M.S., Interdisciplinary Degree Program in the Social Sciences, Gerontology Concentration, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997. B.S., Dual Major: Journalism and Criminal Justice and Corrections, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, 1984.
Geriatric Care Manager and President/Chief Operating Officer, Compass Elder Care Specialists, Denver, Colorado, 2008 to Present.
Geriatric Case Manager, Human Services Consultants, Denver, Colorado, 2001-2008.
Manager, Special Care Center for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Marriott’s Brighton Gardens of Denver (CO), 1998-2001.
Startup Director, Sterling House of Arvada (CO) assisted living community, 1997-1998.
Companion, Services for Seniors, Buffalo, New York, 1995-1997.
Newspaper Reporter and Technical Writer and Editor, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, New Jersey and New York, 1977-1995.
Certifications, Memberships and Affiliations
Care Manager, Certified, National Academy of Certified Care Managers, Colchester, Connecticut.
Aging Life Care Manager – Advanced Professional, Aging Life Care Association, Tucson, Arizona.
Aging Life Care Manager – Advanced Professional, Aging Life Care Association, Western Region Chapter.
Certified Senior Advisor, Denver, Colorado.
Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) representative, National POLST Plenary Assembly, October 2017 to Present.
Volunteer MOST Chair, Colorado Advance Directives Consortium, October 2017 to April 2019.
Volunteer MOST Revision Work Group Chair, Colorado Advance Directives Consortium, December 2013 to March 2014.
Volunteer MOST Educator and Member, Colorado Advance Directives Consortium and Center for Improving Value in Health Care, 2010 to present.
Member of MOST Group recognized with “Outstanding Achievement Award” granted by the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 2011.
Volunteer Guardian, Guardianship Alliance of Colorado, Denver, 1998 to March 2019.
10.75 Gallon Donor (86 donations), Vitalant Blood Center, Denver, 2003 to Present.
Volunteer, Garden Tour Committee, The Conflict Center, Denver, 2009 – 2016.
Volunteer, Arapahoe County Adult Protection Team, July 2010 – March 2016.
Volunteer Delivery Person, Basket of Joy Program, Volunteers of America, Denver, December 2017