0700-0730: Introductions & Assistance
Tell us about yourself, especially any networking needs. We can help with job search assistance, business advice, referrals, and general networking. Feel free to also bring up any brief items of interest.
0730-0800: Speaker - Kelly O'Connor
Kelly O'Connor with Senior Care Authority will talk with us about the services they provide, including community matching (placement) and elder care navigation and consulting.
Many thanks to Kurt Schlaefer (USAFA '70) for arranging to have Kelly speak with us this week.
Bio for Kelly O'Connor:
Kelly O’Connor, MA, CSA® Area Owner Senior Care Authority, Denver Metro Kelly O’Connor knows what it’s like to care for loved ones through all stages of illness and aging. For most of her 20s, Kelly cared for older and ailing family members, serving as a caregiver for her mother who had cancer, and as a long-distance caregiver for her two grandmothers. At a young age, she held the responsibility of making critical healthcare and estate decisions during a time of crisis.
After the unfortunate passings of her mom and maternal grandmother, Kelly turned her focus to a career in corporate communications for many years with great success, but her heart was calling her to contribute her talents and experiences in a larger, more meaningful way. She returned to school, received a master’s degree in psychology, and began sharing her senior care experience with others. While volunteering for a local hospice in Denver, a friend called and said, “I have the job for you.”
“And the rest is history,” Kelly says. She began a heartfelt second career in the senior living industry, serving first as a move and transitions coordinator for a large retirement community. To date, she has helped more than 250 families with decisions regarding assisted living, memory care, and long-term care skilled nursing, as well as independent living and home care.
Kelly’s passion for seniors is evident by her dedication to continuing education in the field. She holds a multi-disciplinary certification with the Society of Certified Senior Advisors as a CSA® as well as her Professional Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Colorado. She is also a Certified Eden Associate with the internationally renowned Eden Alternative, a Masterpiece Living Academy’s Successful Aging Associate, and a Naomi Feil’s Validation Training Institute devotee. She has also served as a Music and Memories volunteer for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia and currently teaches at Clermont College of Creative Life, where the average student age is mid to late 80s.
Senior Care Authority
387 Corona Street, #530, Denver, CO 80218
2. SPEAKER SCHEDULE:
28 JUN (this week): Kelly O'Connor - see above.
5 JUL: TBD - this date is available for a speaker.
If there's a speaker you'd like to invite for 5 July or any future Tuesday, just let me know at email@example.com.
Remember -- you could be the speaker yourself. Got an interesting topic or a problem you'd like to put to the group? Maybe you've gained new insight from a business book or a conference. Those are just a few examples of great topics for leading a discussion.
3. THE MARRIOTT'S COFFEE SHOP HAS MOVED:
Our meeting location (the DTC Marriott's coffee shop) has moved within the hotel. Upon entering the current main entrance of the hotel, turn right and proceed toward the new front desk. The new coffee shop is just prior to the front desk.
The seating area is more spacious than the old coffee shop, and still provides a semi-private setting for our meetings.
Have a great week.
Joe Paniccia (USMA '84)
Service Academy BizNet of Denver meets weekly on Tuesdays at 0700, in the Marriott Hotel at the Denver Tech Center. From I-25, exit Belleview east, then turn north onto Syracuse Street. The Marriott lots are paid parking (approx $2-4), however you can park for FREE across the street at Garcia's Restaurant (we have their permission). Look for us in the seating area inside the Marriott's coffee shop. RSVP is not required. Dress is casual. Attendance is open to graduates of the federal service academies (USAFA, USCGA, USMA, USMMA, USNA). There are no dues or fees. Our schedule, roster and other information are posted at www.academybiznet.org.