Barry Jacobs – Principal at Health Management Associates/Family Caregiving Expert/Keynote Speaker

Barry Jacobs – Barry J. Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, family therapist, and Principal for Health Management Associates, a national healthcare consulting firm. For 24 years, he was the Director of Behavioral Sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He is the co-author (with Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D) of AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family (Da Capo, 2016) and the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers—Looking After Yourself and Your Family While Helping an Aging Parent (Guilford, 2006). He is a co-editor of the e- book, Collaborative Perspectives—A Selection of CFHA’s Best Blogs From 2009-2015 (CFHA, 2017). Dr. Jacobs has given more than 500 presentations on family caregiving for family caregivers, community groups, and medical and mental health professionals. He is the national spokesperson on caregiving for the American Heart Association and an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. He has served on the expert panel for the Caregiver Crisis Great Challenge for and as a board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization on the integration of mental and physical healthcare. In 2016, he received its lifetime achievement award, the Don Bloch Award. He has held adjunct faculty positions with the Temple University School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. A blogger on family caregiving topics for and, previously, the Huffington Post, Dr. […]

Chris Farrell – Senior Economics Contributor at Marketplace, Columnist, Author of Purpose and a Paycheck

Chris Farrell – Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. He is economics commentator for Minnesota Public Radio and host of its series, Conversations on the Creative Economy. An award-winning journalist, Chris is a columnist for PBS Next Avenue and the Star Tribune. He has written for Bloomberg Businessweek, New York Times, Kiplinger’s and other publications. His most recent book is Purpose and a Paycheck (HarperCollins Leadership) published February, 2019.

Heywood Sloane, Principle DSG, co-founder of HealthStyles

Heywood Sloane – Heywood is co-founder of HealthStyles whose mission is to “help individuals and families meet the challenges of funding lifetime health care.” He is a national authority in the bank, securities and investment management businesses. He combines executive and line management experience in these industries with experience in the publishing and information industries to provide a unique global perspective. Mr. Sloane is a principal of DSG and GISHC.  He works with senior executives to develop strategic business initiatives, design products and services, and execute marketing and distribution plans at banking, investment, and insurance firms. Heywood has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Haverford College, and while studying under a John Boyer Scholarship, earned a Masters in Management from The London School of Economics. He has served on marketing and research committees of associations in the banking, mutual fund and financial planning industries. In addition he serves on the boards of both profit and non-profit corporations.

Sean Curran, Esquire – Estate Planning Attorney

Sean D. Curran, Esq. – Sean counsels his clients through the process of creating and maintaining their estate plans with great attention to their specific needs and objectives. Sean regularly handles simple basic planning with wills and powers of attorney as well as more complex inter-generational planning with trusts for individual circumstances. Sean focuses his practice exclusively on estate and elder law, making sense of the confusing issues relating to nursing home benefits and asset preservation. Sean has been practicing law since 1991and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Berks County Bar Association, Berks County Estate Planning Council, and Elder Counsel. Sean is married to his paralegal Georgina and together they are raising four children in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS – Founder and CEO of At Your Service Nursing & Home Care & much more!

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS – Founder and CEO of At Your Service Nursing & Home Care – In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding the benefits of home care services and how it can help people recover and stay at home as long as possible. She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. “Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.” Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as an expert legal witness for the home care industry. Having worked in all areas of home care, Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of what we are facing as an industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Lucy celebrates over 33 years as a nurse and patient advocate. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.  In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary’s University, Moraga, California. Lucy received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2016, graduating with Honors and a 4.0 GPA. She did her doctoral work […]

Shaun Mitra – Founder Sentech Ventures, CBO Technosphere

Shaun Mitra – Shaun is an angel investor, seasoned business executive and techpreneur. He has deep insights into the new digital technologies and how they can be leveraged to benefit us in our daily lives. He is the Founder CEO of Sentech Ventures, a company that leverages voice first technologies like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to help seniors “Age in Place”.  He is also an Investor & Chief Business Officer for Technosphere an Internet of Things company that works on innovative electronic products  and solutions.  Prior to this for over two decades Shaun has worked with various technology companies in business management roles. Shaun earned his undergraduate in Engg. from National Institute of Technology in India and his MBA from Scott School of Business in Indiana. He lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter.

Elizabeth Miller – Family Caregiver; Full-time Employee; Certified Caregiving Consultant; Founder Happy Healthy Caregiver; Author

Elizabeth Miller – Elizabeth Miller is a wife, mother, full-time employee, family caregiver, author and Certified Caregiving Consultant. She obtained a B.A. in Journalism from Penn State University and has worked in the corporate IT and strategy areas for over 19 years. Elizabeth’s personal experiences caring for aging parents with chronic and terminal illnesses as well as caring for a sibling with developmental disabilities inspired her to create Happy Healthy Caregiver in 2015. Through her consulting services, podcast, speaking and online community, Elizabeth helps family caregivers integrate caregiving and self-care with their busy lives.Elizabeth has been a presenter at the 2016, 2017, and 2018 National Caregiving Conferences. Her story has also been featured in Woman’s Dayand the Marietta Daily Journal. She is the host of the Happy Healthy Caregiver podcaston the Whole Care Network, author of Just for You: a Daily Self-Care Journal, and facilitates a support group for family caregivers called the NW Atlanta Daughterhood Circle. Click hereto learn more or connect with Elizabeth on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Annalee Kruger, MBA Family Caregiver Concierge and Senior Advocate

Annalee Kruger, MBA – Annalee has devoted her entire career to seniors and their families.  She helped care for her grandparents when she was young. She began her career as an Activities Assistant in an assisted living community while she earned her degree in Social Work. Annalee worked as a Social Worker and Executive Director in (CCRC’s) Continuing Care Retirement Communities for ABCM Corporation and later, Western Home Communities in Iowa. She moved to Milwaukee and was the Executive Director for Catholic Health Initiatives in South Milwaukee. Her long-term care career spans more than twenty-five years, so she understands the impact family dynamics and compassion fatigue have on family caregivers and their aging loved ones. Annalee started her own company, Care Right Inc., in 2011, providing concierge services to families with aging loved ones across the nation.  She helps families across the globe develop their Aging Plan (where will your loved one live as they age, who will provide care, and how will care be paid).  Often, families are overwhelmed with the care needs of their aging parents.  With families rarely living in the same location as their aging loved ones, families often spent their time worrying about their loved one’s well-being and scrambling with every crisis. Care Right develops a customized plan, plan implementation and overseeing the plan, all while offering support and guidance to the entire family unit.  She also works with families in developing their Grab and Go binder (the emergency-preparedness binder). Annalee is also an international […]

John Leland – Award-Winning New York Times Reporter and author of Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old

John Leland –  John is a reporter at the New York Times, where he wrote a year-long series following six people age 85 and up, which became the basis for his new book, “Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year among the Oldest Old,” a New York Times bestseller. Before joining the Times in 2000, he was a senior editor at Newsweek and editor-in-chief of Details magazine. He is the author of two previous books: “Hip: The History” and “Why Kerouac Matters.”

Kate Schutt – Award-winning Songwriter, Singer, Guitarist; Tedx Speaker

Kate Schutt – Kate is an award-winning songwriter, singer, guitarist, and producer whose voice NPR calls “glassily clear and glossily sweet.” Kate studied the influence of jazz on poetry at Harvard, and studied jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. Working with legendary producer/arranger Rob Mounsey, Kate just finished recording her new album, Bright Nowhere. It maps the landscape of loss around her mother’s diagnosis and death from ovarian cancer. Kate spent four years as her mom’s primary caregiver, along the way writing songs about life, loss, and (to use Christopher Hitchens’s potent phrase) “living dyingly.” Known for her authenticity and deep connection to her fans, Kate’s been blogging about this life/death experience from the start. Kate’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. After nearly a decade living and making music in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, she now calls New York City home. The talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to help your friends & family through loss,” was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. CONTACT: