Dementia Care Program of Distinction

Excellence in Care Specialists is continuing to add Excellence in Care Specialists throughout the United States. AFA Excellence in Care Specialists are available to travel outside their geographic areas to conduct evaluations.

To apply for an evaluation, click here.

Here are our current Excellence in Care Specialists:


  • Charon A. Pierson, PhD, GNP-CS – Gilbert, Az


  • Deborah Cavallo, MBA – San Diego
  • Chris Cooper, CFP – San Diego, CA


  • Mindy Chapman, RN CCM – CO


  • Elizabeth Agocs-Holler, MPS, BSN, RN, BC, RN, C, A-CCC, NAPGCM – Cheshire, CT
  • Jennifer Doty – Plantsville, CT
  • Linda Worden, RN, BSN, MPH, CMC, NAPGCM – Cromwell, CT
  • Laura Boggio, RNC-AL  – Plantsville, CT

District of Columbia

  • Barbara D’Agostino, BS, MHSA – Washington, DC


  • Emily Hawley, MBA – Punta Gorda, FL


  • Pamela Williams – Stone Mountain, GA


  • Rena Felder, LCSW, MSW, CMC – Glenview,IL
  • Mary Robak, BSN, RNC, CRRN, LNHA – Skokie,IL
  • Jackie Raschke – Brookfield, IL


  • Wanda Raby Spurlock. DNS, RN-BC, CNS – Baton Rouge, LA


  • Amy Fox, RN, MSW, ANP, GNP – Rockville, MD


  • Theresa Phillips – Pembroke, MA

New Hampshire

  • Celeste A. Ricci-Trahan, LICSW – Hampton Fall, NH

New York

  • Mary L. Daikos, MT-BC, CDP – Malta, NY
  • Lorraine Ruggieri, GCM – New York, NY
  • Karen O’Rourke, RN, BC – Clifton Park, NY
  • Stacey White, RN – W. Hempstead, NY

North Carolina

  • Linda Cabiness – Shelby, NC


  • Cheryl Mosher, LPN, RAC-CT, CLTC, CDP/CDPI, QDCP, QDCS – Wooster, OH


  • Melana Aycock – Weatherford, OK


  • Ruth Cohen, MSW, LCSW – Lake Oswego, OR


  • Cindy Keith, RN, BS, – State College, PA – Downingtown, PA
  • Marian Worthington, BS, CMC,  – Douglassville, PA


  • Carole Larkin, BA, MA – Irving, TX


  • Barbara H Devellis BS, CMC – Roanoke , VA


  • Bruce Buckles, JD, RN – Moses Lake, WA
  • Reed Henry, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CPG – Bellingham, WA
  • Randy Walden, BA – Lakewood, WA
  • Daniel R. Smerken – Olympia, WA


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