Charlene is a Gerontologist. Public Health Communicator & Educator and Certified Case Manager focused on helping people age well with joy, possibilities, wellness and care. Charlene is a passionate healthcare communicator, educating seniors about evidence-based, result oriented fall prevention and chronic disease self-management programs and is adept at forging relationships with consumers, caregivers and health care providers.
In her 10 years as a Certified Case Manager, Aging Life Care Manager and Advocate, Charlene assess for community health needs, identifies service gaps, cuts through Red Tape and designs specific, person-centric life care plans for clients in Massachusetts, Florida, New York and Colorado, ages 68 to 100+, in home-based, medical or community environments.
An avid golfer, Charlene created an Adaptive Golf program, offering the opportunity for people as they age, to continue to play golf, with adaptations to once again enjoy the game that they love. Charlene is active in the community, as a member of the Boston Medical Reserve Corps, serving as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, earning certification as a Support Group Leader for the Alzheimer’s Association, Archdiocese of Boston and the U.S. Pain Foundation. A Commissioner for the Town of Milton Disability Commission and the Co-Chair of Milton Beth Israel Lahey Health, she represents the viewpoints of the community.
Charlene developed and implemented issue advocacy & health education campaigns during her 15 years of experience as a Grassroots Director for Legislative Education Programs, Congressional Caseworker and major event producer in Boston and Washington, D.C. Charlene offers expertise in field organization, strategic communications, training and organizational development.
She has developed strategic marketing initiatives and events, to increase consumer awareness. A life-long learner, Charlene has earned graduate degrees in Gerontology and Management of Aging Services from the University of Massachusetts; American University’s Public Communications Program and Pain Research, Communication and Education from Tufts School of Public Health.