Eldersong Publications Staff


Cindy Cordrey is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who has worked with various special needs populations since 1982. In 1987, she became a music therapy consultant for an Alzheimer's adult day treatment facility in Wilmington, Delaware, where she currently is employed. Cindy also conducts workshops for local caregiver support groups. Cindy is the author of Hidden Treasures. Nancy Dezan is a social worker who has spent the past 25 years working with individuals and their families who are struggling with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. For many years, Nancy served as the executive director of two different adult day health programs for individuals with dementia. As an advocate for those with Alzheimer's disease, Nancy has provided countless presentations at workshops and conferences across the United States. She has also designed and authored many therapeutic reminiscing products for activity staff working with older adults in long-term care. Currently, Nancy is the Education Manager for the Alzheimer's Association of the National Capital Area. Nancy is the author of Barbers, Cars, and Cigars; Yesterdays; and the You Be the Judge series.

Katherine Groff-Smith, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, is a cofounder and former president of Buffalo's Northside Writer's Group. She has traveled to Hawaii, Hungary, Slovakia, and throughout the Carribean. Katherine is the author, with Virginia Kelley, of Travel Unlimited.

Lynn Hawkins holds a bachelor's degree in home economics and a California Designated Subjects Adult Education Teaching Credential in homemaking and creative activities. Lynn has taught creative activities in convalescent hospitals and senior centers for 24 years as an instructor for the Bakersfield Adult School. Lynn is the author of Crafts Through the Year and Crafts for the Holidays.

Beckie Karras is a board-certified music therapist who specialized in gerontology. She worked for many years as an activities coordinator and music therapist in Maryland nursing homes and as a contract music therapist to nursing homes, adult day care centers, and retirement facilities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Beckie wrote Down Memory Lane, the company's first book, and has since written a dozen others, including Trivia Treasury, Roses in December, and the second edition of Down Memory Lane.

Virginia L. Kelley designed and produced costumes for opera in the Buffalo, New York, area for 18 years while also working as an activities director. She has over 75 shows to her credit. Most had casts of more than 40 and all required multiple, extensive period costumes. She designed and constructed costumes for the 1977 bicentennial world premiere of an opera by Anton Wolf, titled "Madame Jumel." She received mention in Opera News for a December 1990 production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti. Ms. Kelley has consistently found ways to integrate her two careers by bringing activities utilizing costumes, drama, and music to nursing and retirement homes, and by creating opportunities for residents to see and, occasionally, to assist backstage with costumes on her productions. Virginia is the author of Party Possibilities, Drama A to Z, and coauthor, with Katherine Groff-Smith, of Travel Unlimited.

Sandy Minor holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Nebraska, with additional training in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin. Before her retirement, she was employed as activity director for a group of community-based residential facilities in the Madison, Wisconsin area. In 2000, she moved to Salida, Colorado and has continued to be actively involved with seniors, through leadership of the senior's group in her church and assisting with Sunday services at the Columbine Nursing Home in Salida. Sandy is the author of Holiday Mind Joggers and the three Mind Joggers volumes.

Teresa Sumrall received her Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia. She has worked for Leon County Adult and Community Edution for the past 12 years. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and two cats. Teresa is the author of What Do You Know? and What More Do You Know? After having worked in the activity field for over 15 years, Cindy Van Dusen has earned her degree in "providing love and care for the elderly," majoring in "lots of fun" and minoring in "lots more fun!" Throughout her career in the activity field, she has come to realize that the elderly love and crave a challenge. Cindy has created and will continue to create games that consistently stimulate the senior mind, helping seniors to see their continuing potential. Cindy is the author of Make Your Point! and Quizmania, as well as the originator of the slogan "You Can't Bloom in Your Room."

Dace Teegardin is a 20-year veteran nurse who has specialized in geriatrics. She has worked with geriatric and Alzheimer's residents in hospitals, nursing homes, and in-home situations in Michigan and Florida. She is currently working with Alzheimer's residents at the Plantation Key Comprehensive Care Center in the Florida Keys. Dace is the author of Remembering, Remembering Our Town, and Remembering Travel in America. She has also authored a novel, Seven Moorings.

Jean Vetter is a regular writer for A New Day: The Magazine for Activity Professionals. Her short stories and articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, Messenger of the Sacred Heart, Sisters Today, Woman's Household, The Buffalo News, Arts in Buffalo, The Buffalo Journal, House of White Birches, Plastic Canvas, and Highlights for Children. She was the first prize winner of a short story contest sponsored by Silhouette Books, which earned her a weekend at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City with her husband Bob. She loves taking care of her flower gardens and sewing quilts, and she enjoys decorating the doll houses that she and Bob design and build together. Jean is the author of both volumes of Skits for Seniors and of Heroes.