Speakers

Our Symposium is chalk full of local experts. Check them out below.

Mark E. Wight, J.D. 

Attorney and Founder, Idaho Estate Planning

Mark, Founder and President of Idaho Estate Planning, is passionate about helping families plan for their futures. Mark has a degrees in philosophy and environmental studies from Utah State University and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

 An expert on estate and legacy planning as well as asset protection and tax planning, he has co-authored several manuals for attorneys in the areas of Probate Administration, Estate and Estate Tax Planning, and Asset Protection. His book, “Get Real: Planning for Life, Death, and Disability” is available on Amazon.com. Mark is also an often requested speaker and facilitator on the same topics.

 Mark and his wife of 39 years reside in Boise and have six children, five grandchildren and Mayzie, a yellow lab who protects the house.

Event Host

Welcome and Introduction to No Place Like Home: Wednesday @ 10:00am

Financial and Legal Issues: Thursday @ 10:00am

Dee Childers

Owner and Professional Aging Life Care™ Manager, Life Changes Elder Care Consulting

Dee Childers, owner and Professional Aging Life Care™ Manager, is certified by the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (CMC). Dee started Life Changes in May of 2012 after personally experiencing the complex and often confusing world of senior care.

Dee has a BS in Psychology and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy. She comes to this profession with 30 years in corporate America as a Human Resources Executive with extensive experience in interpersonal dynamics, crisis management, conflict resolution, mediation, benefits, and health and safety. She worked for six years in several non-profits and private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been a caregiver for over ten years, including to her own parents and understands the demands and emotional turmoil of caregiving and the tolls it takes on you, your aging loved one and the family. 

Dee is a court ordered Guardian and Conservator, with experience with the legal and medical systems.  She is a certified Elder Mediator and volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association facilitating the Early Stage Support Group. She is a certified Advance Care Plan facilitator. Dee has served on the board of Idaho Guardians and Fiduciary Association since 2012 served as President for 2018 & 2019. She previously served on the board for Friend in Action, a non-profit providing respite caregiving, JAVA, the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults, and IHCA Foundation. She is a member of the professional association, Aging Life Care Association®.

Welcome and Introduction to No Place Like Home: Wednesday @ 10:00am

How to Have “The Talk”: Wednesday @ 11:00am

James Buffalin

Owner and Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Accessibility Solutions of Idaho, LLC and Safety for Seniors

Bio Coming Soon

Safety at Home: Wednesday @ 12:00pm

 

Frank Hooglander

Owner, Treasure Valley Solutions

My name is Frankwin Hooglander and I own Treasure Valley Solutions. We specialize in affordable Smart Home Solutions that fit almost any budget. We work with affordable brands such as Ring, Nest, Ecobee, August and many more to keep our solutions affordable.

We have some key partnerships with several Smart Home automation vendors, such as Brilliant and Atmos that have some great and affordable solutions for integrating a wide range of Smart Home products into a simple and easy to use controller. Many of our Smart Home products can also be used to assist in Aging at Home. From voice-controlled lighting to video doorbells and alarm systems, as well as some specialized products such as fall detectors and proactive voice assistants, we have a lot of options.

If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help you with your specific needs for aging in place, please contacts us at 208-991-3502, email us at info@treasurevalleysolutions.com, or setup a free, no obligation, in home consultation appointment directly on our website (https://www.treasurevalleysolutions.com).

As far as some more information about me, I grew up in the Netherlands and moved to the Boise area in 2002. I spent the first 20 years of my career in the IT industry covering a wide range of disciplines which has given me a great technical background. I founded Treasure Valley Solutions in 2019 to help homeowners and builders integrate Smart Home solutions into their homes. I enjoy spending time with my family and we love to travel.

Safety at Home: Wednesday @ 12:00pm

Dr. Louise Ye-Liew, D.O., L.Ac

Gerentologist, Brightview Health

  • Licensed Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University
  • Graduated medical school from Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Family Medicine Residency from University of Southern California (USC)
  • Geriatrics Fellowship from University of Southern California (USC)  
  • Member of American Board of Family Physicians
  • Member of American Medical Association
  • Member of Idaho Medical Association
  • Practicing medicine since 2013
  • Dr. Ye-Liew enjoys spending family time with her husband and two children. She is an outdoor enthusiast; hiking, camping and skiing. Other hobbies include playing the piano. She looks forward to building long lasting relationships with her patients.

Taking Care of Medical Needs: Thursday @ 11:00am

Gerald Bosen

Executive Director, Life Care Centers of the Treasure Valley

Bio Coming Soon

Taking Care of Medical Needs: Thursday @ 11:00am

 

Justin Walker

Managing Partner and Wealth Management Specialist, Adalant Financial

Justin Walker got his start in the financial services industry as a personal banker – first at JP Morgan Chase, and later at Bank of America. As he rose through the ranks into management, he yearned for the independence he had experienced as an entrepreneur in his youth. In 2008, Justin left banking to pursue a financial services practice under the umbrella of a large national brand.

His practice grew at a fast pace, largely because of his sincere desire to be of service to anyone who needed help.

Justin works with individuals and families to help create a legacy for today and for generations to come. For business owner clients, this translates to thinking and planning for business succession. Justin is very knowledgeable about estate planning, and also specializes in designing tax favorable retirement income strategies.

Outside of work, Justin is equally passionate about the health and wealth of the local community. He is active in the Chamber of Commerce, he donates time and money to local educational initiatives, participates in his children’s after school sports activities, and spends a significant amount of time active in his faith-based community. “I’m a firm believer in treating others as I would want to be treated, so I strive to be as generous as I can be in every sphere of my life,” he says.

Originally from Payette, Idaho, Justin attended Indiana University, South Bend, where he studied Business Administration. He resides in Emmett, with his wife, Erin, and their three children.

Understanding Financial and Legal Considerations: Thursday @ 10:00am

Jalene Wells

Social Worker and Hospice Marketing Manager, Harrison’s Hope Hospice

16+ years working in Hospice and 21 years in the Healthcare Industry, I have a love for seniors and Hospice care and find it a privilege to bring help and hope to families facing end of life.  I am a champion for Veterans having grown up as an Air Force “Brat” and having a spouse and 2 Sons who are now Veterans.  I am so grateful for those who willingly gave of their time and lives so we can enjoy our freedom

What to Know About Hospice and Memory Care: Friday @ 11:00am

 

Ed Fritz

Crime Prevention Supervisor, Boise Police Department

Ed Fritz is the Crime Prevention Supervisor for the Boise Police Department.  He has been in this role for the past 7 years, with an emphasis in business crime prevention.  Prior to working for BPD, he worked in retail loss prevention and security for 17 years, holding positions from store to district to corporate level.  Ed is the current President of the Idaho Crime Prevention Association and Chair of the Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho, which he helped found in 2015.  He is a graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Social Science in Criminal Justice.  He is a Certified Law Enforcement Security Assessment Specialist, a certified Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) instructor, and has his Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Professional Designation. 

In his spare time, he enjoys spending it with his family in the Idaho outdoors.

Fraud Prevention and Abuse: Thursday @ 12:00pm

 

Jodi Wilks

Licensed Social Worker, First Choice Home Health and Hospice

Jodi joined the First Choice Home Health and Hospice Social Work team with 11+ years of home health/hospice experience. She is an alum of NNU. Jodi is passionate about hospice and she is humbled that patients and families allow her to help them at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. In addition to hanging out with her family, Jodi enjoys reading, scrapbooking and watching movies.

Welcome and Introduction to No Place Like Home: Wednesday @ 10:00am

 

Paul Fredricks

Community Relations Director, Emerson House at Riverpointe 

Paul Fredericks is a veteran of the senior health care field in the Treasure Valley.  Since 2009, he has helped families navigate the complex world of hospice, home health and senior living.  For the last 1 1/2 years, Paul has been the Community Relations Director for Emerson House at River Pointe… a premiere memory care assisted living community in Garden City, Idaho.  He is the person families meet with when they’re looking for memory care for their loved ones. Paul looks at his role with Emerson House as an educator and a counselor.

 Paul is married with two teenage children and three fury kids (dogs).  He was borned and raised just outside Minneapolis, but has called Idaho his home since 1997… and considers it a privilege to help our seniors find the best care possible.

What to Know About Hospice and Memory Care: Friday @ 11:00am

 

Erin Olsen

Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program Specialist, Idaho Commission on Aging

Erin has a long-standing connection with health and wellness, starting as a teenager volunteering more than 1,100 hours at St. Luke’s and St. Alphonsus hospitals in Boise. She worked as a certified nursing assistant while attending Idaho State University’s nursing program. After the birth of her son, Erin recognized another passion and talent in technology. Erin founded and managed PCKeys Technology Solutions for 26 years. During this time, she maintained her connections to healthcare. Clients ranged from small urban clinics like Idaho nephrology to large rural health systems like Yukon-Kuskokwim Health with a medical center and services for 58 frontier villages scattered across Southwest Alaska. From those engagements Erin learned about the powerful impact of isolation and loneliness on people and their communities. During that time Erin earned two master’s degrees in Education. Her experiences culminated in her current work with the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA).

 In 2017 Erin joined ICOA where she is able to utilize her varied background, interests, and skills to develop and manage programs that promote interventions to assist Idahoans in aging successfully. In 2018, Erin addressed the impacts of loneliness and isolation on older adults on Idaho Public Radio’s Idaho Matters. She also developed ICOA’s Isolation-Induced Depression and Suicide in Older Adults  content in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was just beginning. Erin currently manages four programs: Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Homemaker, Chore, and Transportation. In doing so, she addresses factors that impact how older adults can stay healthy, stay safe, stay informed, and stay at home, allowing them to age in their communities of choice.  Erin currently serves on the Idaho Inclusive Emergency Coalition and is awaiting appointment to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Council. Through her work, Erin aspires to contribute to enhancing the positive outcomes associated with aging in Idaho.

Long Term Health Effects of Social Isolation: Friday @ 12:00pm

 

Jeff Wiberg

CEO, Family Resource Home Care

As CEO of Family Resource Home Care, Jeff Wiberg oversees the strategy, culture, and vision for the company’s eight locations across Washington and Idaho. Jeff is nationally recognized as a thought leader in the home care industry and utilizes his extensive experience and knowledge in the healthcare continuum to advocate ardently on its behalf. Prior to his current role, Jeff spent 10 years working for Family Home Care in Spokane, WA where he was ultimately named President and CEO and went on to acquire the firm’s private duty business. In 2018, Jeff led a merger with Seattle-based Family Resource Home Care and was named CEO. He has over 20 years of business leadership experience in industries ranging from hospitals and health systems to human resources consulting and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Washington University. Jeff is active member, Past President, and current Board member for the Washington Home Care Association and currently serves on the Board for the Home Care Association of America. Jeff speaks fluent Spanish, enjoys gourmet cooking, plays the piano, and loves spending quality time with his wife and 5 children.

Personal Care Services for Aging in Place: Friday @ 10:00am

 

Kimberly Clark Smith

Administrator, Family Resource Home Care

BIO COMING SOON

Personal Care Services for Aging in Place: Friday @ 10:00am

 

Mike Rice

Fit and Fall Proof Coordinator, Central District Health

Mike S. Rice has been the Fit and Fall Proof™ coordinator for Central District Health for over seven years. Mike has a master degree in Public Health, and a second masters in Sports and Exercise Studies. He is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and certified as an Exercise Physiologist by The American College of Sports Medicine. On his own time Mike enjoys reading and hiking with family.

Fit and Fall Proof Class: Wednesday @ 1:00pm

 

Chelsea Smith

Project Manager, Family Caregiver Navigator

Chelsea Smith is a Communications and Project Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Aging. She has a background in marketing outreach and program management in educational non-profits. She also worked as a producer in video production and digital storytelling before finding her home in Higher Ed. Chelsea has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and began her career working in social services before moving into education and marketing. She is excited to apply her skills to the Family Caregiver Navigator project.

Family Caregiver Navigator Program: Friday @ 12:00pm

Family Caregiver Navigator Program Facebook Q & A : Friday @ 1:00pm