NCOAP Board Members 2017-2018
Bonnie Ruggles Ruechel, BS, ACC, EDU, AFL, MC
Bonnie Ruggles Ruechel received her degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is an Activity Consultant Certified with a specialization in Education, Assisted Living and Memory Care through NCCAP, The National Council for Activity Professionals. Bonnie got her start in a nursing home and has been involved in Activities since 1979. In 1988 she created Ruechel Consulting and teaches the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals. She does trainings in Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia and Assisted Living. She represents NCCAP on the Advisory Council for the Center for Assisted Living (CEAL) and is President of the Quality of Life Practitioners of Arizona. In 1993, she received the Award of Merit for Activity Professionals from the Wisconsin Representatives of Activity Professionals (WRAP). In 2011 she was awarded the Activity Pioneer Award from NCCAP, and in 2012 the MEPAP Instructor of the Year Award. Bonnie has spoken at many national, state and local Conferences for Activity Professionals. Bonnie has also helped author several books. She is married, has three children, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Mary D. Spikes, ACC, ALF, ADM
P.O. Box 21492
St. Petersburg, FL 33742
Home: (727) 392-4645
Cell: (727) 433-0863
Fax: (727) 289-8202
Mary has worked in long term care for 40 years and is the former President of the Florida Health Care Activity Coordinators Association. She received here certificate of Achievement for obtaining her Core Competency Test from the Florida Elder Affairs Assisted Living Facility though the University of South Florida. Mary is certified through NCCAP, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, and ALFA Assisted Living Managing Activities and Recreation Services. She is a Notary and received the Member of the Year from Florida Health Care Activity Coordinators Association. She is also a graduate of the Florida Leaders program in 2011,
Mary is also president of her own business DanMar Productions, Inc. and is involved with many affiliations from the Better Business Bureau. She is married and has a son who is in the United States Coast Guard. She also works part time as an Administrator for Kass Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Center.
Mae Petty, ADC, DCPQ
Mae Petty has worked for Life Care for 24 years, presently at Life Care Centers of Hixson. She is a Certified Remotivator, Arthritis Instructor and Dementia Care Provider Qualified and Activity Consultant Certified. She graduated from Chattanooga State College. Mae has received many awards from state and national associations. She received State Volunteer from Tennessee Health Care Association and President Bush presented her with the President’s Volunteer Award in 2007. Her most recent award was winner of the Life Care Center Business Award for Live Well Program. She belongs to many state and national activity associations and has served on many of their boards, holding many different positions. She is married and has one son and has participated in Project Esther, a project that helps homeless ladies get a new start on life. She is presently President of Tennessee Association of Activity Professionals.
Irene Taylor MS, ACC, CDP
153 Pine Knoll Lane
LaFollette, TN 37766
Home: (423) 562-9304
Cell: (865) 335-3488
Fax: (423) 201-4503
Personal Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene Taylor holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, and in addition, has been an LPN, activity director, activity consultant, and was the Executive Director with the National Association of Activities Professionals (NAAP) for many years. Her unique and impressive background, skills and work ethic she possesses, this unique combination of experience, intelligence, personality, and entrepreneurship needed to ensure a results-oriented approach when it comes to advancing the important initiative of the Quality of Life foundation and moving our future forward. She brings with her the vast resources and contacts necessary in entrenching the revolutionary vision and mission of the programs on the local, state and national level.