Bridget Ashe is the Business Development Director with Brookdake Senior Living. Bridget has over 14 years of dedication and commitment to providing exceptional service to the seniors of our community. She moved from Tampa, Florida to Wake Forest, where she provided suppport for 22 communities. In addition to her work with Brookdale Senior Living, Bridget has extensive knowledge in assisted living, independent living, home health, short term rehabilitation, and hospice. This makes her an invaluable resource when choosing a community for yourself or a loved one. Bridget enjoys volunteering her time assisting with Dementia Alliance NC and the Autism Society of NC.
NICOLE M. CLAGETT
Specializing in social work, long-term care, education, business development, national replication, and healthcare administration. Experienced in social work in a clinical capacity and in a macro role working with systems by being a change agent. I am the co-founder of Guiding Lights, a charity that supports caregivers who are providing care to adults, typically older adults with chronic conditions.
Serving as an advocate for individuals afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease and those suffering from chronic conditions is a passion of mine. As a member of the long term care community for over 19 years I have personally witnessed the devastating impact (socially, emotionally, and economically) that dementia has on families.
Working with older adults and their caregivers continues to be my focus and I believe in the 'law of plenty' as evidenced by breaking down the silos of health care organizations and creating and participating in consortiums of healthcare providers that actively discuss issues facing the older adults that they are serving and how this underserved population can have a better quality of life through education, resource sharing, and problem solving refuels my internal energy to continue my work.
Working with various media outlets through broadcast journalism by using my voice and expertise to educate by raising the base knowledge of the community as a whole is a gift that I am so grateful to have been given. The use of media empowers the community to know what options exist to support them in their caregiving roles.
My perspective on what it is like to be both a professional and personal caregiver (having cared for my grandfather and a friend) serves as a constant reminder of why I get up every day to continue to do the work that I do to serve our community.
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I am an estate planning and elder law attorney who assists clients with protecting assets and understanding the often confusing government benefit programs for long term care. I am proud to be a VA accredited attorney (since 2011) which allows me to advise veterans and their families regarding benefits available for long term care.
I really believe that the best way to stay in control is to stay informed and make a plan. One of my favorite parts of what I get to do in my practice is do educational presentations on topics including Medicaid and/or VA benefits, Medicare, NC special assistance, guardianship, and estate and trust planning. Equally enjoyable are the people I get to work with and build relationships with including my clients, their families, and other professionals in the senior care industry.
I am a graduate of North Carolina State University (Go Pack!) and the North Carolina Central University School of Law. I also earned a Masters in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. Prior to practicing law I worked as a project manager for Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park where I achieved the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. I loved working for Cisco because of the people and the culture. However, I left Cisco because I wanted to have a more hands on ability to help people. I'm thankful that in my firm I get to help and educate families on a daily basis.
Over the last 15 years Shelly has had a variety of experiences with administrative, clerical, and customer service. Every experience was instrumental and provided opportunities to learn the importance of how everyone needs a strong support system to be able to function to our utmost potential. As a young child, Shelly was exposed to many hardships where she watched several loved ones become ill and pass away. Watching how that affected those around her, impacted how she deals with such hardships now. It is her passion to express to those in need that they are not forgotten, they are loved and they matter.
JOSEPH R SMOLENSKI III
Joseph R. Smolenski, III, owner / manager of Renaissance Funeral Home, is a public speaker to the community on various topics concerning funeral planning and death. Joe is an advocate of choice, ceremony, earth-friendly options, and creating a great experience for every family he serves. Joe is a 4th generation funeral director at one of Raleigh’s few family funeral homes.
is Associate Publisher with Seniors Guide/Ross Publishing and Ross Media Solutions. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she majored in English and Psychology. She has dedicated her professional career to helping families find the right options for parents and loved ones through serving in the retirement housing, home care, and senior publication industries.She has been a NC Licensed Assisted Living Administrator and has served on the North Carolina Assisted Living Association board, and has been a board member, founder and/or facilitator for Chapel Hill and Durham Eldercare Resources (CHADER), National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), Health Affairs Roundtable (HART), Senior Resource Alliance, Senior Connect, AWARE, Fifteen Minutes of
Fame and Alzheimer’s North Carolina Inc. In her personal time she is serves her community through volunteering and missions at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest.
Leigh comes to us from Elder and Adult Day Services (EADS), a day health nonprofit organization in Seattle, Washington, where she was responsible for public relations and marketing. From 2008 through 2009, the organization took on a rebranding campaign with the goal of attracting a wider variety of participants and funding sources. Leigh and her supervisor presented on the campaign at the 2010 National Adult Day Services Association Conference here in Raleigh. Leigh and her family moved to Raleigh in July of 2009. Leigh continued working (remotely) for EADS until recently.
Community Sales Director at Atria Oakridge Senior Living, Joyce has been a prominent leader in the triangle area making a difference in the senior housing industry in a Continuum of Care Community (CCRC), non-profit, as well as for profits.
Senior living and healthcare has always been a passion of hers. She became interested in working with older adults during her early teen years through her grandmother, an inspiration, who worked in a nursing home. “I fell in love with the knowledge, experience and wisdom that older adults have to offer and learned at an early age how much I could learn through them. And, I knew that this was the population that I wanted to serve.”
Joyce considers herself an advocate for older adults. She works closely with potential residents and their families in identification and implementation of appropriate resources to ensure residents’ highest level of independence, satisfaction and success at Atria Oakridge Senior Living. In addition she is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the community and helping families navigate the healthcare system as well as explore their living and lifestyle choices. “Making a difference in a family’s life is what I strive to do daily!”
She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She brings 22 years of experience, continuing education and insightfulness to the industry. She and her husband have one son, and are actively involved in the Outreach Ministry of their church.