Professional Experience

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Specific:

  • DCPutnam Consulting:
  • CDP ~ “Certified Dementia Practitioner”: NCCDP                  National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
  • CIPG ~ “Certificate in Interdisciplinary Practice of Geriatrics,” University of Rhode Island
  • “Certificate of Mastery”:  Alzheimer’s Association ~ Rhode Island Chapter
  • Certificate: “Living with Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities and Societies,” Johns Hopkins University
  • Certificate: “National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices,” Regional Trainer
  • “Certification of Excellence”: Benchmark University. Wellesley. MA
  • Consultant: Episcopal Dioceses of Rhode Island and Western Massachusetts ~ Alzheimer’s/Dementia Awareness Trainings for Clergy and Laity, St. Thomas Episcopal Church ~ Alzheimer’s Support Team, Greenville, RI; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church ~ Alzheimer’s Support Team, East Greenwich, RI; Emmanuel Episcopal Church ~ Alzheimer’s Support Team, Cumberland, RI;
  • Consultant:  American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island; Alzheimer’s/Dementia Awareness Training for Clergy
  • Consultant:  Maine Hospice Council; Alzheimer’s/Dementia Training for Prisoners, Maine State Prison, Warren, ME
  • Consultant ~ Professional In-Service Training: Fruit Hill Adult Day Program, North Providence, RI;  The Highlands  on the East Side, Providence, RI; Blackstone Nursing and Rehabilitation, Blackstone, RI; Hallworth House, Providence, RI, Bayberry Commons, Pascoag, RI; Aldersbridge Communities (Arbor Hill, Providence & Winslow Gardens, East Providence); Autumn Glen at Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA; Atria Lincoln Place, Lincoln, RI; Providence Center, Providence, RI; Jewish Family Services – Partners in Care Program, Providence, RI;  Rhode Island Hospital, Neurology Department, Providence, RI;
  • Facilitator: Alzheimer’s/Family Support Groups:  (1) Wingate on Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI; (2) Heritage Hills Nursing and Rehab. Center, Smithfield, RI; (3) Briarcliffe Gardens, Johnston, RI; (4) Atria Lincoln Place, Lincoln, RI; (5) Brookdale West Bay, Warwick, RI; (6) Brookdale Centre of New England, Coventry, RI; (7) North Providence Public Library, North Providence, RI; (8) Riverview Healthcare Center, Coventry, RI; (9) Elmhurst Healthcare Center,
    Providence, RI; (10) EPOCH – BRIDGES  at Westwood, Westwood, MA; (11) Brookdale Smithfield, Smithfield, RI
  • Facilitator:Frontotemporal Dementia Support Group: (12)Brookdale East Bay, East Providence, RI
  • Professional Partnerships:  Elder Law Attorneys – Scott & Handwerger, LLP,  Law Office of Marcia J. Boyd; Bonnie L. McHenry, Corner Office Long-Term Care Planning
  • Community Education – Rotary International Clubs: Cranston, RI; Smithfield, RI; Pawtucket, RI; East Providence, RI;  Seekonk, MA;  Mansfield, MA; Block Island Community Center, Block Island; Salvatore Mancini Senior Center, North Providence, RI; Grandview Center, Cumberland, RI;
  • Presenter: Rhode Island College ~ Student Health Association; Maplewood at Weston Assisted Living, Weston, MA;  Medical Pathways Program, Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, Cranston, RI
  • Presenter: Grace Episcopal Church, Providence, RI; Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Kingston, RI;
  • Member: “Climate Change and the Elderly” Committee for Rhode Island Department of Health, Division of Elderly Affairs  (Planning Committee for the evacuation of long term care & independent living facilities during disasters )
  • Member: RI State Plan for Alzheimer’s  Disease and Related Disorders:  Sub-committee Work-groups:  Training Standards for Professional Caregivers and Appropriate Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients (2014-2016 and 2018)
  • Presenter: 2017 & 2018 Annual Conference ~ Episcopal Diocese of CT – “Alzheimer’s/Dementia 101” and “Caregiver Needs and Stressors”
  • Presenter: 2016 National Conference ~ Episcopal Health Ministries, Indianapolis, IN – “Effects of Alzheimer’s/Dementia on the Female American Caregiver”      “Prison Bars Don’t Block Dementia” “Why Caregivers Need a Support Group”
  • Presenter: 2014 Annual Conference `~ Alzheimer’s Association – Rhode Island Chapter:  “Options for Placement”
  • Presenter: “Lunch and Learn Program,” Villa at St. Antoine’s, North Smithfield,
    • 2014: “Alzheimer’s / Dementia 101”      “Risk Factors & Warning Signs of    Alzheimer’s/Dementia”
    • 2016: “Caregiver Stress”  “Tips for the Holidays” “What Happens to the Brain with Alzheimer’s or Dementia?”
    • 2017 – “Effects of Alzheimer’s / Dementia on Caregivers”   “Importance of a Caregiver Daily Log”    “Caregivers Learning to say ‘NO’ and Asking for Help”
    • 2018 – “Alz. / Dementia 101”      “Progression of Dementia and Reisberg Scales”         “Creating a Healthy Home Environment”
  • Presenter: Salvatore Mancini Senior Center, North Providence, RI
    • 2015: “Alzheimer’s 101”
    • 2016: “Connection Between Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes”
  • Presenter: “Lunch & Learn Program,” Bayberry Commons, Pascoag, RI
    • 2017 – “Alzheimer’s/Dementia 101”    “Caring for the Caregiver”   “What to Expect as Alzheimer’s Progresses”
    • 2018 – “Alz. / Dementia 101”   “Communication Skills & a Health Home Environment”  “Identifying and Reducing Caregiver Stress”
  • Presenter:  Community Education Program, Autumn Glen at Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA
    • 2018 – “Warning Signs & Risk Factors for Dementia”       “Alz. / Dementia 101”  “Placement Options”
  • Presenter: “Alzheimer’s/Dementia Overview” ~St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Middletown, RI; Epiphany Episcopal Church, Rumsford, RI
  • Presenter:  “Alzheimer’s First Steps” ~ Peace Dale, RI; Narragansett, RI; Smithfield, RI; East Providence, RI; Lincoln, RI, Westerly, RI
  • Guest Preacher:  Harbor Church, Block Island, RI


  • Work History:
  • Current:  DCPutnam Consulting, Providence, RI
  • Senior Harbor Care Director: Benchmark Senior Living’s Capitol Ridge, Providence, RI
  • Interim Senior Harbor Care Director: 9 Benchmark Senior Living Communities ~ RI, MA, CT
  • Presenter: “Seasons of Alzheimer’s,” Benchmark Senior Living, Rhode Island and Connecticut
  • Director of Education: Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York, Syracuse, NY
  •  Trainer ~ Alzheimer’s Association: Central New York & Rhode Island Chapters
  • Director: Adult Day Memory~Care Program, Calvary Center, Lutheran Social Services, Detroit, MI
  • Current Volunteer: Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration, Radnor, PA
    • Support Group Facilitator
    • New England Regional Coordinator of Volunteers


Other Administrative Positions:

  • Director of Volunteers: Hospice and Palliative Care, VNA, Fall River, MA
  • Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY
  • Executive Director: Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY
  • Executive Director: Albany Girls Club, Albany, NY
  • Assistant Director: Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Enid, OK
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