10:30-11:30 a.m. Sessions
1. New Trends in Home Exterior Design—What's Your Style?
Sponsored by Key Exteriors
Design is fashion for your home! A home's exterior design makes a first impression about your style and taste, just like the clothing you choose to wear. The colors, textures, and details reflect your unique, personal style. And it's also important to keep in mind that the choices you make when replacing windows, siding, and doors will also affect your home's energy efficiency, security, durability, and maintenance. Key Exteriors and Katie Hartzog of Hartzog Interiors will introduce you to all the new and upcoming trends and materials in exterior home design!
Bill Kesterkey has delivered beauty, comfort, and energy savings to Indiana homeowners since 1993. Key Exteriors has become the region's expert in transforming the exterior design of homes with beautiful products such as energy-efficient windows, siding, roofing, and doors.
Katie Hartzog, owner of Hartzog Interiors, LLC, has years of experience in all aspects of home design. After earning a degree in interior design, Hartzog worked in a custom home builder and design studio before opening her own business 2009. Her background and knowledge in everything from construction and remodeling to furnishings and window treatment sets Katie apart from the rest.
2. Turn Up the Heat: Incorporating Spices and Salsa Dancing for Your Health
Sponsored by Parkview Heart Institute
Join dietitians Sarah Mohrman and Ashley Girt of Parkview Heart Institute as they discuss the health benefits of spices and teach you how to enhance the flavor of food without adding fat or sodium. Not hot enough for you? Mandie Kolkman from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective will spice things up with a fun, interactive salsa dance lesson that will have you up and moving! Is it getting hot in here?
Sarah Mohrman, RDN, CD, M.A., is a registered dietitian nutritionist and Parkview Heart Institute program coordinator. She helps provide wellness programs for coworkers and encourages heart health and wellbeing throughout the community.
Ashley Girt, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist at the Parkview Heart Institute outpatient cardiology office, where she educates outpatients on heart-healthy eating. In addition to working in the hypertension clinic and lipid clinic, Girt also promotes wellness programs for coworkers and participates in community outreach.
Mandie Kolkman started working with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective in 2014 as part of their touring company. She shares her love and knowledge of dance through ballet, modern, Zumba, yoga, and contemporary classes. Kolkman has also choreographed and directed several Fort Wayne Dance Collective performances.
3. From Alzheimer's to Opioids—Ways to Safeguard Your Loved Ones
Sponsored by The Lutheran Foundation and American Senior Communities
Today's drugs are more potent than ever; a decision to use drugs can easily lead to addiction and death. And we are living through one of the worst epidemics our society has ever experienced: the opioid crisis. Heroin users often begin their downward spiral with an opioid prescription for pain. Learn how to safeguard your loved ones.
The second half of this session will describe approaches to serving those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia through a wellness-based approach, rather than traditional, deficit-focused approaches. Learn about practical techniques that can help those diagnosed with dementia live the best life possible.
Kristina Johnson is the director of community initiatives at The Lutheran Foundation, where she focuses on mental and behavioral health and wellness initiatives. These include leading a regional mental health coalition and LookUpIndiana.org, a website that provides mental health information and resources.
Melanie Perry has served those living with dementia for 26 years, currently as director of memory care support services at American Senior Communities. She has served those living with dementia in long-term care venues in Florida, the Midwest, and the Northeast.
4. Real Weight Loss Options for Really Life Changing Results
Sponsored by Parkview Physicians Group
Join gastroenterologist Greg Scheible, M.D., and bariatric surgeon Matt Pfister, M.D., as they discuss the risks and side effects of carrying unhealthy weight. Learn what you can do to maintain or adopt a healthier lifestyle, including community resources and nutritious food options. Then, get a better understanding of bariatric surgery and learn when it's the right time to consider a surgical weight loss option.
Board certified in gastroenterology and obesity medicine, Greg Scheible, M.D., is a part of PPG-Gastroenterology and the Parkview Weight Management Center and leads an innovative approach to the medical management of unhealthy weight.
Matthew Pfister, M.D., is a board certified surgeon with training in advanced surgical techniques-including robotics, bariatrics, and minimally invasive surgery. He is a part of PPG-General Surgery and the Parkview Weight Management Center. His passion is helping his patients through compassionate care and modern surgical techniques.
5. Sip and Savor Indiana's Best
Sponsored by Parkview Health and Purdue University Fort Wayne
Acquiring a taste for good wine, especially when paired with fresh food, is easier than you might think! Ben Miles and Ron Elsenbaumer will offer their favorite local foods and the best wines to pair with these delectable dishes. The Indiana wine industry and farm-to-fork movement have boomed over the past several years, and these gentlemen look forward to sharing with you!
Ronald Elsenbaumer is in his first year serving as the chancellor of IPFW, soon to be Purdue Fort Wayne. Prior to coming to Fort Wayne, he served the University of Texas at Arlington for more than 25 years. Elsenbaumer is a native of Allentown, Penn., and earned a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue and a Ph.D. from Stanford.
Ben Miles joined Parkview in 2012 as VP of operations and was named president of Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates in 2015. Ben serves the community through his role on a number of local and statewide boards and councils. He earned a B.A. in corporate finance from Wayne State University and an MBA from Walsh College.
6. Procrastination Be Gone
Sponsored by Chapman Life Institute
Why do so many people feel "stuck" in lives they don't want to live? It's because what we believe in our hearts becomes our reality. Start living a life you enjoy and get more success now! Alena Chapman of the Chapman Life Institute will challenge you to take the first important step, take control of your life, and increase your happiness, confidence, strength, and purpose. Gain the tools to discover true happiness and understand the power of your mind.
Alena Chapman is an author, speaker, coach, and entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to helping others discover their true desires and create happy, fulfilling lives. She is the author of two best-selling books: The Prison Effect and You Can't Escape from a Prison If You Don't Know You're in One.
7. Age BeautifuLEE with Dr. Brian Lee
Sponsored by Aspire Plastic Surgery
Feel confident and beautiful, inside and out! Join Dr. Brian Lee of Aspire Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa and discover the latest in age-defying skincare, nutrition plans, noninvasive procedures, and surgical options. With 23 years of total dedication to wellness and beauty, you can expect something remarkable from Dr. Lee and Aspire. And be sure to claim your gift bag filled with exclusive offers designed to help you age "BeautifuLEE."
Dr. Brian J. Lee, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon, artist, and medical missionary who has served the Fort Wayne area since 1994. His goal is help his patients realize their full potential by tailoring treatments to personalized goals. At Aspire Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, you're not just a patient-you're a partner!
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sessions
A. What Googling Won't Tell You: Preventative Healthcare
Sponsored by Women's Health Advantage
Learn to be your best self through preventive care. Find out from an expert what the current guidelines are for mammograms, breast selfexams, and Pap smears. Do you have questions about when to have thyroid, diabetes, cholesterol, and colon screenings, or about genetic testing? Dr. Elicia Harris will discuss these issues and more, followed by a brief Q&A session.
Dr. Elicia Harris is a board certified OBGYN physician with Women's Health Advantage in Fort Wayne. She is a teaching faculty member for Indiana University School of Medicine and volunteer teaching faculty member for Fort Wayne Family Practice Residency. Dr. Harris has a special interest in healthcare policy and serving as an advocate for women's health rights.
B. Perfect Pairings: Food and Wine, Retirement and Financial Security
Sponsored by Storypoint and Collier Financial
Pairing food with wine is a science. Have you ever noticed a recommended wine pairing for certain dishes on a restaurant menu? The structure and makeup of food must play well with the structure and makeup of the wine. When done correctly, it creates a memorable dining experience. Now think about your retirement years. You've worked hard your entire life and saved as much as you can to achieve financial security—so pair it with a lifestyle experience that celebrates all that you deserve. StoryPoint Fort Wayne does that by creating unique "pairings" for their residents, such as partnering with Collier Financial.
Jon Bastianelli is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and a regional executive chef for Independence Village and Story Point senior living communities. Since 2013, he has helped oversee a growing culinary staff of more than 1,200 employees at locations throughout the Midwest.
Ben Collier is an investment advisor representative and president of Collier Financial, a locally owned firm which has been in business for more than 28 years. Whether it be portfolio management, insurance products, Medicare, estate planning, tax strategies for your assets, or social security maximization, the full-service team at Collier Financial has you covered.
C. Women and Resiliency: Tools to Build the Life You Want
Sponsored by Parkview Health
As women, we are the caretakers of our families—the cooks, the cleaners, the homework checkers, and the part- or full-time career holders. Sometimes we have a few of these on our shoulders, sometimes all, sometimes more. How do we handle life when the ball drops (or all the balls drop)? Women have an inherent capacity for resilience. In this session, you will learn applicable methods that will guide you to build resilience and equip yourself to better handle the speedbumps and everyday stressors that threaten your joy.
Gennifer Robbins has been in healthcare for 23 years, serving from the bedside to organizational and leadership development. She has a passion for helping people see beyond their limiting beliefs in order to move to their goals and find joy in every day. Robbins currently serves as a primary care clinic manager for Parkview Physicians Group.
D. From Self-Care to Self-Defense—Take Control
Sponsored by BeBalanced and IPFW Division of Continued Studies
Feeling stressed and tired? Can't lose that stubborn weight? Discover how balancing your hormones naturally can help you lose weight and feel like yourself again! Lose the weight and find relief for mood swings, headaches, joint pain, vaginal dryness, digestion issues, insomnia, and so much more!
Would you know how to defend yourself in a dangerous situation? Self-defense for women is not only about punching and kicking pads, it's also an effort to rewrite the narrative of women's worth and what it takes to protect it. Learn how to protect yourself while increasing your physical and inner strength.
Amber Quinn-Elliott struggled with weight all her life due to undiagnosed Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). After earning a master's degree in family therapy, she went on to specialize in sugar addiction and emotional eating. She opened Indiana's first BeBalanced in April 2017.
Meghan Horn, Psy.D., is a Krav Maga instructor with more than five years of training and teaching experience. In addition to her experience in Krav (a self-defense system), Horn is also a clinical psychologist who works with people struggling with trauma.
E. Crazy Times and the Zen of Renewal
Sponsored by Parkview Health
With ever-increasing family, work, and social demands, today's fast-paced world can be very stressful. A hurried lifestyle reduces personal resilience and the capacity to meet the challenges of change and stress. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help you recognize choices, live in the now, enhance your perspective, and take control of thoughts and emotional responses such as anger, anxiety, fear, depression, or feeling overwhelmed.
Dr. Dave Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, and clinical nurse specialist. He is a regional consultant and employee assistance specialist with Parkview Health and a professor of nursing at the University of Saint Francis. Dr. Johnson weaves stories and anecdotes that reveal the nature of stress in juggling work and family and offers strategies for maintaining one's sense of humor and perspective.
F. From Recipes to Accessories—It's Time for a Makeover!
Sponsored by Eddie Merlot's Steakhouse and Cindy Friend Design Boutique
Healthy eating isn't about limitations or depriving yourself; it's about feeling great, having more energy, and improving your health! Chef Edwin Mateo will explain how a healthy diet doesn't have to be complicated—it's your overall dietary pattern that is most important! From kitchens to bookcases, accessories add so much personality! Cindy Friend will show you how to accessorize a bookcase, mantel, and more. Discover how to add stunning statement pieces that will transform any abode from boring to WOW!
Edwin Mateo is the executive chef at Eddie Merlot's. He is passionate about food and loves to use his creativity whenever possible. His favorite dish to prepare is chicken marsala, and he loves to travel and spend time with his family.
Cindy Friend Design Boutique wants to make sure any remodeling project, renovation, or additions mirrors your ideas perfectly. From modernizing a master bath and bedroom to gutting and remodeling the kitchen, you can trust them to get look and details right.
G. Calling All Job Seekers
Sponsored by Parkview Health Human Resources
Looking to get back into the workforce or make a job change? Join us as we discuss all stages of your job search—from preparing a résumé, understanding technology in the recruiting world, preparing for an interview, and learning what to say (and not to say) during an interview—all the way to negotiating that offer to close the deal. This session will help you feel confident and prepared in your job search.
Bruce Buttermore has worked in the HR field for 18 years and has been with Parkview Health since 2007. Buttermore has been a recruiter and is currently serving as manager of human resources for Parkview LaGrange and Parkview Noble.
Dianne Potter has worked for Parkview for 32 years. She has held a variety of positions in the Human Resources department and is currently serving as manager of human resources for Parkview's Whitley and Warsaw facilities.
Jeff Rice joined Parkview Health as manager, talent acquisition in July 2015. Previously, Jeff was the recruiting manager for a national staffing agency. He has more than 15 years of recruiting experience.
Hallie Custer has been with Parkview Health for more than 17 years and is currently the director of human resources, responsible for human resource operations and recruitment. She has over 23 years of experience in the field.