Hey Ya’ll!!     

Our 2017 Conference theme will be:  SADDLE UP WITH RAP

Join us October 18-20 at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus for a rootin-tootin-boot-scootin good time!

Follow the link below for our 2017 Registration form for the RAP Conference. Up to 20 CEUs available. More than 15 Expert Speakers on a range of topics including: Movement, Art, Low Functioning Program Ideas, Hospice, Ethics and Inspiration! Stay tuned for MORE details.

Use the links below for the Agenda and Registration form….

RAP Registration Form 2017

RAP Conference AGENDA 2017

We will also be holding an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Seminar on October 17th with instructor Jennifer Krupa. Follow the links below for additional details!

NCCDP agenda 2017







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