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2016 Activity & Social Work Professionals Conference

Dates: Wednesday October 19 through Friday, October 21  Location: Crowne Plaza North, Columbus, Ohio

Our 2016 Theme: SUPERHEROES!


Also Tuesday October 18th Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care Seminar


Marlene Andersen Marlene A Andersen is a freelance artist and illustrator as well as director of resident life activities. She has been employed by Willowbrook Christian Communities in Delaware Ohio for more than 20 years. She maintains her position as statewide coordinator of Leading Age Ohio’s Art and Writing Program, currently serving her 11th year. Marlene has been presenting at the RAP Conference for more than a decade providing workshops on a variety of subjects. She is a historical and antique enthusiast. She also maintains certificates as a AP-DC and ADC.

Alyssa Gardner Alyssa Gardner is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Dementia Practitioner for Genesis with over 14 years’ experience in healthcare. Her background includes dietary, nursing, staff development, research, and education. Alyssa received two Associates Degrees from Sinclair Community College and a Bachelor’s of Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Professional affiliations include OHCA Regulatory and Disaster Planning committees’ member, AHCA affiliate, Healthcare Advisory Group Initiative participant, and We Honor Veterans member. Career accomplishments include leading her team to deficiency free Ohio Department of Health surveys in 2013 and 2015. Alyssa was also just announced as one of the AHCA Silver Quality Award recipients for 2015.

Mary Harrison Mary Harrison is an engaging speaker with a special gift of combing humor, real stories, and new information in a fun, easy to learn style. Mary is a former licensed nursing home administrator, a graduate of Ohio University with a BS in Health, and a certificate in Gerontology. She has more than 20 years of experience working in long-term care and has also been a caregiver for aging parents. Mary is a regular speaker for healthcare professionals, seniors and their families. Mary is the founder of Boom Ready, a company that provides innovative programs for seniors and the people who serve them.

Jennifer Krupa Jennifer Krupa is a Certified Activity Consultant and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is one of the co-authors of Activities Keep Me Going and Going volume A and B. She founded her business, Krupa Consulting in 1990 providing consultation services, teaching classes, in-services and presenting educational sessions at local, state and national conventions. She is an Art Therapist, approved MEPAP instructor for the National Association of Activity Professionals and the National Council of Dementia Practitioners and brings 30 years experience in working with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Jennifer teaches and coordinates programs for Lorain County Community College.

Amber Merriman Amber Merriman holds a BSW from Capital University, a MS degree in human services and is currently working on her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. She has worked for Vancrest Healthcare Centers for 6 years, has held the title of activity assistant and is currently the Administrator of Vancrest of Holgate.

Dr. Amita Patel Amita R Patel MC, CMD, MHA, CPE currently is a clinical associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine and in private practice in Dayton, Ohio.

Erin Pettegrew Erin Pettegrew is the Ombudsman Projects Coordinator in the Office of the State LTC ombudsman, located in the Ohio Department of Aging. She serves as the project manager for the Nursing Home Quality Initiative and the LTC facility satisfaction surveys. She provides technical assistance and training to regional ombudsman programs.

Lisa Ryan Focusing on workplace culture, Lisa Ryan works with organizations to help keep their top talents from becoming someone else’s. Ryan is the author of seven books and costars in two films. She has an MBA and is President of the National Speakers Association, Ohio Chapter.

Ron Wilson Activity Director. Certified laughter leader. RAP board 7 years. BA Psychology-BA Ministry. Ordained pastor.

Dawn Wooderson Dawn Wooderson’s 28 years of experience in Music with Senior Adults includes teaching at National and Regional Conferences, hundreds of sessions in music and mental activities for seniors at all levels of mental and physical health, production and publication of the Songs of Faith large-print hymnbook and CD series which you see in all the catalogs, and writing articles for Creative Forecasting and other publications. Prior to working with senior adults, Dawn taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate university classes, presented research at conferences, taught school, and worked in churches. Dawn lives in Aurora, CO.

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