Eden Educator, Mentor & Coordinator. I consider myself a "World Maker" making it a priority to train, grow and empower others to embrace culture change and become "World Makers" and create lives worth living for our Elders. I am a resident directed care trainer, with excellent communication skills, and a passion for teaching as demonstrated by almost 30 years of teaching experience. I am a trainer who is organized, driven and effective at using efficient methods of teaching while focusing on the individual needs of each participant. I am a specialist knowledgeable about theories and methods used in designing, developing and delivering successful training programs and adult learning concepts. In addition I am also an experienced business woman, having owned and operated my own business. I understand the importance of being detail oriented and focus driven. I have worked with a vast number of people and traveled the world over. I consider passion and teamwork the key to success.
10+ years experience in long term care with primary focus on resident directed care responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Eden Alternative Educator -Certifications in Eden Associate Training, G.R.O.W.T.H., Open Hearts, Open Mind, & Leadership training.
Eden Mentor- Traveling to other Eden Homes assisting and training staff about resident directed care and the Eden Philosophy. As a mentor I am also a member of the "Welcoming Committee" for all new Eden Homes. I have traveled to over 20 homes and continue to work and support them as they grow.
"Seedling" Trainer- Developed and implemented this 8 hour new employee training as an introduction to the Eden Alternative. This program also encourages each new employee to examine their role in creating a home where each elder is honored and valued as an individual being.
"Care Partner" Trainer- Have spent the last 2 years developing and implementing a program to cross-train nursing staff in the areas of culinary services, neighborhood kitchens, housekeeping, laundry services, life enrichment and team self-management.
Life Enrichment Director & Certified Activity Professional- Developed and Implemented new program, "Reconstructing Activities", which centers on meaningful activities one elder at a time. As a result State Surveyors noted our program as " Exemplifying Culture Change as it relates to Resident directed leisure time."
One Vision Committee Member-working with stakeholders and state regulatory officials to re-frame Federal and State Long Term Care regulations to reflect a person directed point of view to create a uniform understanding between LTC homes and the State Surveyors.
Star Forum Committee Member-networking with other County Medical Care Facilities to develop and support each-other on our Eden Journey.
Certified Dementia Practitioner- Training staff and families about Dementia, it's meaning, stages of progression and how to understand and deal with elders and loved ones suffering with this disease.
Steering Committee Member- Involved in the beginning to end 4 year process to plan, create, build, and open 2 specialized Dementia Care homes. Each home, called "Cottages" are home to 12 elders and their care partner teams. This process included countless meetings with architects, contractors, county officials, state regulators, fire marshall's, interior designers, board members, staff members, elders, family members and the public at large.
Team Building- Responsible for conducting monthly learning circles to allow for all team members to have a voice in the happenings of the home. Promotes open, honest communication between all staff members in a non-threating, safe environment. Learning circles are also utilized in one-one conflict resolution.
Aviation Medical Tech/Combat Medic-
Responsible for the search and rescue of combat wounded soldiers.
Training of military personnel in the area of "buddy care" and "combat life support" certifying over 2700 troops during "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Bosnia/Kosovo 2005-2007.
Set up and supervision of field medical unit serving over 1300 combat injured soldiers and civilians in Kosovo.
Trained US Navy Pilots in land and water survival at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola Fl while preparing for "Operation Desert Storm" 1991.
In-flight medical tech during "Operation Black Hawk"-Panama Canal zone.-1982.
Franchise partner of LA Weight Loss Centers in Michigan. Responsible for
location of centers, build out of centers,advertising,contracts,training of staff sales team, payroll, supplies, direct sales, reports, local and national conferences.
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