Aging Life Care Management Staff
Pamela (Bednar) Braun, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM, LF — President
Pamela is a Master’s-level social worker, licensed clinical social worker and Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager for independent practice in Arizona. She is also a Licensed Fiduciary through the Arizona Supreme Court. She is the founder and owner of Geriatric Assessment, Management & Solutions, LLC since 2000. The East Valley satellite was opened in Spring of 2014 to serve the clients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas in a more comprehensive way.
Pam is originally from Wisconsin but grew up in the Kansas City area. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, a minor in Gerontology from Kansas State University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1990. Her work experience has been primarily in health and mental healthcare. She has worked in the hospital setting since 1986 including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with neurology and neurosurgical patients. Since moving to Arizona in 1994, she worked in a geriatric mental health/medical unit at Del Webb Hospital in Sun City West for 6 years. Her areas of interest have been focused on individuals with dementia and their families specifically with behavior issues. She has done extensive volunteer work with the Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter. She is active with the Western Regional Chapter of The Aging Life Care Association and has served on the Board, committee positions and co-chaired the Annual Conference in Scottsdale in October 2013. Pam is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and American Case Management Association.
Jo Dee Williams, LPN
Jo Dee was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana and lived there for 20 years. She moved to Phoenix in 1998. She always knew that she wanted to be a nurse. After experiencing different nursing aspects, she found her niche working with the elderly. She feels blessed having over 39 years of nursing experience where her heart and passion is assisting those living with the challenges of the aging process, specifically those living with dementia. Jo Dee has worked in an administrative position and front-line in memory care facilities. She is excited to bring her experience to GAMS and assisting those entrusting their care and loved ones to GAMS services.
Cindy Schmitt, MSW
Cindy’s professional career spans more than 23 years working in both senior care and early childhood education administration. A native of Wisconsin, Cindy earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Valparaiso University and then a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She began her career working as a case manager with seniors in inner city Milwaukee. She has also been the Director of Social Services and Admission at two skilled nursing facilities. Cindy spent many years working at an Intergenerational Care Center in Milwaukee and also as a therapist for individuals of all ages and abilities. Cindy most recently held an Executive Director position at a memory care community helping older adults and their families adjust to the changes and challenges of a dementia diagnosis.
Cindy’s skills in assisting older adults as they navigate complex medical, living and social challenges are focused on looking at family systems, partnering with health care professionals and considering individual needs and preferences. Her philosophy is based on treating others with the utmost respect and dignity, in order to allow the highest level of autonomy and independence as possible.
Cindy works to bring all available resources to clients and families, giving them the information they need to make the best decision for optimum quality of life.
Joni Minelli, PhD, Aging Life Care Specialist
Joni Michele Minelli, PhD, involved with the Alzheimer’s and dementia care industry for the better part of a decade, and with over twenty years of management experience, made a career in the business of helping seniors. She studied in her home state of California, receiving her degree in Nutrition, and has dedicated her time to continued education in senior care and management. With vast knowledge and networking in the West Valley, her connections bring a critical edge in advancing the best care for her clients.
Through experiences in Executive Director and Corporate Operations Director positions, she is uniquely prepared to provide excellent management. She continues to support and work with the Alzheimer’s Association after nine years of volunteering. Joni Michele’s personal connection with dementia and Parkinson’s, through her late father, inspires her passion for her job everyday, to work harder and do more for seniors. Her compassion and respect for her clients, determination, and excelling leadership skills all coalesce to create an outstanding Care Manager. She is proud to be joining the GAMS team and grateful for the warm welcome into this prestigious company!
Support Services Staff
Angie Morgan ~ Practice Administrator / Assistant Life Care Manager
Angie Morgan was born in Columbus, Ohio, and has lived in Phoenix most of her life. She enjoys music, the outdoors and animals. Angie has over 25 years of experience in the legal field, working for one of the largest firms in the Phoenix area for over 14 years. Building upon her legal experience, she has developed a passion for health care, especially in the area of geriatrics and how these fields intertwine. It is a privilege to assist the GAMS team in providing excellent, proactive care for the GAMS clients and their families.
Ashley Peck, Support Services
Ashley Peck is an Arizona native. She enjoys all genres of music, books, crafts, languages and hiking. From a young age, Ashley has enjoyed learning about the medical field and is excited to be introduced to patient advocacy in the area of geriatric care management. Ashley’s experience in customer service has provided her with a can-do attitude and a quick smile. Though this is her first branch into the medical field, she looks forward to working with GAMS clients and their families.
Shayna Koronich, Billing / Support Services
Shayna is a native to the Phoenix metropolitan area and has a background working in the Early Childhood Education industry for over 15 years. In her most recent position, Shayna held a position as a Corporate Recruiter, recruiting for various types of positions within the ECE industry. Prior to that, Shayna was an Operations Director for a local preschool, where she was employed for eight years. Shayna has three boys and loves spending most of her free time at their sporting events as well as volunteering at their schools when she can. She also loves traveling with her family to various places. Shayna has an Associates of Applied Science in Healthcare Management, has recently finished Real Estate school and owns a growing photography business. She is excited to enter the healthcare industry so that she can use her existing skill set to benefit the company and learn new skills along the way.