The Dementia Friendly Johnson County Action Team is a collaborative effort consisting of government, the local Area Agency on Aging, the local Alzheimer’s Association, agencies serving the older adult population including those with dementia. The action team has already started providing trainings from some of their 24 local Dementia Friends Champions and are making plans to offer more trainings for the public as well as offering Dementia Friendly Business/Organization trainings to businesses, organizations, government entities, the University of Iowa and local school districts. The team has four subcommittees focused on the following: training, recruitment/outreach, research and marketing. The mission of the Dementia Friendly Johnson County Action Team is to break the stigma surrounding dementia by creating awareness and educating community members and businesses, along with growing the network of Dementia Friends. The effort is co-led by Jeff Kellbach and Kim Bergen-Jackson with several local community members and organizations collaborating together on the team.

Trained Dementia Friendly Businesses and Organizations:

Action Team Members:

  • Kim Bergen-Jackson (Community Co-Lead)
    Oaknoll, Administrator
  • Jeff Kellbach (Community Co-Lead)
    Johnson County Social Services, Aging Specialist
  • Alison Clark
    Oaknoll, Social Worker
  • Amber Buer
    Bickford Home Care, Manager
  • Angela McConville
    City of North Liberty, Special Projects Coordinator
  • Bob Untiedt
    TRAIL, Executive Director
  • Bob Welsh
    Community Member / JCLC Policy Board
  • Brady Curran
    University of Iowa College of Nursing, IGEC Training Program Coordinator
  • Brianne Fitzgerald
    Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion
  • Brittany Anderson
    Oaknoll, At Home with Oaknoll Manager
  • Bryan Bruner
    Heritage Area on Aging, Health and Wellness Coordinator
  • Bruce Teague
    City of Iowa City, Mayor
  • Carrie Meade
    Pathways Adult Day Health Center, Director
  • Cathy Dolan
    JCLC Policy Board
  • Cheryl Ferguson
    Community Member
  • Cliff McFerren
    Simpson Home, Nursing Home Administrator
  • Danielle Helgerson
    Stirlingshire of Coralville, Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Diane Reist
    University of Iowa Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Specialist
  • Dorene Nott
    Meals on Wheels of Johnson County, Director
  • Hannah VanTruong
    University of Iowa Pharmacy Student
  • Jaclyn Craig
    Oaknoll, RN Assisted Living Coordinator
  • Janel Meints
    Community Member
  • Jennifer Holmes
    Oaknoll, LPN Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Jill Colbert
    University of Iowa College of Nursing, Program Coordinator
  • Jill Weetman
    Solon Senior Support, Founder and President
  • Joan Nobiling
    Oaknoll Resident
  • Kamaryn Atwater
    Oaknoll, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Kari Gerst
    Lantern Park, Administrator
  • Korey Kennelty
    University of Iowa Pharmacy
  • Krissy Gilbreth
    Oaknoll, HR Director
  • Kristin Solberg
    Briarwood HCC, Administrator
  • LaTasha DeLoach
    The Center, Senior Center Coordinator
  • Lindsay Glynn
    UnityPoint Health- AbbeHealth- Executive Director, Aging Services
  • Lindsey Reed
    Oaknoll, Recreation Therapist
  • Madison Roe
    Oaknoll, Student Intern
  • Mallory Allen
    Oaknoll/ Practicum Student
  • Marc Hall
    Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter, Walk to End Alzheimer's Manager
  • Megan Pederson
    Alzheimer's Association Iowa Chapter, Community Engagement Specialist
  • Nick Dolphin
    Brown Deer Place, Community Relations Coordinator
  • Pam Railsback
    Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • Pat Heiden
    Johnson County Board of Supervisor
  • Redmond Jones
    City of Iowa City, Deputy City Manager
  • Sara Caven
    Iowa City Hospice/ VNA, Admissions Manager
  • Sarah Neary
    Oaknoll, Social Worker
  • Scott Maiers
    Solon Retirement Village, Community Relations Director
  • Stacey Cremeens
    Windmill Manor, Administrator
  • Stacia Rath
    JCLC Policy Board
  • Tracy Sherzer
    Stirlingshire of Coralville, Executive Director