Gail Arno, CMC: Director of Care Management
Gail Arno began her career in aging services in 1998, serving as a family consultant for a local placement agency. She actively educated and guided a generation of seniors and their families to resources and information available throughout the Greater Sacramento region. In 2010, she brought her experience and expertise to the team at Elder Care Management, providing service and oversight in the growing field of geriatric care management. In 2020, Gail assumed the role of Director of Care Management for ECM, leading the exceptional team of established Care Managers. Gail received a Bachelor of Science in History from UCLA and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from CSU Northridge. She also completed a Graduate Certification program in Gerontology through CSU Sacramento, where she concurrently completed a six-class case management course certification. She is a California Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) certified administrator and is a state-approved instructor for RCFE administrator’s certification courses. Additionally, she is a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association and a Board Member for Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center. Gail is also a Certified Care Manager through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and a member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA). Gail offers invaluable wisdom and extends gracious compassion and understanding to the clients and families she serves.
Felicia Juntunen, MA, CMC: Care Manager
Felicia received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s in Gerontology from California State University, Sacramento. She served as a student intern with Elder Care Management of Northern California and officially joined the care management team in 2013. Felicia is a member of the Aging Life Care Association and recently received her certification through the National Academy of Certified Care Managers (NACCM). She also holds a Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) license with the California Department of Social Services and has volunteered as a caregiver support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. As a care manager, she enjoys listening to the life stories of clients and identifying their strengths.
Piper Jackson: Care Manager
Piper Jackson is a full-time care manager and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Elder Care Management. Piper earned her undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento and went on to obtain her Residential Care for the Elderly Certificate through the California Department of Social Services. Piper is also an active member of the Aging Life Care Association. She has worked in the senior industry for over 20 years starting with hands-on care experience, human resources, and eventually became the director of a group of local care homes. Her calm demeanor and compassion provide reassurance and trust with her clients.
Denise MacDonald, RN: Care Manager
Denise MacDonald joined Elder Care Management in March 2016. Denise graduated from Long Beach State with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with an emphasis in Gerontology. At that time she also took a certification class at USC in Gerontology. She then went back to school to become an RN. After working in Oncology, Denise was recruited to Visiting Nurses as a Home Health case manager. From there she transferred to Hospice care. While working for VNA in the South Bay Denise implemented and managed the first Hospice program in skilled nursing facilities. Denise was a Hospice case manager and preceptor for 25+ years. Denise has also been certified in chemotherapy and pain management.
Carole Henderson, BSN, RN: Care Manager
Carole Henderson became part of the Elder Care Management team in January 2017. She has over 30 years of nursing experience with respected institutions in the field of medicine including the University of Michigan, Duke University, Kaiser, and Gilead Sciences. Along with direct patient care, her background includes neonatology, case management, clinical research, drug safety, medical device safety, and business ownership. Throughout her career, she has always enjoyed teaching both patients and families about their medical conditions and helping them live quality lives. She lives in Folsom with her husband and loves to be outdoors and take long walks.
Judy Kent: Care Manager
Judy joined Elder Care Management in October 2016 after a career in business. She has an undergraduate degree in education and a Master’s in Business Administration. Her interest in caring for the elderly was an outgrowth of her three years spent as the primary caregiver for her mother who battled dementia and Alzheimer’s. Judy is also the President of Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and when she is not working with the elderly, she is working with dogs.
Aimee Smith, MS FNP: Care Manager
Aimee joined Elder Care Management in March 2021 after serving 26 years as a Registered Nurse and 21 years as a Nurse Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science from Boston College. As a Nurse Practitioner, Aimee has had extensive experience working with diverse populations in both rural and urban environments. She has participated in youth sports physical clinics, performed forensic exams for presumed sexual assaults, coordinated care for a Breast Cancer Early Detection Program, diagnosed and treated individuals with acute and chronic health problems, and oversaw the well-being of students at a local elementary school. Aimee’s passion for serving our community is endless and her understanding of the medical environment is truly an asset to our team and clients.
Maureen Lawrence: Outreach Coordinator
Maureen Lawrence joined Elder Care Management in 2016 as our Outreach Coordinator. Maureen graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has prior experience in various fields, including marketing cardiovascular pharmaceuticals to area physicians. Most recently, she was a Community Liaison for a local hospice company, educating seniors and their loved ones about the benefits of hospice care. Maureen works part-time, balancing her position with ECM and raising her three very active boys.
Jason Wu: Owner
Jason Wu has been serving our older adult community since 2016 as President of ApexCare, a private home care agency serving Northern California. In this capacity, Jason has and continues to work closely with families, caregivers, and community partners to provide the special care and attention that our older adults need. Because Jason’s grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, he also experienced firsthand how important it is to have a strong care team supporting those suffering from dementia. Prior to taking the leadership role with ApexCare, Jason spent 7 years as an investment analyst and 13 years as an entrepreneur and business owner. Jason holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University.
Ginger McMurchie, CMC: Founder
Ginger McMurchie is the founder of Elder Care Management of Northern California. She helped care for both her father and mother-in-law during the late stages of their lives and worked professionally with seniors and their families, which lead to the inception of Elder Care Management. For 10 years Ginger lead and supported the exceptional team of Care Managers of ECM in advocating for area seniors. In 2020, she stepped away from her role and entrusted the company to Jason Wu, the owner of ApexCare, who shares a similar passion for serving the aging community.