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Renowned dementia expert and trainer

Teepa Snow

Today’s Voice for Dementia, Teepa Snow is one of the world’s leading advocates and educators for anyone living with dementia.

Teepa’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first-hand caregiving experiences.  Her advocacy efforts led her to the development of the GEMS® dementia classification model and the Positive Approach® to Care training strategies.

Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with 40 years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience. She presents with extraordinary expertise and humor to audiences large and small throughout the world. Her company, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) provides on-line and in- person services, training, and products to professionals, family members, the lay public, and people living with brain changes internationally. Her GEMS® State Model for understanding progression and change in ability, combined with her PAC™ Skills, form practical and effective strategies and techniques for individuals and agencies seeking to optimize care and support for those living with dementia and their care partners. These user-friendly approaches provide guidance and leadership to national efforts to promote best practices. PAC is collaboratively working to change the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time in over 30 countries worldwide.

As the Education Director of Eastern North Carolina’s Alzheimer’s Association, she helped to create the nation’s award-winning DVD entitled Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia. Through her work developing Positive Approach to Care, there are many more resources and options for support and help, both online and in person.

National PACE LeaderShawn Bloom speaking at NC PACE Conference

Shawn Bloom

Shawn Bloom is the national "face of PACE". In his role as President and CEO of the National PACE Association. Shawn represents 131 PACE programs operating in 263 PACE centers in 31 states serving over 51,000 participants,

Prior to assuming his role with NPA, Shawn spent five years as the executive director of the Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging, which represented over 100 not-for-profit long-term healthcare and housing facilities in that state. He previously worked in the Policy and Governmental Affairs Division of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (now called Leading Age), a Washington, D.C.- based trade association that represents not-for-profit long-term health and housing services for the aging. Shawn received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and gerontology from Kansas State University and his master's degree in long-term care at the University of North Texas, Center for Studies in Aging. He began his career in the field working as a nursing home certified nurse aide in high school and college.

Dave Richard
State Medicaid Leader

Dave Richard

Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary for NC Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for DHHS.

Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, person-centered and innovative Medicaid program for more than 2 million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of the state’s residents, he is committed to improving the health and well-being of all residents by working closely with Medicaid stakeholders.

Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

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