Meet the NCCAP Board and Staff

 

Peter J. Illig, CEO and General Counsel. Peter is an accomplished nonprofit leader with a strong set of management, legal, communication and partnering skills. He leads mission-driven nonprofits in C-suite positions providing strategic guidance on restructuring and long-term sustainability. Previously, he served as General Counsel and Head of External Affairs for World Scouting, was Executive Director of the Foundation of the Fortune 100 med-tech company Stryker, and served as a Human Rights Lawyer in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Illig graduated from SUNY Buffalo School of Law, has an LLM in International Law from the University of Notre Dame's London Law Program and is admitted to the NY Bar. Based in the Metro DC area, he is a consultant to the United Nations and World Health Organization, and is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.


 

 

Dawn Worsley, ADC, CDP. NCCAP President.  Owner of 'Dawn on the Horizon, LLC' in Baltimore, MD, Dawn serves on a variety of boards including her 2nd term as President of NCCAP (2019-2021). Dawn is an Activity Director Certified (ADC), a Certified Eden Alternative Associate and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and NCCAP MEPAP Instructor.

In addition to serving as an Activity Director, Corporate Program Development and Consultant, Admissions & Marketing, Director of Alzheimer's and Gero-psych units, she also serves as a Regional Clinical Specialist. She is a pioneer and expert in long-term care and community specialized in regulatory compliance, resident rights and culture change. A National Speaker topics for Health Care Workers, she is published in both print and video, having worked in collaboration with the University of Maryland Video Press.


 

 

 Lori Presser, BSHA, ACC, CDP, CMP, CEAL. NCCAP Vice President.  Lori has been in long-term care for over 20 years in various roles across the senior realm: Activities, Operations, Marketing, and Business Development. She has been part of the Northeast Ohio Association of Activity Professionals leadership team for over 17 years. Lori has a Bachelor of Science and Health Care Administration and certifications that enhance seniors’ lives. As an advocate for seniors and Activity Professionals, Lori brings extensive marketing, social media and communications expertise to NCCAP.

 


 

 

Debbie Hommel, BA, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS. NCCAP Immediate Past President. The Executive Director of DH Special Services, Debbie is a Certified Activity Consultant with specializations in Memory Care and Education through NCCAP and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. For over 30 years Debbie has provided direct care and consultation to long-term care, medical day care, assisted living, and ICF/MR facilities throughout NJ, NY, MD and PA. She is a MEPAP Instructor,  experienced trainer and workshop presenter, conducting seminars throughout the Tri-State area as well as KS, MN, WV, VA, NY, SD, and LA for the Activity Professional, administrator, and allied health care professionals.

Debbie Hommel is an active member of Activity Professional Associations on State and National levels. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Activity Professionals’ Association, serving terms as Vice President and President. She received the Weidner Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the Monmouth & Ocean County Activity Professionals Life Achievement Award in 1999. Debbie has served 2 terms on the Executive Board of NCCAP and is the recipient of the National Certification Council’s 2009 MEPAP Instructor of the Year award.



Penny Cook, MSW, President and CEO of the Pioneer Network. NCCAP Secretary. Given the complementary missions of NCCAP and Pioneer Network, we are pleased to have Penny Cook serve as our Secretary. Penny’s commitment to changing the culture of aging and long-term care began early in her professional career as a social worker in Rochester, New York and continued as she moved to Colorado. She strongly believes that the care we provide to elders is directly related to the way we, as a society, view aging.  She is passionate about spreading the message that we are in the midst of a revolution about how we age and where we do it. Penny comments that “no matter whether people live, in nursing homes, assisted living communities or in their family home, we all deserve and should expect respectful and dignified care and support that is centered, directed and tailored to us as individuals.”

Penny previously served as the Manager of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in the Denver metropolitan region and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Culture Change Coalition. There she expanded the Coalition’s reach to look beyond nursing homes and brought the message of culture change to assisted living communities and home care organizations. Most recently she was the Director of Long Term Services and Supports for Colorado Access where she managed a state Medicaid contract to connect individuals to long-term services and supports. Penny received her Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Binghamton University. 


 

 

Thomas R. Trexler. NCCAP Treasurer. Tom brings more than 35 years of experience in financial compliance and planning as the President of Corporate Finance, Inc. in Maryland. He has worked extensively providing financial advice and counsel to start-up and small cap ventures, including valuation, structuring, liquidity and business development. He has served as CFO for a number of high tech companies including the process of going public on NASDAQ. 

 

 


 

 

Linda Redhead, MS, ACC, EDU. Special Projects Committee Chair. Owner of Activity Advisor, a consulting company, Linda graduated from the 'School of Visual Arts' with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Art Therapy. Also a College of New Rochelle graduate with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy, she is a certified Activity Professional with over 28 years of activity experience in long-term care. She has worked in several long-term health care facilities and is currently a Director of Activities in Fishkill, NY. She is a founding member of the 'Activity Professionals of the Hudson Valley Association', a MEPAP Instructor and was the 'MEPAP Instructor of the Year' for 2013.

 


 

 

 Asel Valentine. Data Specialist. Asel joined NCCAP in May 2017 and services as Data Specialist focused on research, analysis and completing initial certification applications. She is responsible for the metrics of all search and report functions. 

Asel has lived in Virginia Beach for 7 years. As a busy mom she is also pursuing a college degree in Liberal Arts. She enjoys reading, walking, and spending time with the family.

We are very glad to have such a hardworking lady on our team!