Meet the Board
Deb Greiner, President
Deb has spent her career trying to make life better for elders. She worked in long term care since 1983. Prior to that she did home health care. Over the 35 years in the industry she worked at five different facilities in a variety of organizational types. Among those are: the corporate arena, a social service agency, a privately owned home with an unlimited budget, and two county-owned homes. Her career mission has been the design, development and the maintaining of person-centered, activity-focused special care units caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. The variety of types of homes with varied income sources required she prove that fabulous person-centered programs can happen no matter what the budget – if you think outside the box.
Deb has also done consulting and public speaking – both locally and nationally – throughout her career. She was a leader in education at RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center for the ASSIST Network, annual CNA conferences, and Special Care Unit leader certification courses. She was part of a small group of professionals who developed and wrote SUB Part U for the State of Illinois Special Care Unit regulations. She has helped create – and been featured in – many education films in collaboration with TERRA NOVA to help caregivers of every discipline provide better care. Deb has run Alzheimer’s Association support groups and independent Alzheimer’s support groups, creating family and friend care partnership programs for caregivers after placement of their loved ones to a facility.
Now retired but still dedicated to making life better for people with dementia, she continues to present education sessions at different venues through out the state. She was on the steering committee for Northern Illinois Pioneer Coalition, and now serves as the President of IAPA. Her goal is to work with the Board to build the organization’s membership, increase awareness of IAPA throughout Illinois and, with the Board, put together fabulous, affordable annual education conferences for all activity professionals. She speaks with Administrators throughout the state to help them gain understanding of how important the Activity Professional’s role is to the people they serve. She advocates for the type of education offered by IAPA, and helps them to see how it can put their facility on the radar for people seeking a special place for their loved one, helping to ensure people are happy with their quality of life. “Everything in life is an activity, and IAPA is here to make life special. We have over 40 years of Making Life Magical!”
Misty Duncan, Vice President
Misty has worked as an Activity Professional for long term care for 27 years. She has been with Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 2001. She is a Certified Activity Professional and has been involved in IAPA since 1999. Misty has served on the Conference Committee and was Chairman of the Certification Board for IAPA for many years. She currently serves as the Vice President for IAPA Board of Directors, was the recipient of the 2014 Dorene Award, and the 2019 Larry-Madge Award. Misty is very passionate about activity programming, and has learned so much from attending the conferences and being a member of Illinois Activity Professionals.
Kim Mead, Secretary, ADC CDP CAP
Kim has 32 years of experience in Long Term Care, 30 of those specifically in the field of recreation and activity programming. Kim is an Activity Director certified through NAAP, a Certified Dementia Practitioner through NCCDP, and a Certified Activity Professional through IAPA. She currently serves as the Marketing/Social Media Chair for IAPA, as well as Secretary of the IAPA Board of Directors.
Kim is the Corporate Director of Engagement for Gardant Management Solutions. Gardant has over 20 years of industry acclaimed operational history in developing and consulting for Senior Living and Memory Care Communities. They operate 59 Assisted Living Communities within 5 states. Kim is passionate about the purposeful recreation needs of individuals. In her free time, she volunteers for the River Valley Special Recreation Association, and was the recipient of the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award for that organization.
Kathy Clark, Treasurer
Kathy has been the a member of IAPA for a number of years, and now serves as Treasurer of IAPA. She is a Certified Activity Professional, and was winner of the Dorene Award in 1983. Kathy is the Resident Service Coordinator at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation.