Who We Are

In 2005, I started Caregiving Corner to combine my passion for working with older adults with the needs of family caregivers – to have peace of mind, clarity, and confidence about their role as a caregiver.

We use our expertise and resourcefulness to help families of older adults navigate through the complexity and emotional impact of caregiving decisions. As the result of our guidance, families will experience less stress and greater peace of mind.

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Our Founder

Jennifer T. Szakaly attended UNC-Charlotte and earned her Master of Arts in Gerontology in 2002.

Following her work for various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the aging industry, she opened Caregiving Corner in 2005.  Jennifer became nationally certified as a care manager in 2008 and nationally certified as a guardian in 2018.

Currently, Jennifer is serving as the President of the Southeast Chapter of the Aging Life Care Association and is a Board Member of the North Carolina Guardianship Association.

More important than her professional accomplishments are the qualities of compassion, integrity, and resourcefulness that equip her with the skills to help families through the most difficult caregiving challenges.

Jennifer is a proud Advanced Professional Member of the Aging Life Care Association.

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Professional memberships

AgingLifeCare_Member_Logo_TMWe pride ourselves in our commitment to stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of senior services and aging research. To this end, our Aging Life Care Managers are members of the following professional organizations:

 

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Ashley Brooks

Ashley received her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2001.She recently joined the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care managers as an Associate Care Manager and is currently pursuing her license to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Her professional experience includes counseling, chaplaincy services, crisis, emergency & trauma services, consulting in patient care, conducting assessments, locating community resources & research services, and assisting individuals who are dealing with grief and loss.  Ashley’s commitment to our firm’s clients is to provide methods and resources to generate personalized solutions that can restore balance in your life.  She will be with you every step of the way while you navigate the challenges that arise in taking care of a loved one.

Ashley is a proud Professional Member of the Aging Life Care Association

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Susan Ferone

Susan received her Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll in 1993 with a concentration in mental health. The North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board has certified Susan as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She currently serves on the Board of Social Advisors for the UNC School of Social Work.

Her professional experience includes work as a Care Coordinator-providing referrals, establishing care teams, supportive therapy and educational programming. Susan has co-facilitated support groups for both caregivers and those experiencing grief and loss. Her community involvement includes volunteering with public education, affordable housing and scouting.

Susan is a proud Professional Member of the Aging Life Care Association.

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Marilyn Morenz

Marilyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University. She has worked with older adults in the Charlotte area since 1981 in the fields of oncology, hospice, and palliative care.

Marilyn serves on the Faculty and is a certified Instructor for Respecting Choices, an educational curriculum which promotes advance care planning discussions. She is a member of the N.C. Partnership for Compassionate Care and past-president of the Piedmont Chapter of the Hospice & Palliative Nurse Association.

Marilyn has been a long time patient advocate and educator with a focus on advance care planning. She has done presentations on this topic for numerous audiences and remains dedicated to educating people about how to make and clearly communicate healthcare decisions.

Marilyn is a proud Advanced Professional Member of the Aging Life Care Association.


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Myrna Hodges

We will be updating Myrna’s bio soon so that everyone can learn about our newest team member!

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Mary Ann Wonn

Mary Anne earned her BS in Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. and her Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate from University of Pittsburgh. With over 30 yrs. of Geriatric Nursing experience, she has been a member of Aging Life Care Association and is a Certified Care Manager since 2006.

She was Past President of Aging life Care Association – New England Chapter 2015. Principal of Eldercare Solutions of Greater Boston, LLC. prior to moving to the Charlotte area with her husband.
Mary Anne’s expertise is in assisting clients and families struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. She was a board member of MA APDA and a Parkinson’s support group facilitator. She has given several presentations at assisted living facilities on “Managing Parkinson’s Disease”

Mary Anne is a proud Advanced Professional Member of the Aging Life Care Association.

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Deborah Agnone

Deborah graduated from Appalachian State University with a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in Special Education with a focus in psychology. Her undergraduate studies at Queens College encompassed Music Therapy.

Deborah has taught school, developed a special education program for a missions school abroad and served as an activities coordinator for a dementia day program at a prestigious retirement community in Charlotte.
Deborah brings a personal touch to our clients with her music and art abilities and specializes in bringing creative fun and connections to our clients through outings and one-on-one time spent exploring each individual’s varying interests and needs.

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