The 2018 RAP in OHIO Conference will be held October 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus Ohio. Stay tuned for details and we’ll see you there.

Our theme for 2018 will be HAWAIIAN LUAU!!

2017 Award Winners:

Activity Assistant Award Winner:  Mary Catherine Hiles

Administrator of the Year Award Winner: Kim Lykins

Volunteer Award Winner: Dr Rev William Campbell

Dr. Charles Peckham Award: Ron Wilson

Jean Lyttle Spirit Award: Mary Miller

Thank you to all our 2017 RAP in OHIO Conference Attendees, Vendors and Speakers!



2017 Speakers include:

 Michael McCann: When was the Last Time you did Something for the First Time?

This session gets into a philosophy of not just maintaining the residents lives but helping them achieve goals, live a fulfilling life and become the strongest versions of themselves

Julie Buckeye   Balloflex: Movement and Music

Be aware of the impact of music and movement on individuals. Understand benefits of increasing movement and music in their facilities. Participants will have developed suitable actions for peaking and maintaining participant attention during sessions.

Barbara Brock: The Next Step in Dementia Care

Currently numerous individuals concerned about the performance of their memory are being identified as having dementia when they complete a “Quick Screening “memory test.  Quick Screening tests quickly reveal memory problems but stop short of providing valid/reliable data that can lead health care professionals to develop the next step in dementia care.

Gloria O’Neill-Savage: Lowering Dementia Medications Naturally

Participants will review collected studies using Aromatherapy in Facilities with residents.  Participants will apply and experience Aromatherapy while learning the benefits, and the quality and care of essential oils as well as the contraindications and which to avoid.

Dawn Worsley: Activities as a Revenue Generating Department

This session will help you identify the critical role that the Activities Department has and the way that “Activities” can contribute both financially as well as in a positive manner to help facilities achieve a 5-Star Rating.

Sherry Barzak: How to Motivate Your Crew to Work as a Team

The attendee will learn what it means to motivate your team, when is it needed to motivate your team (and how to tell),  and how to make to work together without them realizing it.

Amber Merriman: Ethical Decision Making in LTC

This program will encourage self exploration of ethical thinking. It will discuss several elements of ethical thinking including but not limited to diversity, education, and team work. Participants will have the opportunity to share ethical concerns with the group.

Rev. Steve “Brad” Jackson:  Improving Quality of Life with Hospice

This workshop will explore the unique social and spiritual needs of hospice patients, and will engage activity professionals in discussion related to diagnosis-specific interventions with a goal of maximizing quality of life.

Laura Marsee & Tammy Allison: Redefining Activities: How to Win Staff Buy in and Engagement      

This session focuses on the pursuit of activities to reach and engage a population with dementia residing in a nursing home setting, assisted living setting, or even an independent or adult day setting. The session will cover activity ideas and practical means and methods to implement and overcome potential barriers.                   


Tammy Point:  ABC’s of Documentation

Participants will learn how to work with the IDT to implement a person centered care plan and ensuring paper work in a picture of the resident. Participants will be able to perform MDS 3 interviews, write progress notes, gather information for assessments and put gathered information into a Person Centered Care Plan.

Scott Shroyer: The Greatest Generation: Living on Borrowed Time

How to and why we should make great days for customers regardless of budget. Invoke passion in the attendees in hopes of them approaching their daily work with the goal of giving a sense of purpose to every customer. Provide a how to and why this can be done by anyone, every single day. If we don’t do this for our Seniors, who will?







These are the Results of our 2016 Wage Survey.

Take a look…. 2016 wage survey calculations


Activity Assistant Award Winner:  JoAnn Lacey

Administrator of the Year Award Winner: Olivia Gibson

Advancement Award Winner: Chancellor Health Care Partners

Innovative Award Winner: Linda Gutierrez

Volunteer Award Winner: Ruth Souder

Dr. Charles Peckham Award: Karla Hale

                                                 OUTGOING BOARD MEMBERS

Pearl Kress  Service Years: 2014 – 2016

Kim Cline     Service Years: 2016 – 2016

 For Commitment and Service to the RAP Board of Trustees.

RAP in Ohio Flower BannerThank you to all those who attended our 2016 conference! 

We look forward to seeing you next year October 17-20.

Stay tuned for updates…




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.

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.


Tia Hovatter is the Director of Education for Health Consultants Plus. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from West Virginia University. She is a certified Activity Consultant, Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) instructor, Advanced Directives Trainer, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Trainer and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. With Health Consultants Plus Tia provides interim management and regulatory compliance across the country. She is also a state and national speaker.


Tammy Point graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Gerontology from Bowling Green State University. She began working in a nursing home in 1987. She served in the US Navy. After leaving the military she worked in a nursing home as an Activity Professional. She was nationally certified in 2001 and began teaching in 2004. She currently works in Assisted Independent Living and has been in the field for 21 years.


Queen Najla is a self employed entrepreneur, founder of African Culture Company (ACC) since 1997. Instructor of African Drumming, African & Afro Carribean dance, and box drum making workshops. Storyteller and author. An award winning children’s African Drum and Dance choreographer. She is also a spiritual life coach.


Lori Gum has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Tisch School of the Arts. Lori Gum became the Stonewall Columbus Program Coordinator and Pride Festival Coordinator in 2011. Lori is responsible for procuring grants and funding for many Stonewall Columbus support services and has supervised the development and implementation at all levels of these programs which include; The Trailblazers (50+ LGBTQ Seniors).


Cindy Bradshaw received her Master’s in Aging Service management from USC, and has her Bachelors in Human Services & gerontology from TESC. She has over 30 years of experience in geriatrics to include assistant, director and consultant. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) as well as teaches nationally recognized Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals that she co-developed.


Michael Mann has over 20 years of experience providing character and leadership development, providing leadership to all facets of life enrichment for Friendship Senior Options. Michael is also on the faculty for College of Dupage as well as a contributing partner with McHenry Country College, Harper and Roosevelt Universities teaching physical, spiritual and mental wellness to older students. Michael also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Activity Professionals as Professional Development Trustee.

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


Angie Sharp has 3 years of nursing experience with Hospice. Her focus has been on providing quality end of life care. She has worked on the continuous care team and is currently a Nurse Liaison. She is an LPN graduate from Hondros College and is currently working on her ADN at Rio Grande Community College.



Jaquie Kaloz has 14 years of experience providing end of life care. She is currently a nurse liaison for Heartland Hospice. She previously worked at Mt Carmel East Hospice in the oncology/palliative care unit. She received her BSN from Mt Carmel College of Nursing.



Shelly Evans received her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Mansfield University. Shelley is a skilled program facilitator and dementia educator. She is a board certified Music Therapist, Board Certified Activity Consultant/Educator and Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is a conference and seminar speaker, addressing program development and best dementia care practices. She is also a Director of Therapeutic Recreation in long term care environments, providing innovative programming to assist residents to meet their recreational and long term goals.



Barbara Barrett is a licensed social worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bluffton College. She worked in Corrections for 8.5 years, then in transportation services and for the past 10 years Adult Protective Services.


Conference Photos from Past Years