Jan Bays, PT
Jan firmly believes that all people deserve emotional security and the opportunity for meaning and growth in their lives. This is fostered through connections to activities that are interesting and meaningful, new learning experiences, social connections and relationships, and participation in normal daily routines. She champions intergenerational connections through engagement with Jill’s House Preschool, university service learning, and outreach to high school students.
Jennifer Carson, PhD
Dr. Carson is the Project Director of the Dementia Friendly Nevada initiative, is the author and facilitator of Bravo Zulu: Achieving Excellence in Relationship-Centered Dementia Care, a comprehensive, 12-hour dementia education program developed in partnership with the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. She also partners with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s Sanford Center for Aging on a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant.
Jayne’s greatest joy is working directly with individuals and their families to help them live their best lives while living with dementia. Ms. Clairmont is a highly sought-after national speaker and consultant
Board Vice Chair
Craig Fowler, MBA
Co-Founder and CEO
In 2018 Barney noticed difficulty multitasking and keeping up with the pace of his business. After visiting numerous specialists, he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. Shortly after being diagnosed, Barney sold his company and currently assists his wife with her business. Barney credits his wife, Vicki, with her steady presence and support as vital to helping him cope and manage living with dementia.
John-Richard (JR) Pagan
Today JR’s world is quite a different place. He’s an advocate for those living with dementia, a student working on yet another degree – in religious studies, and as both a novitiate member of a monastic community and a lay leader at his church, St Margaret’s Episcopal. JR has truly found his place in life, beyond his diagnosis, with family, in community, and making sure that every voice has a place when it comes to sharing their own experiences living beyond a dementia diagnosis.
Susan Wehry, MD
In 2009 Dr. Wehry and a colleague developed an interdisciplinary person-directed care training curriculum informed by their experiences and the research of Thomas Kitwood and Jiska Cohen-Mansfield. The curriculum, Oasis 2.0, is now used in over 1200 nursing homes, helping residents with dementia enjoy a higher quality of life.
Regina E. Sofer, DM