Meet Our Team

 

Craig Jennings

Craig Jennings

Craig JenningsProgram Creator
IN MEMORIAM

Craig was the life’s blood of Caring For The Caregiver. Sadly, we lost him in May of 2016.  He will continue to inspire us and be the reason that we continue to push for a better quality of life for all caregivers.

Craig had a very long career, from Harvard College to CBS, Merrill Lynch and Carl Ally Advertising early on, then a career as a commercial deep sea diver in Africa. Back in the US he became an entrepreneurial junkie –“ I’ve started 8 new businesses in my life – three of them working right now. He started his final career, as a business coach.
He was most excited about – Caring For The Caregiver.


Roger Schilling

Roger Schilling

Roger Schilling Chairman

Roger Schilling is a life-long resident of Syosset, Long Island, New York. He has been married to Sue Belevich Schilling for 40+ years. They have a daughter, Blair Christina Schilling, currently working at Jackson Lewis LLP. Roger is President of Profit & Pension Planners, providing design, installation and administrative services to qualified pension plans. Both Roger and Sue are active duty Fire Fighters and former EMTs with the Syosset Volunteer Fire Department for 33 years. Roger became involved with Caring For The Caregiver in 2008, and sees his work for Caring For The Caregiver as a natural outgrowth of his service to the community.

Contact Roger Phone: 516-747-6525

Karen Schief

Karen Schief

Karen SchiefCo-Chairman

Another life-long Syosset native of Long Island, Karen Schief started her professional career with Pan American World Airways and has been involved in the airline industry ever since.

She has been associated with the Episcopal Church all her life and has held various positions in her local parish and sits on a Diocesan Committee. She has always been actively involved in outreach and fundraising activities so when the opportunity presented itself to get involved with Caring for the Caregiver, she jumped at the chance. She is one of the Lead Facilitators, working with our Caring Circles.

Karen has been a caregiver for her parents and at one time, her husband, Bob, and knows all too well the stresses, fears and overwhelming tasks that caregivers face on a daily basis. This is why Caring for the Caregiver has become such an important part of her outreach activities and that of her Church. Karen and Bob reside in Syosset.

Contact Karen Phone: 516-380-3851

Robert W. Schief

Robert W. Schief

Robert W. SchiefAdministration & Finance

Bob is retired from IBM and owning his own construction business. He has always been active in his Church and now devotes most of his volunteer time to Caring For The Caregiver. Bob has been both a caregiver and a care-recipient, so he has experienced both sides of the care  giving coin. He is dedicated to supporting and educating caregivers and is one of our Caring Circle Facilitators as well as our ‘Jack of All Trades.” If there is a need, Bob will fill it!

Bob resides in Syosset with his wife, Karen.

Contact Bob Phone: 516-921-0755

Mike VernonMichael Vernon – Board Member

Mike joined the Caring For The Caregiver team in 2015, bringing both his professional and personal experience in support of Long Island family caregivers. He is a member of Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition.

Mike Vernon is a NY State licensed mortgage loan originator for United Mortgage Corporation in Melville. He has helped hundreds of families to maintain and enhance their lifestyles with the government insured reverse mortgage, a product for homeowners that are 62 and older. Proceeds are used to make home improvements, pay for in home care, and improve cash flow, so that retirees are able to stay in place. He also helps families to obtain financing for the purchase of a home, and to save money by refinancing their current mortgage.

As a result of his experience meeting with families; he saw and learned about family caregiving, and how it impacts the lives of all those involved. He understands the challenges and the needs that families encounter and wanted to do something to make it better. He serves on the Board of Caring For The Caregiver, he has served on the board of LIFCC (Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition), and has devoted time to the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay and P.O.B Cares/Project Pace serving the Plainview and Old Bethpage communities. He has presented before NCCPAP (National Conference of CPA Practitioners) Nassau/Suffolk Chapters. He has also been on panels that spoke at the Caregiver seminars provided by Senator Kemp Hannon.  He is a Son, Husband, Father and Grandfather.

Contact Michael Phone: 917-863-5709

Edward F. Gibbons, jr., Ph.D.

Edward F. Gibbons, jr., Ph.D.

Edward F. Gibbons, Jr., Ph.D. Board Member

Edward F. Gibbons, Jr., Ph.D. serves as adviser for Caring For The Caregiver. Ed provides guidance to the Committee on matters pertaining to regulatory compliance, operational effectiveness and outcomes assessment. Ed’s advisory expertise in these areas stems from over 25 years of senior management experience in higher education and the corporate world focusing on mission and goals, institutional planning, resource allocation and renewal, outcomes assessment and regulatory compliance.Currently, Ed serves as the Chair, Board of Directors for the Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition. He is also the president and CEO of Rockford Kingsley, Ltd. whose mission is to support individuals and organizations in their pursuit of excellence and the attainment of their respective goals.

Dr. Gibbons received his Ph. D. in psychology with a specialization in psychobiology from Stony Brook University. During Ed’s professional career he has been the recipient of federal research grants. In addition, Ed has served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and chaired a special study section for the National Institutes of Health. Ed has authored over 20 scientific articles, served as senior editor for two books, presented papers at over 40 professional conferences, has organized and chaired national and regional scientific conferences. Dr. Gibbons’s professional biography has appeared in a number of notable publications; including, Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, and Who’s Who in Science and Technology.

In his spare time, Ed is an avid reader. He also enjoys ballroom dancing, playing golf and tennis. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, and cherishes his memories of the original Yankee Stadium and walking with his father and brother out to center field to visit the monuments of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Miller Huggins.

Contact Ed Phone: 631-559-9620

Karen Campbell

Karen M. Campbell – Board Member

Karen Marie Campbell, MBA, RScP Licensed Practitioner of Religious Science, Certified Transformational Coach, Client Specialist for Touching Hearts at Home, providing non-medical home care services for older adults, seniors, and people with medical conditions and/or disabilities.

Karen has over 20 years’ experience as a caregiver to her great grandmother, grandmother, and mother. Karen is passionate about supporting families throughout Long Island with compassionate caregivers trained to support the individual needs of each client.

Contact Karen Campbell Phone: 516-737-1618

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