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Content Experts, Developers, Research/Evaluation Team, Other Individuals, and Contributing Organizations

CARES® Dementia Basics was co-developed by HealthCare Interactive, Inc. (HCI) and the Alzheimer’s Association, and was funded by two separate grants from the National Institute on Aging.

CARES, which is based on and consistent with the Alzheimer's Association Campaign for Quality Residential Care Practice Recommendations, promotes the ideals of person-centered care and the culture change movement and strives to build a caring community regardless of the caregiving setting.

HealthCare Interactive would like to thank the many families, dementia experts, and organizations that are helping to educate caregivers by having agreed to participate in and be videotaped for this program. We respect the sensitive nature of this material and appreciate the generosity and support of everyone involved.

Content Experts*

  • Cyndy Cordell, BS, MBA, Director, Healthcare Professional Services, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL
  • Sam Fazio, PhD, Director of Special Projects, Constituent Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL
  • Janice Flinner, MS, LCPC, Specialist, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Gould, MSW, LCSW, RTI International, Chicago, IL
  • Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Director, Duke Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Jeanne Heid-Grubman, MSW, LNHA, Health Center Administrator, Village of Victory Lakes, a Franciscan Retirement Community, Lindenhurst, IL
  • Liz Larsen, OTR/L, University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, Minneapolis, MN
  • Katie Maslow, Visiting Scholar, The Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC
  • Lynne Morishita, MSN, GNP, Consultant, Minneapolis, MN
  • Peter Reed, PhD, MPH, Director of the Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, NV
  • Debbie Richman, BS, ACC, Vice President, Education and Outreach, Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, Minneapolis, MN
  • Sara Sanders, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Development Team*

  • Kathy Confer, Editor, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kit Eastman, MA, Instructional Designer, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Anthony Graddy, Software Developer, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • John Hobday, MA, CEO and Founder, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Beth Hoeppner, Instructional Designer and Video Producer, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Victor Rukavina, Video Producer, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tom Schmidt, Video Producer, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tia Vasquez, Software Developer, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Theresa Williams, Office Manager, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN

Research and Evaluation Team*

  • Joseph Gaugler, PhD, Associate Professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow, School of Nursing and Center on Aging, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ken Hepburn, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (previously at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN)
  • John Hobday, MA, CEO and Founder, HealthCare Interactive, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kay Savik, MS, Senior Research Fellow and Statistician, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN

Individuals*

  • Mary Ann Anichini, MS, GNP, Vice President, Corporate Quality Improvement, Presbyterian Homes, Chicago, IL
  • Terry Barclay, PhD, LP, Neuropsychologist, HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging, Saint Paul, MN
  • Courtney Bayron, Director of Community Relations, Northbrook Inn Memory Care Community, Northbrook, IL
  • Marsha Berry, MA, CAEd, Education Director, Training to Serve, Saint Paul, MN
  • Jewell Buenavista, Ephesians Home Care, Bonita, CA
  • Melanie Chavin, MS, MA, Chief Program Officer, Program Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL
  • Jaime Cuascut, Housekeeping Staff, The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, IL
  • Nancy Cullen, MBA, Senior Director, Product Development and Mission Partnerships, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL
  • David Dietz, OT, Covenant Care at Home, Chicago, IL
  • Steve Ferris, PT, Alliance Rehab, Chicago, IL
  • Stephanie Fink, BS, Program Services Coordinator, Arden Courts, Northbrook, IL
  • Denise Goch, Care Partner, The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, IL
  • Heidi Haley-Franklin, MSW, LICSW, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, Minneapolis, MN
  • Kim Hort, MA, Life Enrichment Coordinator, The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, IL
  • Diana Iacobucci, Administrator, Silverado Care-Lake Zurich Memory Care Community, Lake Zurich, IL
  • Merrie Kaas, RN, CNS-BC, DNSc, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Beth Kallmyer, MSW, Vice President for Constituent Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL
  • Clarence Melmin, Maintenance Staff, The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, IL
  • Cesar Osorio II, RN, DNP, Nurse, The Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, IL
  • Judah L. Ronch, PhD, Professor and Dean, The Erickson School at The University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • Pam Sebern, MBA, Executive Director, Arden Courts, Northbrook, IL
  • Julie Sipchen, MA, Senior Associate Director, Mission Partnerships, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago, IL
  • Stanley Smith, MD, MS, Geriatrician, University of Minnesota Family Practice Physicians, Minneapolis, MN
  • Charles Stinson, MD, Geriatrician, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Ann Urbashich, Associate Director, Green-Field Library, Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL

Organizations*

  • Alzheimer’s Association, Chicago, IL (Special thanks to Beth Kallmyer)
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, Phoenix, AZ
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Eastern North Carolina Chapter, Raleigh, NC
  • Alzheimer's Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter, Minneapolis, MN
  • Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, San Jose, CA
  • Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego Chapter, San Diego, CA
  • Blue Earth Interactive, Saint Paul, MN
  • Carolina Meadows, A Continuing Care Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC (Special thanks to Kim Broucksou)
  • Catholic Eldercare, Minneapolis, MN (Special thanks to Seeta Bashier, Teri Brustad, Marilyn DuBay, and Kimberly King)
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore, MD
  • Ceresti Health, Carlsbad, CA
  • Ebenezer Care Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Ephesians Home Care, Bonita, CA
  • Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, San Francisco, CA (Special thanks to Gail Cobe and Andre´ Michaud)
  • Lenbrook Square, Atlanta, GA (Special thanks to Stephanie Peoples and Debbie Taylor)
  • Lutheran Home, Arlington Heights, IL (Special thanks to Donna Habich and Margaret Rathunde)
  • MainStreet Lodge, Minneapolis, MN (Special thanks to Rick Dischinger)
  • Mather Pavilion, Evanston, IL (Special thanks to Mary Kay Holmes)
  • Mojo Solo, Inc., Saint Paul, MN
  • Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark, DE (Special thanks to Jacki Doherty and Dick Peipher)
  • Payne-Phalen Living At Home/Block Nurse Program, Saint Paul, MN
  • Presbyterian Homes, Arlington Heights, IL (Special thanks to Mary Ann Anichini and Mary Robak)
  • Presbyterian Homes, Bloomington, MN (Special thanks to Debbie Richman, Angie Swetland, and Ann Thole)
  • Saint Therese Home, New Hope, MN (Special thanks to Denise Juday Barnett)
  • The Holmstad, a Covenant Retirement Community, Batavia, IL (Special thanks to Jeanne Heid-Grubman)

*The titles and/or employers listed may not indicate current affiliations.