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The Advisory Committee of the Community of practice

Our Community of Practice is currently guided by a team of 4 representatives from around the state.  Established in 2018 this collaborative team works with th CoP participants to establish annual learning activities, networking opportunities and coordinate our gatherings throughout the year. Our current Committee members include:

Pazit Aviv- Montgomery County-wide Village Coordinator, Rockville

Chava Ball-Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Village Engagement Director, Baltimore

Bettie Farrar-Director/Board Member, At Home Chesapeake ( AHC) , Annapolis

Lisa Walker-Founder and Vice Chair, Hyattsville Aging in Place ( HAP), Hyattesville 


Co-Founder-Carol Cober, MS, LCPC, NCC

Professional Experience

Carol’s background includes working on state-wide and national aging, mental health and disability issues as a counselor, program administrator, researcher and educator. Carol co-founded the Maryland Community of Practice for Leaders of Villages and Aging in Community with Maureen Cavaiola. The group seeks to empower new and continuing leadership in consumer led changes for aging practices in Maryland. She is part of her local Village for Greater Stonegate Village,  in Silver Spring and has worked on Aging in Community Issues with Friends House a Quaker CCRC.  Currently she manages an independent consulting & counseling practice and provides support on life transitions and eldercare planning, and specializes in wellness workshops for caregivers,  and offers grief and loss, and somatic psychotherapy.

Her background at the national headquarters of AARP where managed mental health, wellness, spirituality and long term care education and peer leadership training informal her work today.    She managed a multi-year program and grants on coalition building between aging and mental health programs nationwide.

Cober also worked in research and evaluation for  9 years at Westat, in Rockville, MD., providing project management, 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 served as the co-chair for the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group on Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations. She has continued her commitment to collaborative, participatory and empowerment evaluation strategies. Passionate about wellness and intergenerational issues she promotes, dynamic and creative living options with other community innovators.

Co-Founder Maureen Cavaiola

photoProfessional Experience

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 the Founder and worked as 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. Maureen happily re-located to a beautiful new home in San Diego to live nearer to her adult children. We miss her so much!

 We were fortunate to enjoy her leadership and wisdom for our first six years! Maureen offered such. strong background for working on innovations within various communities. She was 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,  operating since 1993. In addition, Maureen has been both a Board member and Trainer in Time Banks USA, hosting and training national and international groups.  She is a member of the National Association of Professional Care Managers and had a private practice in geriatric care management.  She served on the boards of directors of Anne Arundel Women Giving Together and as Chair of the Baby Boomer Council for the State of Maryland, United Seniors of Maryland, The USM Foundation, and was on the first board of the Anne Arundel Senior Services Provider Group. We are grateful for her time with us!


Other 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. Much Gratitude to the following Members who have served as Learning innovators.

Muriel Cole-Homeports in Chestertown, MD

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

Bettie Farrar-At Home Chesapeake, Annapolis

Chava Ball-Northwest Neighbors Connecting, Baltimore

Stacy Latchaw-Carroll County

Bonnie Moore, The Golden Girls, Bowie, MD

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