Committed to the well-being of people living with dementia and their

care partners through a welcoming and knowledgeable community.


Steering Team members

  • Cathy Hebert – Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Denise Baker – retired, potter; person living with dementia
  • James Hyde – retired professor & pastoral counselor; person living with dementia
  • Heather Bauer, Home Instead Senior Care Outreach Manager, The Shift Studio Owner (Coordinator)
  • Ruth Butler – CarePartners Adult Day Services (Coordinator)
  • Mary Donnelly – Memory Caregivers Network Coordinator & Teepa Snow Consultant, educator & support group leader
  • Susan Wrzalinski – Site manager, Sammy Williams Nutrition Center (Hendersonville)
  • Nancy Hogan – Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging; Project CARE
  • Linda Kendall-Fields, UNC-CH Jordan Institute School of Social Work
  • Telle King, P.A., Masters in Gerontology candidate; support group leader
  • Kathey Avery, Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA)
  • Lisa Kaufmann, Geriatric Care Manager; support group leader (Hendersonville)
  • Bill Smutny – caregiver & support group leader (Hendersonville)
  • Ruth Price – Family Caregiver Specialist, Land of Sky Regional Council
  • Mark Neville – Senior Care Consultant

Steering Team Committees

  • Education/Awareness (Dementia Connections training sessions)
  • Communication/Publicity
  • Membership/Relationships
  • Administrative/Finance
  • Community Engagement (of people living with dementia, such as the art program, pottery, choir)