Meet The Staff: Donna, Paul & Leslie

Meet The Staff: Donna, Paul & Leslie

DONNA WRIGHT


Donna joined the team in 2017, though, her journey with the LIAD Center started a few years prior. Initially, Donna was a HHA for a client, and then day program participants. She quickly recognized the value behind the LIAD Center’s programs and mission.

Donna’s genuine passion for individual happiness and safety glows in both her work at the LIAD Center as well as her care for her colleagues. “I went into this field because I am patient, but I have always loved working with the elderly. I enjoy talking to them about their families and finding ways to keep them happy and focused.” Donna also values the LIAD Center’s ability to implement a variety of programs that cater to the different needs of caregivers and diagnosed individuals - “the LIAD Center offers so many different activities.”

Outside of work, Donna enjoys spending her time cooking and shopping. Not to mention, she has a natural skill of keeping things organized.

Fun facts: Donna has a daughter and grandson, whom she loves very much. She also values her honesty.


PAUL HELLMAN

Paul began working at the LIAD Center in 2018, the “perfect time,” as he puts it. After almost 35 years as a maintenance supervisor and trainer at the Transit Authority, Paul retired and found the LIAD Center. “Personally, I like the feeling of doing a good thing for other people, helping to make someone’s day a little brighter, and I like the people I’m working with. The atmosphere here is completely different than what I was used to previously.”

Paul’s earnest work ethic and easygoing personality makes him the all-star team player that the LIAD Center is lucky to have. He often spends time in the facility to socialize with staff and participants. 

 “I like seeing the dedication that the entire staff displays – from the Social workers and Program assistants to the Interns – they all work very hard and do a terrific job keeping the programs running smoothly.” He even notices his co-workers job-well-done beyond of the day programs – “There are times when the participants get on the bus you can tell they had a really good time or a good day. I like most how the seniors respond to the daily entertainment. It’s nice to see them be able to enjoy at least a small part of their day.”

Outside of work, Paul enjoys doing projects around the house. He and his wife have renovated every room in their home, from bathroom to kitchen, to outside landscaping – some even twice! Paul is also a sports fan and a season ticket holder for the New York Rangers.

Fun facts: Paul is a history buff, mostly American history, with a particular interest in the Civil War. He is also fascinated by the space program!


LESLIE TURNER


Leslie joined the LIAD Center transportation team in 2018. From personal experience with dementia, Leslie knows the attention and patience needed to properly and most effectively help diagnosed individuals and caregivers. 

His genuine care and commitment to helping the dementia community shows in his work. Leslie not only makes the LIAD Center’s families feel special, but also the staff. Always complimenting his coworkers, Leslie says “my colleagues have a great ‘work together’ attitude, and the bosses are great and understandable to all situations.” Leslie appreciates how “peaceful” the LIAD Center’s programs are and likes what the LIAD Center’s services offer families – comfort and happiness – as he can sympathize with what they are going through.

Outside of work, Leslie enjoys sports memorabilia and traveling!

About the Author Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center

At the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, our mission is to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, and their caregivers. We actively work to achieve this mission through research-based programming for all stages of Alzheimer’s, Caregiver Support Groups, in-home respite solutions, transportation options, and additional services.

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