We had a busy summer and fall! I’m so happy to announce the following individuals have completed the requirements to become Certified Caregiving Advocates™, Certified Caregiving Consultants,™ Certified Caregiving Educators™, Certified Caregiving Facilitators™ and Certified Caregiving Specialists™. Congrats to all and we look forward to celebrating your successes!

Certified Caregiving Advocate

Vince Reyes
Vince resides in Los Angeles and currently works as a trader for a wealth management firm in Century City. He was previously a NASDAQ market maker for an investment bank in Los Angeles. Vince is a family caregiver for his brother-in-law who has diabetes and a disability. During his free time he likes to spend time traveling, going to Disneyland with his family, and trying different restaurants.

You can connect with Vince via his profile page: @vicreyes

Certified Caregiving Consultant

Jenn Chan
Photo: Jenn Chan, 2019 National Caregiving Conference PresenterJenn Chan is the Founder of Senior Shower Project, a startup with a mission to celebrate family caregivers of older adults with a party. She creates caregiver appreciation cards, curates caregiver gift boxes, and designs caregiver party kits. While Jenn provided care for her grandma, she developed a passion for family caregiving and dedicated her career to elevate the caregiver role with fun, love, and positivity. She believes caregiving is a lifestyle and becoming a senior caregiver is a life milestone worth celebrating.

She also believes that people should enter Caregiverhood with a solid support team. Now, as a Certified Caregiving Consultant, Jenn is a caregiver companion, advocate, and cheerleader.

You can connect with Jenn via her profile page: @jennchan

Debbie Howard
Debbie Howard is a former caregiver who served as both a long distance and live-in caregiver and for her mom after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, enabling her to die at home as she wished. With her launch of AMI (Aging Matters International) and The Caregiving Journey, Debbie has combined her caregiving experience with her 40 years as a market researcher to support caregivers in navigating their caregiving journeys with more grace and ease. Debbie is also a regular speaker at Caregiving.com’s annual National Caregiving Conferences, having served on panels and lead workshops in 2016, 2017 and 2018; she’ll be conducting workshops in 2019 as well. In April of 2019, she co-organized (along with fellow Texas-based CCC Dannelle LeBlanc) Caregiving.com’s first Regional Caregiving Conference in her hometown of Wimberley, Texas. The daylong event was well supported by local caregiving-related businesses, and featured over 10 different speakers who reached right at 100 caregivers. Debbie is also the author of The Caregiving Journey: Information, Guidance, Inspiration, launched at Caregiving.com’s National Caregiving Conference in 2018 (NCC2018). Her book is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

You can connect with Debbie via her profile page: @debbiehoward

Jennifer Richey
Jennifer has been a caregiver since the age of 14 when she volunteered with children with developmental and physical disabilities through her local community services. A year later, she was hired as a Recreation Specialist and worked for the City of Fullerton until she was 22. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from Chapman University, she began working at the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis (IABA) as a direct support staff for adults with developmental disabilities. She has extensive experience with adults with developmental disabilities and knows how to navigate the Regional Center system in California and the services they provide. Jennifer went on to receive her Master’s degree in Organizational Management which led her to become one of the Service Directors at IABA. Personally, Jennifer knows the challenges and stressors of caregiving. Jennifer lived with her grandfather for 7 years at the end of his life and was one of his primary caregivers. In 2015, Jennifer’s father, after enduring years of dialysis due to kidney disease from Agent Orange Exposure in the Vietnam War, received a lifesaving kidney transplant. Sadly, he contracted an extremely rare fungal disease in his lungs and passed away only 5 months later. In both of these circumstances, Jennifer had primary responsibility for managing the care of her loved ones. With experience from an internship at a local hospice agency, she was able to coordinate hospice services for both her father and grandfather. After her father’s death, she was searching for meaning and a way to process her conflicting feelings. She found The Life Coach School podcast and it changed her life. In 2018, she was certified as a Life & Weight Loss coach through The Life Coach School. She also married her partner, Karin, after 20 years together. Jennifer and her wife are now raising their great-nephew who was born exposed to methamphetamines. They are in the process of family reunification but hope to have the opportunity to adopt him if possible. Jennifer is also working to move her mother into her home with her in order to better take care of her needs. Jennifer specializes in taking care of aging parents, adult children with disabilities, and navigating the Regional Center system in California. Through her life coaching certification and her Certified Caregiving Consultant training, Jennifer provides services through her business, Brave Caregiving, and teaches people that they can set healthy boundaries, manage challenging family dynamics, and handle the guilt and loneliness that comes with being a caregiver.

Jennifer also will deliver services to working family caregivers through SupportGuards, our voluntary employee benefit. You can connect with Jennifer via her profile page: @jmrichey03

Certified Caregiving Consultant and Educator

Susan Rodriquez
Susan Rodriguez has been a family caregiver for over 15 years. Most recently caring for her mother and aunt, both passing from cancer. Susan previously worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for hospice which gave insight for the need of education and support of patients and their families. Susan has been a hospice volunteer for several years. She also participates in an Angel Watch team that provides support for hospice patients and their families during the transitioning period. From her hospice experience, she founded Clyde’s Hope Restored, Inc., a nonprofit providing education and support to family caregivers as well as providing for the needs of hospice patients outside of the hospice benefit. Susan currently organizes and presents family caregiving seminars throughout Mississippi.

Susan also will deliver services to working family caregivers through SupportGuards, our voluntary employee benefit. You can connect with Susan via her profile page: @susanrod

Jeff Peterson
Jeff cared for his “Lyme Warrior” wife Cherie who amazed him daily with her courage in fighting this horrible disease. Jeff was also a co-caregiver for his father for 5 years, during his battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He is the father of two amazing daughters, Alex and Logan, who live in Norfolk, VA. He holds a B.S. in Communications from Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!). He is a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Caregiver Consultant™ and Certified Caregiver Educator™. Jeff recently founded ONE LOVE COACHING and CONSULTING LLC, which works with patients, caregivers, and families, by providing support, coaching, and consulting, to help them develop a customized plan to cope with the stresses, fears and realities associated with Lyme disease and other Chronic Illnesses.

Jeff also will deliver services to working family caregivers through SupportGuards, our voluntary employee benefit. You can connect with Jeff via his profile page: @jeffpeterson

Jessica Lewandowski-Sima, MSN, RN, ACM, CCC
Jessica is currently working as an oncology nurse navigator at a community cancer center. She comes with over 20 years’ experience as a nurse with ten years spent as a certified nurse case manager, including an extensive background with inpatient and outpatient hospital case management. She has the expertise as a nurse case manager from the time of admission to discharge. As a mother of two, a caregiver for her mother with end-stage liver disease and guardian for her developmentally delayed brother; she is no stranger to overwhelm and pressure. All of this has put her in a unique position relating to family caregivers as a nurse, case manager, and caregiver herself. Jessica brings experience in managing the healthcare system, personally and professionally, along the continuum of care. As a working mother, she is no stranger to the struggle weight gain and health issues of her own. Jessica admits to missed mammograms, a recent divorce, late-night eating from stress and sleep deprivation from all-night ER visits while managing a full household. The caregiver’s care plan was born from her journey. Jessica’s goal is to provide education and support for caregivers. She will teach you how to reduce stress before you get burned out. Have questions regarding your family members hospitalization? Jessica can walk you through from admission to discharge. Schedule your free consultation at https://www.theeverydaynurse.blog/book-online

Jessica also will deliver services to working family caregivers through SupportGuards, our voluntary employee benefit. You can connect with Jessica via her profile page: @mady07

Certified Caregiving Consultant and Facilitator

Theresa Wilbanks
Theresa is a sustainable caregiving expert. She knows first hand the challenges involved in caring for aging parents, which is what led her to start her business, Sustainable Caregiving. She managed care for her mother through the end of life and is currently a caregiver for her father. Her skills also come from 25 years of formal work experience where she led collaborative efforts to achieve successful results. Theresa uses these experiences in partnership with her client’s knowledge and skills to help make the caregiving journey less stressful and more meaningful. Her passion is to help others balance the caregiving trials and tribulations with care and compassion and a healthy dose of love and laughter. The strategies and solutions that are developed to address current worries will build a foundation that will support future caregiving needs. This foundation is the key to sustainable caregiving. Theresa is in the Tampa Bay area and is available to meet in person, on the phone or by video conference. Outside of Tampa-Bay, she is available by phone or video conference. To set up a free 45 minute consultation with Theresa, go to sustainablecaregiving.com.

Theresa also will deliver services to working family caregivers through SupportGuards, our voluntary employee benefit. To connect with Theresa, visit her profile page: @theresaw

Certified Caregiving Consultant, Educator and Facilitator

Grace Cheung-Hau, NBHWC
Photo: Grace Cheung-Hau, Certified Caregiving ConsultantGrace earned a degree in Pharmacy and had 15 years of experience in the field. She is a National Board Health & Wellness Coach, certified trained chef, trained in yoga and meditation. She is also a certified caregiving consultant. She supports family caregivers manage stress and focus to incorporate more self-loving in their lives. She combines these formal training with the Eastern concept “JING” in her work as she strongly believes the importance to honor and to revitalize one self. JING is the essence that has been recognized as a “treasure” in the Eastern culture to nourish, protect and preserve your mind, body and spirit. Without good health for yourself, it’s harder to take care of others. Her passion is to help you set realistic goals and actions on wellness and well-being, and to better manage the demands of family, work, and caregiving. Grace offers private 1-on-1 consulting session.

You can connect with Grace via her profile page: @gch19999

Certified Caregiving Facilitators

Judy Young Doering
Judy worked in senior living as an Assistant Manager for a large Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Atlanta for seven years. She has also had experience with Veterans Benefits and Medicaid, hospice and palliative care and has been a court appointed legal guardian. Additionally, she was a caregiver and advocate for her mother who was a dialysis patient and her father who had dementia. Both of Judy’s parents lived with her and her husband for eleven years through end of life. Her passion is to share her experiences with others and to stress the importance of being a patient advocate. This passion has led her to become a Certified Caregiver Facilitator and to start a Support Group in her community.

You can connect with Judy via her profile page: @jydoeringgmail-com

Susan Cooper
Susan is a 10-year hospice volunteer and was a caregiver for her mother and then for her husband who died in 2018 of a lung disease he contracted on 9/11.   After traveling extensively, and living in several places, Susan returned to New York City where she is now voluntarily facilitating caregivers’ groups. Susan holds an MA and an MS in Human Resource Management and Environmental Psychology. For 20 years she owned and operated Service Messenger Co in NYC, she was an adjunct professor teaching at the New School, NY Institute of Technology and Cornell while consulting for diverse public and private sector organizations, she was also involved in the design and development of real estate.  She has a daughter living and working in NYC and a son, a chaplain at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

You can connect with Susan via her profile page: @suzieq

Jeanette Palmer
Jeanette complements her Consultant and Educator designations by completing our Facilitator certification. She is also a Senior Advocate, Licensed Dementia Educator, and local business owner of Right at Home – In Home Care & Assistance. Jeanette helps caregivers, businesses and first responders experience the sensory and cognitive impairment that comes with dementia. Jeanette is part of a new grass-roots movement in the United States aimed at educating people about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, dispelling the painful stigma associated with these conditions and enhancing public understanding. Barriers seem to dissolve for people who attend her training sessions. Whether it’s “I’m not sure what to say to someone with dementia” or “I’m nervous about being with someone that has dementia”, the “I don’t know what to do,” falls away. Her goal is to grow empathy, understanding and communication skills between family, business and community members and individuals living with cognitive impairment and to build dementia friendly communities in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago served by her caregiving team.

You can connect with Jeanette via her profile page: @jprahnw-com

Kristen Roden
Photo: Kristen Roden, Certified Caregiving ConsultantKristen adds our CCF designation to her CCC and CCE certifications. Kristen, who works with those caring for their spouses, a family member with ALS, or a family member while also raising a young family. She focuses on developing a positive mindset and practices of gratitude, as she firmly believes these methods can empower family caregivers through unlocking their own inner strength. Kristen cares for her husband, Adam, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. She and Adam also are raising their two young boys. Kristen launched The Thriving Caregiver this summer.

Kristen also will deliver services to working family caregivers through SupportGuards, our voluntary employee benefit. You can connect with Kristen via her profile page: @kmroden

Kylie Walker
Alexsandra “Kylie” Walker is a licensed clinical social worker who provides counseling to adult individuals, couples, and families in McKinney, TX and the surrounding areas. She is skilled in treating anxiety, depression and adjustment to life events, including grief and loss, chronic illness and pain, and caregiver stress. Kylie also works with clients who desire to improve their self-esteem and relationships. Kylie earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004. After years of employment as a treatment manager in an acute psychiatric hospital, and as a medical social worker in a hospital, Me Time Counseling was founded in February of 2019. While Kylie enjoys providing therapy to clients in the areas in which she is skilled, as mentioned above, she has a passion for working with caregivers. Kylie established a Caregiver Support Group as of July 2019, which evolved from her past experience as a caregiver for her mother. Kylie’s vision is “A healthier you”. She hopes to transform lives through inspiring self-awareness, self-care, and self-love. Kylie believes that taking care of yourself equips you to provide better care for those you love and care for.

You can connect with Kylie via her profile page: @akwalker

Certified Caregiving Specialists

Martha Garmon
Martha is the primary caregiver for her husband, Stephan, who was diagnosed with frontotemporal degeneration in July 2016 and ALS in February 2018. She is passionate about advocating for caregivers and training others how to support caregivers. Martha lives in Paris, Texas with her husband and her two dogs, Coco and Chewie. She has two grown children, Brandon and Leia, and two grandchildren. Martha has her doctorate in Worship Studies and holds emeritus status with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as a Director of Parish Music.

You can connect with Martha via her profile page: @mlgarmon.


We’d love for you to build on your personal caregiving experience with one of our training programs. You can save 15% with coupon code LAUNCH when you enroll to become a Certified Caregiving Advocate™, Certified Caregiving Consultant™, Certified Caregiving Educator™, Certified Caregiving Facilitator™  or Certified Caregiving Specialist™.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about our training. I’m happy to talk out which program is the right fit for you. You can email me at denise @ caregiving.com or call me at 773-343-6341.

About Denise

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched Caregiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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