Anne Asman, MS
Anne completed her MS in Interdisciplinary Gerontology in 2015 from the University of Utah. Since that time, she has worked to connect the dots in geriatric care, especially relating to brain health. She is a certified in Dementia Education and Communication from the University of Tasmania in Australia and complete the Utah Certificate of Palliative Care Education. She has worked closely with the AAA of Salt Lake County, the State Office of Aging and Adult Services, and is an active member and work group leader for the Alzheimer's and Other Dementia's Coordinating Council administrated by the Utah Department of Health and the Chair of the Summit County Aging Alliance. Anne is working with multiple organizations to provide best practice memory and skilled nursing care throughout the Wasatch Front. She has facilitated presentations and discussions on Advanced Directives and End of Life planning including how and why to fill out a POLST form. She is a member of the American Institute on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, and is a consultant for Community Nursing Services.
Sheryl Bagshaw, MBA, SSW, CVW
Sheryl is a Dementia Practitioner/Educator. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and a Gerontology Certificate from Utah State University where she started the Student Gerontology Association. Sheryl has been working in the senior care industry since 1997, and is a licensed Social Service Worker. Since 2005, Sheryl has specifically been working with dementia clients and their families. She has been a Cognitive Interventionist, a Senior Placement Advisor, a Case Manager, a Long-Term Care Social Worker, a Discharge Planner, the Director of a Dementia Unit, and the host for various Family Support Groups. Sheryl holds Certification as a Validation Worker through Naomi Feil’s Validation Institute, and has obtained her Certification as an Eden Alternative Associate. She holds national certification as a Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). Sheryl has been a Volunteer Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association and is currently a member of the Utah State Coordinating Council for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. She is a sought after speaker throughout Utah as a Dementia Educator and Speaker. She is also the author of the books “Angels at the Bedside” and “Dementia: From the Wrong End of the Bed.”
Nancy Madsen, MS, SSW, CPM
Nancy holds an MS Degree in Gerontology from the University of Utah and is a licensed Social Service Worker and Certified Public Manager. She is currently the Program Manager for the Utah Caregiver Support Program in the State of Utah/Division of Aging & Adult Services. Nancy was a family caregiver for her elderly mother for twenty-two years and care partner for her late husband for over seven years prior to his passing from a terminal illness. She understands the role of a family caregiver well. She is passionate about advocating for all aging individuals as well as family caregivers who selflessly devote their lives and time in caring for their loved ones.
Dr. Purganan earned her medical degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She completed her Psychiatry residency at the University of Cincinnati where she served as inpatient chief resident and then went on to pursue a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Dr. Purganan is board certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry by the ABPN.
After completing her training, she stayed on at the University of Cincinnati as an inpatient attending on the geriatric psychiatry unit, consultation & liaison, and ECT services. Just prior to joining our faculty, she had moved back to her hometown of Seattle, WA and worked at CHI-Franciscan Health to develop and implement the collaborative care model in their outpatient clinics. Her interests include dementia, neuropsychiatric disorders in the elderly, ECT, women and minority mental health, and access to mental health care. She is committed to advancing the field through education and advocacy.