NCAPA Fall Conference 2019

NCAPA Fall Conference 2019

North Carolina Activity Professionals Association
“Mountains to the Sea – North Carolina United”

*** 14.0 Hours Continuing education available ***
September 24th-27th, 2019 at Trinity Center
618 Salter Path Road                                                                                                                      Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512    252-247-5600


Educational Sessions  

9 MEALS  Accommodations  &          

2020 NCAPA Membership!                  



Mary Lou Infinito

Mary Lou Infinito graduated from Nursing School in New Jersey and then started her career in Oncology Nursing. From there she became interested and involved in many different areas of End-of-Life care over the years. It was when Mary Lou looked back at all her many life experiences with patients and their families as well as her numerous personal experiences combined with her volunteer work that she realized she was always meant to help people be a part of the dying process for themselves and those they loved. Mary Lou’s greatest life experience was working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India where the impact of recognizing that everyone deserves to die with dignity was powerful. In addition her time in India had a huge impact on increasing her levels of Gratitude about every life experience both large and small in our lives.

As a trained Death Doula and a certified instructor in many educational programs to help others including – Respecting Choices – both First Steps and Last Steps, The End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), The “Hello” Game, and The Serious Illness Care Program as well as a trained Hospice Volunteer she is excited to be able to provide additional education, insights and support to providers and communities throughout eastern North Carolina and beyond regarding celebrating both living and dying.

Mary Lou is an Outreach Program Coordinator and Educator for Advance Care Planning with Vidant Health covering the Southern section of the 29 counties from where she lives in New Bern, North Carolina and beyond. This work assists in making advance care planning a routine part of health care in an effort to assure that both families and the medical community are aware of and can follow a patient’s individual choices for care.

*The “Hello” Game is an experiential learning tool that helps people break down barriers and talk openly about personal values, what matters most to them and may in turn encourage participation in advance care planning.  There is nothing attendees need to do in preparation, other than come with an open mind and a willingness to learn about themselves. Personalized booklets and game chips will be provided to each attendee without charge. Previous players should BRING their book and experience the event as a “Return Player”

Paige Bishop BSW/CDP

Paige is a 2007 graduate of NC State University with a degree in Social Work. She started working at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community following graduation and has been working there for 12 years. Paige has a passion for working with residents with Dementia and she is a strong advocate for making their lives brighter. She also has studied the Certified Dementia Practitioner training program facilitator the Dementia Live training and has been instrumental in training the staff at her facility.


Darian Dennis

Darian Dennis began practicing yoga in 2004 and has been in love with it ever since. She is a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and is certified in Trauma – Sensitive Yoga and Meditation. She encourages her students to build a strong foundation in practices and more fully embrace life. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and over 25 years’ experience in the information technology field. In addition to teaching Yoga classes, she works as a Proposal Director for a consulting firm in Sterling, VA.

January Brown

January Brown is the Regional Family Caregiver Specialist at Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging.   January graduated with a Bachelor Degree in General Psychology and Dance Sciences from the University of Northern Colorado and has attended the University of Michigan School of Social Worker Continuing education Advanced Clinical Dementia Practices Certification. January Brown is also a certified Dementia Live and Compassionate Touch Practitioner through Age-U-cate Training Institute.  On a professional level, she has worked in Skilled Nursing Facilities, Psychiatric Facilities, hospitals, and managed group homes for adults and children with disabilities.

She has been a care coordinator, social services director, admissions, and discharge planner long term care. She has assisted in community networking, one on one interactions with clients, counseling, conducts caregiver support group, grievance support, advance directive decision making counselor, SHIIP volunteer, Options Counselor, and has a large background working with all ages of individuals with disabilities. As a Family Caregiver Specialist, January assists with community support to caregivers and older adults, supplemental services as needed for caregiver’s respite programs, grandparents raising grandchildren, and Alzheimer’s education and support. January Brown provides educational presentations and training in the community for professionals and caregivers to include emergency preparedness, older adult and caregiver technology information, Dementia Live and Compassionate Touch training, stress management, Powerful Tools for Caregivers evidence based programs, and much more.

Jennifer Benton

Jennifer H. Benton, ADC has spent 10 years in the realm of Activities and is certified as an Activity Director through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.  With a background in Special Education, Jen uses her specific teaching methods to deliver person centered care in programming for seniors on all levels of long term spectrum.   She is currently serving as the Activity Director for Stanley Total Living Center, a continuing care retirement community in Gaston County.  She has co-taught a variety of classes at Central Piedmont Community College including the NC Healthcare Activity Director-Basic course, MEPAP I, and Bridge the Gap.   She is actively serving as a board member on both her regional association (Metrolina Activity Professionals Association)  and state organization (North Carolina Activity Professionals Association) because she believes in the value of good education and enjoys giving back.  She is also a frequent presenter on a variety of topics in North Carolina as requested.  She is an avid reader, crafty-genius, and overall loves to travel and explore with her amazing golden retriever, Sugarbear.

Jennifer will be teaching “Themes and Things”

Melanie Noble, TRA

Melanie currently serves on the NCAPA board as Past Parliamentarian. She has been working in the Activity field since 1985 and has been a member of NCAPA since 1992.Melanie has worked in a variety of settings including early interventions with Mentally handicapped infants (infant stem program) , as a recreation therapist in a psychiatric hospital, and for the last 14 years as an Activity director in an Assisted Living facility. Melanie has given many hours and volunteer time to NCAPA and remains a dedicated member. She has two grown sons and lives in New Bern with her husband Joe Melanie will be teaching “Themes and Things”

Themes and Things Promo:

Don’t get overwhelmed with the idea of planning themed weeks or large scale events.  Let seasoned professionals Jennifer and Melanie guide you with some tricks and tips to keep things organized and ON TRACK!  In this workshop, you will learn practical tools for proper planning, development, and evaluation of week-long themes and large-scale special events.  Jen will lay out the nuts and bolts with helpful documents you can take home to use while Melanie will showcase some of her larger events and discuss decorating on a budget.  No matter if you are working in independent living, assisted, or skilled nursing care these tips are good to keep all busy activity professionals organized.


North Carolina Activity Professionals Association

Fall Conference September 24–27 2019

Tuesday September 24, 2019

4:00 – Lodging Check In

5:00 -6:00 -Registration and Welcome Table

6:00 – Dinner/ Trinity Dining Hall

7:00 – NCAPA Executive Board Meeting/ The Beach House

7:30 – NCAPA Business Meeting and Board Meeting/ All are welcome/ Beach House

Wednesday September 25, 2019

8:00 – Breakfast Trinity Conference Center Dining Hall

9:00 –9:15- Welcome and Opening remarks Kim Burleson NCAPA President /St. James Room

9:15 – 10:30 – Keynote speaker Mary Lou Infinito-“The Hello Game” (1.25 hours)/ St. James Room

10:45 – 12:15 Speaker Cindy Deporter (DHHS) “Current Trends from a Surveyor’s Point of View” (1.50 Hours)/ St. James Room

12:15 – Lunch Trinity Dining Hall

1:15-2:30 Speaker January Brown “Technology 101 for Older Adults” 1.25 hours/ The Beach House

2:45-4:00 Speaker January Brown “Compassionate Touch” 1.25 hours/ The Beach House

6:00 – Dinner/ Trinity Dining Hall

Thursday September 26, 2019

8:00 Breakfast/ Trinity Center Dining Hall

9:00-10:15 –Speaker Paige Bishop “Positive Approach Care”. The Teepa Snow Approach to Dementia Care/ St. James Room

10:30 -11:45– Speaker Brenda Zimmerman “Reminiscing and One to One Visits “– (1.25 Hours) / St. James Room

12:00 – Lunch/ Trinity Dining Hall

1:15 – 2:30 Speaker Brenda Zimmerman “Developing your Volunteer Program“(1.25 hours)/ St. James Room

2:45 – 4:00 Speakers Melanie Noble and Jennifer Benton “Themes and Things…..making a plan for theme weeks and large scale parties” / The Beach House

6:00 – Dinner/ Trinity Dining Hall

7:15 – Facilitator Onie Bodenheimer Trexler “Toes in the Sand”. Join the Team for an Interactive Game on the Beach (1.50 Hours)/ Meet in the Beach House

Friday September 27, 2018

8:00-–Breakfast Trinity Dining Hall

9:00 – 10:00 – Yoga on the Beach with Facilitator Darian Dennis (1 hour)

10:00 – Check Out of Rooms

10:30 – 11:45 – “Closing Keynote” Onie Bodenheimer Trexler (1.25 hours)/ St. James Room

12:00 – Lunch Trinity Dining Hall

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The following packages each include an ALL-INCLUSIVE three-night stay at the BEAUTIFUL BEACH SETTING of the Trinity Conference Center. Rates are per person for a double-occupancy room*** (each room has a queen and twin bed and private bath), nine meals, light snacks, full conference educational sessions and a 2020 membership to NCAPA.
***There is an additional one-time charge of $75 if you would like a private/single room.

____ $450.00 Members-Includes NCAPA 2020 Membership

____ $600.00 Non-Members-Includes NCAPA 2020 Membership

____ $350 Commuter-Includes NCAPA 2020 membership, plus 14 continuing educational hours, parking, eight meals, light snacks

Name ______________________ Email ________________________

Address __________________________________________________

Work Phone ____________________    Cell Phone ________________

Roommate’s Name _____________________________________

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**** NCAPA will match double-occupancy rooms if this space is left blank

____ $75.00 Private Room/single room

____$340.00 Guest Accommodations- Includes shared room & meals


____ $550.00 Members- Includes NCAPA 2020 Membership

____ $700 Non-Members- Includes NCAPA 2020 Membership     

____ $400.00 Commuter***Includes NCAPA 2020 Membership

_________Total enclosed

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PLEASE NOTE: Please make your check payable to NCAPA and mail along with both pages of this registration form to:
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26 East Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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General Info for Trinity Center & Conference: Bring a door prize to share

  • NO Pets
  • All Linens and towels are provided (bring your own beach towel)
  • Wireless is available in all meeting spaces but not in lodgings
  • Each room has a queen size bed and a twin
  • No hairdryer or TVs in rooms (TV available in common areas)
  • Check in at 4:00 PM Tuesday and Check Out is at 10:00 AM Friday
  • Bring a Yoga Mat or Beach Towel for Beach Yoga Class (not provided)