Faculty

Suzanne Faith, RN Psych, Senior Director, Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services

Suzanne Faith, is a Certified Dementia Care Professional and Psychiatric Nurse specializing in the management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Long considered an expert in the field of caregiving and dementia care, Suzanne's unique approach to dementia care has helped to guide thousands of families over the past 30 years. Suzanne has served on the Massachusetts working group to create the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Plan, and helped create and implement the Massachusetts Silver Alert Policy. She has received numerous grants from the federal government to teach family caregivers and is regularly asked to participate in interviews and forums where expertise in the knowledge of dementia care management is required.

Ann E. Geagan, MSW, LICSW, Director of Bereavement and Community Services, Hope Community Care

Ann E. Geagan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has been providing grief counseling and conducting bereavement and caregiver support groups for over seven years in hospice and community settings. She worked for three years in an ambulatory oncology practice as an oncology social worker where she provided education and counseling to individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Prior to working in the hospice field, Ann was employed as a psychotherapist for community mental health agencies and in elementary and middle schools for over twenty-five years.

Ellen McCabe, RN, CHPN, Director of Professional Education, HopeHealth

Ellen McCabe, RN, is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse and has worked in hospice care for over 20 years. She is certified through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, has experience in acute care hospitals, hospice inpatient units and home-based care. She is a certified ELNEC and EPEC trainer. Her clinical expertise focuses specifically in pain and symptom management at the end of life, grief and loss, and end stage dementia. She provides continuing education to health professional partners with the goal of increasing access to hospice and palliative care in the community.

Melissa Weidman, Director of Community Relations and Outreach, HopeHealth

For the past decade, Melissa Roberts Weidman has worked in community relations and outreach for HopeHealth, a visionary healthcare organization. She served in a similar role at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, a national environmental advocacy group. She also ran staff and management training at the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Melissa served as Executive Director of AGREE – A Center for Dispute Settlement, a pioneering community mediation program in New York. She has extensive experience and skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, training, writing, and community advocacy.

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