Christopher Salem, CEO of CRS Group Holdings, LLC
Christopher Salem, CEO of CRS Group Holdings, LLC mentors and consults with entrepreneurs, business leaders, sales professionals, and companies overall to build and protect their brands by raising their level of influence as trusted advisors to maximize their results. This starts from the inside out building your level of influence by shifting from a fixed to growth mindset and adopting a process to scale your business through raising your level of influence.
Chris is also an accomplished business & emotional intelligence strategist, world-class speaker, award-winning author®, certified mindset expert, radio show host & media personality, and wellness advocate. He works with individuals around the world including business leaders from organizations such as such as JP Morgan – Chase, Ralph Lauren, UTC - Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Microchip Technologies, Anthem, US Census Bureau, United Healthcare, Laticrete Corporation, Hubbell Corporation, Conning & Company, and NYPD Forensics Department including universities such as University of Hartford, Bay Path University, Worcester State University, and spoke on overcoming limited beliefs for peak performance at Harvard University’s Faculty Club.
Chris is the originator of the term Prosperneur™—an individual whose health and wealth are in alignment in a way that leads to true prosperity. His book Master Your Inner Critic / Resolve the Root Cause – Create Prosperity addresses this and went international best seller in 2016. He also co-authored the recent edition to "Mastering the Art of Success" with Jack Canfield. His weekly radio show Sustainable Success is part of the Voice America Influencers Channel.
Chris Salem is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Empowered Fathers in Action, a 501c3 organization dedicated to strengthening the father - son bonding process through a sustainable solution process to build future leaders in the home, communities, and business from a place of higher self-confidence & esteem. This process resolves the root cause to limited beliefs for both for parents and their children as not to repeat the cycle over again that leads to dysfunction, miscommunication, and problems within the family, community and businesses.
Donna B. Fedus, MA
Gerontologist & Founder
Borrow My Glasses, LLC
The story of Borrow My Glasses (BMG) starts with Donna Fedus. When Donna discovered the field of aging at age 23, she rearranged her life to be part of it, earning her masters in gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. As a gerontologist educator in hospitals, universities and with client organizations for nearly 30 years, Donna brings her passion for dementia and caregiving issues, curriculum design, building coalitions, and new program strategy.
Donna served as Director of Elder Programs at The Consultation Center, Yale University for nine years and Director of Premier Years at Albert Einstein Medical Center, winning employee and leadership awards at both. She is currently an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, teaching Sociology of Aging. She also created and a new college course at Quinnipiac called Social Issues in Family Caregiving, has created dozens of workshops for professionals and consumers, and is a frequent presenter at regional, state and national conferences.
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Borrow My Glasses, LLC
Lauren Lewis is a producer who is most interested in people and their stories. She brings experience as a project manager, writer, and attorney with a passion for teaching and learning to each endeavor. Projects range across the life span from teaching kids to read through the Emmy-winning PBS TV series Between the Lions, creating innovative multimedia programs that Disrupt Aging with AARP CT, to producing and directing the documentary film and education project Living With Palliative Care.
Lauren spent 10 years in educational television production, 10 years running a not-for-profit in the youth leadership space and over 10 years creating live corporate training events, e-learning initiatives and apps to track performance. In each of these worlds, Lauren and her teams utilized innovative storytelling techniques, multimedia approaches to engage audiences, effective materials, solid management, and fresh creative ideas to foster learning. Lauren earned her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.
Advisor, Tribute Financial
Zachary received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Business Administration. He began with the firm in 2015 and today is an Advisor who provides the highest quality service, advice and respect for the firm’s clients. He currently holds his Series 7-General Securities License, Series 66 Registered Agent and Investment Advisor License, and is a registered Life & Health Insurance producer with the State of Connecticut. Zachary lives in Prospect with his wife and children.
Advisor, Tribute Financial
Scott received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. He joined the team in 2014 and is now an Advisor providing the utmost care and consideration for client needs. He currently holds his Series 7 –General Securities, – Series 66-Registered Agent and Investment Advisor License, and is a registered Life & Health Insurance producer with the State of Connecticut. He has further plans to pursue a Certified Financial Planner™ Certification.
Principal of Colin Healy Design, LLC
Colin Healy believes that our homes are reflections of our personalities and our values, and that our expressing those values in our later years is more important than ever for a fulfilled life.
For over 25 years, Colin has been transforming homes for beauty, function and longevity. In his first company, SunSpace Inc., Colin modified homes to use Passive Solar Energy to create heat and grow food year-round in elegant greenhouse structures. Currently, as the principal of Colin Healy Design LLC, he is an advocate for Net Zero Energy homes and their ability to create healthy indoor living environments. He now helps countless homeowners reinvent their homes to fit their changing needs, evolving passions, including the unique needs of multi-generational families.
He developed his Next Step Home Design Process TM to guide clients through the home design and construction experience with reduced risk and superior results through an unusual focus on creating clear goals and thorough investigations of needs and options before design begins.
Colin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B-ARCH degree from the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York. He is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist from the National Association of Home Builders, and has lectured on How to Create a Master Plan for Aging in Place. Colin chaired a 2016 study on Design Solutions for Home Sharing for Home Haven Village in New Haven, CT, a member of the Village to Village Network. He has also co-authored 3 articles in 2018 for McKnight’s Senior Living on Design of Senior Living Facilities.
Colin is on the Board of the Coastal Arts Guild of CT as Music Director and coordinated Make Music Day Stratford 2019, an annual international event on the Summer Solstice. He plays the mandola in the Walking wood Mandolin Quartet and fiddle in The Healy-Butler Reunion, a folk trio including his wife Myra Healy.
Dr. Beverly Kidder
Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut
Doctorate from Columbia University School of Social Work
50 years experience in social work and health care, concentrating on issues in aging, rehabilitation, depression, caregiving, Medicare and discharge planning.
Vice President, Community Programs, Agency on Aging, South Central CT 2000 -2019
Faculty appointment, University of New Haven 1997-2018
Faculty appointment, Sacred Heart University, Social Work Program, 1999-2000.
Clinical Appointment, Yale University School of Nursing, 1999-present
Part-time faculty, Columbia University, Social Work Department, 1995-1997
Part-time faculty appointment, Housatonic Community College, 1992-1995
Hospital of St Raphael, 1967 – 1990
Yale New Haven Hospital, Emergency Room, 1977 – 1980
Author of several articles and book chapters
The Gift of Caregiving, 2013, Amazon.
Selected as one of Twenty Noteworthy Women in CT, 2007 by CT Business Times
Inductee, Phi Alpha, National Social Work Honor Society
Keynote Speaker, Radio Personality, Television Host and Author
Phyllis Ayman, author of the international best-selling book “OVERDUE Quality Care for Our Elder Citizens”, published February 8, 2019, has become known as “The Voice for Eldercare Advocacy”. Her first book “Nursing Homes to Rehabilitation Centers...What Every Person Needs to Know” was published in December 2017. She has also been published in McKnight’s Senior Living News and has been interviewed by an international journalist.
As an Eldercare Advisor, Advocate, Keynote & Breakout Speaker. Speech/Language Pathologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner, she brings an insider’s view into the nursing home industry after working in 40+skilled nursing/short-term rehabilitation facilities for over 25 years. She provides valuable unique insight and strategic information for individuals and families so they can become more effective advocates when seeking care for loved ones in a short-term rehabilitation, traditional long-term or memory care stay within a skilled nursing facility.
As a speech & language pathologist and Certified Dementia Practitioner, Phyllis has been known for her empathy and high standards while creating innovative programs in an effort to improve the quality of life and quality of care for all nursing home residents. She continues to speak around the country on the needs of our culturally diverse and ever-growing senior population.
Phyllis has been a regular guest on the “Darby and Friends” radio show on WGCH AM Greenwich Business Talk Radio since November 2018; however, she now schedules and interviews her own guests. She was also interviewed on the Sustainable Success Show on Voice America Radio in January 2019 and Boomers Today Podcast in June 2019.
She also conducts webinars and seminars on Caregiving for the public and private sector; notably for a National Insurance Provider, the corporate headquarters of ESPN and CT Justice Department, and is a board member of the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
Phyllis joined the team at HPATV to become the host and associate producer of “The Golden Years” in April 2019.
AARP CT Community Volunteer & Executive Council Member
Valerie Ferrebee is a Community Volunteer for AARP CT also serving on their Executive Council. A lifetime resident of CT, Valerie has always focused her professional life serving others and their needs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut where she studied Child Development and Family Relations that took her to St. Croix where she worked as a Social Worker for some time then taking her skill sets to the College of U.S. Virgin Islands Extension Services. Valerie returned to CT where she began a 20 year career with AT & T working in the field of technical engineering and planning until her retirement in 2006. Valerie continued her role in serving others through volunteer work at a variety of organizations including the American Red Cross, Literacy Volunteers and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. Currently Valerie spends a good amount of her volunteer time, advocating and educating others in her role at AARP CT. She has spent time helping to expand the knowledge of others in the area of caregiving, future life planning, reimagining life, financial security and health care. Her passion and humor are balanced with her love of travel, reading, dance and lots of crossword puzzles.
Betty Bajek, AARP CT Community Volunteer
Betty Bajek, has been an AARP CT Fraud Watch Network volunteer since March 2016. Education is her passion. Seeing the light go on in a student’s eyes gives her no greater satisfaction. Her career in teaching spanned the generations in both public/private sectors leading her to corporate education where she was responsible for the development, delivery, and documentation of instructor-led and online training both domestically and internationally. Currently, she is retired from corporate life after 20 years in the Pharmaceutical industry now working to educate others on consumer fraud protection. This began through her first-hand experience of becoming a victim. AARP CT was seeking peer educators for the Fraud Watch Network which offered Betty another vehicle to share her skills in familiar territory. Just two years in, Betty has become one of the leading voices in AARP for consumer fraud protection training others including law enforcement, financial crimes investigators and the community on how to combat consumer fraud.
AARP FWN CT Peer Educator
Richard Bright and his wife Pat are residents of Seymour, CT, they have lived there for 32 years. He is currently an Advocacy Volunteer for AARP Connecticut.
Before his retirement in 2010 he was plant manager for The New York Graphic Society Publishing Group, in Norwalk, CT. NYGS is a leading publisher of fine art and contemporary art reproductions on both art paper and canvas. His duties encompassed operations management / color integrity / and publishing of support materials.
Prior to his tenure at NYGS he was a sales executive for Gateway Graphics, a Connecticut based graphic design and printing company serving many of the major businesses and organizations in Connecticut. He was also the Plant Superintendent for Southern New England Typographic Service of Hamden, CT. His responsibilities included production management as well as design and layout of text books and forms.
During his busy work schedule he found time and great pleasure as an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 65 of Seymour, a position he held for 12 years. Rich was also a merit badge counselor for the Housatonic Boy Scout Council. He guided the efforts of the scouts in obtaining, merit badges in Camping, Cooking, Graphic Arts, Communications, Citizenship in the Community, Nation & World.
During his time as ASM he enjoyed the camping, campfire cooking, hiking, canoeing but found great satisfaction in helping many young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout including both of his sons who are Eagle Scouts.
Retirement gave him the opportunity to work for Meals-On-Wheels, and helping as a election poll worker in his home town. In February of 2014 he and his wife Pat joined AARP Connecticut as Advocacy Volunteers. They are members of the AARP Advocacy team which actively supports the legislative agenda of the organization.
Over the past year the Brights have become peer-to-peer counselors, traveling around the state making presentations of the AARP Fraud Watch Network The Con Artists Playbook to civic organizations and seniors citizen group. Rich is looking forward to continue to volunteer, and help senior citizens live with dignity as we age.
AARP FWN CT Peer Educator
Pat and her husband Rich are residents of Seymour, CT for the past 32 years, and are the proud parents of two Eagle Scout sons, both of their sons are married and together they have four grandchildren.
Pat worked for The Hartford Insurance Company for 28 years in the Commercial Lines Underwriting Department, during her tenure she became licensed by the State of Connecticut Insurance Department as a Producer for Property, Casualty, Credit and Travel.
While her sons were young Pat took on the roll as an assistant den leader for the Cub Scouts, and as boys grew and moved on to the Boy Scouts she served as a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 65, Seymour/Oxford.
After retiring from The Hartford Pat, along with Rich, Pat joined AARP Connecticut as Advocacy Volunteer, and since 2014 they have traveled as a team of peer to peer counselors doing presentation of “The Con Artist Playbook” for the AARP's Fraud Watch Network.
She has also advocated for the passage of the CARE ACT, as well as a serving as an ambassador for a host of other community outreach projects.
Author and Educator
Cindy Eastman is an award-winning author whose first book, a collection of essays entitled Flip-Flops After 50: And Other Thoughts On Aging I Remembered To Write Down was published by She Writes Press in April 2014. She has taught writing classes to students between the ages of 5 and 85 and is the creator of the “Day of Her Own” women’s writing retreat held in Watertown, Conn. She has presented nationally at the Story Circle Network 8thWomen's Writing Conference in Austin, Texas and is a contributor to Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget a collection of essays published in association with the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.
Cindy has a Master’s degree in Education and contributes monthly column to La Voce di New York online newspaper. Read additional essays at cindyeastman.com and find her elsewhere on the Internet at the sites below.
Mary Beth Nelsen
President, The Right Resource
She brings over 30 years of experience as an outcome -focused professional development consultant and coach to her business. She has devoted her entire career to helping people understand each other. While this is important in all parts of life, she particularly focuses on communication in business, where communication breakdowns cost time and money, increased turnover, disengaged employees and unhappy customers. She specializes in leadership development, communication, coaching, generations in the workforce, essential management skills, change management, and employee engagement. One of her challenges is to convince people that communication skills do not get delivered by the good fairy via a magic wand. They can be learned and mastered. And then everyone is much happier. She does not guarantee anything that involves communication with teenagers or spouses.
Mary Beth is Chair of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Women’s Leadership Council and a Board and Executive Committee member. She serves on the boards of the St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation and the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls’ FESP Advisory Council. She is also a Justice of the Peace and volunteer with Junior Achievement, Center for Family Justice, Sandy Hook Promise and Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness. She lives in Oxford with her family, some chickens and two dogs who rescued her.
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Since 2000, Ethel-Anne has been helping people walk through the pain of loss into a place of recovery and relief. She became a Specialist after completing the Grief Recovery Method® Program to put an end to the pain of unresolved grief she had been carrying since childhood. Finding her own peace led her to open “Grief Recovery Starts Here”, and the profession of helping others do the same.
Loss surrounds us, and not only from death. Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss; whether it is from a death, divorce, relocation, a disability, an estrangement, or loss of any kind. She is certified to facilitate: one-on-one classes or groups classes using the Grief Recovery Method®
Ethel-Anne helps people make peace with the past, so they can be present in the present, and then make plans for the future.
She received her Certification from the Grief Recovery Institute in 2000.She holds a B.S. in Education with a minor in Sociology. She has taught adults and children in Delaware, California, and Connecticut. She was also a management trainer for Westin Hotels.
Ethel-Anne Roome, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
President and Founder, SimpleWisdom Wellbeing Solutions
INHC, is the author of 'Progress Over Perfection: 16 Simple Steps to Reclaim Your Health and Wellbeing' and President/Founder of SimpleWisdom Wellbeing Solutions. He has appeared on NBC, CNN, and E! as a guest for various news shows. He co-founded the Blue Velvet Boxing Club, an award-winning exclusive boxing gym that catered to celebrities and Wall Street executives located in the Flatiron district of NYC. Gregg has been an owner-operator of multiple businesses, from fitness to food, throughout greater NYC ranging from 20-200 employees. He enjoys serving on a variety of different boards including Stand Together Make A Difference (STMAD), a not-for-profit coalition whose aim is to help prevent substance abuse and addiction through education and awareness. He is also a mentor for at-risk-youth teenagers. Gregg received his BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and attended the OPM program at Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. He is actively involved in the health & wellness field, enjoys boxing workouts, playing tennis, hiking, and is the father of 3 children.
Founder EP Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Emanuela Palmares is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, mom, wife, caregiver, editor, and founder EP Health Coaching - a private integrative nutrition health coaching practice focused on helping women from all walks of life find health, happiness and balance.
Her passion for health and wellness is the result of two key ingredients: first, her own struggles with multiple diets and workout regiments while balancing family, work, and community. Second is her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, over 100 dietary theories, and studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including: Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center; and Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating.
With that knowledge she developed an effective health coaching protocol to break unhealthy habits by creating desirable healthier ones helping women find happiness and balance in the process. Emanuela's mantra is: “You are what you eat and much more. Just dieting won’t do the trick”. For more information visit .
Founder Total Wellness LLC
Carrie Amos LMSW Carrie is founder of Total Wellness LLC primarily in Danbury, Newtown and Wilton. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Manhattanville College and a Masters in Social Work at Fordham University. She served in direct clinical services at Putnam Associated Resource Centers for 12 years and has been involved in community organizing, mentoring and grant writing and clinical work.
Executive Director, Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven
JANE FERRALL has been the Executive Director of Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers of Greater New Haven since May of 2018, having served as Program Associate with the agency from June 2017 until being named Executive Director. Jane graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School cum laude in 1986 and practiced law in New York City until 1998, at which time she left full-time practice to care for her four children. Jane's other experience in the faith-based and non-profit sectors includes work as the Membership Director for the Unitarian Society of Greater New Haven and with Read to a Child, a literacy program in New Haven. Jane currently lives in Fairfield with Bill, her husband of 30 years.
Attorney with Knott & Knott, LLC
Andrew was born and raised in Cheshire, CT.
After college, Andrew returned to Connecticut and attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, from which he graduated in 2003; he passed the bar the first time the same year.
Since graduation, Andrew has been active in local, state, and national communities, both professionally, and charitably, as indicated below.
Andrew’s area of practice consists all aspects of probate, trust, estate, and elder law, including special needs and bioethics with all associated planning, administration, and litigation in all courts and fora, whether local, state, or federal. There are few parts of these fields that Andrew has not covered at some point.
Andrew is married, and he and his wife have one daughter.
Robert J. Santoro
Attorney with Knott & Knott, LLC
Attorney Santoro earned his Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2015, where he concentrated in Health Care Law (with Honors). There, Attorney Santoro served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal; he also received a full tuition scholarship as a Dean’s Fellow. Before Law School, Attorney Santoro received his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Boston College in 2009 and received his Masters of Theological Studies, with a concentration in Bioethics, from Boston College in 2012.
Attorney Santoro has been published twice on Elder Law and Bioethics topics, as follows:
1. Giving POLST a Pink Slip: Why Connecticut Should Reject the National POLST Paradigm 28 Quinn. Prob. L. J. 411 (June 2015)
2. The Moral Status of the Early Embryo and its Bioethical Impacts, UFL Life and Learning Conference XXII (June 2012).
Attorney Santoro is admitted to practice in Connecticut and is a member of the Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Associations.
Outside practicing law, Attorney Santoro likes to volunteer his time in rural Eastern Kentucky. He has been involved in the Appalachia Service Trip Program at St. George Church, in Guilford, Connecticut, for the last 14 years, and has been a Director of that Program for the last two years.
Project Manager / Events Professional / Musician / Mom / Daughter and More
RoseAnne Homola is a person who balances and combines her left and right brain talents both professionally and individually. She is a super organized project manager /events professional and a musician who also expresses her creative artsy side into a variety of channels. She is married for 30+ years with three amazing wonderful adult children whom she homeschooled for over 10 years. She claims to be an introvert, but no one believes her. She has held several executive board positions, including Dean of the American Guild of Organists, VP of Education for the CT Statewide Homeschool Group, and President of the local ‘Between Couples Homeschool Group’ with over 110 families memberships –which at the !me (1990s) was the fastest growth, largest, most inclusive group in the state. An avid reader and life-long learner, and loves to go on adventures. She is passionate about family, inclusiveness, positivity and kindness. RoseAnne is currently researching and immersing herself in knowledge about aging as she is in the caretaker role for her 87 year old father who is living with dementia.
Peter McAllister, M.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Peter is a board certified neurologist and Director of the New England Center for Neurology and Headache, where he sees adults and children (age five and over) and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment. Formerly Director of the Headache Center, Concussion Center and Clinical Research at Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut, he holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Recognized as a “Top Doc” in Connecticut, Metro N.Y., and Fairfield County, he is also listed as a “Top Neurologist” by US News and World Report. He lectures nationally, has been a principle investigator on numerous clinical trials, and has authored articles in the lay and scientific press. His areas of expertise include headache of all types, concussion, multiple sclerosis, ADHD, Lyme disease and complex neurological mysteries.
Phone: (203) 914-1900
Fax: (203) 914-1907
30 Buxton Farm Road, Ste. 230
Stamford, CT 06905
Hours: M 7:30AM-3:30PM | T 7:30AM-3:30PM | W 10:30AM-6:30PM | T 10:30AM-6:30PM | F 10:00AM-2:00PM
Executive Director HOMEHAVEN, JD, MSW
Lauri Lowell is the Executive Director of HomeHaven, an organization that serves older adults living in their own homes in neighborhoods throughout Greater New Haven. HomeHaven provides social and educational activities, volunteer opportunities and services, friendly visiting, and referrals to vetted professional services. A native New Yorker, Lauri has lived in Hamden for 25 years, where she raised two sons. She has law and social work degrees and is trained as a life coach.