Todd has been with Family Alliance for over a year as a Student Supervisor. Todd has a passion for the geriatric population and recently completed two studies on the use of Narrative Group Therapy with older adults. Todd is also a full-time faculty member at George Williams College where he teaches multiple courses and is the adviser for the Healthcare Specialization. Todd enjoys biking, cooking, and being outdoors.
Cynthia, Assistant Program Manager at Woodstock, has been working for Family Alliance for 5 years. She brings in 12 years of CNA experience with a background on Spanish interpretation and translation. She has been trained as a bilingual support group Alzheimer’s Advocate and is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Human Services. She is also a member of the Cultural marketing task force at Family Alliance.
Rudy has been with Family Alliance for nearly 4 years as a Day Program Planner. Rudy’s area of expertise is running spirituality programs which are very well attended by our participants. Rudy has a friendly and open approach, and participants often comment on his sense of humor. He always knows how to get a laugh. Rudy is an avid exerciser, loves dancing and music. He is a highly analytical thinker who uses his skills to be a vital part of our team. Rudy is currently studying Psychology and Philosophy at an area college.
Linda has been with Family Alliance for over a year as our Kitchen Coordinator. An expert cook, Linda won a national award in 2009 for her Carmel Apple Walnut Pound Cake. She has a passion for cooking and loves to see our participants enjoy her many kitchen creations. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid reader.
Pam has been with Family Alliance for nearly 2 years as our Day Program Nurse. Pam has many years of experience as a nurse and has a special interest in nutritional wellness. She is pivotal in our participant nutritional wellness training program, advising and teaching our participants about proper nutrition. Pam is an avid learner and regularly take courses to advance her learning and personal/professional development.
Ashley has joined the Huntley and Woodstock teams as the Day Program Manager. Ashley started out as an intern at the Woodstock location in June 2016. She has since graduated with her Masters in Social Work from George William College of Aurora University. She is also a graduate of UW-Whitewater and had recently worked at The Alzheimer’s Association in West Allis, Wisconsin. Ashley is an advocate for the senior population and is passionate about what she does. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time hiking, kayaking, playing board games, and spending time with her family.
Christina, Assistant Program Manager at Huntley, has been with Family Alliance for over 12 years as a Day Program Planner. Christina’s area of expertise is in the development and implementation of our Montessori programs that are designed to help clients at all levels of interest and functioning. Christina is known for her caring approach and kindness to our participants. Christina loves animals, spa group, relaxation groups and mind and body approaches. She is a nature lover at heart. She takes great joy in working with our participants.
Mary has been the Day Program Nurse at Huntley for over 2 ½ years. She has 44 years of RN experience and loves working with older adults and their families to coordinate services. She utilizes mind and body exercises with the clients to decrease anxiety. She is very knowledgeable about community resources and area facilities and works with families on transition planning.
Beth has been with Family Alliance for just over 6 months as Huntley’s Kitchen Coordinator. Beth loves to bake and cook great tasting foods. She has a natural ability to get the clients involved with cooking and baking. In the spring, she plans on starting a garden club as well! In her free time, you will find Beth outdoors enjoying the weather.
Nicolette has been involved in Human Services since 1987. Since then, she has worked with several populations including: adults, adolescents, and children. Over the last six years, Nicolette has provided services for seniors needing support on a private basis. Nicolette has been a part of the Family Alliance team since May of 2017 and assists with day to day program needs. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology, and is looking forward to integrating more of her skills. As a senior herself, she relates well to this population and states, “I have so much fun!”
Brenda has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for more than 10 years. She has been with the Family Alliance team for over a year. Being a bilingual staff member, she excels in engaging the Spanish speaking population in our programing. She enjoys being a caregiver because she enjoys caring for others, especially the elderly population. She’s a compassionate, empathetic, and determined caregiver and has expertise in dementia and Alzheimer’s care as well as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
Stephanie has worked as an Activity Coordinator for several other facilities. She has been with the Family Alliance team for almost a year. She brings a unique set of skills and creativity to the day room and excels in creating engaging activities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family staying active with her son!
Debbie has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 15 years. She has worked in various settings including: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. She has even worked as a dental assistant! Debbie has been with the Family Alliance team since January 2017. She enjoys her work and spending time with the clients. “They bring me so much joy each day!” Debbie has exceptional skills in leading book clubs, reminiscing groups, and healthy living groups.