Private Duty National Conference & Expo

Speakers

Kunu Kaushal

Kunu Kaushal

Founder & CEO
Senior Solutions Home Care
Brentwood, TN

Kunu is one of the latest influencers in the long-term care/ health care space in Tennessee. Passionate about impacting the health care space, founding a senior care agency was a natural fit. With the motivation of helping his own grandparents as his first clients, Kunu started Senior Solutions Home Care in 2010. Today the company services the entire state out of multiple offices. In his free time, Kunu enjoys family time with his wife Jill and their three daughters. As an eternal scholar, you'll often find Kunu researching or learning more about the art of entrepreneurship. Grateful for the hundreds of families that trust the care of their loved ones to his team, Kunu focuses on being the market leader in the industry.

Brandi Kurtyka

Brandi Kurtyka

Co-Founder & CEO
myCNAjobs
and national caregiver recruitment speaker
Chicago, IL

Kurtyka and her husband pave the way to provide the best care by empowering those that deliver it. Prior to myCNAjobs, Brandi led digital marketing for the world's largest marketing research agency and served in various executive roles for both healthcare and recruitment companies in Chicago. She's on mission to arm healthcare recruiters with more insight about caregiver motivations to fuel the hiring and retention of a workforce plagued with high turnover.

Joseph Maddaloni Jr

Joseph Maddaloni Jr

Partner
Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP
Florham Park, NJ

Joseph co-chairs the Labor and Employment practice group. He is a former general counsel for an international service company who concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial law and regulatory and government affairs. He regularly provides counseling and representation to home care companies and private duty agencies nationwide. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Home Care Council of New Jersey and the Chief Executive Officer of the Home Health Services Association of New Jersey. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Home Care Accreditation, and he formerly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Home Care Association of New Jersey.

Aaron Marcum

Aaron Marcum

Founder & CE0
Home Care Pulse
Rexburg, ID

Using a data-driven approach and industry expertise, Aaron and his team have helped hundreds of home care providers, across the nation, grow their companies and improve their quality of care. Prior to his work with Home Care Pulse, Marcum owned and operated a successful home care company in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kristie McDonald

Kristie McDonald

Managing Partner & Author
CareMarketer
Chicago, IL
Author of Google AdWords for Dummies

She is a 20-year information technology consulting veteran who previously worked with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that serves a broad mix of private, public and social sector institutions. She has decades of experience in strategy consulting, project management and general business management. She has spent more than 12 years working in the web marketing field and is a Google search marketing expert, having managed hundreds of client accounts in many different industries. She has had Google AdWords professional certification since 2006.

Lisa Meadows

Lisa Meadows

MSW, Clinical Compliance Educator
Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)
Cary, NC

Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry; from acute care hospitalization, home health, to hospice and palliative care. Lisa is currently the Clinical Compliance Educator for Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) - a nationally-recognized non-profit accreditation organization that has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS. Lisa is for providing comprehensive clinical, accreditation and industry education to ACHC customers and stakeholders as well as assisting providers with interpreting the ACHC Standards and Medicare Conditions of Participation. Lisa’s experience has allowed her to successfully prepare and lead the home health and hospice agency she was previously employed with through the ACHC Accreditation process. Lisa has also worked as an ACHC Surveyor, affording her the opportunity to assist organizations with developing best practices and compliance strategies. Lisa speaks at national and state conferences, and conducts workshops on the accreditation process as well as other relevant health care topics.

Scott Osborne

Scott Osborne

Founder & Managing Principal
Osborne HomeCare Group
Chesterfield, MO

Scott heads a national mergers & acquisitions practice that specializes in delivering full-value exit paydays for high achieving home care providers through private and confidential buy and sell transactions. Scott and his team have initiated and facilitated hundreds of strategic succession plans and change of control transactions within the U.S. home care industry. Prior to founding Osborne HomeCare Group, Scott was vice president of sales and operations for Comsys’ St. Louis branch, an Information Technology staffing firm with a business model similar to home care. Before that, he climbed the corporate ladder for 18 years in sales, sales management and corporate development with Procter & Gamble and Pepsico.

Lori Pavic

Lori Pavic

Director of Services, Recruitment, and Training
Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers
Johnstown, PA

Lori assists companies in staff engagement to improve turnover, productivity and revenues. She brings 20 years of experience relating to client and staff satisfaction to her current role as the director of services, training and recruitment with Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers. Lori oversees hundreds of home care aides while also operating the agency’s recruitment and training departments. Through her leadership, she and her team have developed, organized and implemented programs in her organization to improve both the culture and quality within the organization. Since joining the non-profit in 2010, she has significantly improved the education, service quality and retention efforts through persistency, strategy and staff engagement.

Laura Shaw-deBruin

Laura Shaw-deBruin

Executive Director
Norwood Seniors Network
Chicago, IL

Norwood Seniors Network provides community-based services to more than 500 clients, and is part of a Norwood Crossing, a facility that offers assisted living, memory care and skilled care. The network provides caregiving, transportation, home- delivered meals, life alerts, social outings and adult daycare. Laura has more than 25 years of experience working with community based care and housing specifically for seniors. She was president of a Chicago-based independent home care agency for 13 years, and there she played a major role in boosting corporate revenue, client referrals and improved operational performance. She has been a national board member for the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) and various community boards. She is a cabinet member of Leading Age of Illinois.

Michele Thomas

Michele Thomas

Executive VP
Osborn Home Care
Greenwich, CT

Michele has a deep understanding of home care gained through her former roles such as the president, regional director of sales and vice president of sales and marketing for the Florida-based Family Home Health Services/Family Home Physicians. Thomas hosts a bi-weekly radio program called “Good Living” on Tuesday mornings on WGCH in Greenwich. Her guests include leaders in health care and aging services who discuss wide ranging topics of interest to area seniors. Thomas has always been an advocate for the aging in place movement and she is active with the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the New York and Connecticut state home care associations.

Guy Tommasi, Jr

Guy Tommasi, Jr

Executive Director
LIFETIME Care at Home
Guilford, CT

LIFETIME Care at Home is the non-medical affiliate of VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice. His 38-year background spans the fields of hospital, home health and private non-medical home care systems. Under his leadership, LIFETIME Care at Home has earned awards for Leader in Excellence, Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice based on scores from client and caregiver satisfaction surveys conducted by HomeCare Pulse. Through the years, Guy has advocated for legislation to protect older adults in the community and championed the awareness of Private Duty Home Care as a partner in today’s healthcare system. He authored “The Value Proposition of Private Duty: What Stakeholders Across The Care Continuum Should Know” published in the January/February 2018 edition of The Remington Report. Guy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Conn. and a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from RPI, Troy, NY.

Shelle Womble

Shelle Womble

Home Care Sales and Operations Consultant
corecubed
Asheville, NC

With more than 25 years of multi-state experience in the aging care arena, Shelle has worked her way through a variety of sales management positions. She has served as district regional manager of a single-unit agency and director of operations/general manager for 50 branch locations in 11 states for a large home care franchise. Most notably, she spent time serving as national sales director for that agency. Since January 2017, Shelle has served as sales champion and operations consultant for corecubed, a home care marketing company based in Asheville, NC.

Bunny Young

Bunny Young

Owner
A Better Place Consulting
Manakin Sabot, VA

Bunny founded A Better Place Consulting in October 2014 and serves as a corporate trainer and motivational speaker for the business in Manakin Sabot, Va. Her efforts, which include strategic planning sessions, have changed cultures of organizations nationwide — resulting in increased employee retention and spikes in productivity and morale. Bunny also has helped businesses with team building, program development, goal setting and cultural sensitivity training. Following an undergraduate research focus on internationally recognized alternative therapies and treatment methods, such as canine therapy and sensory stimulation, Bunny became a qualified mental health professional. She continued her education and received her Master’s degree in counseling and psychology with a concentration in equine assisted mental health.

Seth Zamek

Seth Zamek

Owner & Executive Director
Senior Helpers
Locations in Rock Hill, Lancaster and Fort Mill, SC

Seth and his wife started working with Senior Helpers more than 10 years ago after having to care for her father, who had ALS, and then her mother, who had cancer. He has extensive experience in the health care field — as a hospital and medical practice administrator and as a partner in a health care consulting firm. Over 29 years, Seth has held positions for a number of health care organizations. His roles included manager of managed care, director of strategic planning, executive director of physician services and vice president of business development. Seth has served on several boards including as vice chairman on the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Association State Board of Directors.

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