Our Care Managers

Phyllis Mensh BrostoffAging Life Care Association - FellowPhyllis Mensh Brostoff
with Stowell Associates since: 1983

Credentials and Education:
Master of Social Work, University of Maryland
Bachelor of Arts, George Washington University
Certified Independent Social Worker, State of Wisconsin
Care Manager Certificate, National Academy of Certified Care Managers

Experience:
I have been a social worker since 1970. 1970-71 I was the director of a research program in Washington, DC, exploring how the elderly and police interacted. I taught in the School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1971-77, managing a field unit in services to the elderly. I was the planning director of the Community Care Organization in 1977-79 and the director of a shelter for homeless families 1979-1983. I co-founded Stowell Associates in 1983 with social worker Valerie Stefanich, and currently am the CEO. I have been active in the National Association of Social Workers both in nationally and in the Wisconsin Chapter. I am a co-founder of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (in 1985) and served on its national board and in every office including as the President in 2009. I have written and published many articles about the elderly, professional ethics and care management, and taught numerous seminars and classes to other professionals locally and nationally.

Personal Statement:
I feel very lucky to have found a professional career when I was 23 years old that has afforded me the greatest opportunities to grow personally and feel that every day I can make a difference in the lives of my clients, our employees, and the community.

 

 

Kari KlattAging Life Care Association - FellowKari Klatt
with Stowell Associates since: 2011

Credentials and Education:
naswLogoRN, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
Program Manager for the Senior Health Program at Froedtert and the Medical
College of Wisconsin from 1988-2010.
Geriatric Care Manager through the Senior Health Program.

Personal Statement:
My professional training and experience in both nursing and social work have enabled me to effectively assist older adults and their family members. My clinical experiences have been a foundation for more effective leadership in this field.

 

 

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Deborah Rosenthal Zemel

with Stowell Associates since: 2016

Credentials and Education:

Bachelor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Master of Social Work, Yeshiva University – Wurzweiler School of Social Welfare
Certificate of Management, Marquette University
Wisconsin State Licensed Social Worker

Experience:
Most of Debbie’s professional career has been within the Jewish community working with high school students and older adults and families. I have served as the Associate Director of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Executive Director of Chai Point for 12 years, before joining the Stowell Associates’ team.

Personal Statement:
I have devoted my professional and private life to doing my part to make a difference. My passion is working with older adults

 

 

Miriam Oliensis-TorresAging Life Care Association - FellowMiriam Oliensis-Torres
with Stowell Associates since: 2012

Credentials and Education:
naswLogoBachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
Over 30 years experience in variety of settings with older adults, adults with developmental disabilities and neuro-muscular diseases, and their families. Expertise in family counseling, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, geriatric psychiatry/mental health services.

Personal Statement:
Families who find themselves challenged to meet the needs of their loved ones with physical or cognitive challenges often find themselves in new and foreign territory, without the knowledge or skills needed to find the best solutions. During my 25 year career as a geriatric care manager, my focus has been on becoming acquainted with each family’s unique situation, helping them to understand the options that are available to them, and supporting them during the process of making and implementing the decisions that are best for them.

 

 

Peggy TrelandAging Life Care Association - FellowPeggy Treland
with Stowell Associates since: 2005

Credentials and Education:
NACCM Logo CERTIFIED VERSIONBachelor of Science in Nursing, Marquette University
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
I have been a Registered Nurse for 25 years. I started my career with 5 years in the hospital setting on medical surgical and post surgical neurology unit and then discovered home care. I worked as a staff nurse and eventually worked my way to Director of Nursing for a local home health agency. I had my own practice for 15 years caring for critically injured clients on life support/ventilators in the community and then I joined Stowell Associates.

Personal Statement:
It’s the little things we do for our client’s every day that enrich their lives and make all the difference in the world.   It’s an honor to be able to serve our elders and preserve their independence and dignity with the compassion and understanding every human being deserves.

 

 

Rhonda GarrisonAging Life Care Association - FellowRhonda Garrison
with Stowell Associates since: 2009

Credentials and Education:
naswLogoBachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
I began my social work career as a nursing home social worker and then worked as a case manager for the Milwaukee County Family Care Program. I went back to school for my Master’s in Social Work. I joined Stowell Associates as a care manager after earning my Master’s Degree.

Personal Statement:
I truly enjoy working with older adults and their families to help navigate the aging process.

 

 

Jennifer NowakAging Life Care Association - FellowJennifer Nowak
with Stowell Associates since: 2011

Credentials and Education:
naswLogoBachelor of Arts in Social Work, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
I have been working in the field of aging since 1991. My area of focus has been dementia and working with individuals and their families. I started and managed the Lutheran Home Adult Day Services for 13 years and started Wisconsin’s first early stage dementia program.

Personal Statement:
I strive to meet the needs of my clients looking at all areas of their life and enjoy assisting individuals and families find the resources that are needed to maintain their health and happiness.

 

 

Katie MooresAging Life Care Association - FellowKatie Moores
with Stowell Associates since: 2010

Credentials and Education:
naswLogoBachelor of Arts in Sociology; Family and Health Studies, University of Wisconsin- Whitewater
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
Graduate school emphasis on mental and behavioral health.
Direct Support Professional at St. Coletta of Wisconsin.
Personal Care Worker for Stowell Associates.

Personal Statement:
As an Associate, I am pleased to continue growing as a professional in the care management field by working with clients and their families.

 

 

Barbara DavisAging Life Care Association - FellowBarbara Davis
with Stowell Associates since: 2011

Credentials and Education
NACCM Logo CERTIFIED VERSIONBachelor of Science in Nursing, Carroll- Columbia College of Nursing
Bachelor of Arts, Western Kentucky University
Registered Nurse
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
13 years experience in clinical nursing and care management.

Personal Statement:
I strive to understand and respond to the needs of my clients, and find great satisfaction in solving problems that help clients enjoy a better quality of life.

 

 

Susan HurstAging Life Care Association - FellowSusan Hurst
with Stowell Associates since: 2013

Credentials and Education
naswLogoBachelor of Arts in Psychology; Certificate in Gerontology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Master of Social Work, University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee
Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker
Certified Care Manager

Experience:
I have worked with older adults and their families for 20 years in a variety of settings including; nursing homes, outpatient Geriatric medical/psychiatric clinic, assisted living, adult day services, community based case management and management of a caregiver training program. I’ve served as an adjunct instructor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and as a field instructor for bachelor and master level social work students interested in working with older adults. I presently sit on the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Field Education Advisory Board, ensuring that future social workers have the optimal skills to meet the needs of clients.

I have a special interest in working with individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and working with families and caregivers to creatively problem solve their concerns.

Personal Statement:
I have a passion for working with older adults and their families, and enjoy getting to know clients as individuals and assisting them to improve their quality of life.

 

 

Shari Azinger
with Stowell Associates since: 2015

Credentials and Education
Master of Social Work: Graduate Certificate in Gerontology- University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science: Health Care Administration, Minor: Business -University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
Advanced Practice Social Worker, State of Wisconsin

Experience:
Over 20 years of experience in a variety of settings working with older adults including caregiving, Assisted Living management and case management.

Personal Statement:
My level of commitment to my clients has not wavered since I began working in the field of gerontology back in 1994 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. My professional desire is to improve the quality of care for the clients I serve.

 

 

sarahf2Sarah Freimuth
with Stowell Associates since: 2016

Credentials and Education
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Masters of Social Work with a focus in gerontology and a Certificate in Applied Gerontology, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker
Trained and certified in the TimeSlips method, a creative storytelling method used with persons with memory loss.

Experience:
In the last 4 years I have been studying, researching, and working with those effected by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia and look forward to building upon this foundation as an Associate Care Manager at Stowell Associates. My work with older adults and families has always focused on how to best engage and establish supportive relationships.

Personal Statement:
I’m passionate about working with older adults and families, to take the extra time needed to ensure person-centered care and advocating for clients’ needs and strengths.

 

 

jennifer2Jennifer Teglia
with Stowell Associates since: 2016

Credentials and Education
RN – Cardinal Stritch University
Bachelor of Science – Journalism: Advertising/Public Relations- UW- Oshkosh

Experience:
My most recent nursing experience has been in the field of home hospice and palliative care. Prior to that, I worked in acute care on a cardiac unit. I have learned over the years that I love caring for people in their own homes.

Personal Statement:
I enjoy helping my clients with health care monitoring, coordination and advocacy.

 

 

Rose EuckeRose Eucke
with Stowell Associates since: 2016

Credentials and Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Experience:
Over 20 years of community nursing.

Personal Statement:
My goal is to provide outstanding care to my clients. I respect their knowledge and wisdom.

 

 

Bobbi Montgomery RN, BSNBobbi Montgomery RN, BSN
with Stowell Associates since: 2017

Credentials and Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Registered Nurse

Experience:
I’ve been a nurse for 22 years. I began my career within the hospital system, working on the Orthopedics and Spinal Cord Injury Units. I discovered home care in 2007. I worked in home hospice followed by the Family Care program. I gained valuable experience in home care and case management. I joined Stowell Associates in 2017.

Personal Statement:
It is an honor and privilege working with my clients and their families, helping them maintain quality of life, and remain as independent as possible in their home, wherever that may be.