MEET OUR TEAM

Pam BrandonPam Brandon

President/Founder

Pam brings over 20 years’ experience in family and professional caregiver education. Having engaged and trained thousands of care-partners and organizations, she is passionate about helping others embrace positive change. She is privileged to lead and direct this fast-growing company to new heights of success. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for over 33 years, and proudly calls it home.

V'Ann GiuffreV’Ann Luedke Giuffre

V.P. Operations
Training Specialist

V’Ann has been an education specialist in school, business and conference settings for over 20 years. She finds great satisfaction in making learning come alive for people, whether aged 3 or 93. She brings her energized teaching style to her role as Master Trainer for Dementia Live™ and Compassionate Touch® and is a Certified Ageless Grace™ Educator. As AGE-u-cate’s Vice President of Operations, V’Ann keeps the balls in the air, juggling logistical details. Born and raised in rural Central Texas, V’Ann now lives in Fort Worth.

Renee Riffey

Director of Client Engagement
Training Specialist

Renee specializes in working with people supporting older adults and those affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her role as National Sales Director with AGE-u-cate Training Institute helps to identify training needs for companies, elder care communities and other care-centered organizations. Renee and the AGE-u-cate team are providing training and tools for care-partners all over the world to create transformative change for an aging world.

Prior to joining the AGE-u-cate team, Renee started and built a home care agency serving eastern Iowa. She was able to work on the front lines with both family and professional caregivers to ensure safety, support and care for older Iowans. She also works with the Older Iowan Legislature, her local Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association to advocate for improved quality of life for older adults.

Ann Catlin OTR, LMT

Training & Education Consultant

Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT is a recognized expert in the field of skilled touch in eldercare and hospice. A respected author and award-winning educator, she guides professionals in rediscovering “touch-as-medicine” in person centered dementia care. Drawing upon 30 years’ experience, she develops AGE-u-cate training programs and is a master trainer for Compassionate Touch® and Dementia Live™. Originally from the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas, she now lives in Springfield, Missouri.

Beth ProppBeth Propp, RN

AGEucate Training Institute Certified 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 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.

Sue SilcoxSue Silcox

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

John BrandonJohn Brandon

Information Technology & Video Production

John Brandon serves as the chief technology officer for AGE-u-cate, performing multiple roles including website design and implementation, graphic arts, video production, and company finances. His experience comes from years of professional sound and video recording when he lived in Nashville where he grew up as well as running his own company for over 22 years. Over the years, John has become experienced with computer programming and the production of videos designed for training, marketing, and community education.

John now lives in Colleyville, Texas with his wife Pam.

Dee HutchinsonPatricia (Dee) Hutchinson

Manager of Fulfillment Center

Dee serves as the manager of our fulfillment center. This includes the procurement of supplies, assembling the products, and managing the staff while preparing the Dementia Live® gear packs. Dee’s right hand helper is Ashley, her daughter. Ashley is amazing with the fine details. Both Dee and Ashley appreciate Ageucate for not only hiring adults on the Autistic spectrum, but also for offering interesting work for a fair wage.

Dee and Ashley live in Fort Worth, Texas. Ashley enjoys reading as well as writing her own science fiction stories. Ashley has been a volunteer at the Bedford Library for over ten years. Dee loves time with her family (she currently has 5 grandchildren), and her hobby is making stained glass windows. Dee’s mother-in-law is currently in memory care and she is involved with her care on a daily basis.