Certified Master Trainers

Beth ProppBeth Propp, RN

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer, Green Bay, WI
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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 Certified 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 RaneyDonna Raney

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer, Denton, TX

Donna Raney is the co-founder and former co-owner of a local Senior Caregiving Registry located in Denton, Texas and was the administrator for 18 years. 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 WilsonSue S. Wilson, LMSW, CDP, CADDCT

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer, Austin, TX

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 support the changing conditions and abilities experienced by individuals living with dementia.

As a Certified Master Trainer for both Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch®, Sue uses these high-impact, interactive tools and techniques to empower healthcare providers and family members with new dementia awareness, knowledge and skills.

Sue is available to discuss training options and develop a schedule to meet your dementia training needs. Choose from Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch® Coach Training Programs, one of the related In-service Training Programs, or have Sue come and conduct the Dementia Live™ Experience and Empowerment Sessions for your acute, post-acute care, or long term care community. We'll will help you plan and implement the AGEucate® programs to best enhance the person-centered culture and personalized care-practices embraced and used within your care-community.

A proud Texan, Sue was born and raised in San Antonio and after earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, she made Austin her home.

Kim StenderKim Stender

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer

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 Certified Master Trainer.

Deborah AllenDeborah S. Allen

Executive Director, PennCares Support Services, Hanover, PA
AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer

Deborah is Executive Director for PennCares Support Services located in Hanover, PA. PennCares Support Services is a community-based organization that provides children’s early intervention services, and home care services for elderly individuals and people with physical and intellectual disabilities. Deborah ensures that PennCares addresses the full continuum of care with dedication, skill, and a commitment to quality support, individual empowerment, and promoting independence. She has over 18 years experience in the development and administration of human services and rehabilitative support programs and has been conducting various educational trainings for over 12 years.

Deborah has a Masters degree of Social Work, M.S.W. from Temple University and is a an educator for WISE, MHFA, QPR, and Ageless Grace. She lives just outside of the Harrisburg area where she is passionate about being an AGE-u-cate® Training Institute Certified Master Trainer.

Jan NelsonJan Nelson, M. Ed

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer

Jan brings 25 years’ experience working with senior communities, training staff, developing life enrichment programs with an emphasis on dementia care. She founded Courageous Aging, Inc., challenging the status quo in eldercare with her mission to “believe in, dream with and discover the potential in our elders and those who care for them.” She is AGEucate’s Director of Association and Trainer Relations and is a Certified Master Trainer for Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch®. Originally from Miami, Florida, Jan now calls N. Redington Beach, FL, home.

Emmy KaczmarskiEmmy Kaczmarski, RN

Dementia Educator and Behavioral Specialist, White Pine Senior Living, Hudson, WI
AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer

Emmy started her nursing career just out of high school where she worked as a certified nurse assistant in a skilled nursing facility. She was exposed early to dementia and the devastation it can cause. It is here that she found her calling in life and pursued a degree in nursing. In her nursing career, she has worked in a variety of settings including Home Care, Hospice, Hospital, and Medical Clinics.

Most recently she has been working with the geriatric population in Assisted Living settings with Comforts of Home, where she had served as an Administrator for 2 assisted living buildings and was promoted to Regional Director over-seeing several of the properties throughout Wisconsin. Her position with Comforts of Home has made her aware of the tremendous need for dementia educators. She has been expanding her role within the company to focus on Dementia Education, Behavioral Support Planning, Quality Assurance, and Quality Improvement. Emmy has learned that the biggest barrier to providing exceptional care is lack of training or lack of the RIGHT kind of training. Since her Master Training in Compassionate Touch and Dementia Live she has seen the impact that skilled touch has on residents of her own facilities and is excited to share these great programs with others.

Emmy lives in Wisconsin near Minneapolis/ St. Paul with her four children and husband. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Nursing education and in her spare time can be found camping, crafting, cooking, gardening, or just spending time with her family.

Michelle FairbanksMichelle Fairbanks

Owner of Home Sweet Home, Hibbing, Minnesota
AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer

Michelle’s grandparents were a vital part of her growing up and she credits that influence for the passion she has for aging and elder care. Her career began with agencies serving troubled teens and adults with disabilities and dementia, where she found she enjoyed working with elders, especially those with specialized needs. After receiving her certification as a CNA, she knew that she wanted to do more. In late 2007 she purchased and remodeled a house in Hibbing, Minnesota, licensed it as an Adult Foster Care Home, and opened Home Sweet Home in 2007.

Michelle serves the elderly and frail over 55, and provides hospice care. She loves the one-on-one care and attention that she can give to those she serves in a home environment. Michelle is also passionate about educating others about dementia care. As a Certified Master Trainer with AGE-u-cate, she is excited to be a resource of education for her community and throughout northern Minnesota.

Michelle is happily married, has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. When she finds a spare moment, Michelle enjoys scrapbooking and travel.

Connie FoxConnie Fox

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer, Denton, Texas

Connie has owned several successful small businesses over the years, but she found her true passion and purpose in life in 2007 when she became the owner of a senior sitting service. It was then that Connie knew working with and caring for elders was her calling. Even after a family illness required her to sell that business, Connie’s faith told her that another opportunity to champion the cause of elders would be in her future.

Connie is thrilled to be back in the business as a Certified Master Trainer for AGE-u-cate Training Institute. She wants to provide education about dementia and aging care with the professional eldercare industry, but also bring more understanding and awareness to family care partners and the community at large.

Connie, her husband Jeff and their two children, have called Denton, Texas home for 30 years. Now that the children are grown, the head of the household is their maltipoo, Ranger.

Jane WilliamsPatricia Jane Williams, CDP

AGEucate Training Institute Certified Master Trainer, Murphysboro, Illinois

Jane would like to see a world without Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, but the reality is that it is an increasingly serious problem among the older population. She has a passion for helping people and enjoy teaching and interacting with people who live with this disease and educating the public to bring awareness. Jane found that most people don’t want to talk about Alzheimer’s/dementia; it frightens them, and I believe education is the key to ending that stigma.

Jane has worked in the healthcare industry for 35 years in various capacities, 16 years in management, with an additional 10 years of educational experience.

Lisa Ost BeikmanLisa Ost-Beikmann - ACC/EDU, AC-BC, CAEd, CADDCT, CDP

President – Caring Hands Consulting, LLC, Charleston, SC www.caringhandsconsulting.com
Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Lisa has worked in long-term care facilities since January 2008 as an Activity Professional, Activity Consultant Certified, Certified Dementia Practitioner and primarily as a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator. She is very passionate about her membership with the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care.

She opened her business, Caring Hands Consulting, LLC in July 2012. After consulting for SNF’s she quickly realized her passion revolved around Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. With a recent relocation, back to her second home, of Charleston, SC; she is working as a Certified Master Trainer offering Dementia Live, Compassionate Touch, Ageless Grace and consulting to families, churches, communities and businesses in need of awareness and understanding on how to best offer a quality life, graceful existence and humane compassion towards someone with dementia.

Lisa was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in December 2016 and her life has changed dramatically. It has pushed her forward to grasp her own circumstances and help others understand “it is something you can live with and you can live long and PROUD!”

Lisa’s at home with her daughter Samantha of Philip Simmons High School. Her son, Nick is a senior at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. They share their love for their four-legged pets as well.

Carol CorioCarol Corio - CSA

Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Carol is Community Relations Liaison for Old Colony Hospice & Palliative Care, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving Southeastern Massachusetts, that has been providing free standing, independent, and dedicated hospice care since 1979. Carol combines her passion and extensive training in aromatherapy, energy, and relaxation therapies with the life-affirming support and benefits that hospice and palliative care provides to both patients and family members.

Carol is passionate about dispelling the myths around the word hospice and explaining the concept of palliative care, both of which are so often misunderstood. She loves awakening individuals to the benefits of complementary and integrated health therapies to enhance quality of life.

Carol brings her personal passion and extensive experience with dementia immersion educational programs throughout the South Shore of Boston to the programs of ATI, and she looks forward to training Coaches to integrate Dementia Live® and Compassionate Touch® into their companies as part of their ongoing training and new employee orientation.

Kathy WettersKathy Wetters

Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Over the past 15 years Kathy Wetters has owned and managed Right at Home in the Chicago Far West and Southwest Suburbs. Right at Home is a leader in the in-home senior care industry.

Kathy has received End of Life Doula Certification. The End of Life Doula’s role is one of walking alongside and supporting a dying person and their family. In 2017 Kathy founded Peace 4 the Journey to provide that care and is an education partner with Quality of Life Care.

Kathy understands the anxiety of not knowing what is happening and the feelings of being overwhelmed while caring for a loved one with dementia or at end of life. She brings that empathy and understanding to her role as a Certified Master Trainer, bringing programs like Dementia Live® and Compassionate Touch® to long term care providers, family caregivers and first responders.

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Bailie HillmanBailie Hillman

Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Inspiring and creative, Bailie Hillman is truly making a difference in the lives of persons with dementia. Through her personal passion and hands-on work in healthcare settings, Bailie is a tireless advocate for those living with dementia and is living out her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how to create an environment that builds on individuals’ strengths and abilities, thereby allowing them to live life to its fullest.

On a day-to-day basis, Bailie is putting into place new, powerful and cutting-edge therapeutic approaches and programs that are changing the lives of persons living with dementia, their families, and members of their caregiving teams. Bailie’s basic premise is this: always remember to keep the value of the person for whom you are caring at the center of every healthcare decision, action, change, movement and breathe.

Bailie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Bailie is a Certified Master Trainer with AGE-u-cate, a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer through NCCDP.

Bailie lives in Texas with her husband, two basset hounds, eleven hens, two rabbits and a turkey named George! She enjoys spending time fishing at the lake, gardening, and sitting around the fire pit in the evenings

Julie BoggessJulie Boggess

Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Julie joins Age-u-cate with 31 years of experience in the Senior Housing and Healthcare Industry. Her exposure to persons with dementia came early in her career where she had the good fortune to work with and learn from the early pioneers of dementia care. She has worked in management level positions since 1990, most recently being 15 years as CEO at Bethesda Rehab and Senior Care in Chicago. During this time, she immersed herself in further education on dementia care through the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago learning from leaders who were paving the way to person-centered dementia care.

She has created two Adult Day Programs for persons with Dementia and has extensive experience counseling and educating families caring for loved ones with dementia. She has served on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Illinois and chaired its Nursing Facilities cabinet and is an instructor in Gerontology and Leadership in Aging Services at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

Julie has a B.S in Child and Family Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She lives in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Mount Prospect, Ill.

Ginger SpencerGinger Peer Spencer

Heart Felt Touch Massage Therapy, Owner
Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Ginger has been a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) since 2003. Her love for elders lead her to professional training in 2010 to be able to serve those in later life stages. Ginger offers Compassionate Touch (CTP) in home, hospice, long term care, the hospital or anywhere her client may currently reside. She also delivers in-service training for family caregivers and staff development for caregivers in senior living facilities. Ginger developed Heart Felt Hands, a community volunteer program offering connection through touch to residents of local long-term care homes.

Ginger resides in Virginia with her daughter and husband Ruben. She is a proud step-mother to her husband’s three children and step-grandmother to two handsome grandsons.

Ginger SpencerSheila Langston

Certified Master Trainer – AGE-u-cate

Sheila is a RN with 25+ years’ experience in Nursing Administration, including 13 years with Oceans Behavioral Hospital in DeRidder, Louisiana, first as Director of Nursing then Hospital Administrator. Working her last year in community education is what sparked her interest in dementia and behavioral health training. Although Sheila retired in 2016, she became a Certified Case Manager in 2017 and continues to serve as a nurse consultant.

Sheila lives near the Louisiana-Texas border and has the privilege of raising her granddaughter, Riley. She loves camping, traveling and, most of all, cooking for friends and family as often as possible.

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