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2016 Activity, Administrator & 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.

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).



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.


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