“Interacting with other activity professionals and sharing ideas with others is so inspiring; it nourishes my soul.” — Lisa E.
The Activity Professional Association of Greater Dallas exists to:
- Enhance the professional and educational standards of the members
- Improve the quality of activities provided by professionals employed in senior facilities
- Educate other social and health professionals as to what our association represents
- Raise awareness of the value of the life enrichment profession within the eldercare industry and the contributions made to person-centered care
We do this through monthly meetings, annual educational seminars, biannual showcases highlighting area entertainers and resources, our Facebook page, and more.
The APAGD follows the ethical expectations of NCCAP as our certifying body and NAAP as our National Association. We encourage members to join both associations. Visit their websites at nccap.org and naap.info.
Natalie B. Davis, ACC (Activity Consultant Certified) is the President and Founder of ActivTimes Consulting. She serves as a mentor, educator, promoter, and advocate for support and resources. Natalie is endorsed by The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) as a Preapproved Course Instructor. She teaches the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) course required to become a Certified Activity Professional in the state of Texas, “Saturday Series” classes, and additional courses offering CEU credit.
The 2019-2021 Executive Board
President: Hayley Moseley, ACC
Hayley has been meeting the activity needs of elders for nearly 20 years as an Activity Professional in Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitation. She is an NCCAP Certified Consultant and an instructor of the MEPAP course. As a member of the Executive Board, Hayley’s focus is to bring technology into facilities and prepare the way for the next generation who are entering the field. Hayley serves at CC Young Senior Living in Dallas and is pursuing her doctorate at Dallas Baptist University.
1st Vice President: Deborah Gabler
“As a child,” Deborah says, “I was attracted to the senior population; wanting to spend time with them, listen to their stories . . . I was 7 years old when I would go to the nursing home to visit with my grandmother.” Little Deborah began meeting with other residents in that community in Crockett, Texas and through the years she visited a number of centers to hold Bible studies with residents. Many families thought Deborah was part of the activities team and many more suggested she look into the profession. Finally – about five and a half years ago – she began working part-time at Ridgecrest Nursing Center in Forney, Texas while pursuing Activity Professional certification. Today Deborah is the Life Enrichment Director of the Health Center at C. C. Young.
2nd Vice President (Programs): Beccye Johnson, ADC
When Beccye’s mother – an artist suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease – was in Memory Care, Beccye would go paint with her. The Executive Director’s staff took notice and, Beccye says, “… asked me so many times to join the staff that I finally agreed.” So, in 2008, Beccye began her second career (after 30 years in interior landscaping and design). She loves the “heart of the profession” and the opportunity to elevate the activities profession as a member of the APAGD Board. Beccye serves at Crystal Creek at Preston Hollow in Dallas.
Recording Secretary: Alpa Joshi, ADC
Alpa grew up with both sets of grandparents so she got to listen to their stories and life experiences from a very early age. Since she thought “old people are cool,” she wanted to work in the industry. Originally, she applied for an assistant nursing position, but her interviewer suggested she apply for the Activity Assistant position at a sister facility. Alpa grew up in India and they have no nursing homes or long term care facilities, so she had no idea what an Activity Assistant was or what they did. She went for the interview in 2007 and was hired on the very same day. She is currently employed by Lindan Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center in Richardson, TX. She is passionate about providing activities that enhance the quality of life for the folks in her care. She loves being a part of APAGD so she can meet other life enrichment professionals, share and learn new ideas, and apply what she learns to her population.
Corresponding Secretary/Webmaster: Jill L. Brooks, APC
Jill says she “fell into” the life enrichment profession in 2004 when her mother was in the rehab unit of a senior care facility. They had a vacancy, Jill was unemployed . . . it was meant to be. She calls her new-found career passion “a God thing.” Jill served as a Life Enrichment Coordinator at Grace Presbyterian Village, specializing in the early Alzheimer’s unit, and as Activity Assistant at Town Village North (now The Reserve). She became NCCAP- certified in 2011. Jill recently retired from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She plans to keep her skills current and stay involved in this industry she cares about so deeply.
Treasurer: Shauna Sweetser, ADC
Before becoming an Activity Director, Shauna worked with older adults in the fitness industry for 20 years and says “I couldn’t see myself working with anyone else.” After her children graduated from high school, Shauna switched gears and found a new career working with seniors. Shauna now has ten years of experience under her belt and recently developed a passion for Therapeutic Arts programming. Shauna serves at Oxford Glen Memory Care in Sachse.
Historian: Charlette Lee
Charlette is currently enrolled in MEPAP II with Natalie Davis and hopes to take her National Certification Test in the summer of 2019. She is furthering her education by taking online courses with the ICAA (International Council On Active Aging). She was attracted to the life engagement profession in the hopes of making a difference in people’s lives and creating opportunities for individuals who never thought it was possible. She hopes to gain perspective from her populations and gain insight and knowledge from those who have lived their lives during different times. She began this line of work because someone said she wasn’t ready to take on the role. Having been a chef for a senior population, she knew she had skills that could enhance their lives. When her new Executive Director opened the door, she jumped at the opportunity. That was in 2009. Charlette is currently employed by Meadowstone Place, an Independent Living (Green Courte Partners) community. She is passionate about any activity or event that involves learning, music, and small group discussions that encourage compelling conversations. She loves APAGD for the resources provided and the opportunities to network with other life enrichment professionals who share a like mind and common goals for enhancing the life of the seniors they serve. They grow and she grows, too.