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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Sharon Sugano

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: VA Company Address: 3410 London St. , Los Angeles , CA 90026 Phone: (323) 371-4565 I perform Home Safety evaluations and recommend equipment and home modifications to increase safety, reduce fall risk and increase independence. The VA provides grants that can be used towards home modifications, usually for the bathroom.

Larissa Swain

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 507 Burke Ave . , Leavenworth , WA 98826 Phone: (970) 306-5210 I am an occupational therapist with specific interest and training in home modifications. In my work, I help individuals identify environmental strategies that can keep them home, safe and living life to the fullest.

Eleazar Tayag

Title: Clinical Manager/Co-Owner Company Name: Imperial Home Health Company Address: 12381 Bali St , Victorville , CA 92392 Phone: 9095096064 I am on the process of creating a home modification program for our home health agency. Also in the process of establishing a home modification business.

Graham Teaford

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: On Lok Lifeways Company Address: 1380 Firestone Loop , San Jose , CA 95116 Phone: (408) 341-9059 Provide home safety assessments for older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions. Home modifications are limited in scope and do not involve structural modifications under the scope of services. However, families may privately pursue these modifications.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sheri Wilson

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Owner Company Name: Home Modification Design LLC Company Address: P.O. Box 530564 , Debary , FL 32753 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.