Gordon has served in the areas of administration, direct practice, health education, and clinical supervision. She founded Gordon Social Work Consultants in 1997 to provide consultation services for long term care facilities which includes training and in-services on a variety of topics for residents, families, and health care staff.
Currently, Freitas is a Doctoral student at California Institute of Integral Studies where he focuses on Clinical Gerontology and Aging Neuroscience. Freitas holds five certifications related to dementia care. His education includes studying Non-Pharmacological Healthcare at Lesley University, Healthcare Economics at Harvard University, and Music Education and Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music.
Through his two recent book publications, The Dementia Concept and Joining Grandma’s Journey, Freitas hopes to change the way society views individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. A dementia diagnosis should not be viewed as the end of life. “To break the stigmas that impede progress and quality care,” Freitas says, “we must all advocate for those with memory loss, and support their families and friends.”
Texas State Veteran's Homes Division - Veterans Land Board
Kathy Johanns is the Program Administrator at the Texas State Veterans Homes Division of the Veterans Land Board. She oversees the daily operations of the homes via the two management companies and the eight On-site Representatives. She also provides training programs for the homes including the PTS and behavior training.
Ms. Johanns has worked in long term care for 18 years in Hospice care, skilled nursing, social work, assisted living and CCRC’s. She has a degree in social welfare from California State University, Northridge.
Opera Singer, Musician, Neurologist, Researcher, Author
Linda Maguire is a Professional Musician, Neuroscientist, Gerontologist, Author and Lecturer. A recent graduate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with degrees in Health Science and Gerontology (MHS '14), she is currently completing a PhD in Health Communications at George Mason University. Linda also holds a Psychology Masters from George Mason University and a BA in Vocal Performance and Opera from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and University of Toronto. Linda’s goal is the development of "Prescription iPods" as a medically validated device and intervention for caregivers and elderly, particularly those with Alzheimer’s and in neurocognitive decline.
Linda lectures and demonstrates on the power of music to escort mood, cognition and behavior, as well as brain health oxygenation science and tissue rehydration rescue strategies. She is an inventor of numerous brain-health based devices and produces recordings, CDs, films, demonstrations, tutorials and intervention techniques. Linda continues to perform professionally and enjoyed a renowned international career and operatic soloist.
Before being diagnosed with subcortical leukoencephalopathy, Dr. Radnofsky taught at Georgetown, Vanderbilt, University of Maryland, and through the Socrates Institute, a non-profit education organization she founded and led for twenty years. Her teaching and publishing are in the fields of Interdisciplinary Studies, Education, Human Rights, Astronomy, French Language and Literature, Sociolinguistics, Qualitative Research, and Oral History. She has also ghostwritten books in Psychology, Religion, Science, and the 9/11/2001 attacks.
With a broad background in liberal arts, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences, Dr. Radnofsky has been a lifelong learner, and built a strong cognitive reserve. She designed and coordinated interdisciplinary educational projects with sister cities, conducted qualitative research, wrote and evaluated curricula, and served as librarian at the French Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. She still attends and speaks at international conferences, as well as at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. She earned her Ph.D. in Education and Human Development in 1992 from Vanderbilt, and now volunteers as an “ambassador” at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Mary is the daughter of the late Dr. Matthew I. Radnofsky, Ph.D., who was a B-17 navigator in the 8th Army Air Corps, shot down over Germany, and though seriously wounded, escaped from a POW camp. After the war, he became a scientist and engineer at NASA, leading the design of the first space suits in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, but had to retire after two open-heart surgeries; he later became a college professor in the material sciences, specializing in practical clothing design. Matt died at age 68.
Her late mother, Eunice Eisenberg Radnofsky, self-taught in art and music, played piano and organ, started a public library in her hometown, ran a stamp collecting business, and stood as a strong, loving, independent role model. She gave Mary a diary at age 4, but had to pen the first journal entries or type stories while Mary dictated her day’s events. Now seventy-five volumes and thousands of pages long, Mary’s journals are a valuable touchstone to her life. Eunice died at age 85, after living with dementia for over seven years.
Dr. Mary Radnofsky is currently writing a book (to be published later this year) with renowned gerontologist, Dr. Al Power, M.D., on practical ways to support the well-being of people with dementia, based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.
Texas State Veteran's Homes Division - Veterans Land Board
Ms. Rodriguez has worked in long term care for 25 years in Hospice care, skilled nursing, pharmacy, and assisted living.
Denise is a seasoned dementia care provider and educator with over 20 years of experience spanning adult day care, long term care, assisted living, community living, and memory care. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Activity Director with a specialty in memory care. She is an approved trainer for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and approved trainer for the “Caring for You, Caring for Me” caregiver program offered through the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving.
Denise is an active member of many community boards and advisory groups including the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving, Centra PACE, Mental Health America of Central Virginia, and the Bedford Community Health Foundation. She also serves on the Graduate Medical Education Committee for Centra’s Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency.