MASTER TRAINERS

Beth ProppBeth Propp, RN

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

AGEucate Training Institute 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 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 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 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 Master Trainer.

Deborah AllenDeborah S. Allen

Executive Director, PA Behavioral Health & Aging Coalition, Harrisburg, PA
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.

Jan NelsonJan Nelson, M. Ed

AGEucate Training Institute 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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.

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