Experiencing Alzheimer’s at an early age with her own grandmother inspired Deanna Lueckenotte to dedicate her career to making others’ experiences more fulfilling. In her 15 years working in geriatric healthcare, she has educated herself on all aspects of dementia with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s. In a labor of love honoring her grandmother’s memory, she applied the knowledge she gained into authoring Alzheimer’s Days Gone By: For Those Caring For Their Loved Ones. Deanna has provided education about Alzheimer’s through the Greater Chapter of Austin Alzheimer’s Association and the 17 counties it serves. Intent on making her dreams a reality and determined to share her knowledge with as many people as possible, Deanna launched her business, Leading the Way Seminars (LWS). Through LWS, she offers Continuing Education Units for social workers, licensed nursing home administrators, assisted living administrators, and other professionals pending approval with their licensing board. Additionally, LWS provides consultation services to geriatric professionals, education to the community, and support through education to caregivers regarding Alzheimer’s. At all of her educational or community events Deanna’s book is available for purchase, and she will personally sign each one. Deanna’s team of consultants has grown allowing Leading the Way Seminars to address all aspects of business for her geriatric professional clientele. In addition to providing 1 on 1 mentoring, education for front-line teams, and retrofitting and designing existing memory care communities, her team specializes in providing in-depth evaluations followed up with comprehensive reports to improve day-to-day operations in memory care specific service industries. Also, Leading the Way Seminars provides expertise in many essential areas for businesses, such as marketing, brochure development, Internet research, and website recommendations. Deanna is also a managing partner for Guiding Hands, a service to assist families to find the best fit for loved ones in placement into communities. Guiding Hands helps families find assisted living communities for seniors needing care in the Central Texas area. Representatives meet with families in person to understand their needs and unique requirements. Then, the representatives are available to go with families to prospective communities, so they can visit chosen communities first-hand with experienced individuals and ask the questions that are important to them. Guiding Hands will then assist families once their choice has been made to help ensure the move-in process goes as smoothly as possible. Deanna is currently working closely with Teepa Snow and the “Positive Approach to Brain Change.” Families can benefit from Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ perspective and techniques to living with dementia. This program affords Deanna the opportunity to provide families with telephone counseling and coaching about living with the challenges associated with dementia. Deanna is also a Positive Approach Coach for the trainer and consultant program with Teepa Snow. Deanna’s perseverance in educating as many people as possible has been paying off on a national level. She has consulted with businesses in most states in the Central United States. Deanna was awarded the Honor of Serving as one of 100 individuals on a panel to preview and launch Leeza Gibbons’ book Take 2. Furthermore, Deanna provides an invaluable resource as a Community Educator with Leeza’s Care Connection. There’s no telling where she will show up next! Deanna works with Real Estate Concierge by Megazee in Beverly Hills, CA with their families that need assistance in regards to the geriatric journey. She also helps the team of agents with branding, marketing and PR. Deanna received her BA in psychology with an emphasis on children with Autism from University of North Texas in Denton. During her years in healthcare, Deanna furthered her education, obtaining her Social Work license as well as certification for Assisted Living Administrator and Licensed Nursing Facility Administrator Deanna views working with Alzheimer’s as a lifestyle, not as a job. Though her mind is never far from her passion, she enjoys spending time with her firefighter husband, son, and their 2 Labrador retrievers. Her second passion is admiring her son as he keeps her busy with his career as a professional child actor and model.