Susan Saylor

Susan Saylor


Susan is owner of Home Instead Senior Care office in the Hickory, NC area. As a frequent speaker for community events, sharing her knowledge of various topics affecting seniors and their families, she was especially excited to learn about and endorse ACAP and its mission. As an ACAP-Hickory presenter, sponsor and supporter from its early days, Susan has had an opportunity to see ACAP-Hickory “up close” and from several vantage points. “ACAP provides aging adults and their adult children solutions to their needs in caring for themselves and their parents. Its success lies in the fact that many do not know where to turn when faced with aging issues. ACAP provides a link to the answers.”

Mark Bumgarner

Mark Bumgarner


Mark is the Executive Director of Adult Life Programs in the Hickory, NC area. Although Mark has been in this position for three years, the previous 19+ years were with the Catawba County Department of Social Services. As an ACAP-Hickory presenter, Mark has been one of ACAPcommunity’s most ardent supporters from its early days.

Melissa Zuzolo

Melissa Zuzolo


As the director of Bayada Home Health Care in Conover, North Carolina, Melissa has lots of experience serving an aging population in that she has been interested in older adults and the aging process since a very young age. She has worked with the adult and geriatric population for 12+ years and has been a strong supporter and encourager of ACAP from its inception. “The principles that ACAP embodies and the programs they offer are a huge asset to our community, and the resources have proven to be most beneficial to the families that attend. I support the vision of ACAPcommunity and look forward to seeing it grow to other regions throughout NC and beyond.”

Beth Brandes

Beth Brandes


Beth Harris Brandes MSW, currently works as an organizational consultant for non-profit and human service agencies, after a 30 year career in health and social work. Beth was assistant director of Catawba County Social Services (Hickory,North Carolina) for 16 years prior to her retirement in 2013. She continues to serve on national and statewide boards that promote best practices, based on research and local priorities. Beth has a strong commitment to expand resources for families and to address emerging issues. She has personal experience in navigating the complex needs of aging parents, as she cared for both her father and mother (now 93!) –and knows the tremendous value and support of organizations like the ACAPcommunity.

Tina Miller

Tina Miller


Tina is the Director of the Area Agency on Aging with the Western Piedmont Council of Governments which covers Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba counties of NC. Tina has a strong background in gerontology and has worked for almost 20 years to help improve the lives of older adults and their caregivers. “The role of the caregiver is so important, but also very challenging. ACAPcommunity provides valuable education and support for adult children who are caring for their parents. I am honored to serve on this board and support the important work of ACAPcommunity.”

Advisory Council

ACAPcommunity is honored to have a national team of professionals with a variety of professional, and personal experiences and interests to advise us on our curriculum development and expansion. Meet our 2016 members:


  • Paige Berry, MS, National Coordinator Senior Adult Services, Helen Keller National Center, Sands Point, New York (term expires 2017).  Paige is responsible for providing consultation, technical assistance, training and support for adults age 55 and up who are deaf-blind or who have a combined loss of vision and hearing throughout the United States.
  • Isabelle Eustice, M.D. Staff Psychiatrist (Geriatric Psychiatry), Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, North Carolina (term expires 2017).  Isabelle brings her medical knowledge and experiences with geriatric psychiatry to ACAPcommunity along with her family caregiving experiences. 
  • Sue Friguglietti, D.H.A., M.A., OTR/L, Associate ProfessorLenoir Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina (term expires 2016).  Sue brings her knowledge and experiences with occupational therapy and gerontology to ACAPcommunity, along with her caregiving experiences with her grandmother and her university experiences in personnel training and research.
  • Joan Guillory, M.Ed., (Retired) Associate Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana (term expires 2016).  Joan brings her extensive knowledge of person-centered planning, self-determination, teamwork, and emergency planning with adults with disabilities to ACAPcommunity. In addition, she was the concurrent in-home family caregiver for both of her parents for several years, and she brings these perspectives to her work on our Advisory Council.
  • Joan Houghton, Ed.D., Education Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas City, Kansas (term expires 2016).  Joan was the primary in-home caregiver for her mother for many years. Professionally, she brings these caregiving experiences to ACAPcommunity, along with her extensive knowledge and experiences with people visual impairments, orientation & mobility (O&M) services, and cognitive disabilities.
  • Barbara Laufer, Ph.S., Professor Emeritus, Towson University, Towson, Maryland (term expires 2016).  Barb brings her knowledge of speech language pathology and audiology and experiences serving older citizens to ACAPcommunity, along with her university experiences in personnel training and program development.
  • Michael P. LischkeD., Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education, Director, Northwest Area Health Education Center, and Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (term expires 2016).  Michael brings a wealth of knowledge about assessing and meeting the training needs of medical and allied health personnel to ACAPcommunity. He is interested in encouraging children to pursue careers in health and medicine and encouraging adults to partner with their health care providers in attaining health literacy and healthy behaviors and outcomes. 
  • Amy Lorek, Ph.D. Research and Outreach Associate, Center for Healthy Aging, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania (term expires 2016).  Amy focuses her research on healthy aging, leisure behaviors, and the practical application of science into community organizations.
  • Shelley McVicker, JD., (Retired) Chief, Economic Crimes Division, State’s Attorney Office, Frederick County, Maryland (term expires 2016).  Shelley was the primary in-home caregiver for her mother for many years. Professionally, she brings these caregiving experiences to ACAPcommunity along with her legal training and experiences.
  • Ed Rosenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director of the graduate programs in Gerontology and Sociology at Appalachian State University, North Carolina (term expires 2016).  Ed is interested in state, national and global demographics of our aging populations, and how they are impacting our families, municipalities and businesses. He is also interested in researching our aging prison population, eating disorders in middle-age and older women, media images of aging and elderly self-esteem, and caregiver stress.  He brings these perspectives to ACAPcommunity, along with his long-distance caregiving experiences with his parents and siblings.

Upcoming Events

Understanding Psychological Testing

Date: August 10, 2021

Time: 5:30 pm

Hosted by Hickory Chapter

Strategies for Preventing Falls

Date: August 19, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Hosted by Guilford County Chapter

Shielding Yourself from Scam Scares

Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 5:30 pm

Hosted by Centre County Chapter

Overview of Residential Options

Date: October 19, 2021

Time: 5:30 pm

Hosted by Statesville Chapter

2021 ACAP Caregiver Symposium

Date: November 5, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm