An Aging Life Care Professional® is a consultant and advocate for our clients as well as families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. We have advanced degrees and are experienced in areas such as counseling, nursing, social work, public health or psychology with a specialized focus on issues related to mental health, special needs and the aging process.
The Aging Life Care Professional (previously known as a geriatric care manager) has extensive knowledge about the costs, quality, and availability of resources in our community. An Aging Life Care Professional is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) and differ from “self-proclaimed” patient advocates, senior advisors, senior navigators, and eldercare managers. ALCA members must meet stringent criteria including higher education, extensive work experience, continuing education, and certification requirements of the association. All ALCA members as well as my team members are required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Lory Smeltzer, BA, MPH, CMC, Owner/Administrator, Certified Aging Life Care Professional
Lory Smeltzer is the founder and primary owner of Advanced Senior Solutions, Inc., established in Aug. 2000. She earned the designation of “Advanced Member” from the Aging Life Care Association® and is a Certified Professional Life Care Manager 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 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, gives 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 into other counties in Florida. But in their limited spare time, you can find them tending to their vegetable and rose gardens or working on home improvement projects.
Russ Jackson, BS, Co-Owner/Business Office
Russ Jackson is the co-founder of Advanced Senior Solutions, Inc. and is Lory’s husband. Russ received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming with an emphasis in communications. After 20 plus years of experience in sales and marketing in the home security and medical alert system industry in the Tampa Bay area, Russ created SafetyWatch® Medical Alert Systems in 2006 in order to offer the best in products, monitoring and services to his clients across the nation. Russ has several roles as joint owner of Advanced Senior Solutions, but he primarily focuses on information technology, invoicing, payroll and works jointly with our CPA on accounting and finance. Russ enjoys watching sports of all kinds, especially the Broncos.
Gaye Pollino, BA, CMC, Certified Aging Life Care Professional
Gaye Pollino came to Advanced Senior Solutions in 2012 with a long, varied background in caregiving, daily money management, hospice and care scheduling management. Gaye holds an Associates Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling from Trinity College and is a Certified Care Manager through NACCM. Her prior experience includes certified nursing assistant, patient care tech and Hospice Bereavement support volunteer. All of these disciplines has allowed Gaye to bring a full scope of care management services to our aging and disabled clients. Gaye is skilled in assessing needs and creating a plans of care. With her counseling degree, she’s an expert in client/family mediation and she helps to educate and guide family members in dealing with the difficult aspects of caregiving. Her caring, compassionate spirit is evident in how she assists clients and also in her community involvement.
James Sullivan, BS, MSA, Life Care Manager
James Sullivan has worked in healthcare for over 18 years. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in community health and a Master’s of Science in administration. His work experience includes Social Worker II for New Jersey’s Department of Human Services working on clinical treatment teams admission and discharge units and as a wellness expert to seniors for a large insurance provider, completing Medicare and Medicaid assessments in the Tampa Bay area. James earned certifications as a senior living sales counselor and as an assisting living administrator. He’s well versed in assessing and matching our client’s level of care for placement and advocating for them when negotiating contracts and fees. He’s a member of Better Living for Seniors and is Certified in global health and human services. James lives in Palm Harbor and with his experience in business development, he is working closely with Russ and Lory on our agency’s expansion efforts into other counties.
Linda Deyo, BSW, MPA, LSW, Life Care Manager
Linda Deyo is a Licensed Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience as a Case Manager / Social Worker interfacing with a variety of clients and families. She has excellent communication skills, rapport building and leadership skills. She has expertise in assessment and care plan development with the aged, mental health and special needs clients. Linda also specializes in helping clients/families find the most appropriate living alternative and then oversees the relocation process. She is also assists clients with bill paying services and filing/disputing health insurance claims. For the past 15 years, Linda has focused her career on Medical Case Management within the hospice care setting. She has extensive knowledge of hospice programs and concerns families may have at end of life. She developed a Transition’s program for clients ‘not yet ready for hospice care and collaborated with a nursing students’ internship program which educated students on end of life care. Linda addresses sensitive issues in a caring and emphatic manner yet works effectively and efficiently. Linda’s holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Linda is most proud of her 2 daughters, and 2 granddaughters. In her free time, you will find Linda enjoying sports, walking her dog, nature, cooking and travel.
Maria Mason, RN, Nurse Care Manager
Maria Mason has over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. She has worked in many facets of the healthcare delivery system; from hospitals, home health care, insurance case manager and health care navigator with the Intercultural and Hispanic outreach and Advocacy Center working with both private physicians and local non profit agencies. Maria is fluent in Spanish and cherishes working with people of all ages in assessing needs, coordinating their care and accessing available resources for seniors and vulnerable adults. Maria lives in Largo and is a graduate of St. Petersburg College of Nursing. She enjoys the outdoors, walking and hiking , writing and reading and teaches chair yoga. She is the author of “Make me an Instrument” a book of short stories, essays and poetry.
Lori Clark, LPN, RPG, Nurse Care Manager
Lori Clark has been a nurse for almost 20 years working in various healthcare settings such as skilled nursing rehab centers and home health care. She has vast experience with the elderly population in assessing needs, coordinating the right services for them and overseeing/advocating for those who are most vulnerable. She is also experienced in working with those who have mental health or substance abuse issues. However, she holds a special place in her heart for those suffering from dementia. Lori also serves as a Florida state Registered Professional Guardian, and in some cases appointed by the courts to manage and oversee the lives of those who are unable to do so for themselves. With her qualifications and credentials as a Professional Guardian and who is considered “held to a hire standard”, Lori is able to provide fiduciary services for those “solo-seniors” who have no family willing or able to be the power of attorney and/or healthcare surrogate.
Gail Burdick, LPN, Nurse Care Manager
Gail Burdick has over 40 years of experience in nursing including Spinal Cord Injury, Assisted Living Director of Nursing, and Care Management. As a Nurse Care Manager with Advanced Senior Solutions since 2008, Gail assists clients and their families with the multi-facets of the Health Care industry. She performs comprehensive nursing assessments and creates an individualized plan of care for each particular client. She also assists with medication management and acts as a physician liaison between client and their responsible party. She is a strong patient advocate overseeing the care of our clients whether they are in their home, assisted living, hospital, rehab or nursing center. Gail has the keen ability to think outside the box in finding creative solutions to problems. She lives in Indian Rocks Beach and has been married for 36 years with a grown son, daughter, and grandson.
Annette Smith, LPN, Nurse Care Manager
Annette Smith has been a nurse for over 13 years. She’s worked in various healthcare settings such as hospitals, skilled nursing centers, home healthcare and was a nursing assistant instructor at a junior college. Her extensive work experience focused mainly on geriatric nursing and caring for clients with dementia and head trauma. She’s especially skilled in assessing needs, creating individualized plans of care, client/family advocacy, and in collaborating with doctors and other healthcare providers with her client’s goals in mind. Annette lives in St. Petersburg and in her free time she loves spending time with her family and friends, and she loves to read.
Marne Simpson, RN, Nurse Care Manager
Marne Simpson has been a RN for many years and has a vast array of nursing experience including case management, utilization management, cardiac, medical, surgical, oncology, hospice and skilled nursing. She has been a part-time Nurse Care Manager with Advanced Senior Solutions since 2007. She performs nursing assessments, medication management, advocacy and chronic disease prevention and education. Marne is originally from Ohio but has lived in Florida for many years. She loves to spend time with family, and also loves to cook and be near the water.
Pilar Krawchuk, BSW, Life Care Manager
Pilar Krawchuk graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She’s worked as a Case Manager with government funded programs helping seniors at home maintain placement in the community, and is currently working for the state of Florida performing assessments for those in all types of living situations to help link them with programs and services available in the community. Pilar has been a part-time Care Manager and Daily Money Manager with Advanced Senior Solutions since 2005 and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in government funded programs as well as being a respected resource in our agency. Her knowledge of the various Medicaid programs and their processes and also in helping clients navigate through that system is invaluable.
Bobbi Hosman, Care Manager Associate
Bobbi Hosman has many years experience working with seniors, disabled adults and their family members in the community as well as in assisted living. She assists clients by assessing their level of care, researching and recommending the appropriate living environments that meet their needs and budgets, accompanying them on tours, and asking the right questions so the client and their family can make a well-informed decision. She’s used this special skill-set not only with her clients, but also with her own family members. Bobbi has a knack for winning over our most fussiest and resistant clients with her warm heart and genuine caring attitude. Bobbi is just shy of completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the same time she is mentoring under the owner Lory Smeltzer. Bobbi lives in Dunedin but sees clients throughout Pinellas County.
Tassia Asp, Case Coordinator
Tassia Asp has spent over 25 years working in various areas of customer service, office administration, human resources and sales. Tassia has been with Advanced Senior Solutions for over 3 years as Case Coordinator and is in charge of scheduling the homemaker/companions with our clients and trying to achieve the perfect fit. She maintains our office functions and our client records and keeps everyone updated on compliance. Her qualities being that of patience and empathy in communicating with clients, their family and our staff is truly an asset in helping us to exceed our mission. During Tassia’s spare time she enjoys biking and exploring all that Florida has to offer.