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Pete Shrock is Co-Founder & Chief People Officer at Legacy Navigator and for the past 15 years, Pete has served as an emotional first responder in situations of grief, trauma, and crisis both locally and on a national level. His early contributions in social work led to a 10-year career as the Chief Program Officer for Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children. Most recently, Pete partnered with Craig Shealy and Matt Paxton to create Legacy Navigator, a full-service estate management company. Pete brings a deep understanding of the grief that accompanies death or other difficult transitions like downsizing or divorce. In 2017 Pete was named one of Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40.
Eliezer Sobel is the author of one of the first series of books designed for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients: Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults and is also the author of numerous other books, blogs for PsychologyToday.com Eliezer is first and foremost a son: his mother is 94 and currently in her 18th year of Alzheimer’s, and his late father passed away at 93 following a Traumatic Brain Injury and subsequent dementia after falling down a stairwell. Eliezer and his wife Shari Cordon moved in with his parents that same night and have managed their care ever since.
You’re having a rough patch. A caregiver didn’t show up. Your loved one accuses you of stealing their money. You ‘re not paying enough attention to your job/kids/relationship and it shows. You feel isolated and alienated. So you decide to get together with a trusted friend and unload, problem-solve, and hopefully, feel better...
Eliezer Sobel, author, artist, musician, and by his own description, a human being, has been caring for his parents for many years. His father Max had been the loving caregiver for his mother, Manya, who is in her 16 th year of Alzheimer’s Disease! Three years ago, Max suffered a traumatic brain injury and now is also in full time care at home.
Ira Pastor is the Chief Executive Officer of Bioquark Inc., a life sciences company, a company involved in the regeneration and repair of human organs and tissues. Ira has over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care. He also sits on the Board of various companies focused on regenerative healthcare interventions and is a member of the Executive Council of the World Academy of Medical Science.
Rachel Kodanaz is a heart-minded professional helping her audiences to Embrace Life’s Challenges. Rachel has been speaking passionately to national audiences for over 20 years, addressing all aspects of change, growth, and acceptance that comes with embracing life challenges. Rachel has published numerous articles and has appeared on Good Morning America. Her books, Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time: What to do with yours or a loved one’s personal possessions, best-selling Living with Loss One Day at a Time, and Grief in the Workplace have received international acclaim.