About A Dementia Friendly LIFE Foundation

You are not alone. We are here to help.

Support and engagement

At LIFE, we believe in actively engaging both the caregivers and those living with dementia. That's why we started our signature Memory Cafe, where your loved one can participate in meaningful activities in a safe environment with trained professionals.

Proven Methods and a Community that Cares

"At LIFE we find relief from the quietness of watching mom sit sleeping all day in her recliner. We find joy and companionship from the folks at LIFE who are also caring for a loved one with Dementia...

Only at LIFE have we found the energy we need to move forward while dealing with a disease that forces its victims to live in the past.

Thank you, to our LIFE family for providing this blessed encouragement and support."

Education and Resources

While your loved one participates in the Memory Cafe, you as caregiver can attend one of our talks on Medicare, support groups, assisted living options, and other topics that help you make informed decisions about your loved one's future and care. Because you're not in this alone.

Our Locations

Wellington

108 West St

Wellington, OH

Amherst

440 North Lake St

Amherst, OH

Vermilion

591 Ferndale Ave,

Vermilion, OH

Our Board

Carole Klingler

Co-Founder and CEO

Carole spent years as an ICU nurse, and was the Director of Nursing for Kendal at Oberlin.. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member for Lorain County Community College Allied Health and Nursing Program and in Hospice and Palliative Care in the role of Team Leader and Community Facility Coordinator for the Lorain County Team.

Cara Turner

Co-Founder and Chief Community Relations Officer

Cara is currently the Director of Children’s Ministry at Lakeview Baptist Church. She served on the Board of Directors at Mane Stride, Oberlin Rotary and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Lorain County. She is a Dementia Friends Champion and a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner

Terry Fries-Maloy

President

Terry’s area of specialty since beginning her social work career in 1979 has been in the field of geriatrics. She has served in several social work capacities including hospital discharge planner, hospice social worker, geriatric care manager and as a home care and long-term care social worker. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is licensed as an Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio.

Phyllis Schoenberger

Vice President

In 2017, Phyllis developed her specialized business working with personal clients diagnosed with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, she leads her clients in specialized exercises and activities which support and strengthen their physical. cognitive and psychosocial needs.

Tracy Clark

Treasurer

Tracy started her social work career at the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter as a dementia care coach and support group specialist. This position is where Tracy found her passion to provide assistance to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia's.

Carol Bojanowski

Secretary

Carol is retired Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist. She presently lives at Kendal at Oberlin Life Planning Community. She served on the Board of Directors at Kendal for nine years. She is a Dementia Friends Champion. Before she specialized in Geriatrics, she was an Emergency Room Nurse.

Supriya Mahajan

Neurologist

Dr. Mahajan is part of a private practice founded by her father, Neurology Center, Incorporated. Her main passion remains on the treatment of patients with cognitive changes however she does also see patients with other neurological problems such as epilepsy, headache, stroke, and Parkinson's disease. LIFE a Dementia Friendly Foundation has been a tremendously powerful tool for Dr. Mahajan's patients.

Jill Herron

Administrator

Jill is the Administrator of Welcome Nursing Home, owned and operated by the Wessell family since 1945. Jill has been actively involved with the Ohio Health Care Association and is currently the President Elect for the organization. Over the years, she has been a preceptor for many “Administrators in Training” providing six to nine-month internships. She is an executive board member of the Oberlin Rotary Club and is a current board member of LIFE.

Susan Wallace

Educator

Susan is a Registered Nurse and Educator/Vocational Health Science. She is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) Susan has served as an advisory board member to LIFE since its inception. Along with her Allied Health Students from Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Susan has helped provide countless life enriching experiences for participants, caregivers and students at our Memory Café’s.

Karin Kollar

Business owner

Karin has been the owner of the Home Instead Senior Care serving Lorain County for over 11 years. After taking care of her parents, she realized she wanted to help people in similar situations so in 2008, she opened her Home Instead office. She truly wants to provide reliable and responsive services with caring and compassionate CAREGivers. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and a member of the Home Care Association of America. She is also a Leadership Lorain County Alumni-Best Class of 2019.

Amanda Hooley

Art Therapist

Amanda Hooley is a Provisional, Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Amanda works at Kendal at Oberlin as the Jameson House Life Coordinator where she plans and implements programs for 12 residents living with dementia to help them live their most resilient life. During Amanda’s free time, she enjoys creating pottery on the potter’s wheel, exercising, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Basabi Ratnaparkhi

Gerontologist

Dr. B is a Gerontologist and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She serves on the Ohio Person-Centered Care Coalition as a Board Member 2015-present. She has also been a board member for the Volunteer Guardianship Board of Lorain County and served two non-consecutive terms as the Board President. She also served on the board of Faith in Action and the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Chapter. She facilitated the Alzheimer’s Support Group at the Amherst Public Library from 1990-2016 and was the co-chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for three years. Dr. B is the current Nursing Home Administrator for Oak Hills Nursing Center in Lorain.

Beth Schindler

Communications and Marketing

Beth Schindler has been on the board of LIFE A Dementia Friendly Foundation and chair of the marketing committee since its inception. Her experience with people with dementia and their caregivers comes from 10 years at Hospice of the Western Reserve. During this time, Beth was responsible for internal and external communications. In addition, she oversaw the agency’s Peaceful & Proud program which expanded hospice care to seriously ill veterans and their families by developing specialized services.

Erica Schmittle

Service Manager

Erica is a Service Manager for our Amherst and Wellington location. Erica is responsible for coordination and development of the weekly Life Dementia activities at Faith Baptist church where she has attended since 1999. She makes her home in Amherst with her husband, Steve and their five children. Prior to joining Life Dementia, Erica worked at Murray Ridge Center School caring for the well-being and development of children with disabilities. She enjoys serving others as her faith leads her throughout all of the blessings God provides.

Daisy Xiong

Service Manager

Daisy is a Service Manager for our Vermilion location. Daisy Xiong was born in Georgia and has been a resident of Lorain for the past 15 years. Daisy is a mother of four children and the oldest of seven. She has been attending Faith Baptist Church in Amherst for 13 years. Daisy has worked at the Amherst Exempt Village School District for 5 1/2 years. She is family oriented, and enjoys serving people in the community.