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Maureen Cavaiola is a seasoned professional and entrepreneur in the fields of healthy aging and organizational development. Her experience spans many related disciplines, including strategic planning, objective development, policy creation, membership recruitment, orientations, training, resource referral, evaluation, fund raising and geriatric counseling. She is currently the Founder and Managing Director of At Home Chesapeake, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower older adults to contribute to and live in their communities for a lifetime through individual master aging plans, education, advocacy and social connectivity.
She co-founded the Maryland Community of Practice for Leaders of Villages and Aging in Community to empower new and continuing leadership in consumer led changes for aging practices in Maryland.
Maureen is a co-founder of Partners in Care, a nonprofit group aimed at helping to keep older and disabled adults in their homes through volunteer services, based in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and operating since 1993. She launched the Partners in Care Boutique in 2000, and while advancing the culture of sharing and mutual assistance among its members also grew revenues at more than 15 percent per year for 7 years and raised over a million dollars. In addition, Maureen has been both a Board member and Trainer in Time Banks USA, hosting and training national and international groups.
Prior to her work with Partners in Care, Maureen was a Program Developer and Instructor in the Continuing Education Division of Anne Arundel Community College. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Care Managers and had a private practice in geriatric care management for several years. She has also been a yoga instructor. She currently sits on the boards of directors of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together and At Home Chesapeake. She is Chair of the Baby Boomer Council for the State of Maryland. Previously she sat on the boards of United Seniors of Maryland, The USM Foundation, and was on the first board of the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group.
M.A. Adulthood and Aging, Notre Dame of Maryland University; B.A. Sociology, University of Maryland. Member of Kappa Gamma Pi (National Catholic College Graduate School Honor Society), Sigma Phi Omega (National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology)
Carol’s background includes working on state-wide and national aging, mental health and disability issues as a mental health counselor, program administrator and educator. At the national headquarters of AARP she managed mental health, wellness, spirituality and long term care education and peer leadership training programs. She designed and managed peer counselor and volunteer training for Widowed Persons Services and Reminiscence programs. She also managed a program and grant on coalition building between aging and mental health programs nationwide. Other grants Cober managed were on depression and suicide prevention, and substance abuse. Her strong interest in the intersection of aging and disability issues grew from working for ten years on state-wide disability services, advocacy and rehabilitation programs in Wisconsin and North Carolina and Arizona. She served as the co-chair for the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group on Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations. She now incorporates what she learned while providing training to foster increased accessibility to services and the importance of consumer-led advocacy coalitions.
Cober worked in research and evaluation for 9 years at Westat, a research firm in Rockville, MD., providing project management, staff training and supervision of nation-wide field staff teams. She lead programs conducting national data collection studies on elder abuse, child abuse, performance evaluation of rehabilitation programs with special populations of consumers with deaf blindness. She has continued her commitment to collaborative, participatory and empowerment evaluation strategies.
Carol co-founded the Maryland Community of Practice for Leaders of Villages and Aging in Community to empower new and continuing leadership in consumer led changes for aging practices in Maryland. She is part of her local Village planning team for Greater Stonegate Village. Currently she manages an independent consulting & counseling practice. She provides support on life transitions and eldercare planning, and specializes in wellness promotion, grief and loss, somatic psychotherapy and stress reduction for caregivers. She provides support to communities and develops new community-change projects. She is committed to developing options for living with maximum independence and support throughout the lifespan. She is a state licensed Clinical Professional Counselor ( LCPC) with national certification (NCC) and additional training in as a gerontological counselor (NCGC). She has collaborated with Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Museums and local faith communities to design creative programs and resources for older adults of all income levels. Passionate about wellness and intergenerational issues she promotes, dynamic and creative living options with other community innovators.
Community of Practice Contributors
Like many Community of Practice Groups, the members of our collaborative group have shared their wisdom and experience. We are delighted that they have provided leadership in organizing and presenting at our Gathering Events over the years.
As a Community of Practice ( CoP) our stle of adult education requires that presenters include a section of their teachin where the audience is included and invited to share wisdom and insights, hence, creating a very dynamic and interactive learning environment.
Much Gratitude to the following Members who have served as Learning innovators.
Muriel Cole-Homeports in Chestertown, MD
Bettie Farrar-At Home Chesapeake, Annapolis
Chava Ball-Northwest Neighbors Connecting, Baltimore
Renee Frederickson-of MAC in Salisbury ( * Now resides in VA)
Bronwyn Bellig- At Home Chesapeake, Annapolis
Joan Liversidge—Aging Well With Friends, Sandy Spring
Pazit Aviv-Montgomery County
Miriam Kelty Banockburn and WAVE
Stacy Latchaw-Carroll County
Bonnie Moore, The Golden Girls, Bowie, MD