Education: • Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska • Master of Arts, Gerontology, (May 2008), University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68182 - 2006 • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68182 - 2006 • Bachelor of Arts, Music, Duquesne University, College of Music, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , 500 Forbes Ave 15282 - 1978 • Officer Training School, United States Air Force - 1982
Experience: • Executive Director, Communty-360 (formerly Desert Ministries, Inc.), Omaha, Nebraska – 1992 to Present • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Nebraska at Omaha – 2008 to Present
Member of: Gerontological Society of America American Society on Aging Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, Institute of Gerontology Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Awards: •2011 “Nominee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate School (MAGS) Excellence in Teaching Award” •“2010 Course Development Grant Recipient” University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extended Education & Outreach •“New Cassel Distinguished Service Award” – New Cassel Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska - 2008 •“Volunteer of the Year” awarded by Life Care of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska - 2005
Research interests: o Efficacy of socialization of nursing home residents to reduce staff burden. o Volunteer profile: who responds to work with the elderly? o Role of ritual in spiritual life of persons experiencing Alzheimer’s disease. o Barriers to faith community involvement in the local nursing home. o Dynamics of families with loved-ones living in long-term care facilities.