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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Graduate Certificate - Geriatric Care Management, University of Florida - Gainesville – 2005

Master of Arts - Social Science, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA –1997

Bachelor of Arts, Human Health and Behavior, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA –1990

Certificate of Practical Nursing (LPN), John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL – 1984

POST GRADUATE

Certificate of Professional Fiduciary Management for Trustees - California State, Fullerton - October 2016.

Accounting and Record Keeping for Positions of Trust - California State, Fullerton - October 2015.

Management of the Investment Portfolio - California State University, Fullerton - April 2015.

Trust Administration and Management - California State University, Fullerton - March 2015.

Professional Mediation Skills Training Program -University of Washington School of Law - January 2012.

Certificate in Paralegal Studies - University of Washington - December 2011

Certified Professional Guardianship Certificate Program - University of Washington - March 2009

Certificate Program in Geriatric Mental Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, June 2008

Certified Care Manager - National Academy of Certified Care Managers, October 2007

Certificate Program in Gerontology, University of Washington Seattle, WA. – 2006 – Gerontology

Graduate Certificate - Geriatric Care Management, University of Florida - Gainesville – 2005

Finance & Accounting for Non-Financial Executives, University of Washington Seattle, WA. – 2002

Employment History

2003 to Present - Owner - Smerken Consulting - Eldercare Services, Olympia, WA

2012 to 2014 - Faculty - University of Washington - Certified Professional Guardian Program. Seattle, WA

1990-2003 - Operations Administrator / System Director for Housing and Long Term Care, Housing Director, Senior Case Manager (multiple positions over 13 years)- Providence Health System, Seattle, WA

Licenses and Certifications

-Licensed Practical Nurse

-Care Manager - Certified (CMC)

-Certified Professional Guardian (CPG)

-National Certified Guardian (NCG)

-Qualified Dementia Care Provider (Alzheimer's Foundation of America)

-Qualified Dementia Care Specialist (Alzheimer's Foundation of America)

-Excellence in Care Specialist (Alzheimer's Foundation of America)

http://www.excellenceincare.org/

Continuing Education

National Guardianship Association - 2015 NGA Conference on Guardianship- Mesa AZ - October 24-27, 2015

Washington Association of Professional Guardians- 2015 Fall Training - Seattle WA - October 12, 2015

Washington Association of Professional Guardians- 2015 Spring Training - Bellevue WA - May 18, 2015

Alzheimer's Association of Western and Central Washington - 30th annual Regional Conference - Seattle, WA - April 16, 2015

Washington Association of Professional Guardians- 2014 Spring Training - Bellevue WA - May 5, 2014

Alzheimer's Association of Western and Central Washington - 29th annual Regional Conference - Seattle, WA - May 16, 2014

Pierce County Bar Association -12th Annual Guardianship Seminar- Tacoma, WA - November 7, 2013

Washington Association of Professional Guardians - 2013 Fall Training - Bellevue WA - October 24 2013

National Guardianship Association - 2013 Conference on Guardianship - Tampa,Florida - October 12-15, 2013.

National Guardianship Association - 2012 Conference on Guardianship - Portland Oregon - October 20-23, 2012.

Improving the Quality of Services and Supports Offered to LGBT Older Adults by Aging Providers (Level 1&2) - National Resource Center on LGBT Aging - Seattle WA - February 2012

Professional Medication Skills Training Program -University of Washington School of Law - January 2012.

Certificate in Paralegal Studies - University of Washington - December 2011

Professional Care Manager Fall Prevention Seminar Yale University School of Medicine

Helping Older Adults Cope with Grief and Loss - University of Washington School of Social Work -

Dementia: Diagnosis and Family Support - University of Washington School of Social Work

Mood and Thought Disorders in Older Adults University of Washington School of Social Work

Navigating Multiple Systems in Working with Older Adults, University of Washington School of Social Work

Diagnosing and Treating Older Adults with Mental Illness - University of Washington School of Social Work

Medicaid Boot Camp - King County Bar Association - March 2010

Advanced Guardianship Issues: Navigating Through Troubled Times - King County Bar Association - April 2010

Fundamentals of Legal Practice - University of Washington - January-March 2011

Legal Research and Writing - University of Washington - January-March 2011

RCW 11.88.090 Guardianship Guardian ad Litem Training - King County Bar Association - May 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

National Guardianship Association

Washington Association of Professional Guardians

Better Business Bureau

Volunteer

President - Washington Association of Professional Guardians

Treasurer - National Guardianship Association - 2017

Board Director - National Guardianship Association - 2015-2018

Past Chairman of the Board (2012-2014) Board of Directors- Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington