Live Well Age Well 2021 Speaker Information

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Anna Collins

Anna Collins has been with Johnson County Aging and Human Services for 8 years as the Catch-a-Ride (CaR) Coordinator. She works directly with volunteer drivers and individuals who need transportation assistance to medical appointments, food pantries and social services agencies. As the CaR Coordinator, Anna is the key contact to those who are interested in becoming a CaR client by initiating phone screens and processing applications. In additional to her role as the CaR Coordinator, Anna facilitates the Aging and Human Services Volunteer General Orientations which are held twice a month. 

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Direct (913) 715-8866 | Home Delivered Meals  (913) 715-8895 | Catch-a-Ride (913) 715-8900

Kansas Relay Operator: 800-766-3777 

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 Jess Collins

Jess Collins has been with Johnson County Aging and Human Services for 9 years as manager at several Outreach Multi Service Centers. He works directly with clientele seeking utility assistance, food pantry services, rent assistance, and Kansas City Medicine Cabinet vouchers.  In addition to the previously mention services, Jess provides case-management services to client in effort to address barriers, identify resources, and promote self-sufficiency.  

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Direct (913)-715-8972| Fax (913) 715-8968 | Office (913) 715-8970| TDD (800) 766-3777

Kansas Relay Operator: 800-766-3777

Stephany Ipke

Stephany Ikpe is the Nutrition Program Manager of Johnson County Government, Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Stephany oversees all nutrition programs within the AAA: Home Delivered Meals, Neighborhood Centers, and CHAMPSS.  

Contact information: 913-715-8890

Website: Program Overview | Johnson County Kansas (

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It is never too late to get in shape.  Learn how to add years to your life, and life to your years.  We bust the myths that may prevent you from reaching your full potential and provide the information to help you get started.

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Cody Hullman

Cody grew up on his family’s farm in Pratt, KS. Following his dad’s footsteps in medicine, Cody pursued a career in physical therapy with a special interest in industrial rehabilitation and sports medicine.  

After Cody completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he also completed a post-doctoral orthopedic residency at the University of Wisconsin. After this residency, Cody was also able to sit for his Orthopedic Clinical Specialist exam and has completed the highest level of education for orthopedic clinical care. Cody received the highest level of certification in dry needling allowing him to treat all areas of the body.

 Specializes in:  Diagnosis and treatment of complex clinical cases; Strength and Conditioning; Athletic Performance; Dry-needling; Low Back and Neck Pain;  Complex Case Management and Diagnosis; Industrial Rehabilitation

Matt Trimm

With nearly 20 years of experience, Matt specializes in clinical diagnostic skills and individualized treatment programs for each individual.  He teams up with his patients to guide them through rehab and help them navigate the sometimes-frustrating medical system, especially if they need additional medical treatment.  

Matt dedicates over 100 hours/year to continuing education and professional development. He has worked since 2012 as a P.T. consultant for a medical device company teaching physicians and other physical therapists lower back and S.I. joint clinical diagnostic skills. He even created and teaches a continuing education course for physical therapists.

Matt specializes in:  Manual hands-on therapy; Diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries (i.e. joint, muscle, tendon, and ligament); Lower back and neck pain relief; Posture assessment and training; Natural movement analysis and restoration.

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The pandemic world has presented barriers for aging individuals that have prevented them to stay connected and engaged with the outside world.  Join Bryan Rife as he talks about the ways of a unicorn and how being one will help you stay engaged in your community as you age, continue to enjoy life, and look outside of your door.


There are technology gadgets that are being developed everyday that help you stay active, age in place safely, and stay connected to your loved ones.  Join Bryan Rife as he talks about 5 popular gadgets that are all the rave.

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Bryan Rife

Bryan Rife has over 25 years in the healthcare arena and holds a Life Coach Certification through the Academy of Modern Applied Psychology and is nationally certified as an Activity Director with a specialization in education through the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. He is also a Licensed Montessori Home Engagement Certification Instructor through NCCAP.  Bryan has previously served on the boards of the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals in Washington, DC, and the Coalition of Activity Professionals in North Carolina. He is a former instructor for the North Carolina state approved Activity Director course and has been successful in writing a grant from CMS.  Bryan has traveled the country presenting at many different healthcare conferences and workshops as a keynote speaker. He also co-presented for the CCME in various cities across the state of North Carolina. Currently, he works as a Life Coach, Consultant and is also assisting several organizations with various projects.

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For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science can provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Karen Wheeler

Karen Wheeler is currently with Brookdale Senior Living as the Business Development Director in the West Division. Karen earned her Certified Dementia Professional (CDP) designation, and is a certified speaker for Brookdale, as well as an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer educator.   Her passion is to serve as a community resource for seniors, their families and industry professionals.

Prior to joining the senior industry, Karen developed a wide range of experience in the healthcare and business marketing/sales arena.  She has worked in both physician relations and ancillary healthcare services marketing, as well as provided employer services to human resource professionals including the healthcare sector.  

Karen’s background and expertise is in marketing, communications, business development and public relations.  Karen graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications, Public Relations with and emphasis in Business Management.

Additional training includes Chamber Management Institute and Six Sigma training.

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Very few plants in the garden are as useful as Herbs.  They are beautiful, useful, and very easy to grow.  If you enjoy cooking, you have probably used a few herbs, getting them fresh from the garden is the best way to get the most aroma out of them.  The class will cover growing Herbs 101.  Culinary focused with a few medicinal ones for everyday use.

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Mae Christiansen

Mae has been a Johnson County Extension Master Gardener since 1997.  Gardening has provided her the opportunities to appreciate the wonders of nature and learned the fact that we cannot outsmart "Mother nature."  Over the years, she has adapted to growing with the flow syncing the gardener's energy, the microclimate, and the plants to have a garden that thrives without a lot of fuss.  One of her gardens had been perennialized in the book "Flower Gardening in Kansas City."  The ultimate garden is one that adapts well through the test of time so the gardener can enjoy it as he/she ages with a doable effort.

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David Prihoda

David was born and raised in Kansas and studied at Ottawa University where he obtained a BA in English. He spent about 12 years in education via various programs/institutions—my alma mater as a tutor, AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination) in several high schools, KCTR (Kansas City Teacher Residency) as a master's candidate, and Fulbright as an English Teaching Assistant in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. He spent a year in southeast Asia teaching and traveling. He eventually wound up back in Kansas, where he is finishing up my Master's at Emporia State while working in the writing center at JCCC, an adjunct professor of English at Ottawa University, and as the resident technology instructor here at JCPRD.

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Learn about the many fitness and wellness opportunities available across Johnson County Park and Recreation District including the Silver Sneakers and Renew Active programs that may be an included benefit through your health insurance coverage. 

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Alison Smith

Alison Smith is the Wellness Coordinator for Johnson County Park and Recreation District for the past five years.  Prior to JCPRD she was with Lawrence Parks and Recreation.  She resides in Lawrence with her husband and two dogs.  She loves the outdoors and all things fitness related.  



Taking a few minutes to focus your mind each day can reduce stress, pain, depression and more.  Certified meditation leader Whit Welch, discusses the health benefits of meditation, how he came to practice and various ways you can incorporate meditation in your routine.  Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a short meditation session to kick off individual practice.

Whit Welch

Whit is a certified meditation leader and has been teaching meditation classes with JCPRD for almost 2 years.  He has a strong following and believes a consistent meditation practice can provide many great wellness benefits.

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Do you have a passion for helping those within our community? Explore various volunteer opportunities within Johnson County Government. Representatives from the Aging and Human Services Department, Election Office, Library, and JCPRD’s Special Pops Program will serve on a panel discussion session to provide information on volunteering within Johnson County Government. Volunteering is a great way to help your fellow neighbors and the community!

Amber Bourek-Slater

Amber Bourek (Bor–ick) Slater is the Volunteer Services Coordinator for Johnson County Library. She has over 20 years of nonprofit experience including volunteer management, communication strategizing, event planning, and fundraising. Amber is also an active community volunteer with Lasagna Love, Baby Grace, KC Scholars, and Raymore Christian Church. Amber and her husband Jeremiah are also proud parents to a mini-goldendoodle named Cooper..

Click here for volunteer opportunities with the library, human services, and developmental support.

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Amber Bourek Slater
 Volunteer Services Coordinator
 Johnson County Library

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Anna Collins

Also on Panel for Aging Services in Johnson County.

Lise Dujakovich

My name is Lise Dujakovich and I’ve lived in Johnson County for almost 30 years. I’m married and mother to 5 amazing children. Our youngest was born with Down Syndrome in 2002 and changed our lives in both amazing and challenging ways. He was diagnosed with cancer at age 8, so treatment delayed him joining Special Olympics. We were feeling comfortable as he neared the end of his health challenge and his first sport with JCPRD Rangers was basketball. He’s loved the socialization and exercise benefits ever since. I stared out volunteering as a chaperone for metro and state tournaments. Three years ago I accepted a part-time position as a Program Assistant with JCPRD Special Populations and Special Olympics. I embrace every bit of passion and joy the position brings!

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Andrea Lemuz-Glur

Andrea is responsible for the management of election workers from recruitment through their work on Election Day. This includes processing applications, coordination and presentation of election worker training, and assignment of Election Day roles.  After 18 years of serving the community at the Department of Motor Vehicles, her desire to be more engaged in helping the community exercise their right to vote brought her to the Election Office in 2020. Andrea will celebrate her 20th anniversary with Johnson County Government this year. In her free time Andrea can be found at the movie theater, cheering on the KC Royals, enjoying the renaissance fair, or taking in a local parade. She looks forward to becoming a first time grandma later this year. 

Click here to sign up to be an election or temporary worker. 

Election Worker Phone Number: 913-715-6836

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Stacie Tripodi

Stacie is an Information Specialist who does a lot of work answering questions on the AAA’s information & assistance line Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.   Stacie specializes in referrals for the CARE program scheduling pre-assessment screenings for individuals entering nursing homes.   

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Take a break from the day to participate in basic stretches that pertain to everyday life.

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Lucinda Grove

Lucinda Grove is a recent addition to the part-time staff at the Parks.  She teaches virtual and in-person chair yoga at the Meadowbrook Clubhouse.  In addition, Lucinda, certified in 2016, teaches regular yoga, Gentle Yoga, and Silver Sneakers Yoga, Classic and Circuit classes.   "I get a lot of satisfaction in helping my students to make progress in reaching their personal goals," she says. She enjoys gardening and playing guitar. Lucinda has also had a career in marketing and public relations.

Visit JCPRD 50 Plus Wellness Page website for a list of classes.