MASTER TRAINERS

Renee RiffeyRenee Riffey

AGEucate Training Institute Master Trainer

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 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 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 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.

Sue SilcoxSue Silcox

Owner/Operator of Somatic Touch Movement Therapy, Brisbane, Australia
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 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.

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 in 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.

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