth (AACY), headquartered in Boca Raton, FL. AACY includes the Caregiving Youth Project of Palm Beach County, the first US program to support the hidden population of child caregivers, a growing affiliate network and the Caregiving Youth Institute. The needs of these children are beyond the purview of any one system so AACY integrates healthcare, education and the community (body, mind and spirit) to provide a strong foundation for the youth and their families.  Her talk will include aspects of each of these systems and link the importance of wraparound support to reduce stress on youth caregivers and their families. The goal is for caregiving youth to have personal and academic success as they continue their journey to adulthood.

Howard Tischler – Co-Founder and CEO EverSafe

Howard Tischler – www.eversafe.com Howard is co-founder and CEO of EverSafe, which monitors bank and investment accounts, credit cards, and credit data. He founded EverSafe after his mother was financially exploited and his research revealed no viable solutions to protect seniors from this devastating experience. A specialist in applying technology to solve challenging problems, Howard spearheaded the development of EverSafe. As a seasoned technology executive, Howard brings a blend of expertise in financial services, risk management, data analytics and software development to EverSafe. He serves on the advisory boards of Lendkey and the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Howard was inducted into the George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame in 2012.