About


Movers and Shakers

Jomarie Zeleznik, MD, FACP

BOOMER, PRESIDENT, SECRETARY. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CREATIVE EDITOR, WEBMASTER


At Loyola Stritch School of Medicine who did her required humanities project as a modern dance performance. Fully informed about the broken senior care industrial complex Draws endless inspiration from years of caring for Mary at home. Writes as: Thyme N. Haff

Mary Ellen DeVito, MSW

BOOMER, VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER, TECHNICAL EDITOR


A graduate of the Columbia School of Social Work whose work experience includes counseling battered women in Alaska, Lighthouse for the Blind, and 9-11 trauma debriefing. A serial live-in caregiver for both her parents whose skills are still sought out by neighbors. Writes as: Menna

Sandra Ritzmann

BOOMER, BOARD MEMBER, NATIONAL OUTREACH COORDINATOR


Retired Texas resident with a background in legal education and international law administration. Serial caregiver. Advocate for vulnerable populations. Writes as: Ritzy

Peter Gordon, MBA

BOOMER, BOARD MEMBER, LOCAL OUTREACH COORDINATOR


Marion’s middle child who, inspired by caregiving experiences for both parents, professionally entered the senior care industrial complex as a daily money manager to help old people keep up with the paperwork while providing needed advocacy.

Creative Contributors

Sherry Day

Gen X


World citizen, air force veteran, serial professional caregiver. Founding photographer who created the Reflections Program. Writes as: Sherry Day.

Krzysztof Aniolczyk

Gen X


20th century immigrant. Claims to have experienced deja vu when introduced to The CareGivers' Project. Photographer.

Nikki Helvey

Gen X


World citizen, serial professional caregiver who finds her training in child development relevant to the care of the old. Writes as: Nikki.

Harold Cole

Boomer


Boomer. Bronx native, photographer who aspires to digitally preserve life’s fleeting precious moments and beauty. Asked to join The CareGivers' Project at his mother-in-law's 98th birthday party.

Kindra Ferribough

Gen X


Professional writer, serial professional caregiver.

Michael E. Berry

Boomer. Co-founder.


Professional experience in nursing, ministry and the health insurance industry. Writes as: Mendon T. Cry.

Donna Jacobson-Silverman

Boomer


Creative copy writer and market strategist in the real estate industry. A nursing home advocate with informed intent and a wickedly honest pen. Writes as Donna Jacobson.

Peter Jungkunst

Boomer


Practicing Buddhist who sees the awakenings in being a caregiver. Writes as: Stoneman.

Founders

Immediately after reading "Letting Go of My Father" by Jonathan Rauch published in The Atlantic Monthly in April 2010, The CareGivers' Project was brought to life on the back of an envelope at the New Leaf restaurant in Manhattan by a geriatrician and social worker who were, for different reasons, both cohabiting with their mother. With relationship memory preserved, both of these octogenarians could still set curfews on their grown daughters. The CareGivers' Project was incorporated in 2012 by the creative spare time synergy of Mary Ellen DeVito, Michael E. Berry and Jomarie Zeleznik all of whom drew inspiration from caring for parents.

It's all about relationships