Alisa Tagg, BA ADC/EDU AC-BC CDP With over 20 years of industry experience, Alisa is a Certified Activity Consultant, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, and Certified Activity Director. She is currently the President of the National Association of Activity Professionals. She works with and consults for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Home Care Agencies. She teaches the MEPAP and Home Care Certification course for new professionals entering the qualify of life and activities field. Alisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a provider’s Certificate of Completion specializing in Aging with the Nevada Geriatric Education Center.
Linda Amoroso has been an Activity Professional for 30 years working with seniors and those in need at a variety of care levels including skilled nursing, assisted living, retirement apartments and gero-psych.
Certified by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP), Linda has spoken at various state, local and national events including Activity Directors conferences, Leading Age conferences, Pioneer Network Conference. She taught the NAAP/ NCCAP Basic and Advanced courses from 1993 to 2003.
She was the recipient of the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) Activity Director of the Year Award in 2009 and won three best practice awards for creative programming in 2000 from the Missouri Governor's Conference on Aging.
Heather McKay, MS, OT/L Heather is an award-winning occupational therapist, dementia care specialist, international trainer/speaker and consultant. One of Heather’s greatest accomplishments has been her collaboration with the National Association of State Veterans Homes and the Armed Forces Veterans Homes Foundation, Amvets Service Foundation and the Air Force Sergeants Association to produce a 3-part caregiver training video series called Dementia Care for America’s Heroes.
ABOUT OUR AUTHORS AND INSTRUCTORS
R.O.S. Therapy has assembled a group of national instructors and authors to build a complete caregiver library of resources and services. With a minimum of 10 years long term care experience, the R.O.S. team is dedicated to helping the millions of family caregivers who need help now
Vanessa Emm, BA ADC/EDU AC-BC CDP Vanessa has over 15 years experience in senior care. She is a Certified Activity Consultant, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, and Certified Activity Director. She teaches the MEPAP and Home Care Certification course for new professionals entering the quality of life and activities field.
In addition to her teaching duties, Vanessa works with and consults for Skilled Nursing facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Home Care Agencies. Vanessa currently serves as the Operations Trustee for the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) and speaks at national conferences, state conferences and workshops. Vanessa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Biology.
Cindy Bradshaw MS, ACC is an Activity Consultant & Educator with a 30 year career in Geriatrics. She has a BS in Human Services and Gerontology and is the Executive Director of National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Cindy is a leader in the field of Activities and quality of life for seniors. She also co-developed and teaches the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP 2nd Edition) and the Home Care Certification curriculum by which Activity Professionals of all types are certified. Cindy also has lobbied state and federal governments to set quality of life standards for senior residents and clients of all long-term care settings.
Lisa Ost-Beikmann, ADC, CDP, AC-BC, CADDCT, CAEd, is the Director of Education for the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP), with a nine-year career in Geriatrics and Activities.
Lisa is an active member of the aging care community and has worked tirelessly to help guide the community through her membership and various roles at the following organizations: Kansas Activity Directors Association (KADA), Kansas Partnership for Improving Dementia Care (KPIDC), National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP), National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP), National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and National Certification Board for Alzheimer’s Care (NCBAC).
With a focus on person-centered care and improving quality of life through activities and engagement, Lisa teaches the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Training course and speaks at multiple state and national events.
Improving Quality of Life, One Caregiver at a time since 2010.
Dawn Appler-Worsley is a highly accomplished senior care professional, author and national speaker with 26 years of expertise. She has been awarded national certifications as a Certified Activity Director, Consultant, Dementia Care Practitioner, Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Trainer and Eden Alternative Associate. An approved Modular Education for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) instructor, Dawn was instrumental in working with other industry experts during the development of the Home Care Certification course curriculum and credentialing to begin addressing the growing need for standards in Home Care for our aging population. Published in both print and video, Dawn has a vast knowledge in many facets of long-term care and community services. She is considered a pioneer in her field regarding resident rights and culture change. She is a national speaker on a variety of topics for health care workers, and is currently serving on the Board of the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP).
Scott Silknitter is the founder of R.O.S. Therapy Systems. He has made it his mission to make activities and engagement for those with cognitive and physical disabilities part of our national dialogue and to improve quality of life for caregivers and seniors through those activities and education. Scott is passionate about spreading this important message across the country and eventually across the globe. As a means to get the conversation started, he also developed the Start Some Joy Movement. He’s co-written family caregiver books with national experts for the Activities for the Family Caregiver Series – to help caregivers engage and improve the quality of life for millions of people who suffer from dementia, Parkinson’s ALS, stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and other debilitating diseases or issues. The books are written with common sense advice and suggestions, but based on the principles and core focus areas for communication, engagement and care taught to long term care professionals.He has spoken to audiences from the largest at-home care company to insurance professionals to civic groups to the multinational audience of TEDx viewers. He has written articles and pieces for Foxnews.com, A Place For Mom’s Alzheimer’s website, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, McKnight’s Long Term Care Magazine and other publications and media outlets
Linda Redhead, MS, ACC/EDU is an R.O.S. instructor and book author based out of New York. She is a certified Activity Professional, an Activity Consultant Certified with a specialization in Education and has over 22 years of activity experience in long term care in various settings. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Art Therapy. and is also a College of New Rochelle graduate with a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy. She teaches the MEPAP and Home Care Certification course for new professionals entering the field and was the 2013 MEPAP instructor of the year.
Colleen Keegan, AP-BC, CDP, is a Lesson Plan contributor to R.O.S. Therapy Systems. She has worked in the activity and senior care field for 12 years in various settings including adult day centers, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities.
Colleen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is a board-certified activity professional through NAAPCC and is CDP certified through NCCDP. She is actively involved in her state activity association and is currently serving as its President. Colleen also serves on the NAAP board and is serving her second year as the Membership Trustee.
Richard Oliver is one of the co-authors of the R.O.S. Activities 101 For the Family Caregiver - Visually and Cognitively Impaired book. He is the Director of Sales for the Industries of the Blind of Greensboro, North Carolina. Although Richard lost his vision at the age of 23, he has never let the loss of his vision define who he is nor has he allowed the condition to hold him back.
The mission of Industries of the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and personal development for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve greater independence.
Anthony Vicari, EdS, AC-BC, ADC/EDU, CADDCT, CDCM, CDP, is an Activity Consultant-Board Certified, Activity Director Certified/Education Specialization, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Anthony currently serves as Vice President for the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) and was the Professional Development Trustee from 2012-2015. He also holds national certifications with Eden Alternative as a Certified Trainer and Associate. His 34 years of professional work includes the following settings: adult and geriatric behavioral health hospitals, memory care neighborhoods, continuous care retirement communities, skilled nursing centers, and in public/private education as school administrator and educator.
For the past five years, Anthony has traveled across the country presenting educational seminars on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care at local, state and national levels. Anthony believes that the essential experiences and knowledge gained from his 34+ years helps in every aspect of his professional work.
Robert Brennan RN is a Registered Nurse and Nursing Home Administrator with over 35 years of long-term care experience. He is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Credentialed in Montessori Based Dementia Programming (MBDP) providing general and train-the-trainer programs. Robert was responsible for the development of an ALFA’s “Best of Best” award-winning program for care of individuals with dementia using MBDP. He provides education on dementia and long-term care regulatory topics. He has been instrumental in the development of the R.O.S. Activities for the Family Caregiver book series and the R.O.S. Activities 201 training program – How To Live, which focuses on ADL’s.
Lisa Gonzalez, MS, OT/L, CCM, CBIS, is an occupational therapist and certified case manager. She is also a certified brain injury specialist through ACBIS. Lisa has more than 20 years experience as a clinical OT servicing a variety of areas including home health, skilled nursing, and acute care.
In addition, Lisa was an OTA instructor for Durham Technical Community College for 5 years and remains on the advisory board for that program. For the majority of her career, Lisa served as an OT and activity program coordinator in a residential community re-entry program for individuals with TBI. She currently works as a case manager for NeuroCommunity Care - providing community based support services for individuals with TBI.
Lisa and her team are proudly serving wounded veterans and their families nationwide. With her current team, Lisa helps injured veterans and their families who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury access community-based resources and services designed to improve their quality of life and foster stabilization.
Suzanne John, R.N., is a retired Registered Nurse. With over 12 years of clinical nursing experience in areas such as Cardiothoracic Surgical nursing, Medical and Cardiac Intensive Care nursing, working with ventilator-dependent patients and their families in a long-term care facility, RN Supervisor in a skilled nursing facility and as a RN providing outpatient cardiac rehab care to patients post open heart surgery or after a “heart attack”.
Suzanne believes “a nurse should be intelligent in her knowledge of the human body and medicine to practice safe care, but success is obtained with the ability to interact and relate to the patients condition and establish a trusting and respectful relationship.”
Suzanne currently teaches Activities of Daily Living skills to students attempting to earn a Caregiver Certificate in Home Care and is a contributing author for several of the Activities for the Family Caregiver books in the groundbreaking series from R.O.S. Therapy Systems.
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