Executive Profiles.

National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care

Chief Operations Officer

Lynn Biot-Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelors degree in psychology and a master of social work degree from Boston University. Her social work experience spans 20 years and includes mental health, hospice, long term care, and school social work. She has served in the areas of administration, direct practice, health education, and clinical supervision. She founded Gordon Social Work Consultants in 1997 to provide consultation services for long term care facilities which includes training and in-services on a variety of topics for residents, families, and health care staff.

Lynn is a member of Abuse Deterrent Coalition.

Chief Executive Officer

Sandra Stimson CALA, ADC, AC-BC, CDPSandra has over 20 years in long term care. Her experience is as an Corporate Activity Consultant, Corporate Dementia Unit Consultant, Regional Activity Consultant, Assistant Administrator, Dementia Unit Coordinator / Manager, Activity Director, Activity Consultant, National Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Regional Activity Director, In-Home Recreation Therapist, Support Group leader and Author. She is active on numerous boards. Sandra is the founder of National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and Alternative Solutions in Long Term Care.

She has worked in a variety of long term care settings, adult day care, boarding homes, residential facility, assisted living, nursing homes. Sandra was a volunteer speaker and Support Group Facilitator for Alzheimer's Association for At Home With the Arts Program (in home recreation therapy).

She is an Corporate Activity Consultant and Corporate Dementia Unit Consultant to several national chains.

Sandra is also a consultant to facilities that wish to implement dementia units or survey readiness in the area of Activities and or Dementia Units.

She is the author of several books and publications dealing with pet therapy, volunteer management, dementia unit policy and procedures, in-services, etc. She has authored numerous articles dealing with long term care issues, Alzheimer's Disease & dementia care units and dementia related topics.

Sandra is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Dementia Care Manager, Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer, Certified Dementia Support Group Facilitator, Certified Assisted Living Administrator, Certified Activity Director, Activity Consultant Board Certified, Life Replay Specialist and Certified Online Training Professional.

Sandra has been nominated for numerous awards and honored with several awards in the health care industry.

She was a founding member of NJAVA and is a member of NAAP and NCCAP.

She has served on numerous boards and currently is appointed to NAAP Advisory Board Member and Professional Patient Advocate Institute Board Member and currently serving on TSA Disability.
Sandra served on the panel 2012-2013 for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions In Support of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act.
Sandra is a member of Abuse Deterrent Coalition.

Happy Birthday Sandra


Rhonda BlandRhonda Brand joined the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as their new president in 2018.

Brand has worked in the health care industry for over 27 years. She has held a variety of positions such as: activity director, admissions director, adult day care director, dementia unit manager, administrator, national consultant, national trainer and public speaker. Brand has worked in adult day care, home care agencies, nursing homes and assisted living communities.

In this capacity, Brand discovered her passion for working with families and loved ones diagnosed with dementia. She became a strong advocate for the importance of providing dementia education for all health care workers. This education enables frontline staff to provide compassionate and educated care to vulnerable elders.

Brand served as the President of Northwest Gathering of NJ Activity Professionals (NWNJGAP). She presented the MEPAP course to over 300 activity professionals during a seven year period and mentored hundreds more.

Brand is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia Care Trainer, Certified Dementia Care Manager, Certified First Responder Dementia Trainer and Certified Dementia Support Group Facilitator with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Rhonda also is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Assisted Living Administrator and Certified Activity Director. Rhonda Brand is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University.

Yvette Adessa BA CDP
Vice President of of Membership Services

Nellie Stolarz, BS CALA ADC CDP CADDCT CDCM Certified Online Trainer Professional by the International Council for Certified Online Trainer Professionals
Vice President of Corporate Training

Vice President of Corporate Training

Rachelle Blough CTRS CDP CADDCT
Vice President of Corporate Training

Dr. Denise Scruggs CDP CADDCT
Vice President of Corporate Training

Mary (Liz) Amato, BA
Director of Membership Services
Renewal Questions, Online Live Support, Social Media Service

Kristine Fullman
Vice President Support Services

Susan Sharma
Vice President Accounting

Melonie Stovin
Support Services




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