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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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Jennifer Thacker

Title: OTR/L Company Name: Quality Living Solutions Company Address: 3507 Stony Brook Dr. , Louisville , KY 40299 Phone: (502) 494-4246 Occupational Therapist since 1995

Shirley Thrower

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: Housing Services Manager Company Name: Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Company Address: 642 N. Broad St. , Philadelphia , PA 19139 Phone: (267) 597-4046 PCA prrovides a variety of home modification services for the aging and disability community.

Daniel Tiano

Title: Owner/CEO Company Name: Tiano Physical Therapy and Wellness, Inc. Company Address: 30030 Sunridge Place , Canyon Country , California 91387 Phone: 6614142522 I provide solutions for older adults to not just age in place, but thrive in place. In-home mobility and accessibility assessments perfect for older adults who are moving homes or were just discharged from the hospital.

Mia Tigue

Title: OTR/L Company Name: Central Alabama VA Company Address: 4172 Sherman Way , Montgomery , Alabama 36109 Phone: (334) 272-4670 Weekly, I work with America's veterans to maximize their independence and safety. These efforts include recommendations for home modifications and equipment. I consult with them and their caregivers in regard to financial resources and modification options within a variety of budgets.

Bob Timbers

Graduation Year: 2010
Title: Owner Company Name: Safe At Home Grab Bars Company Address: 416 Fraga Ct. , Martinez , CA 94553 Phone: (925) 360-1909 We work in Fall Prevention in Contra Costa County. Our central specialty is installing grab bars. We also fabricate custom bannisters and handrails.

Jennifer Trevino

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: OTR/L, ECHM, CAPS Company Name: Functionality For Life, LLC Company Address: 3152 Grassglen Pl. , Wesley Chapel , FL 33544 Phone: (813) 442-1204 I am a home modifications consultant in the Pasco/Hillsborough areas of Tampa, FL. I work with the client's builder/remodeler to bring customized solutions to help them stay independent in their homes for life.

Joe Ulrich

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Rehabilitation Engineer Technologist Company Name: Easter Seals-Rehabilitation Center Company Address: 3701 Bellemeade Ave. , Evansville , IN 47714 Phone: (812) 492-0699 I evaluate clients who need home access, home modifications, worksite ergonomic evaluations, assistive technology, and vehicle modification inspections.

Mendel Uychutin

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: LifeWorks-ACS, Inc. Company Address: 1755 W. Hammer Ln. , Stockton , CA 95209 Phone: (209) 462-1598 Specializing in developmental disabilities.

Michael Van Vleet

Title: Contract Specialist Company Name: City of Tucson Company Address: 8186 E. Mesquite Ridge Circle , Tucson , AZ 85710 Phone: (520) 907-1921 I have performed residential remodeling through Remodeling Specialists, Inc.

Irmadel Vertucio

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: REX Therapeutics/ Champaign Urbana Nursing Home Company Address: 304 Kelly Ct , Champaign , Illinois 61821 Phone: 2174177554 I am an Occupational Therapist and also serves as a home modification consultant in Champaign-Urbana area in Illinois.

Juvy Villanueva

Title: Neurologic Physical Therapist Company Name: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Company Address: 322 NE 47th Pl. , Pompano Beach , FL 33064 Phone: (561) 563-4846 I provide consultation on home modification assessment for clients with neurological diseases.

Brenda Vinson-Bufford

Title: President/CEO Company Name: State of BEing Company Address: 8250 Calvine Rd. , Sacramento , CA 95828 Phone: (916) 718-2202 Through our Home Revitalization Program, we provide high-quality affordable home repair and modification services for the low- income, especially, the elderly, single head-of-household and families with children, along with its collaborative partners.

Diane Vitillo, MS, OTR, PTA, CAPS

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: President Company Name: Home Heart Beats, LLC Company Address: 301 N. Harrison St., #455 , Princeton , NJ 8540 Phone: (732) 305-7689 An Occupational Therapist will assess your mobility and accessibility concerns within your living environment both inside and outside of your home. The needs of all family members, caregivers and visitors will be discussed as well.

Wesley Walker

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Financial Assistance & Senior Programs Coordinator Company Name: Home Repair Resource Center Company Address: 11028 Clifton Blvd. , Cleveland , OH 44102 Phone: (216) 324-4091 Highly trained in the construction, energy efficiency and the aging industries. I bring these concepts to the aging - in - place field. Providing Repair consults, home assessments and by providing education through workshops and topical presentations.

Wesley B. Walker

Title: Housing Specialst. Company Name: Cuyahoga Land Bank Company Address: 706 E. 93rd St. , Cleveland , OH 44108 Phone: (216) 324-4091 Have done and am very interested in speaking opportunities. I also perform assessments and advisory inspections.

Julianna (Julie) ECHM Waller

Title: Chief Administrative Officer/Occupational Therapist Company Name: Enabled Living, LLC Company Address: 990 Peachtree Industrial Blvd , Suwanee , GEORGIA 30024 Phone: 4012169564 I'm an occupational therapist and co-owner of Enabled Living, a home modification business based in Atlanta, Georgia. We help people maintain independence and quality of life in their home through home assessments, home modifications, and adaptive equipment implementation.

Bill Walsh

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Owner Company Name: Accessible Homes Inc. Company Address: 6021 Solomons Island Rd. , Huntingtown , MD 20639 Phone: (301) 908-2361 My wife (who is a RN) and I started a construction company called Accessible Homes to help people stay in their homes as long as possible.

Rebecca Webster

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: Program Director--Physical Therapy Assistant Company Name: Carrington College Company Address: 908 Carol Ln. , Lafayette , CA 94549 Phone: (925) 788-6649 I currently provide home assessments on a part-time basis, primarily in the local retirement community.

Israel Weisz

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Owner Company Name: ConstructionWise Company Address: 52 Tower Rd. , Waterbury , CT 6710 Phone: (917) 468-8171 All phases of construction and modifications.

Patsy Welch

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: President Company Name: Welch Design,LLC Company Address: 33160 N. Cove Rd. , Grayslake , IL 60030 Phone: (847) 894-0841 My company is a small residential design firm located just north of Chicago. Many of my clients are Baby Boomers wondering whether to try to stay in their homes as they age or move out and buy another house or condo. I help them make this difficult decision by completing a home modification assessment for their house to show what improvements can be made to make it a safe and comfortable home to grow old in.

Winnifred Westwood

Title: Owner Company Name: Prepare2age Company Address: 409 Cornell Dr. , Burbank , CA 91504 Phone: (818) 395-4747 I earned a certificate from USC's Home Modification Program, additionally, and concurrently, I earned a master's degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah. My emphasis is in emergency preparedness for older adults.

Shunaka White

Title: Owner, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM Company Name: For Safety's Sake, LLC Company Address: 532 Gladiola Way , Stafford , VA 22554 Phone: 2026960634 I love helping people thrive in their homes and community! OT of 15 years in home health and skilled nursing settings prior to transitioning to my own private practice. For Safety's Sake is mobile Medicare B outpatient OT and home safety modifications provider, proudly serving clients in northern Virginia for in home visits as well as telehealth for all of Virginia and Tennessee.


Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: VA Medical Center Company Address: 1468 Winter Drive , STATESVILLE , NC 28677 Phone: 17046577430 As an OT, I have completed several home evaluations to determine appropriate DME and home modifications. Each one specific to the patient and caregiver. I am now wanting to venture out to help those with limited access, specifically the elderly and disabled.

Sheri Wilson

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Owner Company Name: Home Accessibility Consulting LLC Company Address: 17 Pleasant Hill Drive , Debary , FL 32713 Phone: (407) 417-6031 I'm an experienced Occupational Therapist with my ATP, CAPS and ECHM. I started a business of home accessibility consulting in Central Florida.

Joy Yambao

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Manager Company Name: Mahogany Home Solutions Company Address: 112 W. Burr Oak Dr. , Arlington Heights , IL 60004 Phone: (847) 217-0537 We formed this company, to do residential redevelopment. We have incorporated universal design and aging in place features in the home that we remodel so the buyer would already have the features in place. I stilll consult with architect and homeowners with home modification needs of their clients and as a Home Health Physical Therapist, I do Home safety Assessments and make recommendations for home modifications, supervise the construction as needed from a therapist standpoint and re-assess the patient mobility once the project is completed.