as a volunteer at an Alzheimer’s unit in Michigan where she served as the Vice President of Community Affairs for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. After moving to Wilmington, Ann became a trained CNA and Activity Director while working on the fundraising effort to build the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care Center.
Working with the elderly is her passion. After 16 years with Home Instead Senior Care she was recognized as the CAREGiver of the Year for New Hanover and Pender Counties in 2004, honored as the Regional CAREGiver of the Year over 11 states in 2006, and was the runner-up for CAREGiver of the Year corporate-wide over 50 states in 2007.
Ann is trained to provide Alzheimer’s care by the NC Alzheimer’s Association and is certified by Teepa Snow of Alzheimer’s NC to teach the course issuing CEUs. She conducts training classes to professionals and family members caring for those with Alzheimer’s, facilitates Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings, is one of only three persons in the area accredited to present the Virtual Dementia Tour – another teaching tool – and is certified to provide training fo family members of those with Alzheimer’s. In 2018, Ann earned the credential as a Certified Dementia Practitioner.