Joyce Sjoberg began her career in healthcare working in an Intensive Care/Cardiac Care Unit. Here the roots of listening and caring for families were nurtured. This beginning along with the development of Joyce’s studies in nursing has led Joyce to become an Aging Life Care Professional™.
A trained and experienced registered nurse in both Oregon and Washington State, Joyce combines over three decades of experience working in diverse healthcare settings with her passion for working with older adults and their families.
Her professional background is diverse: she managed an inpatient hospice facility, directed an assisted living and memory care facility, and supervised a school health clinic for hearing impaired and multi-disabled students. Joyce’s work has been carried out in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, home health, and hospice management, teaching and training nursing and CNA students, and consulting for a family of memory care buildings.
These rich experiences led Joyce to recognize that while we are providing care in greater numbers, it isn’t always the individualized care that supports true health and healing. When Joyce discovered care management, it provided answers and a better way to help older adults and their families navigate the challenges that often come with aging. In 2010, Joyce began her business of providing consulting to individuals and families which is now the company, Aging Advisors.
Aging Advisors is an Aging Life Care™ consulting and care management agency that strives to bring peace of mind to families by both directly improving the quality of life for aging family members and by providing consultation and coaching services for their families. As a member and leader of the Aging Life Care Association, Joyce has met stringent education, experience, and certification requirements and adheres to a strict code of ethics and standards of practice. She is the recent co-author for Eldercare 101: A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care, and Wellbeing. Away from work, you’ll find Joyce spending time with her family. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, quilting, bird watching, and singing.
Choosing to work with someone who is a Certified and Member of the National Aging Life Care Association assures you will receive care from someone with years of experience, high professional standards, and a commitment to maintaining an ethical practice.
Amanda Navolynski received her Bachelors of Science in Gerontology from Western Oregon University. While a student at Western Oregon University she was President of the Gerontology Student Association and did research on Music Therapy in those with dementia. She has spent countless hours volunteering with senior centers, food banks, and habitat for humanity. She has also done practicum work with multiple long-term care facilities, including the Veterans Home in Lebanon Oregon.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends hiking, traveling, coaching gymnastics, and playing rugby.
Laurie Laverdiere received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts as well as Human Services with her studies dedicated to Gerontology. She then pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of New Hampshire. Laurie has over 20 years of working with older adults in various settings such as Memory Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, In-home care, and Long-term care communities. Laurie is a strong advocate for resident rights and quality of life issues. She believes in building a strong relationship foundation allowing her to guide them through the aging process.
Laurie enjoys mountaineering, hiking, swimming, listening to music, spending time with family and friends.
Elizabeth Thompson is a graduate of the University of California, Northridge. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a minor in Gerontology. She has made it her life’s work to use her strength and compassion to help individuals and families adjust to the changes and cope with the challenges that aging and disability can bring.
Elizabeth recently served as the team lead for an in-home care company. As the Client Care Coordinator, Elizabeth completed detailed home assessments, and developed and implemented individualized care plans, dedicating herself to a portfolio of clients of all levels of care. Elizabeth has worked as the Director of Social Services for both assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
As a Senior Case Manager for the Seniors at Home program in San Francisco, Elizabeth managed the complex needs of older adults and people with disabilities. She is a long-standing member of the Alzheimer’s Association and has traveled to Washington D.C. to visit with members of Congress to advocate for research, care, and supportive services.
Elizabeth is an active member of the National Charity League in Lake Oswego and enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Hania Cennerazzo has loved her many ways of serving: Teacher, Hospice volunteer, Caregiver, Reflexologist, Meditation teacher, and now a Life Enhancement Specialist. Hania’s love of older adults came growing up with her Italian grandparents as they aged and continued to enjoy life. For the past fifteen years, she has been working in healthcare as a caregiver, reflexologist, and meditation teacher. She is a deep listener and loves to hear people’s stories. Her calm demeanor and gentle humor put people at ease.
Selah Painter received her Master’s of Science in Human Services from Northeastern University and Bachelors of Science in Communications with a minor in psychology from Portland State University. Selah cares deeply about creating connection with others and helping those most vulnerable achieve successful outcomes. Throughout her professional career, including time as a residential director for struggling youth, she has gained experience working with individuals in need of emotional and compassionate care of all age ranges and health-service needs. With client-care as her driving force Selah values building strong relationships and providing helpful support measures in an effort to empower others. After many years of volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, senior centers and caretaking for her own elderly family members, Selah directed her passion for people and expertise towards elder advocacy and care. Outside of work Selah enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing the piano, and spending quality time with her husband Andrew, family, friends and dog Bella.
Shaele Powell received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Oregon State University. Growing up, Shaele watched her grandparents age, and her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis become more prevalent. Shaele volunteered at Providence St. Vincent’s in their Gerry Frank Pediatric Unit as well as in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Since graduating from college, Shaele has been fortunate to work with children and adults with varying degrees of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities. Shaele’s ability to research and find answers to client’s needs allow her to be a strong advocate for their physical and mental health. Shaele always has an upbeat attitude, which helps clients feel at ease with her. Outside of work, Shaele likes to spend time with her daughter. You’ll often find her gardening, hiking, traveling, or getting lost in a new book.
Dana A. Woods, BSW, MPPA, joins Aging Advisors with a diverse background in care management, program development, operations and program management, grant writing, community and donor relations and budget analysis. A consummate human services professional with enduring core values that emphasize ethics and responsibility with a focus on strategic and collaborative approaches. Dana was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Oregon (by way of Albany, New York) in 2008. She and her daughter live in Lake Oswego with their little pug and big, noisy cat. When not working, you may find Dana enjoying any number of live theater performances, volunteering with community based organizations and family fun activities with her daughter.