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Coalition of Caring

13th Annual Caregiver’s Conference

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Courtyard Marriot,

Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

About the Caregiver’s Conference Presenters:

Sue Bergman knows first-hand the impact that shifting your thinking can make appearing confident to the outside world. Her transformation in mind, body, and spirit empowered Sue to follow her passion for helping others in new ways. As Chief Inspiration Officer, Speaker, Trainer and Mindset & Empowerment Coach, Sue combines over twenty-five years of teaching experience and a dash of humor with best practices in education to present engaging professional and personal development workshops.

Will Cabell has been an actor, puppeteer, musician and teaching artist in New England for over thirty years. He began his career as a company member of The Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, NH, and went on to found Starbird Puppet Theatre. He has conducted numerous school residencies through the NH State Arts Council Artist-in-Residence program and VSA NH. Will has taught in Montessori settings, Waterville Academy and Tamworth Learning Circles. Currently he teaches art and music at the Monarch School in Rochester, NH for youngsters with disabilities. Will holds a Master of Education in Integrated Arts from Plymouth State University.

Carmella Dow, MSW is a Bereavement Coordinator at Concord Regional VNA, provides grief education and support to hundreds of family members of hospice patients as well as community members each year.  Since becoming bereavement coordinator, she has expanded agency services offered such as a monthly grief support group for children (6-18) and their families, in collaboration with Concord Hospital.  Previously Carmella worked as a social worker in foster care and adoption helping children and families with grief and transitions.  She has been a social worker for 22 years.

Stacy Driscoll, M.Ed, ATP is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Program Coordinator for the New Hampshire statewide Assistive Technology Act program, Assistive Technology in New Hampshire (ATinNH) at the UNH Institute on Disability (IOD). She provides training on a variety of topics and oversees the statewide AT Loan Library – NH AT4ALL providing device demonstrations and device loans.

Judith K. Jones, Esquire joined Butenhof & Bomster, PC in 2007. Her practice has been informed by her experiences as a family caregiver. Judith received her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law in 1994, and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1980.  She is a founding member of the New Hampshire Elder Rights Coalition and EngAging New Hampshire, and currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the New Hampshire Long Term Care Ombudsman (2016).  Judith is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Trust and Estate Section, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), serves on the Board of Directors for the Office of Public Guardian.

Jeannine Leclerc is a member of the New Hampshire Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire Executive board, co-chair and founder of the Monadnock Regional Brain Injury Steering Committees She has been in education in the Monadnock Regional school district for 25 years.  She has taught elementary, middle, and high school.  She is the Wellness Coordinator and Integration Specialist at the middle and high school.  Jeannine is a Kripalu Yoga fitness Instructor at the Keene Family YMCA and Option One fitness center. In 1999, Jeannine's eleven year old son suffered a moderate head injury from an 18 passenger van hitting them.  Later that same year, her fifteen year old son was riding a three wheeler at his friend’s house without a helmet, the brakes failed and he suffered a traumatic head injury.  Since these accidents, Jeannine has tried to encourage, promote awareness, support, and educate others about brain injuries and the effects on survivors and their families. Yoga and mindfulness is a vehicle Jeannine uses to help cope with stress, share her experiences with others, and balance her mind, body, and spirit.” 

Deborah Stuart is a children's musician from Wentworth, NH.  She has an M Ed from Lesley University in Traditional Children's Music and Dance.  Deborah has been working with children and music for many decades as a teaching artist and performer.  She is the Editor of the federal DOE funded early childhood resource, Start with the Arts and its companion book for parents and caregivers.  Deborah is active as a presenter, writer and trainer in the area of the arts in learning, both in the US and abroad.  She has been core faculty for the VSA International Institutes on the Arts and Education.

Dr. Therese Willkomm, PhD, is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive

Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she teaches eight different Assistive Technology courses and oversees the Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology. She is known nationally and internationally for her innovative strategies for creating solutions in minutes. She has designed and fabricated over two thousand solutions for individuals with disabilities. She has presented her work in 42 states, ten foreign countries and three U.S. Territories.