Program Alumni

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 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!

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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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Tiffany Pajak

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Home Safety Consultant Company Name: Adapted Spaces 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

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.

Marian Perillo

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.

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

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

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.

Nina Rea

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Home and Community Based Rehabilitation Company Address: 7180 Homewood Dr. , Oakland , CA 94611 Phone: (650) 619-2868 The interaction between us and our environment is fascinating to me. As an OT I am constantly looking at the best way to use the environment to our benefit.

Emily Reilly

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Owner Company Name: Purposefully Home Company Address: 1114 N. 72nd Pl. , Scottsdale , AZ 85257 Phone: (480) 339-9316 I am an occupational therapist and offer the community residential accessibility consultation. I provide home assessment and recommendations and hope to grow within 5 years to develop my own contractor team in order to implement the recommendations. Currently any recommendations made are then referred to a contractor of the clients choice or I provide the clients with a list of “preferred contractors”.

Janalee Reineke Lyth

Title: Occupational Therapist, Accessibility Specialist, Project Manager Company Name: Accessibility Design Company Address: 4631 London Rd. , Duluth , MN 55804 Phone: (218) 525-0370 Provide assessments and consultation to clients experiencing functional challenges within their home and recommend solutions to enable them to stay at home with their loved ones. Manage their chosen projects from bids to completion as a member of the Accessibility Design team.

Marnie Renda

Title: Owner, Accessibility Specialist, Occupational Therapist Company Name: Rebuild Independence LLC Company Address: 2542 Erie Ave. , Cincinnati , OH 45208 Phone: (513) 276-0515 Rebuild Independence LLC has been helping elders and persons with disabilities figure out how they can continue to live at home for over 10 years. Services include an evaluation of need, acquisition of products, and home modifications.


Title: Associate Professor Company Name: Touro University Nevada Company Address: 23 STRADA FONTANA , HENDERSON , Nevada 89011 Phone: 4065459592 Geriatric physical therapist with extensive experience in home modifications, assistive technology, Smart Technology, and fall prevention. Supporting successful aging-in-place since 2009. One older adult supporting other older adults to achieve their goals and wishes - no matter how small or grand the project might be.

Paulette Rhaney

Company Address: 224 South Peck Ave. , Manhattan Beach , California 90266 Phone: (310) 374-8786

Kevin Richardson

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Mission Home Health Company Address: 67972 Nicole Ct. , Desert Hot Springs , CA 92240 Phone: (760) 902-2274 Assess a persons safety with in home then make recommendations to increase safety and independence.

Monika Robinson

Title: Owner, Occupational Therapist Company Name: Living Fully at Home, LLC. Company Address: 408 North Maple Ave. , Oak Park , IL 60302 Phone: (708) 502-6965 Provide home safety assessment and client functional assessments to determine the person-environment fit using research proven methods