Denise Hyde, Pharm.D., discovered culture change in 1997 at the Thomas Fitzgerald Veterans Home in Omaha, NE. Denise left the Veterans Home in 2001 and became a Regional Coordinator for The Eden Alternative supporting six states. In 2005, Denise was hired by the Quality Improvement Organization in Nebraska to do culture change work and Medicare Part D projects. Denise is one of the founding members of the culture change coalition in Nebraska and has spoken frequently on culture change locally and nationally. Denise is the Community Builder for The Eden Alternative supporting Eden Registry Members. She provides consultation, guidance, training and support to organizations implementing person-directed care using the Eden Alternative Philosophy. She is also assist in project work and curriculum development.
Vickie Burlew, a RN and licensed nursing home administrator, teaches the subjects of leadership and regulation in an MSU Nursing Home Administration Course. She is also an Eden Mentor, Educator and Guide. In this capacity, she helps organizations facilitate culture change, while maintaining regulatory compliance and professional standards of practice. She has been a speaker for various LTC organizations for the past 15 years. Vickie is also Certified Dementia Practitioner and Trainer.