The Green House Team: Experience, Compassion, Knowledge

The Green House Project (GHP) team is comprised of experts in the fields of aging services, business and finance, communications, marketing, and healthcare. With many years of culture change experience, the team has developed relationships with thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to expand the Green House movement.

GHP leverages these relationships and the lessons learned from past experiences to support the success of each organization.

“I build positive partnerships in the healthcare community that will promote the well-being of elders, and transform the field of aging.”

Susan has spent over 25 years working with elders as a nurse and change agent. She has worked in a variety of eldercare settings and helped to lead her previous organization’s transformation to culture change by assessing industry innovation and developing strategic and educational protocols.

Marla Devries

“Advocacy and education have been the pillars of my career. I am fulfilled when I can equip others with tools for success that empower them to truly make a difference in people’s lives.”

Marla has over twenty years of experience advocating for change and working to create person-directed organizations where elders and those working with them can thrive. Beginning as a long-term care ombudsman and later as a culture change advocate, Marla utilizes her skill set to educate, support, and impact eldercare.

Carol Dumond Stryker

“I feel excited, energized, and grateful to work with The Green House Project team. I passionately believe The Green House Model is the gold standard. There are few moments in life that can be compared to seeing the joy that elders, family members, and team members experience Green House Home operating.”

Carol has spent over 35 years working with elders working as a C.N.A, LPN, RN, Nurse Manager, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Director of Nursing. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Health Care Leadership and Doctoral Degree in Executive Leadership. She is passionate about improving the quality of life that elders experience.

“After covering the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes, I knew I had to do more to fix long-term care in America than just write about the systemic problems.”

Alex is an experienced writer and editor who helped launch Skilled Nursing News, a leading industry trade publication based in Chicago, in 2017. At SNN, he developed a deep and broad knowledge of nursing home finance, reimbursement, and regulation. Alex’s work has also appeared in the Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal.

“I believe that elders have unique wisdom to offer the world, and this model enables them to live full and meaningful lives, regardless of their health needs. I am honored to be a part of this project that is creating meaningful lives for elders and those working closest to them.”

Mary worked for 19 years in corporation communications before she decided to get her master’s at UMBC’s Erickson School of Aging Studies and pursue a career with elders. In her role as Education Coach, Mary helps organizations implement The Green House model successfully, providing the tools, resources, and education necessary for a deep and slip-resistant transformation.

Debbie Wiegand
“Every elder deserves to live a life of purpose and meaning; therefore, I dedicate my work to creating Green House homes in every community across America.”

Debbie has spent her entire career as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, engaging in and leading transformative change in the field of long-term care. Her experience in operations, culture change, design, and education, provides the necessary insight to partner with visionary leaders desiring the best future possible for elders.

Janet Wright
“Making a difference in the lives of elders, especially those living with dementia, has been a passion for me since when I was a young girl. My first inspirations were my grandfather, who lived with us, and singing for elders at our local nursing home. I’m grateful that my role with The Green House Project will allow me to continue advocating for elders.”

Janet has spent more than 20 years in the aging services field, in admissions, sales, and outreach capacities. She holds numerous education certificates from the Alzheimer’s Association, Argentum, and other sales and marketing educational entities. Most recently, Janet served as director of admissions at Brook Grove Retirement Village, a CCRC in Sandy Spring, Md., where she was responsible for managing the move-in/admission process, as well as a team of eight staff members, for 40 independent living cottages, 108 assisted living units, and a 190-bed nursing & rehab center.

“Everyone deserves to age with dignity. It is a personal goal to do everything I can to make that possible.”

Ann is a former harpist-in-residence for a senior living community, holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration, and is a licensed nursing home administrator. She has a passion for quality improvement and has previously worked in long-term care quality research. As a 2020-2021 Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Ann developed long-term care legislation and advised her office on aging issues.

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