APRIL 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKER BIOS
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
Jeff Borghoff was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2016 at age 51, after six months of testing which included CT scans, MRIs, spinal taps and neuropsychological evaluations. Jeff’s father is also living with the disease. During his career, Jeff was a software architect and developer responsible for the design, implementation and project management of technical solutions to help companies solve document-intensive business challenges.
Today, Jeff is inspiring and empowering people while he fights the war on Alzheimer's disease with love action at Jeff Borghoff My Story. He is a strong voice for awareness as a participant in the Alzheimer’s Association's National Early-Stage Advisory Group. He also serves as the Early-Stage Ambassador for the Delaware Valley and the Greater New Jersey chapters as well as an Alzheimer’s Congressional Team member. In his multiple roles, Jeff raises awareness of younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease and the value of early detection and diagnosis.
With the support of his wife, Kim and his three children, Jeff is determined to move ahead in his life with strength, grace, and hope: “I am not letting this disease define who I am and what I do on a daily basis. I am doing everything I can to raise awareness,” he says.
CRUISE AND CONFERENCE PRODUCER:
LISA MARIE CHIRICO
Lisa is on a mission to empower families to enhance their nursing home care experience. As her Dad’s caregiver, she learned that having a family member in a nursing home is extremely challenging, especially when a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. Lisa’s five-year journey as a caregiver motivated her to create Nursinghomeology.com to provide guidance and support through her Nursing Home Navigator Coaching Services for everyone managing a loved one’s care outside of the home.
Lisa is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. After working in the corporate world for several decades, she finally had her aha moment and got off the hamster wheel to embrace work that resonates with her spirit and makes a lasting impact on people’s lives. As a journalist and author of two books, Lisa is also an Alzheimer’s Advocate, Long-Term Care Advocate, and an Elder Care Specialist.
In addition to her Nursing Home Navigator Coaching practice, Lisa helps people “turn the lights on” in their lives through her work as a Certified Career & Grief Intuitive™ Coach at LifeA-Glow.com. She recently launched her radio show, Time-Love-Coffee-Peace, on BlogTalkRadio.
Peter Maeck is a writer, photographer, teacher, and speaker. His plays and dance scenarios, including for Pilobolus and MOMIX Dance Theatres, have been produced in New York City, Europe, and Africa. Peter served as a U.S. State Department Cultural Specialist in Tanzania and Morocco. He has created training and motivational programs for corporations worldwide. His prize-winning photographs are in private collections and international galleries.
With lyrical prose, rhyming poetry, and original photographs, "Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia" celebrates Peter's father's brave, good-humored experience with Alzheimer's Disease, while tracking Peter's own journey from despair to acceptance to ultimate embrace of his dad's condition.
Peter has presented "Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia" at multiple TEDx events and mental health conferences. It is now available as a book published by Shanti Arts.
Peter has a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University. Discover more about Peter at PeterMaeck.com.
DANIEL J. HUTCHERSON
Daniel J. Hutcherson, is a financial gerontologist and a 20-year Wall Street veteran.
Danny spent two decades in management and advisory roles on Wall Street before declaring independence in 2014 to provide a fiduciary standard of client care, and actively combat the financial abuses rampant on Wall Street.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Louisville, a Masters in Gerontology from the University of Southern California and is pursuing a PhD in Sociology focused on risk and protective factors for financial exploitation of vulnerable investors. Danny is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, a Certified Investment Management Analyst and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst.
Marianne Sciucco is a registered nurse who cared for hundreds of dementia patients over a 20-year career. Her novel, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s Love Story, is based on a couple she met through her work and is a testament to the power of love in the face of this heart wrenching disease.
Ironically, two years after her novel’s publication she started living her own story when her stepfather was diagnosed with mixed dementia: frontotemporal lobe, vascular, and Alzheimer’s. Her interest and work in Alzheimer's care led her to become a co-founder and administrator for AlzAuthors, a global community of authors writing about Alzheimer's and the dementias from their own personal experiences.
Christy Turner’s experience working with people living with dementia started when she was eight years old and her mom took her to work (a memory care community, before such a thing officially existed). There, Christy bumbled into successfully persuading a resident who was determined to walk home to St. Louis (from California) to come back into the building with her instead.
Christy went on to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), Certified Dementia Care Unit Manager (CDCM), and Cognitive Stimulation Instructor (CCSI). She has run award-winning memory care communities in assisted living and skilled nursing levels of care. As a professional, she figured out what she did right in that interaction as a little kid and has been teaching it to others ever since.
These days, Christy is a speaker and consultant, founder of Dementia Sherpa, creator of the online program Memory Care at Home , and the featured expert on The Alzheimer’s Podcast . She’s enjoyed the privilege of working with over 1,200 people living with dementia and their families so far...including nine experiences in her own family.
In her local market, Christy is the go-to expert for families living with a dementia diagnosis and the challenges that come with it. In addition to specializing in creatively managing “behaviors” without drugs, Christy helps families get off the daily grind of crisis management, create a roadmap, and move into peace, harmony, ease, connection, and joy by implementing solutions that really work. Christy has been invited to speak multiple times at the Alzheimer’s Association’s McGinty Conference, Oregon Health Care Association’s Annual Conference, and OHCA Spring Expo, as well as LeadingAge Oregon’s Annual Conference, and many more.
Christy’s mission is that every person living with dementia be treated with respect, kindness, love, empathy, and compassion, and that their families be supported along the way. Because she’s been through it so many times in her own family, she understands how crucial each of those elements are, and that dementia affects the whole family.
DAPHNE GLOVER FERRIER
Daphne Glover Ferrier is an award‐winning, non‐fiction content producer with a Masters Degree in International Development from University of Denver Joseph Korbel School of International Studies. She has more than 20 years experience in production and production management. Her work specializes in human development and public health filmmaking for the World Bank, the Partnership for Child Development, IMA World Health, International Relief and Development, USAID and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has produced films on four continents on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS education in East Africa to the power of learning in Asia, South America and South Africa. Her broadcast credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, ABC and PBS.
Daphne and her husband Bob Ferrier, a director and writer, are co-owners of Backfin Media. Backfin Media is currently in production on SPENT The Hidden Cost of Dementia. They are working with Maryland Public Television to bring SPENT to a public television audience nationwide.
Synopsis: SPENT The Hidden Cost of Dementia: A staggering 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of dementia. And you likely know one of them. They’re your aunt, your brother, your mother, your husband. Dementia attacks a person’s memory, personality, language, and physical abilities. It can last for decades. And there is no cure. The out-of-pocket costs for a patient with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, its most common form, is well over $70,000 a year. Driving the cost aren’t drugs or treatments, but the years of care necessary to get a person safely through life’s everyday activities. Through expert interviews, personal and intimate stories, and examining breakthroughs in treatment and alternative healthcare, SPENT reveals a world in the midst of a public health crisis, and sheds light on ways we can cope with this devastating illness and its financial impact on families and societies.
Loretta Anderson is a well-respected expert in her field and is recognized globally for her work in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, she has worked on research related to autism spectrum disorders, chronic kidney disease, and insomnia.
Loretta earned her M.H.S. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs. She earned her B.A. in Business at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Loretta offers great depth and breadth of knowledge across a variety of healthcare specialties. She is an avid volunteer in her community and enjoys supporting causes related to a variety of healthcare issues, children’s services, and higher education.
Jarvis E. “Gene” Saunders, Jr. founded the Project Lifesaver program in October 1998, while serving with the Chesapeake, VA Police Dept., as a Captain commanding Special Operations and SWAT and Chief of SAR, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, when it became apparent to him there was a major void that needed to be filled. Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive education, training, and technology based program for individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering including those with Alzheimer’s disease and Autism.
Project Lifesaver was the first organization to apply locating technology for the search and rescue of individuals with cognitive disorders and have remained the leader, the Gold Standard, in this field for the nearly 17 years. Gene has been a leader in the development of materials and training programs to provide the necessary education of doctors, caregivers, school administrators, first responders/search personnel, and of course, the families of loved ones at risk. In fact, Gene is a subject matter expert and advisor on the wandering issue for: Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s disease (LEAD), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The Project Lifesaver training program is recognized and approved by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Autism, Alzheimer’s, or other cognitive conditions has been dramatically growing and is a serious societal problem. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and tens of thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome. Experts estimate that today over 5 million people have Alzheimer’s disease; nearly 60% of people with Alzheimer’s will wander at some point during the progression of the disease. Additionally, children with autism and Down syndrome also have a tendency to wander, and in a recent National Autism Association survey, nearly 92% of parents felt their autistic child was at risk of wandering away and becoming lost.
Project Lifesaver program is now in 50 states, the District of Columbia and seven provinces throughout Canada with over 1,527 member organizations. The success of the program can also be measured by the lives of the “at risk” individuals and their families the program has touched with over 3500 rescues.
During his Police service of 33 years and Project Lifesaver, he has received numerous awards and commendations including the following; Police Silver Star for Valor (3); Police Commendation (3), Star Performer; Legion of Honor (2); Masonic Building Communities Award (2); Commendation from the President of the United States; ABI Medal of Honor; Pilot International Virginia District Hero Award; Bank of American Local Hero Award; Moving America Forward Award; Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation “Service before Self” Commendation, Person of Distinction Award. He also has extensive Military and Law Enforcement Special Operations experience.
Join Us April 6-13, 2019