Dr. Bruster currently serves as senior pastor of the 6,000-member First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Centenary College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. In 1985 he graduated Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Master of Divinity and went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and worship in 1991, also from Perkins. Beyond the local church, Dr. Bruster serves on several boards and councils.
He and his wife, Susan, live in Fort Worth and have three grown daughters: Sarah, who is married to Stephen Pepper, Katie, married to Alex Segreti, and Emily who is married to Chris Wahler. They are also the proud grandparents of Alice and Andrew Pepper and Luca and Milo Segreti. He is a licensed pilot and his primary hobby is aviation. He also enjoys family outings, reading, travel and music.
Linda and her husband Jim have been married for 50 years. Linda worked as an RN in Assisted Living communities for 20 years of her career. She also served alongside her husband, Jim who is a United Methodist Minister. She and Jim have 2 grown sons, who have families of their own. They especially enjoy spending time with the granddaughters. Linda officially retired in 2016, however many would say she doesn’t really understand what retirement is about. Since retirement she has served the Texas Assisted Living Association as a trainer for Assisted Living Mangers all over the state of Texas.
Linda’s vision to lead Dementia Friendly Fort Worth grew out of her nursing profession and her desire to serve the older population of First United Methodist Fort Worth. Linda’s aspirations include a vision to see nursing professionals graduate with an awareness and training for nurses on better care for those with dementia until there is a cure!
Carolyn Grieser studied Home Economics at the University of Illinois and moved to Texas in 1970. She and her husband Gerry have two children and five grandchildren. Carolyn and Gerry volunteer with the Hurst Police Department Citizens on Patrol and the Hurst Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
Through the years she worked as a substitute teacher, microwave oven demonstrator, cooking school instructor, assistant buyer of linens at Stripling and Co. and rental property owner/manager. Her favorite job was being a book seller for seven years at Walden’s Bookstore. Her love of books translated well to the volunteer work in at the FUMCFW church library where she serves as the Library Director.
She traveled the Alzheimer’s journey with her mother and mother-in-law and tells people that she wants them to know what she didn’t know when they began the journey. Carolyn has been actively involved in the work of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth since its inception and volunteers in various capacities as the need arises.
Pam Brandon is President and Founder of AGE-u-cate® Training Institute, a Tarrant County based company that develops and delivers aging and dementia training for professional and family caregivers. Pam spearheaded the development of Dementia Live®, Flashback® and Compassionate Touch®- innovative dementia training programs being implemented by care providers, hospitals, universities and others across the US, Canada and Australia.
Pam’s passion for aging and dementia education was grounded in her 15 -year caregiving journey for her own parents who lived with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Since 2007, she has educated and trained thousands of family and professional caregivers and worked with hundreds of organizations in helping to create positive change for older adults and those who serve them. Pam and her husband John have lived in Colleyville for 28 years and have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
Shelly Young is the Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter where she has served for ten years. Ms. Young has a Master of Science in Gerontology from Abilene Christian University and has worked with seniors for over 20 years. Much of her employment has been in the senior care industry including assisted living, nursing facilities and home care. During this time, she has had the privilege of working with many senior adults and their families as they tried to find appropriate services and make the difficult choices that families often face.
Ms. Young’s mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years. Her mother passed away after living a nursing facility for three years. Ms. Young’s father suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia and lived in a care facility for over six years.
Board member John Howard died December 30 due to complications from COVID-19. An early and ardent supporter of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth, John’s encouragement and support helped us greatly in the launching of this ministry. His willingness to do anything needed to help, including serving on our Board, is a witness to his faith and commitment to serve his Lord. The grit and determination with which he fought the virus, and his optimism up to the very last moments of his life are both testaments to the faith and goodness with which he lived his life. We will miss him.
Cheryl Mart, MSN, RN currently serves as the Faith Community Nurse Program Coordinator for Texas Health Resources. She is Board Certified in Faith Community Nursing and draws on her 14 years’ of experience in acute care and community nursing to develop health promotion programs that assist faith communities to maintain mental, physical and spiritual health.
She also co-facilitates a support group at her church for children of aging parents. Dementia Friendly Fort Worth fits with her personal mission to provide compassionate and culturally competent health information to the community by promoting wellness through health education and advocacy.
Beth Noah earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington. She is licensed with the state of Texas. Beth worked with family and children for 15 years through Big Brothers and Sisters and Communities in Schools. For the past 9 years she has served as the Coordinator for The Aging and Disability Resource Center in Tarrant County (ADRC). She has also been involved in various committees and networking groups in order to help connect seniors and people with disabilities with the resources they need.
Beth’s great aunt suffered with Alzheimer’s and at that time not much was known about how to recognize it in the early stage or treat it. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, card making, going to Ranger games, and traveling.
Ellen Munsterman is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and certified Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and currently functions as the Gerontology Program Coordinator for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
Ellen grew up in Colorado and moved to Texas to attend Texas Christian University. She has remained in the DFW area ever since. Caring for individuals living with dementia and their families became an interest of Ellen’s through her nursing experience in the hospital setting, and continues to drive her passion for the Dementia Friendly Fort Worth initiative.
Both my parents had dementia, and I wish I had had the resources back then that now available in our community. What attracted me to serving on the board of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth is the training they provide to businesses such as restaurants, assisted living facilities, and others who serve the public. Helping people is what I enjoy doing with my time. I volunteer with Dementia Friendly Fort Worth, serve breakfast to the homeless at Disciple Breakfast on Sunday mornings at First United Methodist Church, assist with the stewardship drive at FUMC, and help make coffee most Sundays. After attending Pennsylvania State University (BS), I attended graduate school at University of Texas Pan American. I am a retired elementary teacher and principal with thirty years in education. As the saying goes, “You can take the teacher out the school, but you can’t take the school out of the teacher.” I continue to substitute at Fort Worth Country Day and work three to five days a week. I love working with children, and during the summer I teach Vacation Bible School at FUMC. My husband and I moved to Fort Worth back in June of 2016. Greg is the CFO at UNTHSC. We have five grown children and eleven grandchildren. We enjoy traveling, spending time with family, attending concerts and plays, and going out to eat.
Paige Wolk, LBSW, CDP has over twenty years of experience in the Senior Care Industry. She began her career as a Social Worker in a skilled nursing facility working with elderly and found her passion. Mrs. Wolk has been active in the Social Work community, earning such distinctions as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers and Social Worker of the Year by the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare, Texas Chapter. Her experiences with the elderly include Social Work, Business Development, Public Relations, Advocacy, Community Education and Marketing for long term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities and subacute units. Prior to joining the Overture Home care team in June of 2016, Paige was employed with Rehab Synergies, a Rehabilitation Services Provider serving as the Director of Marketing and Recruitment for 6 years. Mrs. Wolk has a passion for the elderly with particular interest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) and volunteers regularly for Dementia and Alzheimer’s related causes. Paige is married with three children and resides in the mid-cities. She enjoys cheering on her twin boys at the hockey rink and is an OU Fan (Boomer! Sooner!) given her daughter attends the University of Oklahoma.
Misti Powell, Founder and Chief People Officer for Civitas Senior Living, is a passionate executive with more than 15 years of experience in senior living operations. With a focus in market development and customer service, Ms. Powell oversees the evolution of the organization’s policies and procedures, management of resident health services, staff education and culture implementation. Leading through her passion, Ms. Powell has developed employee engagement programs including a candidate-centric recruiting and onboarding experience, robust resident activities programming, company-wide wellness standards and a meaningful culture that is the heart of the Company. Prior to joining Civitas Senior Living from 2005, Misti held roles of increasing responsibility at the community level including marketing, Wellness Director and Executive Director for a local community in the Fort Worth area. It was during this time, while her husband was simultaneously serving as a consultant for other senior living groups, The Powell’s realized that they would make a greater impact in the senior living industry through ownership. Together in 2013 they formed Civitas Senior Living. The Company currently owns and operates more than 40 communities nationwide with 15 additional communities in development.
Michelle Kimzey is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She earned her Ph.D at the University of Texas at Tyler and holds a B.S. in Nursing from Baylor University and M.S in Nursing Education from Texas Woman’s University. Since coming to TCU, she has continued to follow her passion for the older adults and those living with dementia. Dr. Kimzey’s research focuses on improving the care of those living with dementia. She is engaged in a range of research, enterprise and teaching activities in the field of dementia care. She is currently collaborating on several research projects related to dementia workforce and practice development. Dr. Kimzey recently completed studies include evaluation of a training program in dementia for healthcare students and an evaluation of the impact of a dementia simulation on nursing students. Dr. Kimzey looks forward to collaborating with the Fort Worth community to raise awareness of dementia in hopes of engaging those affected by dementia to get involved in education and research.
Charlene Ernst — Board Member
Charlene was born in Nebraska but has lived in Fort Worth most of her life,. She and her husband are members of FUMC-FW. She has done volunteer work for the church and community. She was a caregiver for her mother and her husband’s parents and aunt. This led to her interest in wanting to learn more about Dementia in order to have a better understanding of this debilitating decease and its effect on families, and the importance of educating the community about Dementia.