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      “I have seen the value of elders being afforded choice whenever possible,” states Joanna, Owner of Chart Your Own Course, Ltd. Joanna has worked in care management since 1997 in part with the former company called Lifespan Services LLC. She became the Executive Director in 2000. When the ownership decided to sell the company in 2006, Joanna took the opportunity to purchase it. Joanna continues to serve as Executive Director, and is responsible for daily operations. Among her many duties, the one she most enjoys is the responsibility of mentoring the staff.

      Joanna is clear about her vision for the company. She leads it in a way which includes selecting and supporting knowledgeable staff that are committed experts in the field of aging and provide excellent services to their clients. This, she calls, “a no-brainer, as our clients are the best”. She comes by this vision from her direct experience with clients. In the early years of her work as a Geriatric Care Manager, she had a client who was the primary caregiver for his wife of 50 years. “Caregiving is such a stressful role for people of all ages,” she observes, “but it is particularly stressful for the elderly.” This client’s health began deteriorating and he was sent to the hospital due to chest pains. Joanna met him at the emergency room. When she walked into the examination room, his eyes lit up and he said, “There she is, my friendly face! I was about to give up hope until I saw you. Now I know I’m going to be OK.” It was a powerful experience that testifies to the fact that Joanna’s clients see her as “compassionate and caring.”

      Joanna’s expertise and skills are exemplified in her credentials and participation:

  • Bachelors Degree in Gerontology, (BA) from the University of South Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude
  • President of FGCMA 2012, 2013
  • Care Manager Certified (CMC) since 2003
  • Advance Practice Care Manager 2003
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member of National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, NAPGCM, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the organization’s newsletter: -Inside GCM 2010 - 2011
  • Member of Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association, FGCMA
  • Served on the board of FGCMA for 6 years, two as Secretary and four as Member at Large
  • Publications Chair of FGCMA
  • Editor of FGCMA’s newsletter: The Messenger
  • Received the Outstanding Member Award for FGCMA in 2006
  • Worked as a Social Worker in long-term care facilities

      Though the Team Members call her ‘Joanna’, the light of her life, her two young grandsons Darrion and Xander, call her ‘Mi Mi’. Joanna adds: “Darrion and Xander are just part of my strong family ties that include my husband and two daughters, the “cutest dog in the whole wide world,” Rocky, and the life-affirming influence of my mother and father.” She is an avid Tampa Bay Rays baseball fan and loves music, genealogy, scrapbooking and photography.

      As the owner, Joanna’s passion for the company is predictable. She loves seeing the difference the staff make in the lives of our clients; helping guide the staff and assisting them in their professional growth; and, of course, in seeing the company grow as it touches so many lives.

      Email Joanna Davis at joanna@resource4seniors.com or call her at 727.842.3344.

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