Amy Wright, CSA
Founder & Managing Director
Initially driven to change the conversation and culture around end of life, Founder & Managing Director, Amy Wright, CSA made it her mission to educate anyone who would listen about all things hospice, death, dying, grief & bereavement. She graduated from mortuary school in 2008 and has worked in service to older adults – specifically around end of life – since.
Then, in 2020, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, she turned 40 and experienced several personal tragedies. This season was the catalyst for a midlife renovation; she realized she had to prioritize herself with focused intention if she wanted to take good care of anyone else. Amy resigned her regional position with a healthcare company and re-evaluated her purpose & priorities.
She wasn’t alone.
Amy’s contemporaries make up 60% of the Sandwich Generation – women in midlife both parenting young children and making decisions on behalf of their aging parents. These “adult daughters” also made up 40% of the workforce in 2020, according to the US Department of Labor.
“The Great Resignation was one of the top stories of 2021 as ‘record’ numbers of workers reportedly quit their jobs. January 4, 2022, figures showed that 4.5 million people voluntarily left their positions in November – an ‘all-time high.” Not surprisingly, Sandwich Generation employees aged 30-45 led the charge to quit.
In the midst of The Great Resignation & The Great Reshuffle phenomena, Amy assembled a supergroup of thought leaders & experts driven by five core values (education, connection, passion, rest & fun) to develop community inspired, clinically informed education & training to address these issues and help the helpers keep helping.
Directors & Collaborators
RN, MSN, CDP
Owner, Blue Water Home Care
Jennifer Prescott is the founder of Blue Water Homecare and a registered nurse. She is responsible for the strategic direction, vision and growth of the fastest growing independent home care agency in Central Texas.
As a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in nursing and clinical operations, Jennifer is known for compassionate care for the elderly and maximizing operational excellence. She most recently served as Regional Executive Director at Altus Hospice where she increased sales 300% and tripled the average daily census in 2 1/2 years. Before that, Jennifer was Nurse Manager Operations at Duke University Hospital where she managed the daily operations of three ambulatory clinics serving 36,000 patients per year. During her tenure, initiatives Jennifer led resulted in a 75% reduction in fall rates during a six month period. Jennifer began her nursing career learning industry best practices at world class Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Jennifer holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from Duke University specializing in Healthcare Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Delaware. Jennifer proudly serves as an Executive Board Member for Capital Area Parkinson’s Society, and VP of Outreach and Support groups. She previously served on the Executive Board of The Alzheimer's Association Central Texas Chapter. Jennifer is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).
She is based in Austin, TX.
Candace Barnes, MBA
Head of Global Diversity Programs,
With over 16 years of experience in Supply Chain, Project Management, Diversity, Inclusion, & Talent Acquisition, Candace brings unique experience to her current role as Head of Global Diversity Programs for Rockwell Automation. In this role she leads a team that owns the strategy, development and execution of attracting, hiring, on boarding, retaining and developing underrepresented talent within the organization.
Candace is seen as a trusted advisor and strategist in the diversity landscape for key stakeholders, business partners and the larger global talent organization. With focus broadly across the continuum of the employee lifecycle from hiring through retention and advancement, her work allows for more efficiencies, more visibility, greater engagement and higher retention rates for employees from underrepresented groups.
Her journey began as she received her B.S degree in Business Administration and her Master’s in Business Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee FL. Said M.B.A experience included 12 months in Venlo, the Netherlands which started her love for Europe and experiencing other cultures. Additionally, she has been certified as a Project Management Professional since 2013, a volunteer coach with Pathways to Successful Living Seminars and a certified coach with Coach Training Alliance (CTACC).
Janet McGee, MBA
Founder & President,
The LifTED, LLC
Parents Against Tip Overs
Janet McGee graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science, and worked as a licensed mortician in her earlier career. She later attained her MBA and established herself in the corporate world for almost a decade. When her 22-month-old son, Ted, died tragically in 2016 from a furniture tip-over accident, she left her corporate career behind to advocate for furniture tip-over prevention.
Shannan Conway, CDP, CALM
Marketing Director (South)
For over twenty years, Shannan has worked in assisted living and memory care
while tirelessly volunteering in service to others.
She is co-owner of Platinum Resort Assisted Living & Memory Care and a pillar of her community. Originally from Kansas, she and her two sons, Trea and Trevor, have called Georgetown, TX home for 13 years.
Currently, she serves The Alzheimer’s Association, Walk To End Alzheimer’s Walk Committee as Recruiting Chairperson and is active within women's networking groups and at Celebration Church, where she has attended since 2016.
She also cohosts a weekly radio show, “Purpose On Fire” on KGTN 106.7.
Previously, she was a member of First Baptist Church and was active with the Georgetown Bulldogs, where she served as Little League Fundraiser Chair from 2009-2018.
For over 30 years, Amy Temperley has committed her work to improving the lives of older adults in some form or fashion. From her time as a social worker, to Executive roles in nonprofit agencies, and now as a consultant and business owner, Amy has served caregivers, individuals with dementia and disabilities, and nonprofit leaders. She is passionate about issues related to living a full life, active aging and ageism.