I’M 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 Law – Treasurer
Susan was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston (Economics and Mathematics). Since the early 1970’s Susan has worked with Arthur D. Little as a Management Consultant, as senior Project Coordinator with NERC at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and as Secretary/Treasurer at A Norman Law Visual Design. She has been a Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage since 1986 and also a Principal at Raskin Holdings LLC, Nashville, TN (since 2010). Starting in 1987, Susan and her husband lived in Wayland, raised twins, and in 2012, she was introduced to the Learning for Life program and The Hearthstone Institute. In caring for her husband throughout his journey through with dementia, she developed a passion for providing the gift of all that the I’m Still Here Foundation can offer to those with memory impairment and their caregivers.
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.
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.
Reese Fayde – Board Member
Reese Fayde served as the first CEO of Living Cities, a consortium of some of America’s largest foundations and financial institutions. She guided the formation and then operated the independent organization that, during her tenure, invested more than $543 million in 23 cities, leveraging over $15 billion in construction of homes, schools, commercial space and community facilities. She has developed and managed mechanisms necessary for investors and municipalities to achieve tangible deal flow in target neighborhoods.
Reese has a long history of service in the public and nonprofit sectors working for more than 20 years with administrators, residents and community-based organizations to rebuild, revitalize and manage affordable housing complexes in older urban neighborhoods. Operating a successful consulting business for 25 years, her clients have included the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), local public housing authorities, state housing finance agencies, community development corporations (CDCs), and resident associations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University, a Masters degree in Social Planning from Boston College, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Reese has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, Citizens’ Housing Planning Association, Preservation of Affordable Housing, Rebuilding Together, and the Affordable Housing Institute.
Maria Graham – Board Member
Maria Graham had a successful career in the senior living industry as a marketing leader, strategic planner, community relations professional and public speaker. She focused especially on the Continuing Care Retirement Community environment. Maria also has extensive experience in strategy and the growth and education of nonprofit boards. Her responsibilities have included hiring, training and developing marketing personnel and departmental leaders, developing executive leadership teams, cultivating and growing various boards’ engagement and direction, crafting and directing internal and external communications plans and visualizing, creating and managing numerous large community projects while partnering with universities, hospitals, local organizations, school districts and the community at large.
Having dealt with people experiencing dementia for all of her senior living career, Maria has worked with many, many families. She has a strong commitment to the philosophy and work of the I’m Still Here® approach to dementia care.
John Zeisel, Ph.D., Hon D.Sc. – Founder and 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.
Mary Anne Grant – Executive Director
Mary Anne Grant joined the I’m Still Here Foundation in June 2021. Mary Anne had a long career in international educational exchange with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). She is a skilled strategic leader who has guided nonprofit organizations in defining their vision and mission and in developing multiyear plans with financials to achieve goals. Mary Anne has led organizations in strategic planning, development of management and administrative systems, and fundraising. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from The University of Tennessee, Certificates in French Language from Sorbonne Université in Paris, and a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Having cared for aging parents, Mary Anne shares the Foundation’s vision to improve the lives of persons living with dementia and their caregivers.