Julie Boggess Certified Master Trainer, AGE-u-cate at Enlighten Eldercare
Julie joins Age-u-cate with 31 years of experience in the Senior Housing and Healthcare Industry. Her exposure to persons with dementia came early in her career where she had the good fortune to work with and learn from the early pioneers of dementia care. She has worked in management level positions since 1990, most recently being 15 years as CEO at Bethesda Rehab and Senior Care in Chicago. During this time, she immersed herself in further education on dementia care through the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago learning from leaders who were paving the way to person-centered dementia care.
She has created two Adult Day Programs for persons with Dementia and has extensive experience counseling and educating families caring for loved ones with dementia. She has served on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Illinois and chaired its Nursing Facilities cabinet and is an instructor in Gerontology and Leadership in Aging Services at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Julie has a B.S in Child and Family Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She lives in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Mount Prospect, Ill. Jeannie Forrest, PhD., R.N. Dementia Educator & Care Consultant at Through the Forrest
Jeannine Forrest, PhD., RN, offers guidance and education to family caregivers and organizations impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For over 30 years, she has focused her clinical practice, education, and research in the care of older adults with dementia; pain; palliative and end-of-life care. Served as faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Rush University. Held Board positions for the Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition. Provided consultations in China with the support of the World Health Organization. Author of journal articles and book chapters on pain and geriatric related issues. Collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Association studying outcomes of comfort focused care for residents with advanced dementia in nursing homes. Holds a Fellowship in the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.
Dr. Forrest mentors home care, home health, hospice, acute care, memory care, assisted living, skilled care providers in their quest to offer dementia competent and sensitive care. Current Advisory Board member for the Dementia Society of America; Board member for the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee of Illinois. Offers free monthly webcasts, “Dementia Unplugged,” for all family and professional care partners/providers in collaboration with the Dementia Society of America. Cori Moschberger, MSW, LCSW Therapist and Clinical Coordinator of Senior Services at Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness Cori Moschberger, MSW, LCSW Therapist and Clinical Coordinator of Senior Services at Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness https://www.barringtonbhw.com
Cori Moschberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the field since 1998. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003.
Cori uses a strengths-based approach with all her clients. She creates a safe and comforting environment that allows clients to discover and capitalize on their strengths in order to thrive through crisis, navigate relational challenges and live a happier and more enriched life. Cori works with a variety of ages and clinical issues. She specializes in adults, young adults, couples, and seniors. She addresses depression, anxiety, grief & loss, chronic pain / illness, disabilities, self worth, codependency and identity issues. Cori is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In her work with couples Cori uses Gottman methods to help couples learn to manage conflict and increase the positive interactions within the relationship. As Clinical Coordinator of Senior Services, Cori serves Seniors in-home and in residential facilities. Cori has completed the Alzheimer’s Association approved dementia care training and utilizes person-centered care. She is able to coordinate care between the family, POA, caregivers and physicians or facility staff. Historically, Cori has been involved in the non-profit sector as an Executive Director and has provided crisis counseling to women. Cori also provides clinical supervision to other clinicians. In addiction, she provides corporate consultation to small businesses assisting with team building, conflict resolution and on site crisis management. Susan Robbins Regional Director of Dementia Training at Arbor Terrace Senior Communities
Susan Robbins, Regional Director of Dementia Training
Susan has worked in the long-term care field for over 25 years assisting men and women living with dementia in various community settings. She has worked for the Arbor Company for over 10 years, serving as an engagement director and dementia care specialist. In her current role as a Regional Director of Dementia Training, Susan coaches and trains employees on all thing’s dementia care related using the Arbor Company’s cognitive care training tools as well as her own experience. She teaches staff members tips for interacting with residents in different stages of dementia from holding meaningful conversations to delivering care through adapted approaches to how to respond in an emergency. Susan also provides education to families and the community at large in the Atlanta area. She is a certified Dementia Care Specialist through the Crisis Prevention Institute as well as a certified Dementia Live coach through Age-u-cate. Susan lives in Marietta, GA. Melissa Sommers CEO, Board-Certified Music Therapist of Harmonic Changes Therapy Services
Melissa Sommers, MM, MT-BC is the CEO and Owner of Harmonic Changes Therapy Service. She received her master’s degree in Music with a focus in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University and has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 2006. Her company is experienced in providing individual and group-based services for all ages and abilities, specifically our senior community.
Erin Vogt Geriatric Social Worker at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras PC Attorneys at Law Erin Vogt Geriatric Social Worker at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras PC Attorneys at Law
Erin holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. She is an active member of numerous local aging coalitions and professional aging and disability related organizations. Her passion for the older adult population resulted in a specialty certification in geriatric social work from the National Association on Social Workers (NASW).
Before working at Dutton Casey & Mesoloras, Erin served as the manager of a community and senior resource center for a hospital network and coordinated a variety of related programs. She has also served as an elder abuse investigator and long-term care ombudsman. She is also a certified care manager.