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Program Alumni

Graduates of our Executive Certificate in Home Modification Program, Catia Garell and Damian Sempeo, with a home modification client

 

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology boasts a network of nearly 1,000 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!

Please click an entry below to learn more about our program alumni!

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Laura Caron-Parker

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Clinical Director, Vitality to You Company Name: Vitality to You at Genesis Rehab Services Company Address: 152 Weston Rd , Weston , CT 06883 Phone: (203) 247-0616 I consult to the Vitality to You business line of Genesis Rehab Services that delivers mobile outpatient services in the home and community space. In my consulting role I have the opportunity to influence clinical practice by advancing clinicians knowledge on focused areas of treatment. Home modification is one area that we are working on to advance our clinicians knowledge so they can apply it to the home environments and patients they encounter. We are continuing to expand our resource list throughout the USA to support our therapists with basic home modifications.

JOANNA CASALA

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST Company Name: ALLIED Company Address: 1131 University Blvd. W., , Silver Spring , MD 20902 Phone: (202) 403-7816 I am currently working as an Occupational Therapist in a Skilled Nursing facility. As an OT, I am involved in identifying hazards and barriers in home environment and train patients and caregivers to improve safety and independence in self-care.

Gina Caughey

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Executive Director Company Name: A Call to Order - Professional Organizers Company Address: 2940 Helmsdale Drive , Colorado Springs , CO 80920 Phone: (719) 231-5425 We assist clients to age in place or refurbish after catastrophic illness, fall, or accident. We love we do and want the best outcome for our clients and families we serve in Southern Colorado.

Suzanne Cavanagh

Title: CEO/Owner Company Name: Century Lighting/ Lumen Element Company Address: Century Lighting , Springfield , OR 97477 Phone: (541) 726-5994 As a specialist in lighting and aging in place I have developed a questionnaire and home assessment to help individuals stay in their homes successfully with proper lighting. Having the correct color and level of light can reduce falls, decrease accidents, improve sleep, increase safety, improve enjoyment of activities and improve social interactions.

Jeannine Clark

Graduation Year: 2009
Title: vice president Company Name: Mannigan Design, Inc. Company Address: 1445 Linda Ridge Rd. , Pasadena , CA 91103 Phone: (626) 405-4838 Design for senior residences, aging in place for single family residences and also multifamily developers. Passion for Universal Design.

Ryan Cook

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Owner Company Name: On The Level Construction, Inc Company Address: 18 Brentwood Drive , North Easton , MA 2356 Phone: (508) 659-5152 We work with homeowners, their families and, where appropriate, their caregivers to create beautiful designs that meet their needs and budget. We also work with families to identify sources of funding through federal, state, and local grants as well as traditional sources of funding.

Marnie Courage

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: CEO Company Name: Enabling Access Inc. Company Address: 1431 Corydon Avenue , Winnipeg , Manitoba R3N 0J2 Phone: 2(044) 750-4331 I created Safe Living Manitoba which is a home safety and accessibility assessment, consultation and design service developed to help individuals living with disabilities or people wishing to age in place. I also sit on a Canadian Home Modifications Task Force and I am on the expert panel reviewing the Canadian CAPS course content. My company is Enabling Access Inc. providing occupational therapy services.

Tehiji Crenshaw

Title: Director of Housing Programs Company Name: Community Action Program of Evansville & Vanderburgh Co., Inc. (CAPE) Company Address: 401 SE 6th Street, Suite 001 , Evansville , IN 47713 Phone: (812) 425-4241, #3951 Provided home modifications and accessibility retrofits for the past 15 years with a three county service area in Southern Indiana. Also experience in home repairs, rehabilitation services, lead-based paint inspections/risk assessments.

Kim Darden

Company Address: 98952 Armitage Road , Eugene , OR 97408 Phone: (541) 543-4530 Not currently working in field

Elaine Deremer Cook PE,CGC,PMP,CEAC,CAPS,ECHMP,CDP

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: President/Owner Company Name: HandyPro of the SpaceCoast Company Address: 1520 Pine Island Road , Merritt Island , FL 32953 Phone: (321) 432-5358 We are an engineering and general contracting firm specializing in accessibility modifications for residential and commercial properties. We are the Florida experts in removing the barriers that are preventing seniors and people with disabilities from living their life completely. We believe in listening to our clients first and foremost so that we can ensure the best solutions are created and implemented.

Tiffany Dill

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: Blue Day 2 Designs Phone: (314) 632-6463 Design consultation services, recommendations, and resources provided from initial to the end of projects such as new construction or remodel projects in an effort to maximize client's function within their spaces.

Liz Donovan

Title: Director Company Name: Senior Support and Transition Company Address: 192 Cross Ridge Rd , New Canaan , CT 6840 Phone: (203) 939-7039 Our Home Modification Assessment process includes a careful observation of your senior(s) and how they live their daily lives in their current environment, in order to determine household hazards and impediments and to suggest remodeling and/or assistive devices to facilitate their activities and independence. Thus as a Certified Home Modification Assessor Liz performs Home Modification Assessments, and can also take on all details of working with the family to get major modifications agreed upon, obtain estimates, research available public funding, and oversee implementation. Unlike some other vendors who provide a strictly one-time one-size-fits-all impersonal checklist, our more holistic and long-term approach readily ties in with our other services to determine the best ways to keep your seniors happy and functional at home, where they want to be.

Xiaolu Dou

Title: Director of Research Department Company Name: http://bridata.com/ Company Address: Room 3403, Zhongguojin of Greenland Center, Wangjingxiyuan , Beijing , China 100010 Our firm provide a series of services across consulting, research and data analysis regarding social service area.

Leonard Dubas

Graduation Year: 2004
Title: President Company Name: Safe in your Space Company Address: 100 BOWMAN DR , Feasterville-Trevose , PA 19053-1601 Phone: (215) 275-6910 Safe in Your Space specializes in Aging-in-Place home solutions. We are a complete resource for assessing safety and independence within the home environment for all individuals who want to maintain their active lifestyle. We provide products and services that are designed to minimize the impact that aging and disability has on quality of life within the home environment. We provide solutions as simple as changing door knobs to levers up to removing bathtubs and converting them to roll-in showers. Our other company Rehab Equipment Hub was started twelve years ago providing rehab equipment to the physical therapy clinics around the country. The company sells equipment and supplies to the various healthcare markets.

Marge Eberle

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Design & Sales of Accessible Home Modifications Company Name: The Board Store Home Improvements Company Address: 514 Copeland Ave , La Crosse , WI 54603 Phone: (608) 782-8877 I consult and design for customers who are preparing for the future by implementing home modifications, such as accessible baths, widening of doors, adding a lift, etc. I also work closely with people with disabilities who have received grants from the state to do accessible home modifications.

Tom Elston

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Owner Company Name: Thrive At Home LLC Company Address: 1104 NW 26th St. , Ankeny , IA 50023 Phone: (515) 451-4542 The experiences I've had in healthcare guided me toward home modification. I'm passionate about providing the opportunity for those who want to stay at home the ability to do so.

Sientje Engler

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Legacy Healthcare Services Company Address: 8327 Hollister Hills Dr , Raleigh , NC 27616 Phone: (952) 270-5736 I am currently seeking out ways to utilize my newly found certification to benefit my community.

Amy Evenstad

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: OT Manager Company Name: Vernon Memorial Healthcare Company Address: N496 County Road Pi , Coon Valley , WI 54623 Phone: 1(608) 790-1295 I am an Occupational Therapist working on a regular basis with home safety. I am also starting a consulting business for home modification.

Deanne Everton

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Associate Director Company Name: Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley Company Address: 1701 South 7th St, Unit 10 , San Jose , CA 95112 Phone: (408) 578-9519 Through our Safe-at-Home program, we provide no-cost home safety and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners, specifically older adults and people with disabilities, throughout Santa Clara County, California. I oversee this program as well as our Critical Repair and Rebuilding Day programs.

Greg Fitzhugh

Title: Owner/Opreator Company Name: Caregiver-Aid, LLC Company Address: 119 S. Ellis St. , Lancaster , TX 75146 Phone: (214) 460-4269 Greg & Georgia Fitzhugh have been caregivers for over 13 years. Georgia, a Teacher, has a BS in Rehabilitation Science & a MEd in Special Education. Greg, a Carpenter, has an Executive Certificate in Home Modifications. They now operate Caregiver-Aid.com, where they have written 275+ articles for and about caregivers and sell 155+ different types of durable medical equipment.

Jim Flanagan

Title: President Company Name: Bentron Company Address: 3020 Woodcreek Dr. , Downers Grove , IL 60515 Phone: (630) 505-8375 I work as a Financial Gerontologist. I help people understand and pay for the modifications they need or help them find other housing options.

James Flanagan

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Financial Gerontologist Company Name: Bentron Financial Group Company Address: 3020 Woodcreek Drive, Suite C1 , Downers Grove , IL 60515 Phone: (630) 505-8375 I am a financial gerontologist with experience in construction. I help people identify solutions and I help find ways to pay for what needs to be done.

Cheryl Frickel

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Agency OT and Home Specialist Company Name: Madonna Rehab Company Address: 12004 N 176th Circle , Bennington , NE 68007 Phone: (402) 699-2688 I complete home assessments and make home modification recommendations to individuals to increase ease, safety, and fall prevention and decrease burden of care.

Keri Garcia

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Blue Bridge OT Company Address: N/A , Covina , CA 91724 Phone: (626) 806-1510 With 16 years in practice as an occupational therapist, I specialize in evaluating homes and making recommendations to increase client independence and decrease the burden of care on the family. I also work with families who would like an evaluation on their home or the home of a family member who requires a safety assessment. Whether it be due to risk of falls or because they have had a decline in their cognition/thinking or both I can assist.

Sarah Garrison

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 1869 Kiska Road , Salem , VA 24153 Phone: (540) 309-9905 Occupational therapist practicing primarily in home health and programming for improved community participation through accessibility and universal design.