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Lead Long-Term Care Regional Ombudsman
Area Agency on Aging

828.251.6622 (x122)


Music Therapy Intern, Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas
Bachelor of Music Education in Music Therapy, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma
Bachelor of Music Education, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma

Professional Experience

  • Family Consultant, Project C.A.R.E., Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty
    Facilitator, REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health)
  • Coordination of Caregiver Support Programs
  • Workshop Coordinator and Speaker
  • Consultant on Dementia Behavior Symptoms
  • Contributor for Federal Nursing Home Regulations
  • Member, Dementia Care Standards of Practice Task Force, The Alzheimer’s Association
  • Director of Activities in LTC

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Committee Service Award, Land-of-Sky Regional Council
  • Mountain Care's James H. Glenn Humanitarian Award
  • National Association of Activity Professionals, Distinguished Service Award


  • Provides daily direction and supervision to other ombudsmen so that programmatic requirements and other responsibilities are met.
  • Provides continual evaluation of processes and procedures.
  • Advocate for Residents Rights for Individuals Living in Long-term Care (ltc) Settings
  • Consultant to Community Advisory Committee Members
  • Consultant to People Who Need Information about LTC
  • Coordinator and/or Provider of Elder Abuse Education

Representative Projects

  • Speaker at Resident Council Meetings on Resident Rights
  • Speaker at LTC Staff In-services on Resident Rights
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Annual Retreat
  • Quarterly CAC Orientations