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LED Talks

LED Talks – curated by Provider Magazine

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
​2:30pm - 5:00pm 

Who Cares If You Provide Dementia Training? 

Dayne DuVall, LMT, CAEd, CRTS, Chief Operating Officer, 
National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care


In his short time in long term care, Dayne DuVall has made a mark on the industry. He has received a couple of national awards, attends all the important national and regional conferences, and is in high demand for speaking engagements. His outgoing personality (and fashion sense) makes it easy for him to meet important leaders and form relationships that would take others years to develop.

For the past three years, Dayne has served as chief operating officer of NCBAC – National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care. He has developed dementia training programs that are being used nationwide in workforce development. He presents lectures and workshops on various topics, including business development, communication, dementia care, and social media. He also is involved in government relations and public policy on state and federal levels.

Dayne’s mission is to ensure that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their families receive the best possible care. He says that the most important way to accomplish this goal is through training and education of direct care staff. Not only does this improve care, but it also provides staff with better skills for advancement. He specializes not only in Alzheimer’s training, but he also has experienced the disease first-hand as a caregiver for his father who died five years ago after a 13-year journey.

The Other End of the Call Light: A 24-Hour Resident Immersion

Taylor Kollross, Executive Director Intern, Woodbury Senior Living

Taylor Kollross is the Executive Director Intern at Woodbury Senior Living in Woodbury, Minn. Woodbury Senior Living is managed by Tealwood Senior Living and owned by the nonprofit organization Senior Care Communities. Taylor is fulfilling a 50-week internship at Woodbury Senior Living in order to complete her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration. Taylor will be graduating in May from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

While in her current position, she developed a professional training program in which staff had to spend time in their facility with mock “impairments.” Not only did she talk the talk, she walked the walk by also admitting herself.


Why I Do What I Do

Jessica Patterson, CNA, Aspire Home Care

Few people have experienced long term health care like Jessica Patterson. As a certified nurse assistant, she is a professional caregiver who has worked in several skilled nursing facilities. She was also a personal caregiver to her mother who last July lost her battle with Huntington ’s disease. At one point her mom stayed in the same facility where she worked.

Jessica will talk about how she loves her work with elders. She will also touch upon how she handled helping her mother with her illness. 


Whose Care Plan Is It, Anyway? 

Philip C. DuBois, CNHA, FACHCA, 
Program Manager, Long Term Care Administration, Saint Joseph's College

Philip C. DuBois, has been a nursing care center administrator in Maine since 2000. He is a past president of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and he is a member of the 2008 class of the American Health Care Association (AHCA)’s “Future Leaders in Long Term Care.”

He is also a licensed minister involved in music and foster/adoptive ministry.

In 2007, Philip’s faith was challenged when he and his family suffered a horrific car accident. His wife, uncle, and cousin died, and four other family members, including himself, were seriously injured. Philip spent two and a half months as a resident of his own nursing facility, with his teenage son as his roommate. He has used this life-changing experience to speak to long term care professionals nationally regarding lessons he learned, the perspective he gained, and the impact this experience made on his administrative style.


Postcards From the Future: Next Generation Senior Care From Around the World 

Stephen Johnston, MBA, Co-Founder, Aging2.0

Stephen Johnston is the co-founder of Aging2.0, a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation that will improve the lives of older adults around the world, and Generator Ventures, an early-stage fund focused on aging and long term care. Stephen has worked in strategy and business development in the mobile, media, and health sectors for multiple worldwide Fortune 500 companies. He is passionate about the power of mobile technology and collaborative networks to improve lives around the world.

Stephen also serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

His talk will review a number a best practices from around the world and some lessons/takeaways for American health care and aging care.


Picking Up the Pieces

Cindi Halkola, Activity Director, The Chelsea at Brookfield

Despite life obstacles, Cindi Halkola always wanted to be a teacher and inspire others. In 2003, she got her bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in education and a certificate in elementary/high school English. After six years of temporary positions and no steady paycheck, Halkola became discouraged. She reached bottom when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. This is where Cindi will begin her autobiographical and inspiring LED talk.

Cindi downsized her house and moved to a mobile home. She also underwent a career change while working in the post office, expecting to become a teacher.

But her fate took another turn. When visiting her mother’s companion in a local hospital, Cindi saw a big activities calendar on the wall and thought, “This is what I can do.”