Caring Conversation

A Psychologist and Researcher Leverages Personal Experiences to Change Developmental Disability Paradigms

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Yona Lunsky Dr. Yona Lunsky is the Director of the Azriei Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health and the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. For decades, her research has focused on the mental health needs…

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Redefining a Life and Career to Tend to the Ambiguous Loss of Caring for Someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Roxana Delgado Dr. Roxana Delgado is a health scientist, national advocate, and the wife of Sergeant First Class retired Victor L. Medina, MRC, CRC, a three times combat wounded veteran and Purple Heart Recipient. Dr. Delgado uses her personal experiences to impact policy on traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the military healthcare…

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A Hacker by Trade, A Caregiver by Choice: One CEO Finds His Work and Personal Life Are Deeply Intertwined

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Robby Macdonell Robby Macdonell is a husband, a caregiver, and the CEO of RescueTime, a time management app that monitors how much time you spend browsing certain websites or using certain programs, and it helps you identify data to ‘reclaim your day.’ A Seattle, WA transplant, he now lives and works in…

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A Product Manager Uses Her Professional Skills to Manage Her Parents’ Illnesses, Finding a Whole New Meaning to ‘Project Management’

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Karen Purze Karen Purze is the author of Life in Motion, a guided workbook that helps people get their affairs in order. Prior to publishing her book and launching her own business, Karen spent many years in the product development and product management field. Rajiv: What is your caregiving experience, right now…

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An Author, Actor, Director, Teacher and Diplomatic Spouse Finds Another Calling in Disability Activism Through Caring For a Son

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Donna Thomson Actor, director, teacher, and caregiver advocate Donna Thomson is also the author of the book, The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Life of Caregiving, about life after her son born with cerebral palsy. Her blog (The Caregivers’ Living Room) examines how social innovation can help families…

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A Designer, Storyteller, and Caregiver is Transforming Healthcare Systems

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Abbe Don With 25+ years of experience in interaction and software design under her belt, Abbe Don has worked for a range of consumer and healthcare companies including Apple, Disney, Hewlett Packard, IDEO, and athenahealth. Now, this storyteller and innovator is using her personal experiences with illness and caregiving, as well as…

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What Does Managing a Merchandising Team Have to Do With Caretaking? For this Cancer Survivor, the Connection Lies Deep in Empathy

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Marga Franklin After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2010, Marga Franklin moved west to pursue a career in the outdoor industry. Now, with nearly a decade’s experience under her belt, Marga’s made a name for herself in the merchandising and marketing realm, climbing the ranks every year for her longtime…

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Three Decades of Case Management Experience Finally Meets Its Match

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Joanne Rubano Joanne Rubano is the mom to our very own editor, Julia. And with more than thirty years’ experience in the healthcare system—from ICU nurse to home healthcare business owner, to case manager—she’s seen every piece of the patientcare puzzle. But it wasn’t until her own father fell ill at age…

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When Parkinson’s is the Norm: A Nuclear Engineer Assists His Wife

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Per Riggare Per Riggare lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife, their 15 year old child, and two cats. He trained as an engineer at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and has been working with nuclear waste safety for almost 25 years. Per applies his professional experiences when caring for…

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A Professor Becomes the Student: An Education in Life and Autism

by Rajiv Mehta.

Caring Conversation — Tova Cooper Tova Cooper studied at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and UC Irvine. Now, in her second collegiate teaching position, Tova is a professor in the Department of Humanities at San José State University. An educator through and through, Tova’s teaching abilities took on new meaning when her first son, Leo, was…

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