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!

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

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Jaqueline Shafer

Title: Occupational Therapist-owner Company Name: Bella Living LLC Company Address: 105 Bonnybridge Ct. , Ellisville , MO 63021 Phone: (314) 914-5000 Bella Living mission is to apply creativity, technology, and compassion to evaluate, design, modify, and construct safe living spaces that are accessible, beautiful, and cost effective.

Carly Shilling

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Howard County Office on Aging and Independence Company Address: 708 Banneker Ln. , Annapolis , MD 21401 Phone: (410) 615-2462 I conduct home safety assessments for individuals wishing to remain living in their home as they age.

Jennifer Smith

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center Company Address: 1500 Club Estates Lane , Statham , GA 30666 Phone: (706) 540-7149 I assist clients and families with modifications related primarily with bathroom safety/access and entryways. Recommend DME or retail available items which will facilitate task completion in their home environments. These conditions can be short term or long term need. As an OT, I understand medical conditions, their affects on self care and mobility, and I am uniquely able to help clients make the best home modification decisions.

Melissa Smith

Graduation Year: 2009
Title: Owner Company Name: LiveAble LLC Company Address: 9055 SW Sunstead Ln. , Portland , OR 97225 Phone: (503) 974-6688 Occupational Therapist owned; specializes in working with clients with medical challenges and anticipating future needs; can provide basic autoCAD drawings for concept drawings; experienced in modifying homes for people with autism and their families (including "hardening the home"); licensed residential contractor.

Jessica Soja

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Winner Regional Health Company Address: 313 Washington St. , Winner , SD 57580 Phone: (860) 306-6834 I assist individuals that have been hospitalized in transition to home with home safety assessments and recommendations. I am looking to start my own business to meet my community's need for aging in place.

Keeley Sommers

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 4949 W Kathleen Lane , Mequon , WI 53092 Phone: (954) 249-1401 Occupational therapist with experience in home safety assessments and consulting on home modifications for independent, aging in place.

Phillip Spears

Title: CEO Company Name: Small Jobs Co., Inc. Company Address: 275 , Cincinnati , OH 45216 Phone: (513) 383-1888 We do home modifications to keep people in their homes where they want to be. Small jobs can also do small handyman tasks for people who have mobility issues. Small Jobs has staff that can do yard maintenance and design low maintenance gardens.

Robyn Spence

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Robyn Company Address: 104 Lakeshore Dr. , Durham , NC 27713 Phone: (703) 303-2535 Currently employed by Duke Regional Hospital, Durham NC. Advising clients to consider benefits of home modification to age in place.

Holly Spiegel

Title: Home Safety Project Coordinator Company Name: Motion Picture Television Fund Company Address: 23388 Mulholland Dr. , Woodland Hills , CA 91364 Phone: (818) 876-4059 I've been working at MPTF's Home Safe Home program since 2010. MPTF is a nonprofit which serves members of the entertainment industry. Through the HSH program we offer free home safety evaluations and provides free or low-cost modifications utilizing volunteer labor. I've also served on the Board of Directors for both the National Aging in Place Council, and the DME Aid Society.

Martina Spolini

Title: Executive Director Company Name: Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. Company Address: 725 NE 22nd Street , Miami , FL 33137 Phone: 2019366048 At RTMD we provide critical home repairs and home modifications to vulnerable, low-income homowners and neighbors in need.

Ann Sprague

Title: PT Company Name: Mercy Integrative Medicine Company Address: 437 Gateford Dr. , St. Louis , Missouri 63021 Phone: (636) 256-5200 Consulting for home modification and home safety.

Richard Steenson

Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Healthy Home Therapy Solutions LLC Company Address: 1102 Spring Grove Ave , Princeton , WV 24740 Phone: 8287023928 Promotion and assisting in aging in place through standardized assessment of home and client.

Gail Stocks

Graduation Year: 2017
Title: Founder, Principal Company Name: EZ Way To Stay Company Address: P.O. Box 1248, , Montclair , NJ 07042 Phone: (973) 500-8751 From Childhood through adulthood -We make your home more accessible for you. We will assess your home and design solutions for converting or adapting it to make your home work better for you. We service clients throughout Northern and Central New Jersey. We offer free consultations, an in-home evaluation to determine accessibility needs, the creation of design solutions, collaboration with contractors and other professionals, assistance in procuring equipment, education in use of solutions provided, and a "check in service" to ensure your home continues to meet your needs for accessibility.

Lani Stockwell

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Assistant Dean, New Program Development, College of Health Sciences Company Name: Marquette University Company Address: 3529 N. Summit Ave. , Shorewood , WI 53211 Phone: (414) 288-3511 I educate health professional students about home modifications and the importance of environment and context in supporting health. I also have a private practice focusing on self-management skills for individuals with chronic illness. A safe and accessible home environment is a necessary element of practical and long-term daily life participation.

Lynn Stoner-Whitsitt

Title: Owner/Home Modification Specialist Company Name: Functional Home Living Company Address: 22329 W 46th Ter. , Shawnee , KS 66226 Phone: (913) 481-2421 We empower people to remodel by thinking forward. Seniors can meet and exceed their home design challenges the non-institutionalized way. By merging beautiful and functional, discover a better living design.

Kathy Subasic

Title: President / Chief Accessibility Specialist Company Name: Forever Home, LLC Company Address: 19 Stockbridge Dr. , Avon , CT 06001 Phone: (860) 829-7870 As an occupational therapist, I have years of experience in providing home assessment and home modification recommendations. A few years ago, I took the step to begin my own company, Forever Home, LLC, to focus exclusively on providing home assessments, home modification, and project management services to older adults and those with injury or disability. I achieve great satisfaction knowing I have helped an individual or family improve the safety and function of their home in the present and for years to come.

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.