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CSA Leaders Network

Our mission is to create a strategic network for Certified Senior Advisors (CSAs) that increases professional and public awareness of CSAs, provides resources and education, and promotes the value of the CSA dually accredited credential.

Treasure Valley, ID

Welcome to the Treasure Valley, Idaho CSA Leaders Network. Meetings are typically held the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM.

Upcoming Event

We are currently in the progress of formulating a program outline. Future meetings will be posted on this page. For additional information please contact Jay Kweskin at jaykweskin@gmail.com.

RSVP (Yes Only)
Dee Childers
dee@lifechangeseldercare.com
208-830-4455

Group Contact
Darra Wray, CSA
darra@mycarecompanions.com
208-631-7603

Meeting Chair
Dee Childers
dee@lifechangeseldercare.com
208-830-4455

Program & Venue Chair
Mary Mlot
mtmlot@gmail.com
720-217-3703

Membership Chair
Monica Miller, CSA
mmiller@carepatrol.com
208-609-9995

Web & Social Media Chair
Position Open

Community Outreach & Volunteerism
Kathy Lacina
lacinak@aol.com
208-573-4658

Additional Information

2021 Membership Meetings

— December 9th – Resilience for Senior Service Professionals and Providers

2022 Membership Meetings

— December 9th – Resilience for Senior Service Professionals and Providers
— January 13th – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Aging and Caregiver Populations
— February 10th – Senior Nutrition and Food Insecurity
— March 10th – TBD
— April 14th – TBD
— May 12th – TBD
— June 9th – TBD
— July 14th – TBD
— August 11th – TBD
— September 9th – TBD
— October 13th – TBD
— November 10th – TBD
— December 8th – TBD


Continuing Education

In order for you to submit CE Credit, you need the following:

  • Date of Event
  • Program Title
  • Number of CE Credits
  • Credit Type: Leaders Network CE

Previous Events

Previous Event Information for Submitting CSA CE

10/16/21 – Second Annual Treasure Valley Drive-Thru Health and Resource Fair

10/14/21 – Home Modifications and Assistive Technology for Aging in Place
— Jeremy Maxand – Executive Director, LINC Idaho
— Krista Kramer -Idaho Assistive Technology Project
— Community Spotlight: LINC Idaho Medical Equipment Lending Program – Lana Gonzales,Director of Independent Living Innovation

9/28/21 – Meridian Senior Center Health Fair – Meridian, ID

9/20/21 – LEARN Membership Networking Meeting – The Riverside Hotel

9/9/21 – Reinventing Workplace Culture and Benefits
— Shelli Stayner, BS – The Partners Group, Senior Employee Benefits Consultant
— Chase Sterling – PartnerWell, Managing Consultant and Certified Wellness Practitioner
— Community Spotlight: SHIBA Idaho: Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors – Brad Talbutt, Volunteer Services Coordinator

8/12/21 – Current Trends in Consumer Fraud: AARP Fraud Watch Network
— Jay Haapala, BS – AARP Minnesota, Fraud Watch Network Lead
— Community Spotlight: AARP Idaho – Francoise Cleveland, Advocacy Director

7/8/21 – The Impact of the Treasure Valley Housing Market on the Senior, Vulnerable, and Disabled Populations
— Mary Holden, Senior Real Estate Speacialit (SRES) – Red Pheasant Realty
— Donna Rovers, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) – Idaho Living Realty
— Community Spotlight: Jesse Tree of Idaho -Ali Rabe, Executive Director

6/17/21 – SMART Workshop – Webinar presented by Terrace Home Care

6/10/21 – Using Medicaid and VA Benefits to Pay for Long Term Care
— David Wilson, Board Certified Elder Law Attorney – Ahrens DeAngeli Law Group
— Community Spotlight: Office of Veteran’s Advocacy – William (Bill) E. Heyob, Bureau Chief and State Services Officer

5/27/21 – LEARN Membership Networking Meeting – The Riverside Hotel

5/13/21 – The Impact of Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
— Lisa Anderson – Director of Public Policy, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho
— Adrean Cavener, BS – Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho
— Stacy Gunnerson, BS, CSA – Founder / Owner, Grannie on the Move
— Rick Vogel – Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho
— Community Spotlight: The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho by Adrean Cavener, BS – Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Idaho

4/8/21 – Logistics of Death and Dying
— Community Spotlight: The Idaho Post presented by Dee Childers, MA, CMC from Life Changes Elder Care Consulting, LLC
— Rose Thomas, ND, LMT, CNA, EOLD – Death Doula from Idaho Home Health and Hospoce
— Chuck Bonney – Funeral Consulmers Alliance of Idaho (FCAI)

3/11/21 – Value-Based Healthcare: Academic & Clinical Perspectives
— Bill Brandenburg, MD – Wander Medicine
— Jenni Gudapati, MBA, RN – Boise State University Value Based Healthcare Program
— Marnie Packard, MBA – Molina Healthcare of Idaho
— Community Spotlight: LINC: Living Independence Network Corporation (Jeremy Maxand)

2/20/21 – Community Event: Idaho Family Caregiver Conference

2/11/21 – Love, Intimacy, and Relationships in Older Adults & The Health Benefits of Chocolate
— Andrea McCormick, PhD – Gerontologist-Care Manager – Seasons Care Management
— Jessica Trowbridge, Dementia Wise Certified Trainer – ComForCare
— Community Spotlight: Ada Community Library (Jamie Thill)

1/14/21 – Vaccine Preventable Illness in Adults (with a focus on COVID-19)
— Julie Madsen, MD – Medical Director for Dispatch Health
— Community Spotlight: The Idaho Foodbank (Berenice Medina and Amy Mart)

12/10/20 – Reducing Holiday Stress and Preparing for a Healthier New Year
— Elaine Bacio – Certified Health Coach and Essential Oils Distributor
— Cyn Newsom, RN, JD – Co-Owner of C2R Fitness and Director Telehealth at St. Luke’s Health System
— Karen Thompson – Health Coach and Owner / Manager of Sea Scape Salt Room
— Community Spotlight: Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (Lee Flinn)

11/12/20 – Technology Impacts on Care and Caregiving
— Darra Wray, CSA, MBA – My Care Companions
— Dee Childers, MA, CMC – Life Changes Elder Care Consulting
— Business Fundamentals: Marketing Materials that Speak to the 55+ Consumer (JP Benlian)
— Additional Resources: Visiting Loved Ones Over the Holidays (Dee Childers)

10/8/20 – Medicare and Idaho Medicaid Expansion Updates
— Reese Phillips, II, BA – AHIP Certified Medicare Health Advisor – Preferred Senior Benefits
— Luke Mayville, PHD – Co-Founder of Reclaim Idaho

9/10/20 – Emotional & Psychological Impacts of COVID 19
— Amy Leavitt, MSSA, LMSW – Care Navigator Lead – Greater Idaho Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
— Stacey Gunnerson, CSA – Grannie on the Move
— Honey S. Goodman – Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner -Treasure Valley Hospice
— Community Spotlight: Area 3 Senior Services Agency

8/13/20 – Pandemic Financial Impacts and Recovery Strategies
— Kevin Bates, CEPA – Financial Advisor – UBS Financial Services
— Shain Urwin – Loan Officer – Reverse Mortgage Planner – Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation
— Community Spotlight: BSU – Caregiver Navigator Project

7/9/20 – Health, Medical, and Personal Care at Home
— Stephanie Morrill, RN – Keystone Health
— Mary Mlot – DispatchHealth
— Kristi Lauck, RN – MultiCare
— Mike Briggs – Keystone Hospice

6/11/20 – Planning & Paying for Long-Term Care
— Evaly Poole, CSA – Senior Care Solutions
— Don Levin, JD, MPA, CLF, CSA, LTCP, CLTC – PNW Insurance Services, LLC

5/14/20 – Monthly Meeting: Professional Caregiver Shortage in Idaho
— Rodney Bates, DO – Chair of Primary Care at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
— Randall Huspeth, PhD, MBA, MS, APRN-CNP/CNS, FRE, FAANP, NEA-BC – Executive Director, Idaho Center for Nursing
— Stewart Wilder – President / General Manager, Interim Healthcare

4/9/20 – Monthly Meeting: Advanced Planning
— Advance Directives & POST – Lynsey Winters Juel, MPA (Honoring Choices Idaho)

3/12/20 – Monthly Meeting: Care Management, Guardainship & Conservatorship
— Care Management – Dee Childers – MA, CMC (Life Changes Eldercare) & Teresa Haldorson – RN, MN (Optimal Aging)
— Guardianship & Conservatorship – Julie Robinson – MSW (Seasons Care Management) & Dee Childers – MA, CMC (Life Changes Eldercare)

2/28/20 – Forever Young Expo

2/15/20 – Community Event: Idaho Family Caregiver Conference

2/13/20 – Monthly Meeting: Social Security and Tax Planning
— Social Security Refresher – Peggy Farnworth, KMS Financial Services
— New Tax Laws – Dave Minick, Minick Financial

1/9/20 – Monthly Meeting: Senior Living Solutions
— Engaging with Clients with Dementia – Bryce Saxton, Emerson House
— Finding the Right Option – Stacy Gunnerson, Grannie on the Move, LLC

12/12/19 – Monthly Meeting: 2020 Education Planning meeting
— Community Education Initiative
— Professional Education Initiative
— Membership Invitations

11/14/19 – Monthlly Meeting: Strategic Planning Meeting with business presentations by
— Mary Mlot – DispatchHealth
— Patti Flanigan – Smart Strategies for Successful Living
— Teresa McCully – Silver Key Benefits

10/16/19 – Community Event: HP DisAbility Benefit Network Resource Fair

10/10/19 – Monthly Meeting: Kick off and planning