Board Members

Environmental Well Being of Aging Development Board

The Environmental Well Being of Aging development board was formed to cultivate and guide the mission of EWBoA.

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EWBoA Development Advisors Board:

EWBoA Board-Jennifer BrushJennifer Brush, M.A., CC/SLP and Director, Brush Development Company

Helping to change the face of dementia care for healthcare organizations and families

Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for 25 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. Prior to establishing her own practice with Brush Development, Jennifer served as the executive director of IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of older adults through the conduct of applied research. She is an international speaker, renowned author and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the principal investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Jennifer offers interactive and educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia.


EWBoA Board-Lynne GiacobbeLynne Giacobbe, Executive Director, Kendal at Home

Exploring the options for your well being and choosing to stay in your home

Lynne Giacobbe has worked in the non-profit field for over 30 years and currently serves as the executive director of Ohio’s first continuing care at home program. She attended Kent State University where she obtained her degree in both Psychology and Integrative Change. She also received an administrative certificate in nonprofit program development from Binghamton University. Lynne is an alumnus of the LeadingAge Leadership Program and the inaugural LeadingAge Leadership Educator Program. She currently serves as the lead facilitator of the LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Program. Lynne is also a member of the LeadingAge Leadership alumni board. Lynne and her team received the Award of Excellence from LeadingAge Ohio in 2014 for their work in the field of aging services. Through the development of Kendal at Home, Lynne has helped to bring the concept of continuing care to older adults who prefer to spend their retirement years in their own home.


EWBoA Board-Laura MineffLaura Mineff, Owner, Array Design Studio and Gifts and Founder, Environmental Well Being of Aging

Visionary in invigorating her clients to dwell in the best environment for their emotional, physical and professional lives

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EWBoA Board-Brad MitchelBrad Mitchell, Owner, Founder and President, Mitchell Media – Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond Magazine

Your journey, your life, embracing well being

Brad Mitchell is the owner, founder and president of Mitchell Media headquartered in Hudson, Ohio. He has 28 years in the publishing business and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Mitchell launched Northeast Ohio Parent in March 2014, which grew out of a vision to produce a high-quality monthly magazine for parents in the greater Cleveland/Akron area. Reaching over 125,000 parents every month through the magazine and digital offerings, Northeast Ohio Parent with its supplement Aging Answers aims to educate, inspire and encourage parents to embrace everything the region has to offer for an enriching family life. In 2015, growth continued with custom publishing, live events and the launch of a new magazine, Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond for 55+ adults. Northeast Ohio Parent is the flagship property of Mitchell Media LLC headquartered in Hudson and has a 14-person staff of talented media professionals.


EWBoA Board-Nancy ValentNancy Valent, President, NMV Strategies

Experienced in crisis communications, media relations, media training, public relations, marketing, advertising and corporate communications

As president of NMV Strategies, Nancy Valent delivers dynamic experience in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, branding, media/public relations, crisis communications and competitive analysis. She has held executive positions for several Fortune 500 companies and was the chief marketing officer for an international franchise organization of promotional products, business documents and printing solutions. She also is an affiliate instructor at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. She has experience in the communications handling of plant explosions, chemical spills, gas leaks, company espionage and disgruntled employees. Her background in media relations with the national and international press is well established, having directed media opportunities throughout the United States and Latin America. Currently, Nancy provides consultation in directing the marketing, branding, communications and public relations challenges for companies seeking to build, manage and/or recapture their industry leadership positions.


EWBoA Board-Angela MonateriAngela Monateri, Certified Financial Planner, Ameriprise Financial

Funding your dream designs for your home environment

Angela Monateri is a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial for the past 14 years. She graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with a major in psychology, minor in sociology with a concentration in business. She earned an executive certificate in Financial Planning from John Carroll University in 2006. Angela develops strategies to make sure that individual’s money is working hard for them. She advises her clients on the issues that matter most to them: a comfortable retirement, a good education for their children and protection for their families. She works one-to-one with clients to identify short and long term goals, then supplies the knowledge and advice they need to feel confident that they are making informed financial decisions for their family’s future. She provides sound financial advice to help her clients achieve financial independence and the ability to fund new design projects to have well-being independence in their homes.


 steph manningStephanie Manning , Development Coordinator, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA)

Stephanie Manning is the Development Coordinator at the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA).

At WRAAA, she is responsible for the marketing and branding of the organization, fund development, community outreach events, internal and external communications and social media. Stephanie has over 10 years of experience in the marketing, event planning, and communications arena.

Stephanie received her Bachelors in Communication and Information Studies from Kent State University, with a focus on public and organizational communication. She is a trained Lay Leader in Matter of Balance, Chronic Disease Self-Management, and Diabetes Self-Management programs, as well as a certified vision screener through the Ohio Affiliate Prevent Blindness program. Stephanie resides in Medina, Ohio with her husband and children.


rosemarie ascherlRosemarie Ascherl, Marketing Communications Professional

Rosemarie Ascherl brings 20+ years of business-to-business communications/PR agency background with extensive experience in strategic planning, writing, media relations, event planning, project management and social media.

With focused experience in social media and strategic development through LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, her social media expertise builds content and image for both individual and corporate positioning. She has developed content for blog posts and website copy to provide cohesive communications with brand building awareness.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in PR from the University of Dayton. Rosemarie keeps abreast of industry trends by regularly attending industry webinars, seminars and events, and is a member of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Rosemarie is passionate about embracing the well being of aging due to her personal family experience with dementia.