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Graduates of our Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program, Catia Garell and Damian Sempio, founders of Thrive for Life, LLC, with a home modification client


The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology boasts a network of over 2,000 Executive Certificate in Home Modification graduates throughout the nation and around the globe.

We invite you to connect with some of our talented and diverse Program Alumni. Enjoy browsing through the Alumni Directory!

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Sarah Montgomery

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: COTA Company Name: Renewal Rehab Company Address: 408 A Jackson St , Yorkville , IL 60560 Phone: 6302077591 My work in home modifications is limited to the occasional home evaluations in anticipation of DC from our skilled nursing facility, however, I am very passionate and eager to begin working with my community and providing the skills and knowledge this certificate has given me!

Chris Moore

Graduation Year: 2009
Title: President Company Name: Solid Rock Enterprises Inc. Company Address: 1371 Southside Dr. , Salem , VA 24153 Phone: (540) 384-2064 We perform home safety and accessibility assessments. We remodel homes to be safe, beautiful, and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. We build new universally designed homes.

Carrie Morgeson

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Owner Company Name: CapABLE Living LLCco Company Address: 2207 Mahan Dr. , Louisville , KY 40299 Phone: (502) 599-5693 We work with individuals and their families creating beautiful, accessible living environments. We provide a one stop service. We evaluate, design solutions, implement the plan and verify that the solutions meet the needs.

Shirley Nakaki

Graduation Year: 2013
Company Name: Adapt=Ability, Solutions for Accessible Living Company Address: 466 Foothill Blvd., #74 , La Canada , CA 91011 Phone: (818) 275-0074 Adapt=Ability provides client-centered assessments and home modification proposals based on the client's specific vision for aging-in-place. Knowledge derived from the Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program, CAPS (Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist) and decades of experience as a Physical Therapist in the area of rehabilitation contribute to a in-depth assessment and a comprehensive home modification proposal.

Jackee Ndwaru McGlamery

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Occupational Therapist-Owner Company Name: First Coast Aging in Place Solutions Company Address: 13931 Spoonbill St N , Jacksonville , FL 32224 Phone: 7853317958 Jackee Ndwaru McGlamery, OTD, OT/L, CAPS, ECHM is a licensed occupational therapist, OT advocate, and owner of First Coast Aging in Place Solutions a mobile private practice in Jacksonville, FL. Contact us for your home safety assessments and aging in place consultations.

Mike Nelson

Graduation Year: 2008
Title: Owner Company Name: Legacy Home Improvements, LLC Company Address: 379 Harbor Isles Dr. , North Port , FL 34287 Phone: (269) 317-8190 I live in an adult community where I offer my services to neighbors who are upgrading their homes. My training has been very useful in providing design elements that are universal, safe and assistive.

Lisa Newberry

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Owner Company Name: Aurora Physical Therapy Company Address: Aurora Physical Therapy , Traverse City , MI 49686 Phone: (231) 938-2839 I provide comprehensive evaluations and make recommendations to ensure the best fit between people and their homes.

Sheila O'Connor

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Owner Company Name: No Place Like Home Company Address: 68 Crabapple Ln. , Asheville , NC 28804 Phone: (828) 215-3881 Healthcare professionals in tandem with home remodelers and interior designers combine their expertise to determine the most efficient, cost-effective solution to thriving in place for all age groups and abilities.

Justin Oakley

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Owner Company Name: Oakley Home Access Company Address: 15 Highland Ave. , Narragansett , RI 2882 Phone: (401) 743-5895 As an OT partnered with a construction expert, we?ve created a company passionate about fall prevention, increasing accessibility, and aging in place. We provide no pressure free home safety assessments. We are are able to install a wide variety of home accessibility products ranging fro grab bars to vertical platform lifts and everything in between. We understand individuals are often in a crisis situation when reaching out to us so we are passionate about making the process of outfitting the home as simple as possible.

Kent Ohms

Graduation Year: 2021
Title: Community Living Director Company Name: Iowa Department on Aging Company Address: 510 E 12th Street , Des Moines , IA 50319-9025 Phone: 5154022955 Working on positioning the Iowa Department on Aging as the statewide leader in navigating the home modification system. Looking to design system level strategies for individual AAAs and CILs to assist individuals at the local level.

Letitia Osburn

Title: Registered Occupational Therapist Company Name: TMC/Therapy Management Corporation Company Address: 3530 Burlington Dr. , Fultondale , AL 35068 Phone: (205) 410-7347 TMC/Therapy Management Corporation.

Donna Ozawa

Graduation Year: 2012
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Goodfellow Occupational Therapy Company Address: 9323 North Saybrook Dr., #139 , Fresno , CA 93720 Phone: (510) 332-9536 I do private home assessments for families of children and adults with disabilities living independently in the community.

Katie Pace

Title: Executive Director Company Name: Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada Company Address: 1490 Huntington Cir , Reno , Nevada 89509 Phone: (775) 848-3703 Rebuilding Together Northern Nevada was established in 2020 with a volunteer board. By 2022, staff was needed due to the overwhelming reception of our work to assist homeowners with home repairs and modifications at no cost. I was the founder of this chapter and became the first ED. We assisted 32 homeowners in 2021 and 5o in 2022.

Tiffany Pajak

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 8115 Austin Ave. , Schererville , IN 46375 Phone: (219) 440-2620 We provide Home Safety consulting for clients of all ages and abilities to decrease the risk of injury and increase quality of life. My hope is to develop a coalition in my area to make my community more accessible as well.

Lori Pannell

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: LATAN Company Address: 5700 Chamberlain Dr , New Orleans , LA 70122 Phone: 5047564552 I have completed numerous home evaluations to increase accessibility for those clients experiencing traumatic medical events to those aging in place.

Harshada Patil

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Occupational therapist Company Name: Interface rehab, inc. Company Address: 20530 Anza Avenue , Torrance , CA 90503 Phone: 3237674587 An elementary level in Home Modification field, however enthusiastic to learn about practical and real life process.

Richard Pearson

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Rehab Project Coordinator Company Name: Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay Company Address: 9031 BRELAND DR , TAMPA , Florida 33626 Phone: 8132152722 Responsible for the assessment and overseeing on more than 100 home modification projects a year.

Rachel Peraino

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: I work in a pediatric outpatient clinic Company Address: 424 Manhattan Ave , Hermosa Beach , California 90254 Phone: (310) 766-3882 I am interested in continuing to learn about this field. I would be willing to shadow or intern to gain additional experience.

Marian Perillo

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Physical Therapy Company Name: Perillo Physical Therapy Services LLC Company Address: 6607 Mimosa St. , INDIAN TRAIL , NC 28079 Phone: (704) 607-9989 I have worked for several home health agencies in my 40 year career as a physical therapist. My experience enables me to provide more specific recommendations relative to both cognitive and physical abilities.

BevVan Phillips

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Home Modification Specialist Company Name: Craft Lifestyle Managment Company Address: 7228 Burt St. , Omaha , NE 68114 Phone: (402) 306-4028 I'm an occupational therapist with a 20+ year practice involving home modifications. I'm interested in how people interact with the environment and how it affects function. Recently have become more involved in designing therapeutic environments in the home.

Sherry Pidgeon

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: self employed OTR/L, ECHM, CAPS, CDP Company Name: Home Mobility VT Company Address: 376 Pumpkin Hill , Williston , VT 05495 Phone: 8025783440 My initial focus was going to be Aging In Place however I have broadened my plan and will now market to those 65+ to address those at risk for falls. I am now a Medicare B provider which will open many doors for me as there are very few OT's in private practice in Vermont.

Tamara Polidore

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: OTR, CLT Company Name: Life Care Center Company Address: 1761 Brightmeadow Ct. , Orlando , FL 32818 Phone: (407) 421-6507 Educate patients on home modifications to decrease risk of falls towards end of rehab stay by proving a home assessment

Melissa Prudencio

Graduation Year: 2019
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Brooks Rehabilitation Company Address: 3856 Michaels Landing Circle E , Jacksonville , FL. 32224 Phone: (904) 859-3121 I graduated from the program in 2019 with almost three years of experience as an occupational therapist working in a skilled nursing facility. I plan to complete the courses to be a certified aging in place specialist as well and eventually assist the older adult for aging in place in my community in Jacksonville, FL.

Roslyn Quarto

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Executive Director and Vice President of Advocacy Company Name: Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People and The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Company Address: 11890 Fairhill Rd. , Cleveland , OH 44120 Phone: (216) 383-1853 Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People, a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, has developed a small dollar loan program for low-income older adults who would otherwise not be able to modify their homes so they can age in place independently and safely.

Stephanie Rauscher

Graduation Year: 2013
Title: Owner/founder Company Name: Dwell in Peace LLC Company Address: 312 E Main St. , Frankfort , NY 13340 Phone: (315) 867-4331 Dwell in Peace is a consulting company that helps people accommodate their homes to meet their accessibility needs. I meet within the home environment and work with people with varying abilities to identify problem areas that hinder safe, independent engagement in daily life skills and find solutions to the problems together with families and caregivers.