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Category : Professional Spotlight

Lilacs & Greensleeves: P.S. Steve Sciurba Director of Community Outreach

Steve Sciurba: Director of Community Outreach, The Kensington Sierra Madre

Care4You is so honored to have Steve Scurbia as our Professional in the Spotlight! Steve desires to build rapport and relationships effortlessly and he cares deeply about making the lives of seniors as pleasurable as possible. And because he believes the caliber of The Kensington is unmatched, Steve feels compelled to cultivate awareness in the community and he seeks to put their exceptional resources within easy reach of whoever needs them. In doing so, he affects many lives in the most wonderful ways!

With over 35 years of business development experience, Steve has worked in the following areas: Operations, Marketing, Sales Management, Recruitment and Sales Training. For the past 10 years Steve has been in the elder care industry, working for a SNF, a CCRC and currently at The Kensington, a RCFE. Personally, Steve lives in Glendora and has been married for 40 years and has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Thank you Steve, for all that you do for so many!

See The Kensington Sierra Madre website here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: P.S. Lori Michiel NASM-CPT

Care4You is so honored to have Lori Michiel NASM-CPT as our Professional in the Spotlight. Lori’s exceptional heart is filled with a passion that shows very well throughout her career as a trainer, teacher and advocate for fitness! Thank you Lori! We certainly appreciate you for all that you do for the wellness and the joy that you bring to those who seek your services. Well done!

About Lori Michiel:

Lori Michiel, founder of Lori Michiel Fitness™, is a well-known, published professional specializing in senior fitness. Lori provides private consultations and creates personalized fitness programs for those with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s, arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis and other ailments to enhance safety and quality of life for seniors.

Lori is trained by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the gold standard in the fitness industry, and is certified by the Arthritis Foundation and SilverSneakers®. An active member of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and IDEA Fitness Association, Lori has over 40 years of training experience. Clients seek out Lori’s services when experiencing recovery from joint replacement surgery, when they are challenged by post-rehabilitation recovery, ill health or are simply committed to aging gracefully. Her keen sense of humor and sensitive approach make her a highly sought-after trainer and coach.

 For more information about Lori and Lori Michiel Fitness, visit her website here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: P.S. Joseph L Jones III

Care4You is very proud to have Joseph (Jay) Jones as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Jay for all that you do within the San Dimas Senior Center and in the community at large!

About Jay

His name is Joseph L Jones III although most people know him by Jay. Reason being when you’re the 3rd most names (Joseph, Joe, etc) are already taken. He was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland. He was active in his community playing various sports and as an active participant in the Boy Scouts. In 1990, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout which to this day has granted him life skills he uses everyday. He attended Hampton University in Virginia where he received a BA in psychology. He moved to Northern California in 1994 where he attended graduate school at john F. Kennedy University in 2001 He received his MA in Sports Psychology. While attending graduate school, he worked as a Swim Club manager and as manager of fitness club that catered to older adults, his clientele’s average age was around 85yrs. His clients ranged from people just wanting to stay fit to people with Parkinson’s, hip/knee/shoulder replacement and brain stem injury. It was here where he developed his love for working with seniors.

He moved to southern California in 2005 and eventually began working for the City of Moreno Valley. He started out as the Senor Recreation Leader in sports and was quickly given the opportunity to be the coordinator of the senior center. He held that position for 10 years. He remembers when he started the job, they didn’t have many visitors daily, maybe 65 per day. Most seniors were dropped by their children and they would sit and wait for 8hrs until they were picked up and they would repeat this for 5 days straight. This was sad to witness so he told his staff that they had to change the environment. His motto was never say no to any idea or suggestion for any program a senior wanted. So with that, some things failed but most things flourished. He figured out real quick that seniors should make their own decisions regarding the programming and activities they wanted. How could he possibly decide what was good or not good for them based on his perception? When he left Moreno Valley, the senior center was averaging 125 people daily and they were at 97% capacity for room use.

He began his job in San Dimas as Recreation Supervisor in July 2016. His responsibilities are supervising the Recreation Department and two facilities, the San Dimas Senior Citizen Community Center and the San Dimas Recreation Center.

He has begun to infuse his thought process with the senior community there in San Dimas and so far he is very excited about the positive feedback. He looks forward to growing his partnerships within our community and providing great programming and opportunities for our senior community.

See the San Dimas Senior Citizen Community Center here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Professional Spotlight; Ferdinand Villegas

Care4You is honored to have Ferdinand Villagas as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Ferdie, for everything you do for the communities in which you serve! Well done!

Ferdinand Villegas

Ferdie Villegas is the territory manager with Philips Lifeline which a division of Philips Electronics that offers consumer and healthcare technology across the globe. Over the last 12 years he has worked with Philips Lifeline in providing peace of mind and reassurance to older adults helping them to live independently in their own homes. He spends most of his time on the road as his work takes him across the state of California and Hawaii working with major hospital systems throughout the coast introducing the latest technological innovation in home health care solutions.

Previously he also worked as the business development manager for Country Villa Health Services one of the largest skilled nursing and rehabilitation company in California.

Prior to his work with Lifeline, he spent sixteen years as the product manager with the American Red Cross developing safety and survival products for the general public. He also served as the health and safety administrator for the local Red Cross in City of Long Beach teaching people life saving techniques such as First Aid and CPR/AED. It was through the Red Cross that he became involve with Lifeline as the program manager providing the service through different channels within the organization.

He is also certified as a defensive driver training instructor through the National Safety Council teaching people how operate a vehicle safely and effectively.

He received his bachelor’s degree at the California Polytechnic University in Pomona.
In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and plays competitive USTA league tennis on weekends.

Philips Lifeline website>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS Heather Cooper Ortner President and CEO

Care4You is honored to have Heather Cooper Ortner, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Heather, for everything that you do in service to those in need!!

Meet Heather:

by Mark S. Liberman, Co-Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors as told to Katy Sweet & Associates:

“Heather Cooper Ortner has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (ALZGLA). She will be responsible for overseeing all organizational and administrative duties, providing direct oversight of all programs, and staff and initiating and implementing strategic planning.

Heather brings a wealth of experience in the healthcare arena to Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles.

Her proactive approach and passion for her work, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit make her a valuable asset, particularly as awareness continues to grow for the comprehensive programs and support ALZGLA provides for the entire community.

Prior to joining ALZGLA, Cooper Ortner served as Chief Executive Officer for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, overseeing all activities of the organization including management of annual and long-term strategic positioning. She also enjoyed a seven-year stint with the International Myeloma Foundation, first as its Vice President, Development and subsequently as Executive Vice President, Development. A graduate of UCLA, Cooper Ortner also served as Director of Development for The Brandeis-Bardin Institute as well as Director, Western Area Development Center for Hadassah.”

Heather’s response:

“I am honored to be joining Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles,” said Cooper Ortner. “By providing a multitude of free programs and on-going assistance, ALZGLA is clearly bringing much needed support to those with Alzheimer’s as well as their family and caregivers here in Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. I am grateful to the board of directors for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of dedicated and talented professionals. I look forward to helping raise the profile and to increasing funding and efficiency so ALZGLA can serve even more people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Congratulations, Heather!!

Read the full story on this very dedicated professional here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: PS; Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM


It is our honor at Care4You, to have Desiree Hawkins as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Desiree for everything you do for your patients, their families and the community that you serve!

Meet Desiree:


Desiree has worked as an RN for 30+ years with her career beginning as a medical surgical nurse. She went to work at San Dimas Community Hospital in 1990 as a medical surgical nurse. SDCH has always encouraged her growth as a nurse, thus she has crossed trained to telemetry, ICU, GI lab, OB post-partum, and case management. She was a charge nurse for med/surg telemetry for many years and loved it! Desiree transitioned to case management in 2004 and has “never looked back!” She loves working with patients, family, physicians, and their community vendors. SDCH is located in a warm and family-oriented community, and she is so proud and grateful to be part of this community.

San Dimas Community Hospital has grown to a 101 bed facility over the years, and offers many resources to our community. As case management director, Desiree sees great teamwork throughout the hospital. Their case management department utilizes many different care-giving agencies and vendors. Through her own personal family need, she urgently needed a caregiver for her family member. She called Donna at Care 4 You, and she quickly connected her to a caregiver. All was promptly handled very professionally. Desiree deals with these situations on a daily basis at work, and she says that she was truly impressed with all of Care4You’s staff. Having this personal experience with non-medical caregivers has really stressed to Desiree the importance of what her case management team does for families at SDCH.

San Dimas Community Hospital is her home away from home, and Desiree looks forward to many more years assisting her patients and families transition through their care while they are part of the SDCH family during their hospitalization.

Desiree Hawkins, RN, CCM
Director Case Management
San Dimas Community Hospital
1350 West Covina Boulevard
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-599-6811 Ext: 2628  

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp

Care4You is very proud to have Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Karen for everything you do on behalf of your clients!

“Karen E. Zubiate-Beauchamp was born in San Dimas and has practiced law in this area for the past 25 years. She did her undergraduate work at the University of La Verne and graduated with honors. She obtained her law degree from the University of Memphis, in Memphis, Tennessee. Karen has worked as a mediator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in business and probate matters. She also volunteered pro bono at the Guardianship Clinic at the Superior Court Pomona, California. She is the past president of the Mt. Baldy Inns of Court and is a member of the Eastern Bar Association. Karen is also a member of the Soroptmists International San Dimas/La Verne and a member of the Board of Directors of the David and Margaret Home in La Verne, California.  Karen is licensed to practice law in all state courts in California, as well as the United States District Court and the United States Tax Court.”

Zubiate-Beauchamp, LLP website here>


Lilacs & Greensleeves: Dr. Aaron Nguyen Professional Spotlight


Care4You is very proud to have Dr. Aaron Nguyen as our Professional in the Spotlight! Thank you Dr. Nguyen for all that you do on behalf of your patients!! “Dr. Nguyen received his M.D from Northwestern University Medical School in 1993. He completed his surgical internship at USC-LA County Medical Center, and in 2000 his urology residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. During training, he was the first recipient of the International Volunteer Scholar award and was the recipient of the Pfizer Scholar award. He was board certified in 2002. Since July 2000, Dr. Nguyen has practiced in general adult and pediatric urology. He is currently director of the Voiding Dysfunction Clinic at Casa Colina Hospital. He has received “Top Doctor” Award for 2 consecutive years from Pomona Valley Hospital Regional Kidney Stone Center. He has previously chaired the Continuing Medical Education Committee at Pomona Valley hospital. Dr. Nguyen also serves as Clinical Instructor for Pomona Valley Hospital Family Practice Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Western College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a speaker for Pfizer and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Nguyen is an avid sports fan and enjoys international travel with his wife and son.”

Visit Dr. Nguyen’s at Inland Urology Medical Group here>

Lilacs & Greensleeves: Sonia Schupbach, Director


Sonia Schupbach, Director of ‘The Glendora After Stroke Program.’

Care4You is honored to have Sonia Schupbach as our Professional in the Spotlight!!

The after stroke support program is a warm and welcoming place that provides weekly programs and services for stroke survivors and their families. This no fee program has been meeting on Wednesdays for over 30 years!

Thank you Sonia for your wonderful dedication and service to the community! You are so appreciated!

See the details of the May 2016 events here>

Visit the Glendora After Stroke Program here>


Lilacs and Greensleeves: Katie Gundersen, MS, OTR/L


Care4You is proud to have Katie Gundersen as our Professional in the Spotlight. Thank you Katie for all that you do for the community, especially for our Seniors!

KATIE GUNDERSEN, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist

“As a California licensed Occupational therapist, Katie knows the importance of managing daily occupations, those activities that give meaning to our lives.

Stumbling blocks, both big and small, can interfere with our quality of life. It might be nothing more than a little ache or pain, or something as major as surgery or other issues of aging including memory problems, confusion, poor mobility, compromised safety that get in the way of comfortable daily activity.

Working through her business called EZ Living, Katie goes to her clients and helps them problem solve through those pesky daily problems like how to get up from a bed that is too low, or how to manage the shower safely by adding grab bars, shower chairs, and tools that help to make daily skills safer and easier.

As a master clinician, she teaches her clients how to meet their daily living goals safely and with ease. She has access to companies that specialize in providing adaptive tools, can help her clients acquire them, and teaches her clients how to use them correctly.

Katie recognized, over 15 years ago, the need for her clinical involvement in her local community. She has kept her fees low in order to be able to provide in-home instruction and guidance at an affordable level.”

She can be reached at 626 359-1055 for initial contact and to set up an appointment for further consultation or send her a message at