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 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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Judi Ake

Graduation Year: 2011
Title: Accessible Home Finders, LLC/President Company Name: Ryan Realty Group/Realtor Company Address: 1050 SW 16th St , Boca Raton , Florida 33486 Phone: 561-213-2001 Accessible Home Finders, LLC: I am a Realtor helping people find homes that are accessible OR can easily be modified to accommodate wheelchair users. Keyes Real Estate: Helping to find affordable accessible homes or homes that can be made accessible at no great additional expense.

Nelson Alconcel

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center Company Address: 1221 S Gear Ave. , West Burlington , IA 52655 Phone: (319) 768-1016 Home modification consultant for the In-Patient Rehabilitation Unit of Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.

Rebecca Armstrong

Graduation Year: 2012
Title: Owner Company Name: Senior Move Maven Company Address: 933 Diamond St. , San Diego , CA 92109 Phone: (442) 242-0500 Senior Move Maven offers practical and spiritual guidance including in-depth assessment, decluttering and downsizing, home modification, design of current or new living space; working with families as well as individuals to find creative new ways towards graceful aging.

Karen Armstrong

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: School District of Janesville Company Address: W. 8085 R and W Townline Rd. , Whitewater , WI 53190 Phone: (262) 945-9857 I am new to the field of Aging-in-Place and Home Modifications however as an Occupational Therapist, I am very interested in helping those who need to make home modifications because of a change in physical and/or mental capacity. I am also interested in helping educate those my age and a little older in the benefits of universal design so that when them make home improvements they can be comfortable in their homes for a long time.

Linda Arters

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: President Company Name: The Arters Group, PLLC Company Address: 1303 W Lisa Ln , Tempe , AZ 85284 Phone: (480) 893-3748 Phoenix, AZ resident and Baby Boomer Linda Arters has been studying the aging-in-place concept since 2006, initially attracted to its focus on safety and security in the home. She grew up in a home building family in the Philadelphia area, and brings a life-long interest in home improvements that make daily living more comfortable. Arters, a public affairs consultant, certified senior advisor (CSA) and elder justice advocate is focused on assisting her cohorts age at home comfortably, safely and in traditional Boomer-style -in their own unique ways.

Lisa Arthur Huben

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Office Manager & Independent Living Home Modifications Specialist Company Name: Custom Kreations, Inc. Company Address: 6660 Old 29 Rd. , Seymour , WI 54165 Phone: (920) 865-7700 We custom build/remodel homes to accommodate our customers health and lifestyle to ensure safety and good functionality for overall comfort. We promote Aging In Place and Universal Design with every homeowner we work with no matter who they are. We are the Go-To specialists in our area for this up and coming way of living.

Perry Ashley

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: PT, ECHM, CAPS Company Name: Staging For Aging Solutions LLC Company Address: 2651 Edgewood Ln. , Oshkosh , WS 54904 Phone: (920) 420-5829 Staging For Aging Solutions provides personalized in-home fall prevention and home accessibility consultation. Services are also provided to people who are considering building, moving to a new home or planning for their retirement home.

Kristen Aybar

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Name: Erickson Living Company Address: 715 Maiden Choice Lane , Catonsville , Maryland 21228 Phone: (410)737-8859 I am an Occupational Therapist working primarily in the field of Gerontology. I have experience in physical dysfunction, mental health diagnoses, and sensory limitations. I hold additional certifications as a certified lymphedema therapists and in movement disorders at a LSVT BIG therapist.

Julia Bacon

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Company Name: University of Saint Mary Company Address: 6116 W. 53rd Ter. , Mission , Kansas 66202 Phone: (913) 515-9162 I have 37 years of experience in Home Health, as an occupational therapist, completing home safety evaluations and making modification recommendations. I am currently in the process of starting my own LLC (Sunflower Senior Care) and hope to focus on rural communities.

LaDonna Bannach

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Occupational Therapist, President/CEO Company Name: Beyond Boundaries Therapy Services Company Address: 3001 11th St. So. , Fargo , ND 58103 Phone: (701) 356-0062 Working in the community with children with special needs and adults needing home modifications so they are safe to stay in their home.

Judy Barker

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Occupational Therapist Company Address: 12532 Woodland Ave. NE , Albuquerque , NM 87112 Phone: (505) 307-0082 Recent occupational therapy graduate.

Úna Barrett

Graduation Year: 2008
Title: Owner Company Name: Positive Living Solutions Company Address: 1 Leighton Street , Cambridge , MA 02141 Phone: (617) 876-1568 Home Safety Assessments Positive Living Solutions Helps to Uncover Hidden Dangers in The Home At Positive Living Solutions we focus on how people interact with their homes. Our objective is to advise aging individuals, or any older adult planning or considering renovating a home, about home safety, taking specific health, age, and environmental factors into account.

Helene Basile PT

Graduation Year: 2013
Title: Physical Therapist Company Name: Home care Company Address: 17 Maplewood Rd. , Berwick , PA 18603 Phone: (570) 204-4866 Home assessments for functional modification.

Jean Batty

Graduation Year: 2012
Title: Government Affairs Liaision Company Name: Compassionate Care ALS Company Address: 6249 Berwyn Ln. , Dallas , TX 75214 Phone: (650) 339-8475 Working to improve the quality of life of families dealing with ALS, commonly called Loe Gehrig’s Disease.

James Bennett

Graduation Year: 2013
Title: President/CEO Company Name: ADL Solutions, Inc Company Address: 2720 S. Hardy Dr. #3 , Tempe , AZ 85282 Phone: (480) 636-1816 We specialize in the evaluation of Home Modifications, the Construction of Home Modifications and the Sale of Products of Home Modifications. The work we perform is for Residential and Work Related Modifications.

Paul Bergantino

Graduation Year: 2016
Title: President Company Name: Lifeway Mobility Company Address: 40 Weston St., Ste. A , Hartford , CT 6120 Phone: (860) 292-1111 Lifeway Mobility is a leading Accessibility Equipment & Modification provider. Free home assessments will help identify solutions.

Diane Berry

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Director Company Name: Anthem Company Address: 472 Tioga Ct. , Pleasanton , CA 94566 Phone: (925) 989-9477 I develop products for Anthem's Medicare Advantage member population.

Karen Betzig-Lundberg

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: OT Company Name: Volunteer Company Address: 4420 Fairfield Ct. , Eau Claire , WI 54701 Phone: (715) 579-9892 As a volunteer: I engage in advocacy activities to promote community awareness of the need for accessible housing, including promoting new construction that includes principals of universal design, modification of existing housing stock and affordable housing. I provide education about home modification and accessibility.

Ron Bibbs

Graduation Year: 2015
Title: ADA/Home Access Coordinator Company Name: The Whole Person Company Address: 3220 Norton Ave , Kansas City , MO 64128 Phone: 8163375822 Providing service delivery systems and identifying deficiencies and limitations in homes that may be attributable to the age of the structure, deferred maintenance, and the changing medical and physical needs of the occupant.

Kathryn Biesanz

Title: Lead Occupational Therapist Company Name: United Indian Health Services Company Address: 1814 Harrison Ave , Eureka , CA 95501 Phone: 314-410-8750 As the occupational therapist at United Indian Health Services in rural Humboldt County CA, an important aspect of what I bring to our PT/OT team is expertise in making our clients' homes functional and meaningful in the context of their life. I work with many aging and low vision clients whose highest priority is staying in their family home, and I love being able to support that goal.

David Blauwkamp

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: Owner/President Company Name: All Access Home Design, LLC Company Address: 20080 Old Rock House Rd. , Bend , Oregon 97702 Phone: (541) 799-0700 I am a Physical Therapist as well, and we specialize in custom modifications for clients with a wide range of impairments and needs. We also work with the local medical and rehab centers to facilitate a safe and timely discharge home. We are also credentialed installers for Savaria overhead patient lifts, and ramps/environmental mods for the VA.

Linda Bohmbach

Graduation Year: 2014
Title: Vice President/Co-Founder Company Name: Home Healthsmith LLC Company Address: 207 High Point Ave. , Portsmouth , RI 2871 Phone: (401) 293-0415 Home Healthsmith believes that a safe, functional home delivers freedom, mobility and confidence. We offer many solutions to help accommodate a person?s needs such as elevators, stairlifts, wheelchair ramps, home modifications, installation of grab bars and other accessibility equipment. These solutions allow the home owner to maintain their level of comfort without compromising their health or safety.

Brent Bowman

Graduation Year: 2020
Title: Development & Outreach Manager Company Name: Rebuilding Together Fox Valley Company Address: E9560 Ashbury Lane , Fremont , WI 54940 Phone: 419-733-4780 As an organization, we make home modifications and repairs to help low-income homeowners remain safe and healthy in their respective homes. We also assist older adults with fall prevention modifications allowing them to age in place.

Nicole Boyington

Graduation Year: 2018
Title: AFWC/ Assistant Professor Company Name: Mount Mary University Company Address: W. 189 N. 5011 Crestview Ter. , Menomonee Falls , WI 53051 Phone: (262) 226-6065 Home health therapist

Sandra Branan

Title: Program Manager Company Name: Rebuilding Together Charles County Company Address: 713 Wistful Way , Summerville , SC 29483 Phone: 3017515137 My work with RT has given me exposure to many various home issues that need repair and many different types/level of modification a client wants or needs.