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2017 Scholarship Winners

 

Barbara Lewis was awarded a 2017 $2,500 Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) Certification Scholarship. Barbara is a MSN who currently serves as the Long Term Care Compliance Liaison for Adams Memorial Hospital. She has over 13 years of experience in long term care and is also certified as an Alzheimer's educator by the National Alzheimer's Association. 

"I am very honored to have been able to attend and complete the CADDCT program. This adds another tool to my toolkit for educating myself, our staff, and others about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care.  According to a recent article in the Dallas Morning News it is estimated that 16 million people will have Alzheimer’s Disease by 2050. This will require even more training and education about the disease in order to provide effective dementia care to Alzheimer’s patients, their families, caretakers, and caregivers.  I am excited to do my part in the educational process and grateful for the opportunity to be involved in this additional training. " - Barbara Lewis

Dana Nunamaker was awarded a 2017 $2,500 Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) Certification Scholarship. She is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a MSW. She currently serves as the Social Services Director at Oak Grove Christian Retirement Village in DeMotte, Indiana. Dana has worked in with seniors and the disabled since she was 16 and has always had a special interest in supporting the caregivers who take care of of our most vulnerable populations.

"The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners training on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care was an informative and comprehensive experience. The information covered and the resources provided gave me skills to implement immediately. I no longer feel that dementia is an enigma but rather a very complex medical condition that I now have the tools and resources for. I am reminded of a beautiful quote by Edith Wharton: There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects. This training allows me to do just that. I am no longer just a candle but a mirror that can help families understand and cope with their loved one. I am a mirror that helps individuals who need to work directly with individuals impacted by dementia." - Dana Nunamaker


2016 Scholarship Winners

 

 

Emily King

Emily King was awarded the 2016 $2,500 Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT) Certification Scholarship. Emily King has fourteen years of occupational therapy and rehabilitation management experience serving the geriatric population through direct care, leadership positions such as facility rehabilitation coordinator, regional director of rehabilitation and clinical consultant. She continues to research Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias as she feels it is one of her purposes in life to speak up for those suffering with dementia, to train all who are involved in caring for an individual with dementia, and to facilitate a better, happier, less stressful way of living for those elders residing in nursing homes.  

Tracie Sampson

Tracie received on of the two Health Facility Administrator scholarships. She currently works as the Director of Social Services and Admissions at The Waters of Indianapolis and began her career in long term care seven years ago as a part-time activity assistant.  Tracie stated that in her role as a Health Facility Administrator, she wants “staff to see my support and enthusiasm each day and know that together we are making the lives of those in our care as good as possible.” 

Kari Alcorn

Kari Alcorn received the second of two Health Facility Administrator scholarships. Kari currently works at The Waters of New Castle as their Social Service Director, where she’s been since 2010. Kari’s scholarship application included glowing references from her coworkers, including her own administrator who stated “If Mrs. Alcorn’s performance under my supervision is any indication, then she will be an extremely successful Health Facility Administrator. The elderly residents of any long term care facility in the State of Indiana would be lucky to have her on their side.” 

Carmen Matta-Crispin

The 2016 Social Service Designee certification scholarship is awarded to Carmen Matta-Crispin.
Carmen currently works as a social services assistant at Garden Villa in Bloomington. She recently received her bachelor’s degree in social work from IU- Bloomington. Her goal is to become certified as a Social Services Designee so she can build caring relationships with residents and their family members that would enable her to advocate for their rights at every opportunity.

Crystal Fields

Crystal Fields is the recipient of a $2,500 LPN nursing scholarship. Crystal currently works as a CNA/QMA/Staff Scheduler at Aperion Care Arbors in Michigan City, where she has worked since 2008. She is pursuing her LPN at Brown Mackie College and after gaining experience as a floor nurse, she would like to continue her education a complete her BSN. Crystal’s coworkers could not have spoken more highly of her commitment to the residents she serves. One colleague wrote “Because of her compassion for [her patients], she gets to know them to the point of recognizing the small differences in them that, as a nurse, I know can indicate bigger problems…. She is going to make a fabulous addition to the nursing community.” 

Baleigh Allman

Baleigh Allman is the recipient of one of four scholarships for long term care professionals pursuing their ASN/RN. Baleigh has worked as a CNA at Lutheran Community Home in Seymour since 2012 when she was a junior in high school. She is currently pursuing her ASN degree from Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg. Baleigh says that after starting her work at Lutheran Community Home she immediately knew that working in long term health care was the perfect position for her. She wrote “working at LCH I have had the opportunity to care for many wonderful people and their families, which has only furthered my passion for nursing.” 

Angela Burdine

Angela Burding is a RN who currently serves as the Director of Nursing at Homeview Health & Rehabilitation in Franklin, where she has worked for nine years in different leadership capacities. She is pursuing her BSN at WGU Indiana. In her application, Angie stated “[At Homeview] I discovered that I had a passion for not only caring for the elderly, but also for leading and educating my staff to provide the highest quality care for the elderly population. It is for this reason that I wish to further my education.” 
Heather Miller

Heather Miller is the recipient of a 2016 nursing scholarship and has been a CNA at The Waters of New Castle since 2012, and is currently pursuing her ASN at Ivy Tech’s New Castle Campus. The Director of Nursing at Heather’s facility notes that “Heather develops personal relationships with her patients, and the compassion and care that she has for them is evident every time she comes in contact with them.” 

Shelia Briner

Shelia Briner is the recipient of a 2016 nursing scholarship and is currently a charge nurse at Miller’s Merry Manor Peru, and has worked in long term care for over 10 years. She is pursuing her ASN at Ivy Tech Kokomo and her ultimate goal is to pursue her BSN and become a Director of Nursing at a long term care facility.

Tiffany James

Tiffany James received one of three Wound Care Management Certification scholarships. Tiffany is currently the workforce manager and oversees skin assessments at New Harmonie Healthcare Center. She has worked in long term care since 1999. Tiffany is especially excited to put her wound management knowledge to work in her rural community as she works to uphold her facility/s exceptional wound rating. 

Kristi Lieb

Dr. Kristi Lieb received one of three Wound Care Management Certification scholarships. Kristi received her medical degree from Indiana University and currently works as a geriatrician with IU Health Physicians. She is especially excited to use her training and certification to provide education for other physicians providing care in nursing homes through her work with IMDA – the Indiana Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. 

Becky Arnold

Becky Arnold also received one of three Wound Care Management Certification Scholarships. Becky currently works as an LPN wound nurse at Courtyard Healthcare in Goshen, where she has been for just over FORTY YEARS! Becky’s commitment to long term care is evident through her many years in the profession and her impressive desire to continue to learn and grow her skill set in order to best serve the residents at her facility.

Krista Lickey

Krista Lickey is the recipient of the IHCF's first Diabetic Wound Management Certification scholarship. Krista started her career in long term care as a nurse aide with Miller’s Health Systems in 1977 and has since worked her way up the leadership ladder to become their Vice President of Clinical Services. As an RN, she also holds certifications in general wound care management and advanced infection control. Krista indicated that her Diabetic Wound Management Certification will allow her to better assess and recommend treatments for the diabetic residents with wounds residing at Miller’s many facilities, and ultimately improve their quality of life. 

Andrea Sumney

Andrea Sumney is the recipient of the IHCF's first ever AHCA Gerontological Nurse Certification Prep Course scholarship. Andrea recently took over the position of Director of Nursing at Ashton Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne, where she previously served as the Assistant Director of Nursing. She has worked in long term care since she became a CNA at the age of 20. Andrea’s administrator highly recommended her for this scholarship, noting “I cannot think of a better nurse more worthy of this scholarship, as she has invested herself into this profession and she worth investing in.”

 

2015 Scholarship Winners



Kylie Daron
Kylie Daron was awarded one of the 2015 LPN/RN Associate or Bachelor Degree Scholarships. Kylie works as a Certified Nurse’s Aide at Azalea Hills Assisted Living in Floyds Knobs. Kylie has wanted to become a nurse since the 9th grade.  Once she receives her Associates Degree through Ivy Tech, Kylie plans on achieving her Bachelor’s Degree.  This scholarship will allow her to continue her goal of becoming a nurse.

Kecia Lockett
Kecia Lockett was awarded one of the 2015 Health Facility Administrator/Residential Care Administrator Scholarships. Kecia currently works as a Housekeeper at Trilogy Health Services, Clearvista Lake Campus in Indianapolis.  Kecia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has been working towards her goal of becoming a nursing home administrator. This scholarship allows Kecia to continue her education to achieve her goal.

Alexis Arnold
Alexis Arnold was awarded one of the 2015 Health Facility Administrator/Residential Care Administrator Scholarships. Alexis currently works as the Business Office Manager at Hickory Creek in Peru.  Alexis is also a Certified Nurse’s Aide and enjoys the opportunity to make a positive impact on the elderly. She finds working in the long term care field as both enjoyable and rewarding.  This scholarship allows Alexis to continue her education in pursuit of her goal of becoming an administrator.

Rachel Hopkinson
Rachel Hopkinson was awarded one of the 2015 LPN/RN Associate or Bachelor Degree Scholarships.  Rachel currently works as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for The Good Samaritan Home in Evansville.  Rachel enjoys being a nurse and has a special place in her heart for her residents.  She finds being a nurse as an extremely rewarding career.  This scholarship will allow her to continue her education and to achieve her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.

Joni Rucker
Joni Rucker was awarded the 2015 Social Service Designee Certification Scholarship.  Joni currently works as the Alzheimer’s Coordinator for The Waters of Dillsboro-Ross Manor in Dillsboro.  Joni has worked in several departments including Activities, Housekeeping and Laundry, and Social Services.  Joni states “I don’t consider this a job, per say, but a wonderful way of living.”  Joni was instrumental in applying for a grant through The Alzheimer’s Support Group in Southeastern Indiana, where her facility received $500 to aid their activities program.  Joni has a vested interest in expanding her knowledge in social services so she can better serve her residents, families, and co-workers.  This scholarship allows Joni to further her education and knowledge in social services.

Barbara Carver

Barbara Carver was awarded the 2015 Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer Certification Scholarship.  Barbara currently works as the RN Staff Development Coordinator for Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab – Indian Creek in Corydon.  Barbara has worked at this facility and has been in long term care for 23 years!  Barbara has been in several various leadership roles including charge nurse, unit manager, scheduler, medical records and wound nurse.  Barbara also volunteers her time to coordinate the facility’s Angel Tree during the holiday season, as well as, provides classes through a joint collaboration with the Harrison County Lifelong Learning program.  Barbara has a vested interest in expanding her knowledge in dementia training so she can better serve her residents, families, co-workers and other facilities within the Kindred Healthcare organization.  This scholarship allows Barbara to further her education and knowledge in dementia education and training.

Kristin Batts

Kristin Batts was awarded the 2015 Wound Management Certification Scholarship.  Kristin currently works as the Assistant Director of Nursing for Signature HealthCARE at Parkwood in Lebanon.  Kristin has been a RN for 2 years, loves working in long term care and has a passion for wound care.  Kristin feels it is important “that nurses take on more primary care responsibilities as it gives you better insight into the resident’s care and getting to know them.” She has a vested interest in expanding her knowledge on wound care to better serve her residents, families, co-workers and other facilities within the Signature HealthCARE organization.  This scholarship allows Kristin to further her education and knowledge in wound care and nursing management.

Jessica Flynn

Jessica Flynn was awarded 2014 LPN/RN Associate or Bachelor Degree Scholarship.  Jessica currently works for Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington, Indiana.  She started as a CNA and is now an LPN in the dementia unit. Jessica is the proud mother of 5 children and enjoys the bonds she creates with her patients. Jessica’s goal is to be the Unit Manager of an Alzheimer’s unit as well as teach nursing classes. She is currently attending Vincennes University and anticipates graduating in May of 2015. This scholarship will allow her to continue her educational aspirations.


Margaret McQueary
Margaret McQueary was awarded the 2014 Health Facility Administrator/Residential Care Administrator Scholarship. Margaret works as the Business Office Manager at Rosewalk Assisted Living in Indianapolis. She prides herself on knowing the names of all the residents and learning their interests. Margaret's surpervisors say she is very dedicated to the residents, families and her co-workers. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Mangement. This scholarship allows Margaret to achieve her goal of becoming an administrator.

Christina Baldwin

Christina Baldwin was awarded the 2014 Social Service Designee Scholarship. Christina currently works as a Geriatric Assistant/Preceptor and Certified Nurses Aide (C.N.A.) amongst other duties for Miller’s Merry Manor in New Carlisle.  Christina always helps out when and where she can and often helps the Director of Nursing with ordering and maintaining supplies and organizing C.N.A. assignment sheets.  Christina’s goal is to obtain her Social Service Designee certification so she can assistant the Director of Social Services.  This scholarship allows Christina to further her education and knowledge in long term care Social Services.



Azita Chehresa

Dr. Azita Chehresa was awarded the 2014 Medical Direction in Long Term Care Scholarship. Dr. Chehresa is a Family Medicine Physician and a Geriatrician. She is a current Medical Director for a couple local facilities and works in Community North Hospital’s geriatric consult clinic.  She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, Indiana Geriatrics Society, American Medical Directors Association, Indiana Medical Directors Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, Indiana Academy of Family Physicians, the Alzheimer’s Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Council, member of the Clinical Excellence Committee at Community Health Network and a member of the Governing Body of the Indiana Discovery Network for Dementia.  Dr. Chehresa’s goal is to become certified as a Medical Director and enhance her skill level for her long term care and residential care facilities. Earning this scholarship allows Dr. Chehresa to complete the AMDA Core Curriculum on Medical Direction in Long Term Care in July.

Stacey Jaynes

Stacey Jaynes was awarded the 2014 Wound Management Certification Scholarship.  Stacey currently works as the Assistant Director of Nursing for Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab in Greenwood.  Stacey has been a nurse for 19 years and has always worked in long term care.  She loves working with the elderly, has a passion for education, and a vested interest in expanding her knowledge on wound care to better serve her residents and families.  This scholarship allows Stacey to further her education and knowledge in wound care and nursing management.