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Power of Knowing: Dementia Part 1 - Resources, Education and Advocacy

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Aug 19, 2021 11:44 AM

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Lisa Levine, BS, CDP
Director of Education @Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Lisa Levine is the Director of Education for Dementia Alliance of North Carolina. She is responsible for educational outreach through workshops, conferences, and health and wellness education. In this role Lisa collaborates with government agencies, colleges, other non-profits and service related organizations. She assists to implement the mission of Dementia Alliance of North Carolina which is to provide support, services, and resource information to people with dementia, their families and the community-at-large. Prior to joining the staff of Dementia Alliance, Lisa served as a corporate memory care specialist assisting independent, assisted, and skilled care communities in seven states across the Southeast. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of Florida, Lisa began working in skilled nursing facilities as an activity director. It was there she learned how passionate she is about assisting people with dementia and their families.
Dora Som-Pimpong
Caregiver and Retired Dementia Educator
Dora Som-Pimpong was employed at North Carolina A&T State University for 34 years, as a microbiology laboratory manager and public health specialist for the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s, Aging, and Community Health (COAACH). Her duties at the Center included recruitment for research study participants, speaking engagements related to Alzheimer’s disease, providing outreach opportunities through her participation in health-related conferences, planning and coordinating activities for educational conferences on Alzheimer’s disease, coordinating community health activities, and establishing relationships in local communities. She received support group training through the Alzheimer’s Association and was the facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group at the university for two years prior to her retirement. She has been the primary caregiver for five family members with dementia or cognitive decline.
Karen Owens
Education and Family Services Manager @Alzheimer’s Association
Karen works in the Greensboro office of the Alzheimer's Association as the Education & Family Services Manager. She obtained her Master of Social work through the Joint Master of Social Work program of North Carolina A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a minor in human development and family studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked in various mental health settings, such as, an outpatient mental health practice providing diagnostic assessments, individual and group therapy, a hospital setting providing clinical assessments, and as staff on the Geriatric Adult Mental Health Specialty Team providing psycho education to staff in long term care facilities. Her current role is to provide community education programs, assist with the 24-hour helpline, provide care consultations, and coordinate with and train support group facilitators, as well as, Alzheimer's Community
Nicole Reynolds
Lead Navigator @Well Spring Solutions
Nicole graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 2004 with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She completed her internship at Presbyterian Home of High Point and was hired as their Healthcare Social Worker upon her graduation. She began her journey with Well•Spring in 2008 as the Social Services Coordinator and moved into the Retirement Relocation Associate position in 2013. As Well-Spring expanded its services, Nicole began spending part of her time working with Well-Spring Solutions, and in 2016 became the full-time Lead Navigator. She also is a past president of the Guilford Medical and Dental Managers Association. Nicole loves her work and is dedicated to serving the older adult population and their caregivers. She finds great fulfillment in helping families navigate the difficult world of older adult services and long-term care.