IM STILL HERE
Jerry Pucillo, MA–President
Mr. Pucillo has over 30 years of real estate development program and project management experience. He has also been involved in corporate strategic planning and the development of new business initiatives. He was responsible for delivering over 1000 units of senior housing into the marketplace and recently has had a focus on the development of Assisted Living communities. Jerry also designed and developed a social service delivery program known as Elder Life for the Archdiocese of Boston to support the elderly housing program sponsored by the Archdiocese. This program ultimately became part of the Social service delivery system of Catholic Charities.
Susan was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and is a graduate of Simmons College, Boston (Economics and Mathematics). Since the early 1970’s Susan has worked with Arthur D. Little, Management Consultant; as senior Project Coordinator with NERC at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; as Secretary/Treasurer at A Norman Law Visual Design; and since 1986 as a Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Susan is also a Principal at Raskin Holdings LLC, Nashville, TN (since 2010). Susan and her husband have lived in Wayland since 1978, raised twins, and in 2012, she was introduced to the Learning for Life program and Hearthstone Alzheimer Care LLC. Her passion is to provide those with memory impairment and their caregivers the gift of all that I’m Still Here Foundation can offer
Jacqueline Vischer, Ph.D.–Treasurer
Dr. Jacqueline Vischer has degrees in Psychology and Architecture and has spent close to 30 years advising corporate and government clients as well as design firms and professionals on ways of incorporating human needs and behavior into the design of the built environment. She has worked with government agencies in Canada and the U.S. to help solve problems of high-density family housing, to renovate and improve public institutions such as prisons and psychiatric hospitals, and on creating energy-efficient office buildings. Professor Emeritus, at the University of Montreal, Dr.Jacqueline Vischer, has published five books about her work.
Deke Cateau–Board Member
Deke Cateau is the Chief Executive Officer at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, a nonprofit organization operating three nursing homes in metro Atlanta. With more than 15 years of experience in long-term care, Deke is passionate about fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for the aging population. In addition to being a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Deke is certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Care Dementia Trainer. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative Educator and a Certified Virtual Dementia Tour Facilitator for nursing homes. Additionally, Deke serves on the Board of Directors for LeadingAge Georgia, the Board of Directors for The Eden Alternative, and he is a Leadership Atlanta class of 2019 graduate.
Deke holds a bachelor’s degree in History and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations from the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, and certification in Global Leadership Development from the University of the Virgin Islands. A Trinidad native, Deke is an avid Caribbean music and soccer fan. He lives in Cobb County, Georgia, with his wife and three children.
Chris Kincaid–Board Member
Chris is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Abe’s Garden Community in Nashville, TN. His passion for improving the lives of seniors started in his teen years and continued through college when he cared for his great-grandmother after she experienced minor paralysis from a stroke. With a 25-year career exclusively in senior living and home care, Chris oversees all aspects of operations of the Memory Care Center of Excellence, Independent and Assisted Living Community, and home care program Abe’s Garden at Home. Prior to his role at Abe’s Garden, Kincaid held the position of Regional Operations Director of Tennessee at Americare Senior Living, Inc. There, he was responsible for operations of 12 assisted living and memory care communities in Tennessee, including 260 total units generating approximately $17 million in annual revenue. His assisted living, retirement, and memory care community experience includes senior leadership roles at Rivermont Retirement Community, CCSC Franchising Systems, Inc., Copper Lake Estates/Certus Management, and Sterling House/Alterra Healthcare Corporation – all located in Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies and Business Management at the University of Central Oklahoma and currently resides in Franklin, TN.
Faith Ott–Board Member
Faith Ott is the CEO of Sage Age Strategies. She has 30 years of experience in senior living growth strategy, campus master planning, market research, and program/ service development. A recognized thought leader and highly sought speaker in the senior living space, she has worked in every facet of the senior living lifestyle continuum, including life care communities and CCRCs, assisted living and memory care communities, adult day centers, sub-acute and rehabilitation facilities, long-term care centers, hospice care providers and home care services. Faith has successfully guided an extensive list of client-partners in both the for-profit and non-profit senior living sectors. Her considerable industry knowledge, experience, and “customer first” attitude is illustrated by Sage Age’s large number of long-term clients. Organizations that have benefited from Faith’s exceptional vision and expertise include Horizon Bay/Brookdale Senior Living, Brandywine Senior Care, Sunrise Senior Living, EPOCH Senior Living, Abe’s Garden®, Clarity Pointe, Validus Senior LivingTM, Elderlife Financial Services, Life Choice Hospice, Pacifica Senior Living, Presbyterian Senior Living, Diakon Senior Living, Brightview Senior Living, Partners Pharmacy and Marriott Senior Living.
Paul Raia, Ph.D.–Board Member
Dr. Paul Raia, Ph.D., has worked in the fields of gerontology and psychology for more than 28 years. For many years he served as the Director of Patient Care and Family Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter. His interest in Alzheimer’s came out of his role as a caregiver for his aunt, who suffered from dementia and passed away in 1989. Since then, he has developed a systematic approach to dementia called “Habitation Therapy,” a technique that focuses on the patient’s emotions and their remaining capacities. Dr. Paul Raia has appeared on many Boston-based media outlets and on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and PBS national news programs.
John Zeisel, Ph.D., Hon D.Sc.–Emeritus Board Member
John Zeisel is the inspiration for the I’m Still Here Foundation. Under his direction, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care donated over $500,000 over a period of ten years to establish the Foundation – originally called the Hearthstone Family Foundation – as a major arts-oriented not-for-profit engagement Foundation for persons with dementia.
Working hand in hand with the Foundation’s first Director Sean Caulfield, the Foundation raised funds to develop groundbreaking programs for persons with dementia. John has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Salford University in the UK. Author of I’m Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer’s Care, a bestselling book presenting a new paradigm of hope for persons with dementia and their care partners, Dr. Zeisel is an acknowledged leader in this field.
Vivian Rahn–Director of Communications and Development
Vivian Rahn recently joined I’m Still Here Foundation as the Director of Communications and Development. During her earlier career, Vivian owned restaurants in both Georgia and South Carolina and also provided property management services to numerous commercial properties with tenants ranging from US Post Offices, attorneys, restaurants, and medical providers. Viv has logged hundreds of volunteer hours in fundraising and the screening and selection of the recipients of monies raised.
An avid reader with an aging mother, Viv read the book I’m Still Here: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer’s Care, by John Zeisel, PH.D., founder of the I’m Still Here Foundation. Inspired by this new philosophy, she has committed herself to sharing that mission and purpose.