I bring both life experience and authority to this field. I have a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Public Health and Certificates in both "Fundamentals of Gerontology" and "Managing Health and Chronic Conditions in Older Adults" (University of Southern California at Davis). I am a member of the National Aging in Place Council, the American Society of Aging, the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants, and the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. I am a volunteer with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) at the Five Points Active Adults Center, as well as with senior ministry in my church. I came to this career through the experience of helping care for my father-in-law until he passed away, which I wrote about for the New York Times. Prior to this, I taught at Duke University.