LAUREN KAHANER KONEZNY
Lauren began her journey at the LIAD Center “seven sublime years” ago, as she put it. When asked what is most admirable about the LIAD Center, Lauren says “I adore the empathic body of staff and exceptional repertoire of programs accommodating all cognitive stages. I admire the connectivity of how harmonious all the participants are with one another. It is quite infectious to observe and experience the carousel of smiles across the room and in such a lovingly affectionate community.” Lauren also appreciations the organization’s value for its mission and core virtues.
Every position Lauren has held since middle school has revolved around the senior population. “Studying and dissecting the philosophical and psychological mechanics of aging has always been a fascinator for me.”
Outside of her work, Lauren is a vocal coach, and enjoys ice skating, cross country skiing, rollerblading, writing and opera. Not to mention, her love for cats!
Fun Facts: Lauren has a documented perfect pipe pitch for singing, inherited from her “pops,” and studied alongside a professional opera singer since age 12. Additionally, she directed student produced films during high school, and stage managed a number of one-act plays for a theatre department thespian festival.
Juliette joined the LIAD Center team in December 2018. Juliette’s admirable work ethic is inspired by her son and genuine interest in encouraging others to smile. Her passion for helping the dementia community began when her great aunt was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Knowing how her aunt’s diagnosis has affected her own family, Juliette understands how much support and care is critically needed for both caregivers and diagnosed individuals.
Juliette values the relationships she’s been able to build with the LIAD Center’s participants - “What I enjoy most about the LIAD Center’s day program is the joy the clients get from morning coffee and conversation.” Juliette’s enthusiasm shines in the LIAD Center’s entertainment room, leading exercises, sing-a-longs and dancing with participants during music entertainment.
Outside of the LIAD Center, Juliette is a supportive basketball mom, enjoys going on adventures and taking trips to the grocery store with her girlfriend. Additionally, she works as a companion caregiver, using her kind heart to provide support beyond the LIAD Center’s programs.
Fun facts: Juliette often watches soap operas, specifically General Hospital, and has been a fan since age 13.
Tony joined the transportation team at the LIAD Center in July 2019 with interest in helping the community.
He appreciates that the staff truly cares about each other, especially management. Having a sensitive side, Tony is supportive of his coworkers, always engaging in conversation and offering a hand without hesitation when needed.
Often, after or before his route on the bus with the participants, Tony can be found in the LIAD Center getting to know the day program participants. “I like seeing them enjoy themselves. The staff really keeps them engaged.”
Outside of work, Tony enjoys riding his motorcycle and has a love for old cars.