Meet The Team

Who We Are

NCCDP is comprised of team members deeply passionate about dementia care & training.


Advisory Council


Lynn Biot-Gordon

Lynn Biot-Gordon is a clinical social worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University.

Her social work experience spans more than 35 years and includes mental health, hospice, long term care, and school social work. Focused on geriatrics, Lynn has served in the areas of administration, direct clinical practice, health education, curriculum development and clinical supervision. She founded Gordon Social Work Consultants in 1997 to provide consultation and health education services for long term care facilities which includes training and in-services on a variety of topics for residents, families, and health care staff. She founded the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners in 2001 and the International Council in 2015 and continues to serve as a consultant to both organizations. As CEO of Gordon Social Work Consultants, she continues to develop clinical curricula, provides consultation to facilities, and is a recognized instructor and presenter for agencies here in the U.S. and abroad.practical tools and resources to help them provide high quality of life to our elder

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Rachelle Blough

Rachelle Blough is a senior living industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in the space.

Rachelle has held a variety of community-level positions including Activities Director, Program Director, Associate Executive Director, and Director of Community Relations. She has worked for Sunrise Senior Living, Watermark, and many other senior living organizations in the US and Canada. Rachelle also presents and teaches at various conferences around the US with several of the state healthcare associations. She enjoys helping keeping inspired and equipped with
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Denise Scruggs,

Denise has over 30 years of experience in education, gerontology, activities, sociology, criminology, writing, and more.

Currently, She is the Director of the Beard Center on Aging at the University of Lynchburg. In this position, she serves as adjunct faculty, as well as a leader for the Region 2000 Consortium on Aging, a group of over 80 members who work together to promote a community for all ages. Denise also enjoys mentoring students, providing professional education seminars, and public speaking in groups as large as 300.

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David Bahamonde

David is a season senior living operator with over 20 years of experience in memory care, adult medical day care, nursing homes, and assisted living.

David’s experience is as an Activity Assistant, Activity Director, Activity Consultant, Memory Care Director, Memory Care Consultant, Assistant Executive Director, Executive Director, and Administrator. He has worked in skilled nursing, hospitals, assisted livings, and adult medical day care facilities. David is also a consultant that has helped facilities correct deficiencies in memory care neighborhoods, develop/implement policies and procedures, and has opened several assisted living facilities and adult medical day cares in the tri-state area. He has operated and assisted in having deficiency free facilities, provide training, in-services for healthcare staff, families, and residents.

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Danielle Micale

Danielle is the director for a local Department on Aging in New Jersey and is an adjunct instructor with the Rutgers University School of Social Work & Continuing Education.

Prior to this, Danielle worked as a Training and Consultation Specialist with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s Research and Training Institute & the COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders, including a focus on older adults, long term care, mental health and neurocognitive disorders. She is also the past recipient of the Garden State Woman of Year Award for her commitment to community involvement as well as the Circle of Honor Advocacy Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter. Ms. Micale also continues to serve as a Congressional Alzheimer’s Ambassador and Advocate through the Alzheimer’s Association and had the honor to travel to the Netherlands as an elected U.S. Dementia Ambassador to learn more about the Dutch perspective on dementia care.

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Brenda Groves

Brenda has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dementia, geriatrics, health care quality/risk management and patient and family engagement.

In early 2021, Brenda assumed the role of Facilitator for the Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a subset of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. This group of stakeholders are committed to finding new ways to implement practices that enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia, protect them from substandard care and promote person-centered care. Additionally, Brenda is regularly asked to serve as a subject matter expert at various conferences based on her work and dedicated passion to serve the aging population and those who serve them. Brenda advocates and works to improve the quality of life for every person and she strives to ensure equality and inclusion for all.

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Robin Walters

Robin Walters is an LPN with over 23 years of LTC experience in leadership, clinical compliance and dementia education.

Robin previously held roles as a Memory Care Director, Private Duty Manager, Director of Education, and Clinical Consultant, with a strong emphasis on memory care compliance and survey turnaround. She has conducted various training seminars and in-services across the US and has facilitated dementia support groups, in addition to providing in-home family caregiver consultations. Through her dedication to education, Robin sought to enhance the knowledge base of healthcare professionals and families. As the founder and CEO of Dementia Knowledge Network, Robin is committed to creating educational opportunities and building a comprehensive network of resources for family caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Smith


Brandon Kuchta

Director of Operations

Jason Stutz

Vice President of Accounting

Jen Duffy

Director of Membership Services

Melanie Stovin

Vice President of Certified Training Network Support Services

Kristine Fullman

Director of Membership Support Services

Amy Cawley

Director of Education

Denise Scruggs

Community Relations Manager

Rebecca Barker

NCCDP Co-Founders


Lynn Biot-Gordon


Sandra Stimson