Lois Marshall-bLois Marshall

An RN for forty years, Lois received her Masters’ of Health Service Administration degree from the University of St. Frances (Joliet IL 2003,) is an ANCC Board Certified Geriontological Nurse (2002), a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, a PAC Certified Dementia Trainer, and is ALF Core trained.

In her role as research coordinator, she translated concept to publication and was a site coordinator for a first time in man medication trial.   She is a past board member and current advisory council member of the Area Agency on Aging.  “In my many years of elder care, my focus has been outcome based customer service, quality improvement, and regulatory compliance.”

Lois developed a facility wide risk management program at a 204 bed skilled nursing and 72 bed assisted living facility.  “Navamaze is positively impacting lives daily, and I feel as though my years of experience and training have brought me to this work.”

Dee ZanderDolores (Dee) J. Zander, MSN, RN-BC

Dee has been a registered nurse since 1974, receiving her BSN from Immaculata University in 1998, and a MSN in Executive Leadership with a Minor in Nursing Education from Wilmington University in 2002. Ms. Zander has been ANCC Board Certified in Gerontology since 1999. Dee retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 after a 28-year career. She provided interdisciplinary education to include: survey preparation, documentation, RAI/MDS, and Quality Measures/Quality Indicators. Additionally, she worked extensively with the long term care initiative of Cultural Transformation. After moving to Florida, she has been working with the Long Term Care Insurance business, completing functional and cognitive assessments to facilitate clients in receiving benefits. “I’ve worked in many areas of nursing since becoming and RN in 1974, and deeply value the life experience I have obtained. I was ‘pushed’ into the world of long term care in 1989, and never left. I love the population, and even in retirement, plan to be active in facilitating a successful life transition for the elders here in Florida. I know I have the experience and skill-set to have a positive impact through providing pertinent education for the caregivers of this population.”

Connie Waldinger, RN

As a healthcare provider, Connie’s credentials include Registered Nurse, Long Term Care Administrator, Clinical Operations and owner and operator of her own business as a legal nurse consultant. Connie also has a background in leading operations in long term care, assisted living, life care and home health care. She accomplished five deficiency free surveys in the state of Connecticut and served as a healthcare representative on the state of Connecticut Ombudsman Program.
Connie’s goal has always been to ensure that the elderly receive the highest level of quality of care they deserve. Active and effective communication with clients, families, physicians, caregivers is essential. Through continued- case management with family caregivers and physicians, hospitalization and re-admissions can be greatly decreased.
Connie’s strong compassion for patient advocacy remains paramount, as does her passion for caring for older adults and their families.

 Ginny Chappelear

Ginny Chappelear graduated from Muskingum University with a B.A. in Psychology and from Ohio University with a Master of Education (Community Counseling). She holds a Fellow in Thanatology(expertise in death, dying and bereavement). Ginny taught at both Zanesville University and Muskingum University developing courses in aging, family life span development, and managing loss from death and life changes. She began to work in hospice bereavement in 1982 in Ohio and continued that work after moving to Florida in 2002. Before becoming her husbands full time caregiver until his death, she was the Director of the Tidewell Grief Education and Support Center. “ My passion is to companion others as their life brings changes. By offering information,support, respect, and compassion my goal is to empower them to direct the rest of their life in confidence and peace.”

Connie SommerConnie Sommer, Certified Professional Life Improvement Coach

“I am dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome challenging life transitions through an emphasis on communication, mindful living, and relationship skills. My background in counseling education (MS) (CAS) lead to my career as a Counselor for children, parents and teachers, and Director of a school for emotionally and learning disabled children. None of this work quite prepared me for my own personal challenge; recovering from debilitating chronic pain a decade ago. Since that time, I have developed expertise in meditation, mindfulness, and life coaching; helping my clients and their families to cope with emotional and/or physical pain in order to reclaim their new lives. Most recently, I have enjoyed volunteering as a counselor at the Friendship Center in Venice, as well as working in the Venice Holistic center.”

 Cathy SmithCathy Smith

“I believe I was born to be a nurse, at least that is what my grandmother always said I would be because I always had to be taking care of everyone around me.I started out as a Surgical Technologist and then worked my way through school to become a Registered Nurse. For many years i continued to work as a Surgical Nurse in the central Florida area. Then on a vacation to visit friends I discovered Venice and it was love at first site. Seven years ago my husband and I were lucky enough to be able to move here to this paradise on the gulf. As a caregiver, I have always felt it necessary to identify the needs of the community; the needs of the aging population in this area have found there way into my heart in a big way. Now, moving forward as a dedicated member of team Navamaze, I can fulfill my passion to care for the needs of the community by helping clients navigate their way through the maze of healthcare as a Registered Nurse and also an aging adult.”

Allison Aten 2Allison Aten

Allison Aten is an experienced Designer, Illustrator and Artist. For her, creativity is a way of life. She has an eye for design and has proven to be successful with home decor, refurbishing and downsizing. Most recently she started “Canvas Your Soul” painting parties. She believes making art shows your soul that you are listening, plus it’s very therapeutic. With a fun loving spirit she strives to make everyone happy.

kimberly brownsteinKim Brownstein

Kim Brownstein brings over eight years of senior living experience to the Navamaze team. Her diverse background working in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, memory care, and independent living communities, as well as home health has allowed her to assist families in many ways to find solutions for their care needs. As a result, she is uniquely positioned and qualified to help families make these often difficult, yet necessary, decisions.

With a strong sense of compassion, integrity and understanding, Kim is willing to go that “extra mile” to assist families as they look for solutions during times of transition. This includes researching and finding the most appropriate help at home, or the right assisted living community option.

Kim is CORE trained and has worked as an Administrator in the senior living space.

From a personal standpoint, Kim has always had a special compassion for both the individuals, as well as the families of individuals, coping with aging and memory loss. Having witnessed as a young girl the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease on her grandmother as well as watching the struggles and difficulties her father endured while caring for his mother.

As a lifelong resident of Ohio prior to moving to Florida in 2013, Kim was a dedicated volunteer with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has continued that commitment in Florida sitting on both Sarasota and Bradenton’s Alzheimer’s Walk committees.

Nancy Sherbafi_2Nancy Sherbafi

Nancy has twenty years’ experience in Social Services at the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging. Her vast expertise includes: Intake and Referral, Case Management, Discharge Planning, Medicaid Waiver Programs, Level of Care Assessments, Development, Implementation and Coordination of Care for Clients, Needs Assessments, Community Programs to Enhance the consumers’ quality of life, Nursing Home Transition Program, Emergency On Call, Service Coordination and Conflict Resolution. Continuing Education Credits were mandatory to maintain the State Mandated Guidelines. Nancy has also spent three and a half years as a service coordinator at a 72 unit apartment complex for the elderly in Monroe County. This provided her with additional experience and knowledge of community resources to successfully assist clients.

In addition to her career with the local Agency on Aging, Nancy is very proud to be involved with an ongoing volunteer program called Rebuilding Together Program that she initiated in her county. This was a result of witnessing firsthand seniors living in despair and unsafe living conditions who are unable to make necessary repairs to their homes due to fixed incomes and lack of programs. For over thirteen years, Nancy, as co-founder, board member and event organizer, has rehabilitated over 200 homes for the low income seniors in her county.

Nancy has had the unique opportunity to live and study abroad. She lived in Berlin, Germany for eight years while father was in the military and attended college in Sweden. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. This has given me a diverse cultural background and experiences with people of many ethnic backgrounds. My career with the Aging office, combined with my medical background and community outreach efforts, offer a diverse skill set ideal when assisting clients and families. Nancy is very compassionate about my work, and feel that each person is an individual with goals, wants and needs that sometimes require thinking outside the box.

Dee ZanderGayLeen Hieb

GayLeen Hieb is a Certified Nursing Assistant who has been in the healthcare industry for over nine years. Her diverse background includes providing private care in the home as well as working in a retirement community for independent living, assisted living and memory care.  Services provided have been all inclusive from assistance with daily living activities to bedside nursing services.

Gayleen’s work in the healthcare industry provides her the opportunity to give back to the seniors of the greatest generation.  The positive impact she has on their lives is not limited to health care, the social impact is invaluable. She looks forward to a continually growing her skills and providing the best customer service to the seniors she serves.