Membership Pages

National Lifespan Respite Conference

November 1-3, 2012

Glendale, AZ


ALL Workshops

State Lifespan Respite Highlights:


Many Faces of Caregivers!

Dr. David Coon, Ph.D.

Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research Collaborations

ASU School of Nursing and Health Innovation



Ryan House Story

Holly and Jonathan Cottor

Founders, Ryan House

Phoenix, AZ


Many Faces of Respite Services!

Guy Mikkelsen, President and CEO

Foundation for Senior Living

Phoenix, AZ



Laughter is Respite!

Elaine Lundberg, Laughter Therapist



Workshop Presentations                             

Respite Care in the LGBT Community

Adero Allison, Ph.D., CEO Transitioning Adults Plus

Donna Heppermann, MSW

LGBT Boomers & Beyond Coalition


The "Work" in Successful Networking

Natalie Leek-Nelson

CEO and President

Providence House

Cleveland, Ohio


Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs

Dr. Sybil Ingram-Campbell

Trading Ages

Susan Cypert

Community Resource Specialist

SCAN Health Plan Arizona

From Individual Advocacy to Systemic Change

Siobhan McCurdy

Education and Advocacy Coordinator, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, AZ Chapter

Joe Rubio

Lead Organizer, Valley Interfaith Project, AZ


Values, Beliefs and Attitudes

Marta Urbina, Chief

Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health

AZ Dept. of Health Services


Traditional Belief System

Connie Bremner

Carrie Bear Chief Evans

Title VI Director and Direct Support Coordinator, Blackfeet Eagle Shield Center


Advocacy in these Difficult Political Times

Timothy J. Schmaltz, CEO

Michele White, MSW

Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition


Physical and Mental Challenges of Dementia-Impaired Persons and Their Impact on Behavior and Caregiver Stress

Croissant Fridley


Mary Chaput

Program Director

Respite Care Referral and Family Caregivers Support Programs

Anne Arundel County, MD


Finding and Keeping a Respite Worker

Val Crossant

Director of Respite Services

Easter Seals Wisconsin


Laughter Yoga

Karen Richards

SCAN Connections Resource center

SCAN Health Plan Arizona


The THINK GROUP Process for Defining "Respite"

Jennifer Rosenbaum

Director, NY Lifespan Respite Grant Initiative, NY State Office for the Aging

Maureen Murphy

Director, NY Caregiving and Respite Coalition

Karen Iovino

Abernathy NY Lifespan Respite Grant Initiative


Using Data Successfully to Drive Your Program: Program Evaluation and Evidence-Informed Respite Programs 

MaryJo Alimena Caruso

Coordinator, CareBreak at the Watson Institute, Sewickly, PA

Jennifer Aberthany

Tennessee Respite Coalition


Increasing Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease Among Arizona Native Americans

Filmer Lalio

Community Outreach Coordinator

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute


Caregiver Cooperatives: Creating Your Own Respite Care

Gerald Nebeker

Utah Caregiver Cooperative, Inc.


Relationships Ensure Successful Partnerships

Phyllis Stephenson

North Carolina Respite Care Coalition and NC Easter Seals/UCP

Alicia Blater

Lifespan Respite Project Director

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services


The Respite Learning Portal

Leslie Atkinson

Executive Director

SafeGuards Training

Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada


Partnering with your State's Title V Maternal and Child Health Program

Joy C Liebeskind

Statewide Coordinator

Connecticut Lifespan Respite Coalition


Innovative Ways of Supporting Complex Behaviors within Respite

Carrie McEachran, Director

Respite Services

Connie Smits

Supervisor, Adult Respite Services

Kristy Bond, Supervisor

Children’s Respite Services


Disaster Preparedness: How to Build a Safety Net

Stacy Martinez

Self-Service Respite Program Manager

Bay Respite Care

San Francisco, CA


The Voucher Model for Delivery of Respite Services

Java Bennett

Director of Respite Services

United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc.

Huntsville, AL


Enhancing Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers

Jan Dougherty

Family and Community Service

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute


Transforming Crisis Nursery Care Part A: Action, Advocacy, Access


Natalie Leek-Nelson

High Burden Self-Identified Family Caregivers Across the Lifespan: A Niche Population Both Feisty and in Need

Suzanne Mintz

President and CEO

National Family Caregivers Association


Building Trust in Respite Care

Sherylynn Laich

Executive Director

UPTOHIM Ministries

Joy Matson, Board Member

UPTOHIM Ministries


Community Based and Supported Respite Programs

Tonya Frye

Executive Director

Desperate for Respite

Houston, TX


Outcomes Based Program Evaluation

Vidya Sundar, Ph.D.

Institute on Disability

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

Cathy Creapaux

NH Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services


Building Local and State Lifespan Respite Networks

Sharon Kaiser

Early Childhood Program Specialist

Special Medical Services

Title V, Children with Special Health Care Needs

Division of Community Care Services

Bureau of Developmental Services


Independent Monitoring for Quality: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Building and Sustaining Effective Programs

Guy Caruso

Western Coordinator

Institute on Disabilities

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

MaryJo Alimena Caruso


The Watson Institute


Transforming Crisis Nursery Care Part B: Programs, People, Places

Natalie Leek-Nelson

Sharing the Care: An Innovative Model for Building Respite Awareness and Capacity within Communities

Linda Lamberth

Program Manager

Alabama Lifespan Respite Network

Java Bennett

Director of Respite Services

UCP of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley, Inc.

Melissa Enfinger

Respite Project Coordinator

Alabama Lifespan Respite Network


Transforming VA's Respite Care Progam

Daniel Schoeps

US Department of Veterans Affairs


Survivor: How to Keep Your Torch Burning

Barbara Donati and Joan Rafferty, Co-Directors

Central Massachusettes Respite Project


Laughter Therapy/Reduce Stress

Lynn Petersen

Independent Living Advocate

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living


Accepting and Achieving Respite

Cheryl Dinnell


Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Program


Innovation in Successful Collaborative Implementation of Web- Based Respite Registry

Jeffrey Keilson and Elenore Parker

Rewarding Work Resources, Inc.

Boston, MA


Creating the Caring Network: Training Program for In-Home Respite Providers

Val Croissant

Director of Respite Services

Easter Seals Wisconsin


Respite is as Individual as You and Your Situation

Kelly Reese

Regional Coordinator

Well Spouse Foundation


National Respite Coalition Policy Update: Advocacy for the 112th Congress

Jill Kagan

National Respite Coalition

ARCH National Respite Network


Innovative Ways to "Connect" Caregivers with Respite Workers

Louise Bruce

Founder and Volunteer Executive Director

The LaChris Connection


Small Communities - Big Impact

Rachel Minton

R&R Respite Care Program Manager

Area Agency on Aging

Arizona Region One


Improving Health and Quality of Life for Today's Caregivers

Melanie Mitros, PhD

Director, Arizona Living Well Institute


Using Data to Support Innovative Respite Network

Barbara Snyder

Project Manager, Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network

Director of Corp/Fdn. Relations, Easter Seals DE & MD’s E. Shore

Janet Harper-Wooley

Senior SW/Case Manager

DE Division of Service for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

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