Owner, Lisa Laney is interviewed by Aging Life Care Association™ on the topic of End of Life.
Mountain Area Premier Care Navigation was founded in the fall of 2014.
Our staff is comprehensive in skill set: Our team has a common philosophy of understanding each client’s unique personality and life history while gaining perspective of their current needs and goals for quality of life. We each have chosen to work in this field due to our joy in delivering our skills in a one-to-one fashion to support the goals of the client, be it to remain living at home, to make difficult decisions, or just consultation to plan for the future.
Master’s Level Nurses & Social Workers
Occupational Therapist who is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Owner: Lisa Laney, MSW, CMC Aging Life Care Professional
Lisa has worked with the aging population in the healthcare system since 1988. She obtained her BSW from Appalachian State University and her MSW from UNC-CH with dual concentrations in Aging and Health. Her career history as a medical social worker spans the full continuum of care:
Discharge Planner in the hospital setting
Social Worker in a nursing facility
Home Health Social Worker
Palliative Care Social Worker
Geriatric Care Manager
As a native of Boone, Lisa has an understanding of the people who choose to live in these beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She serves as the facilitator for the Asheville Parkinson’s Support Group and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Aging Life Care™ Association (ALCA).
Kirsten Kern is a physical therapist who has over 30 years of experience in post acute healthcare. She has held various leadership positions most recently in Private Duty Homecare. She has a strong clinical background in rehabilitation.
Kirsten has a passion for helping members of our community find the best care and support at the right time.
When not working, she enjoys time with her family including her two teenage sons. She loves the outdoors, especially anything related to being around water.
Beth Cummings RN, MSN, CMC Aging Life Care Professional
Beth has Bachelors and Masters degrees in nursing from the University of Virginia with a career both broad & deep with a focus on women’s health & primary care.
When not being the busy wife of a local physician and mother to their active three young adults, Beth enjoys hiking, biking, participating in her garden club, book club, and duties in her church, First Presbyterian Asheville.
Beth’s big picture vision delivers quality skills to patients and families who are navigating aging and a complicated health care system.
Jenell Wright has enjoyed the diversity of working in many different settings from hospitals to clinics to patient’s homes. She has cared for patients from childhood to end-of-life with her most recent focus being a Care Manager for MemoryCare. What Jenell loves most about being a nurse is providing care and support to patients and families as they navigate through the many transitions in life. In her free time she enjoys going on walks, spending time with family (especially her grandchildren) and creating beautiful quilts!
Since graduating from UNC Wilmington in 1992 with a bachelor of social work degree, Libby Lewis has focused her career on serving older adults. A native of Scotland County, Libby’s background covers a wide range of senior services and programs which include: home delivered and congregate nutrition programs; nursing home admissions coordinator; and case manager of the home and community care block grant program for a home care agency. Over the past 25 years, Libby has lived in Asheville and worked for a local hospice agency. With hospice she served as a social worker helping countless patients and families navigate complex end of life issues. She has experience with and understanding of a wide array of resources and community agencies which support people who want to age in place or who find themselves in need of long-term care facilities.
Libby is married to a native of Asheville and they, along with their little dog, enjoy visiting their daughter on the North Carolina coast much as possible.
Mindy Alexander, MS OTR/L, Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS), Care Manager Associate
Mindy received her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University in 1998. She is a seasoned therapist, having worked in inpatient rehab for 18 years and prior to that in home health, outpatient and acute care settings.
Mindy brings to the team her knowledge of assisting people to maintain their independence in their living environments through adaptation and modification.
She enjoys anything outdoors, including trail running, mountain biking, hiking, camping, reading and any time spent with her husband and two active children.