Dr. Cheryl Kruschke, EdD, MS, RN, CNE is currently an Associate Professor at Regis University and is also an Eden Associate, Eden Trainer and a staunch advocate of culture change and person-directed care. Cheryl’s career in long term care spans over 20 years. She began as a nursing assistant and her roles have included LPN, RN, Supervisor, Manager of Education and Quality Assurance, Director of Nursing and Nursing Home Administrator. Cheryl also has experience working in the Assisted Living environment as a house manager as well as District Director of Operations where she oversaw 10 assisted living homes. Cheryl has extensive experience presenting seminars and speaking at National and International conferences on the topics of Geriatrics, Culture Change, Leadership, Management, and Adult Education. Cheryl holds a Doctoral degree in Education as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Business and Nursing and Master’s degrees in Health Care Administration and Nursing.
Carol Siem, MSN, RN-C, GNP, RAC-CT has worked for the University of Missouri QIPMO program for sixteen years, providing training and consultation to long term care communities throughout the state. She has provided oversight for the training provided to MDS Coordinators throughout the state, supporting regional support groups that meet regularly providing training and networking. Carol was a board member of the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC) from 2007-2013, serving as vice-chair from 2009-2012. Carol has over 35 years experience as a nurse, having worked in both Acute and LTC settings. She has spoken extensively on topics related to nursing practice and the LTC assessment process both in Missouri and nationally. Carol was recently named the 2016 Community Nurse of the Year sponsored by the March of Dimes.
Brent Hurley, CNA, QMA, HHA, ACP has served in long-term care setting as a CNA for over 28 years, providing care and services to residents in completing their activities of daily living and incidental activities of daily living in a manor that supports their maximum level of independence and is based on individual choices and preferences. He works collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to assure that the environment created is one that supports home for those who live there. Brent has been a member of the National Association of Health Care Assistants, currently serving as the secretary. He was the Key to Quality Awards Recipient for Excellence in Leadership 2015.