Our Life Care Managers are all degreed social workers and/or nurses who advocate for our clients as well as for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. We hold advanced degrees and have extensive experience in areas such as nursing, social work, counseling, public health or psychology with a specialized focus on issues related to all forms of dementia, the aging process, chronic disease management, complex medical conditions, mental health, special needs, and disabilities.
Our Life Care Managers (previously known as Geriatric Care Managers) have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in our community. An Aging Life Care Professional holds one of the four approved certifications and is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), which differs greatly from “self-proclaimed” individuals claiming to be patient advocates, senior advisors, senior navigators, and even geriatric care managers. ALCA members must meet stringent criteria set by the association, including higher education, extensive work experience, continuing education, and certification requirements. All ALCA members as well as my team members are required to adhere to ALCA’s strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Lory Smeltzer, BA, MPH, CMC, Owner/Administrator, Certified Aging Life Care Professional, Advanced Professional Status (US Air Force Veteran)
Lory Smeltzer is the founder and owner of Advanced Senior Solutions, Inc., which was established in Aug. 2000. She earned the designation of “Advanced Member” from the Aging Life Care Association® and is a Certified Professional Life Care Professional through NACCM. After receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Lory earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Health, both from the University of South Florida. Lory has lived in Pinellas county since 1978 and she has over 25 years of experience working in Mental Health Case Management as a Baker Act Liaison and in Medical Social Services for a local hospital organization. Lory is a member of the Area Agency on Aging, Better Living for Seniors, and the Guardian Association. She’s actively involved in several local charities giving away gratis time helping those in need and presents on numerous professional speaking topics throughout the community. As recent empty-nesters, Lory and her husband and business partner Russ Jackson are dedicating most of their time to expanding Advanced Senior Solutions services into other counties in Florida. But in their limited spare time, you can find them tending to their vegetable and rose garden or working on home improvement projects.
Lisa Jones, LPN, Nurse Care Manager – Client Services
Lisa is a seasoned healthcare professional bringing nearly 35 years’ experience advocating for our senior population. She has served clients in independent, assisted living, and memory care communities, and has performed within the scope of practice with licensed home health agencies and as a Nurse Care Manager. Lisa is a CORE-Certified Licensed Assisted Living Administrator through The Department of Elder Affairs. Over the past decade, she has held positions as Director of Operations, Clinical Services Director, Risk Manager and Quality Assurance Officer while advocating with care and compassion for seniors and their loved ones. Lisa has a high level of involvement with public relations & community networking within the Tampa Bay area. She has a talent for developing strong inter-personal relationships that are built on trust, implementing sound clinical judgement while upholding state rules & regulations. She excels in identifying problems, simplifying procedures, and finding innovative solutions. Her natural passion for advocating has inspired her successful career path.
Sue Rozumalski, MSN, RN Nurse Case Manager
Karen Fraider, RN, CCM, Certified Nurse Case Manager
Karen has been in the nursing field for over 40 working in a variety of settings from OB/newborns to Geriatrics. She received her Associate degree in nursing in Lexington, KY and has continued her education receiving multiple advanced certifications. She is currently a board-certified Case Manager receiving her CCM title by the Commission for Case Manager Certification. Karen has worked extensively in long term care, home health and rehab. She has also worked as a case manager in the insurance industry. Karen is an expert and a strong advocate for Life Care Planning with her clients and their families. She helps them through difficult decisions, thus providing a smooth transition for clients, family and caregivers. Karen has faced many challenges and feels this enables her to be a supportive and empathetic Case Manager. Karen resides in Tarpon Springs, FL and she enjoys crafting, swimming and playing cards with friends in her community.
Sandy Calvert, RN, Nurse Care Manager
Sandy is an experienced nursing professional with clinical and operational leadership expertise developed during her career in hospitals and post-acute settings of healthcare. Beginning her nursing career in medical surgical and critical care hospital settings, Sandy expanded her nursing career into home care, working in both urban and rural markets. Her passion for excellence in patient care, acute and chronic disease management and patient/family advocacy sustained her motivation to implement home care programs within Medicare-Certified and Private Duty agencies over more than thirty-five years in the industry. Sandy is accustomed to working in increasingly complex environments of healthcare and assisting patients and families to navigate the care spectrum of hospitals, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, assisted living and home care. With a diverse knowledge of community resources and medical communities, she understands the importance of finding the right setting of care to provide the safest and highest quality outcomes of care. Sandy has resided in St. Petersburg since 1980, and enjoys spending spare time with family, home improvement projects and the joys of coastal living.
Robin Newman, BA, MSW, Life Care Manager
Robin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She has over 30 years’ experience in the social work field and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as a Professional member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA). Robin worked for local government in Connecticut and has extensive direct service and administrative experience for the provision of senior, youth and social service programs, recreation programs, adult day care programs, and transportation services for the elderly and disabled populations. She relocated to Florida in 2008 to be closer to her parents. Since her relocation, Robin has developed areas of expertise as an EAP consultant, and the provision of care management services while working for a large insurance company, which included completing assessments and developing individualized care plans for seniors, and special needs clients. She enjoys spending time with her family (her son, daughter and grandson also moved to FL), going to the gym, listening to music, travel, and reading.
Bernadette Homan, BSW, Life Care Manager
Bernadette has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, a highly awarded, nationally ranked university. She has over 30 years’ experience in the social work field from nursing homes to assisted living memory care communities in Pinellas County, FL. For the past 20 years, she has been working solely with those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. She is skilled in how to approach, communicate, and redirect the more challenging clients as well as providing beneficial guidance and support to their family members. Bernadette has extensive experience and training in performing assessments, including cognitive and depression evaluations. She has a vast knowledge of the resources in our community and has a talent for connecting the most appropriate services to the clients’ needs. During her free time, you’ll find Bernadette either outside enjoying the sunshine or volunteering for the many organizations she’s passionate about.
Teresa Brown, RN Nurse Care Manager (US Air Force Veteran)
Teresa has worked in healthcare for over 27 years. She earned her associates in nursing in North Carolina, where she worked with her local hospital for 23 years in various positions including med/surg floor nurse and her last 8 years as home health Case Manager. She obtained extensive experience in performing comprehensive assessments and in developing individualized plans of care for the elderly with illnesses or injury. She received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force as a medical service specialist. She has faced many challenges including caring for her own parents’ long distance and having to advocate for their care and feels this enables her to be a supportive and empathetic Case Manager. Teresa lives in Pinellas County with her husband and has 2 grown children, and 2 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging, bicycling, and exploring all the wonderful parks here in our beautiful state.
Russ Jackson, BS, CFO, Business Office Manager
Russ has been with Advanced Senior Solutions since the very beginning. As Lory’s husband, he is not only her life partner but also her business partner. Russ has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication and has over 25 years of experience in QuickBooks, billing, payroll, taxes, computer system administration, and information technology. His back office support for our clients, their families, and our team is invaluable. Russ works closely with the agency’s trusted advisors such as our CPA, Attorney, and our business Banking officer. Russ is also the founder/owner of SafetyWatch Medical Alert Systems. SafetyWatch offers a basic unit, water proof pendant, fall detection device and a GPS device to get help anywhere, anytime. The system can be used in the home, independent/retirement communities, and in assisted living facilities. In Russ’ spare time, he enjoys watching sports, and gardening with Lory.
Kelly Eichner, Case Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Kelly is our agency’s Case Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She handles all office duties, staffing of our homemaker/companions, and is a very important support person to our Care Managers who are in the field. She has over 20 years work experience in human resources and business office management. The majority of her experience was working for a major store chain where she was in charge of the personnel department. Most recently, Kelly worked for a local assisted living facility and had to build their business office from the ground up. She is proud of having had zero deficiencies in her department when the Agency of Health Care Administration performed their onsite review. Kelly is also a Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Med Tech, and has had extensive training in Alzheimer’s Dementia. Her special skills are in multi-tasking, excellent communication, coordinating with physicians, clients and their family members, and with our team. In Kelly’s free time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and loves the outdoors.