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8 continuing education hours have been approved for Mississippi Nursing Home Administrators and Mississippi Social Workers, including 1 hour diversity and 1 hour mandatory reporting.  Hours pending for activity professionals

Event contact:  Kristen White |


Day 1 - Monday, November 8th

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.     
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Presented by Barbara Bowden, an Alzheimer's Association community Educator.  Barabara was a five-year caregiver for her husband, who passed away at 68-years-old in October 2018 from Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Her journey with her childhood sweetheart’s disease took her to some of the leading hospitals in the United States. She credits her strong family support, the Alzheimer’s Association and reliable medical Information in enduring this devastating disease. 


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.         Dementia Risk ReducationDr-Lee-Greer.jpg

Presented by Dr. Lee Greer and Christina Thomas.  Dr. Lee Greer holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, a medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale University.  He is certified with the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification – Geriatric Medicine. He currently serves as Corporate Medical Director for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.    
Christina Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Belhaven University. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine; a certified Group Exercise Instructor through Internatio
nal Fitness Trainers of America; and a Certified Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches.  She currently serves as Director, Health and Wellness Service, at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, A Mutual Insurance Company.

Day 2

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.      Resources for caregiverslaura-JPG.jpg

Presented by Dr. Laura Pannel.  Dr. Pannell is a nationally credentialed gerontologist. Professionally, she serves as lead eLearning Faculty for Psychology for Itawamba Community College and serves as part-time faculty at Blue Mountain College. She is a trainer at the State of Mississippi Law Enforcement Academies, and she is president of the Mississippi Gerontological Society. Dr. Pannell began working in nursing homes as a teenager and has been a long-term caregiver for several older adults in her life. 


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.         Race, Ethnicity & Alzheimer's  Headshot_Gabe-Ibarra.jpg

Presented by Gabe Ibarra and Dr. Sonya Shipley.  Gabe is a Physician Assistant Specialist in Canton, Mississippi. He graduated with honors from Mississippi College and has more than three years of diverse experience in primary care and family medicine. Gabe is affiliated with St. Dominic – Jackson Memorial Hospital, and works with many other doctors and specialists in the MEA Primary Care Plus group.

Dr. Sonya Shipley earned her doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Shipley has multiple offices at UMMC where she specializes in Family Medicine as well as Geriatric Medicine. She provides home based care to patients via home visits and takes care of her hospitalized patients at St. Dominic’s Memorial Hospital. Dr. Shipley provides comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages and is generally the  first point of contact for patients seeking general care. She also provides diagnosis and treatment for patients in the MIND Center Clinic and is the primary provider for their telemedicine program called “TeleMIND.”

Day 3

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.       Effects of COVID isolation on dementiaHeadshot-Kim-Tarver.jpg

Presented by Dr. Kim Tarver.  Dr. Tarver is the Division Director of Geriatrics in addition to  Director of Clinical Services for The MIND Center at UMMC, and is an Assistant Professor with the UMMC Department of Medicine Division of Geriatrics.  She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and has over 20 years’ experience in Clinical practice  and teaching in the area of Geriatrics.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.           Mandatory Reporting 

Day 4 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.        "Preparing for the Second Half of Life" DBM-2013.jpg

Presented by Dennie Mayhone.  Dennie B. Mayhone, Jr., is the founder of Mayhone Elder Law, PLLC, serves the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast from his office in Ocean Springs. Mr. Mayhone is licensed to practice law in the state of Mississippi, and has been accredited by the Veterans Administration to assist veterans and their spouses with VA benefits, including “Aid and Attendance” pension benefits.  Dennie practices in the areas of estate planning and elder law, helping clients and their families to integrate their legal, financial, and personal care needs into a plan to enhance the quality of life for seniors, those with disabilities, and their families. He assists families to protect assets, coordinate care, and gain peace of mind.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.             "Speaking the Language of Dementia"Melora-Square-(Custom).jpg

Presented by Melora Jackson.  Melora is the Virtual Dementia Tour® Clinical Manager for Second Wind Dreams. She as a B.A. in Psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and holds a Master of Science in Human Development & Family Studies with a Gerontology emphasis from Colorado State University.  She is a Certified Mental Health Therapist and a graduate of the Stennis Institute for Government at Mississippi State University.  She is a Certified Facilitator for the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.  She is a Certified Dementia Trainer, has written and presented on countless aging & dementia topics, as well many other topics and issues throughout her career.  In 2011 she was nominated for the Mississippi Coast Women of Achievement award.