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Then.

Founded by award-winning geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas and his partner Jude Thomas, The Eden Alternative® began as a grant-funded project in a single nursing home.

Now.

Today, we are a global, 501c3 non-profit organization that impacts hundreds of thousands of people across 23 countries and transforms caring relationships throughout all care settings and services.

We get results.

Greater well-being

The Eden Alternative increases hope, the will to live, and higher quality of life.

Lower employee turnover

62% lower! The 2019 employee turnover rate for organizations implementing The Eden Alternative was 35.6% vs. an average US turnover rate of 94%.

Higher performance

Eden Registry Member nursing homes outperform other US nursing homes with higher overall CMS 5-Star ratings, higher survey 5-Star ratings, and fewer substantiated complaints.

Greater reduction in harmful drug use

110% greater! Organizations experiencing Eden Alternative education reduced antipsychotic use by 26.3%, while non-participating organizations dropped usage by only 12.4%.

Significant positive impact

Implementing organizations experience a significant positive impact on clinical measures, quality of life, financial outcomes,
and overall well-being.

Our Team

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Patrick Bultema
President & CEO
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Kris Angevine
Community Builder
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Evy Cugelman
Community Builder
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Kristi Doan
Community Builder
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Julian Flores
Chief Marketing Officer
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Sue Gerould
Operations Manager
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Kathy Hagen
Head of Business Operations
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Denise Hyde
Community Builder
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Meredith Martin
Head of Eden Services
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Danna Pentes
Digital Producer
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Carrie Trusty
Sales Account Representative
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Kimberly Wood
Education Support
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Chris Cheek, Board Chair
Founder & President, SentryCare, Inc.
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Deke Cateau, Board Vice-Chair
CEO, A.G. Rhodes
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Thomas Brattle Gannett “Toby”
President, Draper Commons Affordable Housing
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Cheryl George, Board Secretary
Eden Alternative Regional Coordinator - Western Canada
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Angie Mccallister
Director of Cultural Transformation, Signature Healthcare
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Peter Reed, Board Treasurer
Director, Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno
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Tom Zwicker
Co-Founder, AgeSpeaks
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Patrick Bultema
President & CEO

Patrick has served as CEO, Founder, and Executive Chairman of numerous companies, acted as an advisor to multiple venture-backed startups, and supported various social entrepreneurial initiatives. Throughout his career, one common theme rings clear – leveraging innovation to bring about dramatic, positive change.  Raised in a close-knit community where elders played an important role in the lives of their neighbors, Patrick has lived the values that drive the mission of The Eden Alternative. Patrick has an MDiv from Princeton and is husband to Lily and the father of their seven children, including three adopted daughters from China. Connect with him at pbultema@edenalt.org.

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Kris Angevine
Community Builder

Kris joined the Eden Alternative Home Office Team in November of 2018. As Community Builder, she consults with and supports organizations with implementation, creates resources, develops educational tools and materials, and supports networking opportunities between individuals and organizations. Kris also invites new organizations to join the Eden Registry. She is also an Eden Educator and Empowered Teams Educator who has had the pleasure of teaching over a thousand change agents. Kris loves spending time with her husband, Chris, and their four-legged family, Kelli Jean, Loki, Gigi, & Minerva is near and dear to her heart.  Connect with her at kangevine@edenalt.org.

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Evy Cugelman
Community Builder

Evy is a retired nurse (RN) and has specialized in the field of Gerontology since 1976, in Toronto, Ontario, and Denver, Colorado. She was an Innovation Specialist (Culture Change) at Pinon Management and Vivage Quality Health Partners in Colorado and has been employed in varying roles as a consultant and educator since 1974.  She is a recognized Therapeutic Touch teacher and has been studying complementary therapies and integrative healing since 1975.    She was also a Green House Educator and is co-author of The Eden Alternative’s Empowered Teams training to develop self-directed work teams, and co-author of a Complementary Therapies Curriculum for long-term care.  She was a Certified Validation Teacher and a Certified Second Winds Virtual Dementia Tour trainer.  Evy is presently an Eden Educator, Mentor, and Community Builder.

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Kristi Doan
Community Builder

Kristi joined the Eden Alternative Home Office Team in January 2022 as a Community Builder and has been involved with The Eden Alternative since 2018. In her role, she consults with and supports organizations with implementation, creates resources, develops educational tools and materials, and supports networking opportunities between individuals and organizations. As an Eden Educator, she enjoys facilitating change in communities across the country. Kristi loves spending time exploring the outdoors and has a goal to visit every national park. She lives in Denver with her husband, James, and their four-legged family of multiple cats and a dog. Connect with her at kdoan@edenalt.org.

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Julian Flores
Chief Marketing Officer

Julian has built a career working on initiatives that make a difference, from fighting food waste to providing free education to low-income students. He has served in many roles including CEO, consultant, marketer, and on-the-fly substitute teacher. Through it all, he has leveraged his passion for helping people and building strong organizations to bring about change in the communities they serve. Julian joined The Eden Alternative in early 2022 as Chief Marketing Officer. In that capacity, he focuses on building a sales/marketing organization that will bring our services to more and more communities worldwide. In his free time, Julian enjoys the Colorado outdoors with his wife, Boy Scout son, and Bernese Mountain Dog, Baby. Connect with Julian at jflores@edenalt.org

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Sue Gerould
Operations Manager

Sue joined The Eden Alternative® in September of 2015. She is the Operations Manager and collaborates with every member of the Home Office Team. She provides financial management, human resources support, and the fulfillment of educational materials. Sue lives in the Rochester, NY area and loves spending time with her children and grandchild. Connect with Sue at sgerould@edenalt.org.

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Kathy Hagen
Head of Business Operations

Kathy joined The Eden Alternative® in January 2011. As Head of Business Operations, she ensures effective operational and financial procedures. Kathy works with the team to focus on objectives and key results that drive the organization forward. She lives in the Rochester, NY area near Lake Ontario, and enjoys yoga and sailing with her partner, Tom. Connect with her at khagen@edenalt.org.

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Denise Hyde
Community Builder

Denise has been involved with The Eden Alternative® since 1997 and part of the home office team since 2009. As Community Builder, Denise guides and supports organizations with implementation, creates resources, develops educational tools and materials, and supports networking opportunities between individuals and organizations. She is part of the leadership team for the Nebraska Culture Change Coalition. Denise enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. She is a member of the church bell choir, attends monthly wine club gatherings, and enjoys reading a good romance novel! Connect with her at dhyde@edenalt.org.

 

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Meredith Martin
Head of Eden Services

Meredith is the Head of Eden Services which includes education, consultation, and learning tools.  She first learned about The Eden Alternative as a college student. Inspired by the approach, she set her sights on a career in aging services. She began actively applying The Eden Alternative® in 2003 as a leader in an Eden Registry Member Organization.

As an Eden Educator, she taught hundreds of change agents about the impact of loneliness, helplessness, boredom, and the power of person-directed care. In 2009, she joined the Eden Alternative Home Office Team. As Education Coordinator, Meredith manages the coordination of all educational events and the growth and development of Eden Educators, as well as cultivating new, potential educational initiatives and opportunities, such as Eden Alternative LIVE.

Simple Pleasure

Sitting on my front porch in the morning with my dog, a cup of coffee while listening to the birds sing.

Social

https://www.linkedin.com/in/meredith-martin-edenalternative/

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Danna Pentes
Digital Producer

Danna Pentes joined the Eden Alternative Home Office Team in September 2019. As a Digital Producer, she creates educational and promotional content using video, audio, graphic design, and motion graphics. Danna earned her audio chops playing bass for the groundbreaking, alternative pop band Fetchin Bones, and as an audio engineer for NPR in Washington DC, and Turner Studios in Atlanta, GA. Since 2014, she has worked as an independent professional in multiple design areas. Danna lives in Decatur, GA. Connect with Danna at dpentes@edenalt.org.

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Carrie Trusty
Sales Account Representative

Carrie joined The Eden Alternative Home Office Team in August 2022 as the Sales Account Representative. In that role, Carrie works to develop close relationships with communities nationwide to collaboratively solve pain points and to help customers along their journey towards a culture of person-directed care. She has served in the eldercare industry in various roles across skilled nursing and rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, and independent living for the better part of 20 years.
Carrie is married and has three children. Her husband and oldest son are US Marines, and her youngest son plays competitive soccer. Her daughter graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Marketing and is a talented photographer. Connect with Carrie at ctrusty@edenalt.org

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Kimberly Wood
Education Support

Kimberly joined The Eden Alternative in March of 2019 to provide support for our educational events and grant projects. She lives in The Colony, TX with her husband, Jeffrey, and their dog Stanlee. In her downtime she enjoys a multitude of activities including spending time with their daughters, Morgan and Annsley, listening to all genres of music, choir, playing piano, reading a great book, going on any kind of trip with her husband, hiking, boating, or vacationing anywhere there is a beach or a pool.  Connect with Kimberly at kwood@edenalt.org.

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Chris Cheek, Board Chair
Founder & President, SentryCare, Inc.

Christopher H. Cheek, MBA, NHA is the Founder and President of SentryCare, inc. a regional company, founded in 1993, which owns, operates, and manages hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The company has been a long-time implementer of the Eden Alternative, a model of care and management which operationalizes the empowerment of residents and staff care partners. Chris serves as Chairman of the Board of the Eden Alternative.

Chris is a Co-founder and a Director of ApotheCare, a closed-door institutional pharmacy that utilizes the latest technologies in medication packaging and administration. Additionally, he is a Co-founder and a Director of Healthcare Risk Services a firm that specializes in insurance alternatives for healthcare providers. Chris is also a Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Property Insurance Company of America. He serves on the board of Trustees of Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS. Chris and his wife Patricia have four children and one grandchild. He enjoys outdoor activities including boating, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

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Deke Cateau, Board Vice-Chair
CEO, A.G. Rhodes

Deke is the CEO at A.G. Rhodes, a nonprofit organization providing therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care at three metro Atlanta locations. Prior to becoming the CEO, he served in various roles at A.G. Rhodes including the Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Strategic Implementation, and he was the Administrator for seven years at the organization’s flagship location in Grant Park. In 2013 and 2014, Deke won the American College of Health Care Administrators Facility Leadership Award, and he won the Georgia Health Care Association’s Leadership Excellence Award in 2015.

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Thomas Brattle Gannett “Toby”
President, Draper Commons Affordable Housing

Toby brings deep expertise in board governance, as well as a background in innovation and senior housing to The Eden Alternative.  Currently, Toby is a commercial real-estate developer specializing in green-built, low-income, intergenerational, affordable, and attainable housing.  An innovator in senior communities, his senior housing projects have earned over 30 national, state, and local awards, including two United States National Home Builder Awards.  He is the former Global Practice Chair, for Board and CEO services at N2 Growth, a global consulting firm.

Toby is a Board Leadership Fellow and SEI Cyber Certified with the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a board member of the Association for Managers of Innovation and a First Movers Fellow with the Aspen Institute.  Toby earned an MBA in Healthcare Administration at the University of Colorado and completed the LEAD Program in Corporate Innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Cheryl George, Board Secretary
Eden Alternative Regional Coordinator - Western Canada

Cheryl has been teaching, mentoring, and supporting the growth of The Eden Alternative with colleague Suellen Beatty since 1999. She was Education Leader at Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada for over 28 years supporting the adoption and implementation of the Eden Alternative approach. Sherbrooke has been an Eden Registry Member since January 1999 and is regarded as a Centre of Excellence internationally. Cheryl served on the Advisory Committee for iGen, a grade 6 class located at Sherbrooke providing an intergenerational experience for students and Elders. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the mother of son Davis.

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Angie Mccallister
Director of Cultural Transformation, Signature Healthcare

Angie has held various positions in long-term care since 1995.  She proudly began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Since then she was worked as a Quality of Life Director and Director of Quality of Life and Culture Change for Signature HealthCARE.  She recently received her Long Term Care Administrator’s License as well.  Over her tenure at Signature HealthCARE she has facilitated cultural transformation for over 100 Signature communities and has helped over 40 of those communities achieve Eden Registry membership.  Angie is also an Eden Educator and Eden Mentor.  Most recently she published a 5-year study demonstrating the positive impact of The Eden Alternative on the lives of elders living in Signature communities.  Angie and Signature HealthCARE were the 2018 recipients of the Eden Champion Award.

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Peter Reed, Board Treasurer
Director, Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno

Peter has 20 years of experience in the field of aging that bridges research, practice, policy, and organizational leadership. Prior to serving as Director of the Sanford Center for Aging, he served as CEO of Pioneer Network, President and CEO of the Center for Health Improvement, as well as the Senior Director of Programs for the Alzheimer’s Association National Office. He also currently serves on the Governing Board of Consumer Voice, the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada, the Board of Directors for Nevada POLST, and as Vice-Chair of the Nevada Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tom Zwicker
Co-Founder, AgeSpeaks

During his career, Tom has held many positions: owner/operator of a 250-bed health and rehabilitation center; Vice President of Operations for 17 skilled nursing facilities in northern California; President of the Wisconsin Health Care Association; President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Health Care Association; and Co-Founder of Age Speaks Company™️. In 1997, Tom became an Eden Associate and an Eden Mentor. He also operated the first Eden Alternative Registry Member organization in Wisconsin – one of the first in the country. Tom also holds nursing home licenses in Wisconsin, Texas and Washington.

Eden Registry Members

Eden Registry Members are inspired influencers and innovators that demonstrate exceptional commitment to practicing our unique approach to care.

Eden Educators

Certified Eden Educators are intentional disruptors. Trained to facilitate Eden Alternative training events, they help you create an empowered culture of care.

Global Partners

Our global partners are 23 countries strong. Check out this network of tenacious leaders and learn how you can engage with The Eden Alternative where you live.