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. […]

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 […]

Mollie Lacher – Founder, Sunny Care Services

Mollie Lacher – Mollie Lacher is a Tennessee native with an undergrad degree from the University of Tennessee and graduate degree from Vanderbilt University. Mollie has worked in project management for the majority of her career and most recently was project manager at Bridgestone focusing on their new HQ building in downtown Nashville. After the unexpected passing of her brother-in-law, Mollie felt a calling to start a business that helped other families like her’s navigate all of the to-do’s after losing a loved one, and thus, Sunny Care Services was born. Sunny Care Services brings planning, project management, and concierge services to families who have lost a loved one so that families can focus on healing and finding a new normal without being burdened by the tactical and administrative tasks that come with closing out a loved one’s life.

Dennis LaVoy CFP®, CLU®, Financial Advisor

Dennis LaVoy, CFP®, CLU®, Financial Advisor – Dennis has spent his entire life in Southeastern Michigan, and has seen first-hand the difficulties that can come from this struggling economy — as well as the success stories that can happen through hard work and careful planning. Serving others has always been a part of his life and career. He’s most motivated when he can use his background and knowledge to improve and enrich others’ lives. Having worked as a financial planner since 2008, he has helped both individuals and families in all stages of life, from professionals in miscellaneous careers to executives of large corporations to brand new investors. Dennis has a Bachelors Degree in finance from Eastern Michigan University; has the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation (CFP®) and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation. Running a boutique firm. he provides each of his clients with a high level of individualized service and work hard to build trust over time, through honesty, communication and shared goals. He met and married his beautiful wife, Kristin, in Ferndale. As his family grew, they moved to Plymouth to be closer to loved ones. They have two wonderful young children, Evelyn & Henry. Family has always been important to Dennis and spending more time with his family is an important part of his life.    

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.”

Bob Mastrogiovanni – President of the Well Spouse Association

Bob Mastrogiovanni – Bob graduated from La Salle University with an MBA and has been a group leader, board member, Treasurer, and now serves as President of the Well Spouse Assoc.  Bob served in the US Army as an officer and then returned to graduate school in the 1970’s. He had a successful career as an accountant and as an Internal Revenue Agent until his early retirement to care for his wife in 2004.  He met and married his high school sweetheart and they were married for 50 years until her passing in June 2018.  Pictured below is Bob holding a portrait of his lovely wife. Shortly after their marriage, Kathy was diagnosed with MS.  Bob and Kathy pledged to keep things as normal as possible for as long as possible.  And they succeeded.  She was relapsing and remitting until about 1991 when her MS became progressive.  They traveled throughout the United States and visited many islands and Mexico.  They were frequently at concerts and the theater.  Avid sports fans they watched football, baseball, hockey and basketball attending many games in person.  They enjoyed family and friends and never let anything get in their way even when Kathy used a wheelchair to get around.  Kathy was cared for at home with the help of very good home health aids and good health insurance and lots of love from her husband.  Bob attributes a lot of their caregiving success to what he learned at the Well Spouse Assoc.

Grace Meadows – Programme Director of Music for Dementia 2020

Grace Meadows – Grace is Programme Director of Music for Dementia 2020, a campaign led by The Utley Foundation, to make music available to everyone living with dementia by 2020. The campaign has emerged from the recommendations of the International Longevity Centre UK’s Commission into music and dementia. Alongside this role Grace is also a senior music therapist in the Music Therapy Team at the Cheyne Child Development Service, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.  In addition, Grace is also an active bassoonist and contra bassoonist, playing with a range of amateur and semi-professional orchestras across London.

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

Shaun Mitra – Briocare, 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 Briocare, 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.

Dr. Montoro Rodriguez – Gerontology Program Director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC)

Dr. Montoro Rodriguez – Dr. Rodriguez is the Gerontology Program Director at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC). He is a sociologist with a teaching and research background in the area of aging, health, human development and family studies. Most of his research during the past 20 years has examined the interrelations between formal and informal support systems and optimal adaptation and adjustment to developmental changes for older adults. His recent work with family caregivers attempts to identify conditions under which older adults and their families would increase community-based service use, in particular the implications of cultural inequalities (race, gender) as generators of distress for older adults.