Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O.Carm., BA, LNHA
Sr. M. Peter Lillian has over thirty-five years' experience in the continuum care ministry as a Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm. Sr. Peter Lillian has served her community in many administrative positions and has lectured many times on Alzheimer's disease, palliative care, geriatric spiritual care, family care issues, stress reduction, leadership development, and team building. Sr. Peter has developed successful dementia-care programs, dementia care curriculums and assisted in developing a palliative care resource manual that is specific for geriatric care. Over the past fifteen years, Sr. Peter and the Avila Institute of Gerontology have worked with many Congregations concerning aging issues, as well as, providing congregational management and education services. She has a BA in Secondary Education and currently holds three state licenses as a Nursing Home Administrator.
Shane Cooney, BA
Head of Education
Shane is responsible for developing educational content and programs for AIG. His main project is the CARE (Compassion, Advocacy, Recognition, Excellence) Program, which is designed to provide leadership skills education and professional development to staff working in Carmelite homes.
Alfred Norwood, MBA, BS
Alfred is an expert in physiological psychology who has worked with the Avila Institute for the last 15 years, developing and presenting workshops and in-services on a number of topics associated with aging. He has years of experience working as a consultant for long-term care systems and facilities and trained staff in the use of non-pharmaceutical, individualized care plans for residents with moderate to severe dementia.
Faculty and Coordinator of Educational Services
Michelle’s vast experience in education as a teacher, professional development provider, instructional coach, and board member to Greene County’s special education preschool and Head Start enables her to fulfill her role at Avila, which focuses on revising, editing, and developing curriculum and training materials.
Clare is a licensed social worker who has worked with the elderly for over 25 years, serving as a director of social work in various nursing home and rehabilitation centers. She provides consultation and education on various topics in aging to residents, families, and staff.
Erica Balazs, LPN
Erica has been a licensed practical nurse since 2010 with a special interest in Geriatrics and dementia care. She has been a part of the Avila Institute team since 2016 and has used her nursing background to assist with AIG’s programs. Erica is currently pursuing additional education to become a Registered nurse and will be using her knowledge to benefit staff at the Carmelite Homes.
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