Renee Riffey is a mother of five, a technology professional, and now, a home care business owner in Cedar Rapids. Renee works with the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP and Older Iowan Legislation groups as an advocate supporting aging adults. Renee is passionate about educating her community on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the best way to support those affected by it.
Renee believes that the necessity of training and support to both family are professional caregivers is crucial. It became apparent to Renee when her father was diagnosed with brain cancer and depended on her mother to provide care for him in the last year of his life. Seeing the toll that put on her mother gave Renee an appreciation for what people go through when caring for loved ones who are at the end of their lives. As a Master Trainer for both Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch®, Renee gives care providers high-impact tools that make it possible for people with dementia and those that care for them to live well.
Beth Propp, RN
AHA CPR/BLS Instructor
Beth is a compassionate healthcare professional with decades of experience as a Registered Nurse, caregiver, patient advocate, educator and trainer.
Early in her career, Beth found her passion working with elderly populations and their caregivers in an effort to provide the highest levels of patient-centered care. Her deep understanding of dementia, along with the use of compassionate touch, have always been central to this process - helping her create connections and moments of clarity for the patients she serves.
Beth is excited to be a Master Trainer with AGEucate Training Institute. Through both the Dementia Live and Compassionate Touch programs, she has an opportunity to educate stakeholders in the community about Alzheimer's Disease and the ways to support those caring for and living with dementia.
Beth lives in the Green Bay/Fox Valley area with her husband. In her off time, you may find her driving a ski boat for barefoot or slalom water-skiers, playing board games or creating a new quilt.
Donna Raney is the co-founder and former co-owner of Ray of Sunshine Senior Care located in Denton, Texas and was the administrator for 18 years and now works with the organization part-time. Donna has a certificate in gerontology and is now a Master Traniner with AGE-u-cate Training Institute.
Donna has always loved working with senior citizens and became aware of their needs as her grandparents were aging. She is very involved in her local community, serving on several boards of directors including Hearts 4 Homes, a Christian-based non-profit outreach that provides no-cost repairs to low income senior homeowners in the Denton county area of Texas.
Donna and her husband Keith reside in Denton, Texas. They are the proud parents of five children and have six grandchildren. Together, Donna and Keith are members of Denton Bible Church.
Sue S. Wilson, LMSW, CDP, CADDCT
Sue founded 360 Elder Solutions, LLC and shares 30 years’ experience helping family and professional care-partners, as well as state and federal officials to better understand, and more successfully engage with, individuals living with dementia. She brings to AGEucate a vast knowledge of the healthcare continuum, eldercare education and an array of resources to help foreword our shared mission.
A proud Texan, Sue was raised in San Antonio and, after attending the University of Texas, made Austin her home.
AGEucate Training Institute Master Trainer
Certified Ageless Grace Educator and Trainer
Sue started her career as a teacher in Wales and has spent many years working with adults, training and supporting them as they introduced new technology into the workplace. She has extensive experience in developing work-based training programs in new technologies.
In 2011 Sue took her first Nia class and that changed her life! As she took further courses in Nia she heard about Ageless Grace® and decided to take that on, becoming the first person in Australia to share the program with seniors and elders.
Since then Sue works in various aged care and respite facilities, including high care and with non-English speaking groups. While working with groups like these has given Sue the opportunity to use her skills to train and support other educators in Australia.
Sue’s relatively recent work has encouraged her to work more closely with the elders and seniors in the community and propels her to give them understanding, love, a listening ear and support as they approach end-of-life.
Kim is strongly motivated and committed to care for people who can’t help themselves at home. Having suffered a debilitating stroke herself, she knows what it’s like to not be able to take care of everyday tasks. This experience propelled her into serving seniors, out of which grew a passion for people living with dementia. She is active in caregiver education, Care Options Network, and MASWA (Minneapolis Senior Workers Association). Kim has 3 children and enjoys volunteering for her church, spending time with friends, and blessing everyone she meets with her sense of humor. Kim lives in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul, Minnesota area where she is an AGE-u-cate® Training Institute Master Trainer.
Deborah S. Allen
AGEucate Training Institute Master Trainer
Deborah is executive director for Pennsylvania Behavioral Health & Aging Coalition located in Harrisburg, PA. She has over 15 years experience in the development and administration of human services and rehabilitative support programs.
In 2004, Deborah received a Masters degree of Social Work, M.S.W. from Temple University located in Harrisburg, PA.