Luis E. Villaplana, M.D.

Luis E. Villaplana


Luis E. Villaplana, M.D. was born in Puerto Rico and received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in 1986. He served residency at Youngstown Hospital Association and was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1995. He has practiced internal medicine since 1989 and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

His is a Key Faculty Teaching Professor of Medicine at Forum Health Systems in Youngstown Ohio where he received the Golden Apple Award for Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year in 2008 for the Internal medicine Residency Program. Luis is an Affiliate of Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and a Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine (NEOUCOM). He served as Medical Director of Valley Renaissance Health Care Facility in Boardman, Ohio and was senior and founding member of Physicians Motivators Inc. in Canfield, Ohio.

Kathy Weimer, R.N.

Kathy Weimer


Kathy Weimer graduated from Aultman School of Nursing, Canton, Ohio in 1966 and has been a Registered Nurse for 44 years. She has worked in Long Term Care since, 1977, first as a staff nurse, Assistant Director of Nursing and then as Director of Nursing.

As a Nurse Surveyor for the Ohio Department of Health for 11 years, Kathy conducted surveys in SNF/NF Nursing Facilities, as well as surveys for MR/DD homes and Home Health Agencies. She spent four years as a Quality Assurance Director for 10 Facilities and became an independent Consultant for Nursing Facilities as well as Home Health agencies.

Kathy has taught workshops about the annual survey for staff employed in nursing facilities and is currently a Clinical Manager at a nursing facility part time.

Anabel Esparra-Collins, L.S.W.

Anabel Esparra-Collins


Anabel Esparra-Collins received B.A. in Psychology and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio. Her previous experience includes Director of Admissions and Social Services, Regional Marketing Director and Long-Term Care Consultant in addition to being a public speaker and continuing education provider. She has 21 years of experience in long-term care.

Lisa Deering, RN-BC,MSN,CRRN, LNHA

Lisa Deering


Lisa is the Executive Director of Hospital Services and Business Development at Heather Hill Care Communities. Professionally, Lisa brings over 24 years of executive leadership within the healthcare industry. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and is certified in Gerontological and Rehabilitation nursing. As a licensed nursing home administrator she has organized, developed and implemented successful programmatic business strategies throughout the post-acute industry including long term care, acute care, skilled nursing, assisted living, and long term acute care. She has held several consultative roles throughout the post-acute sector in the areas of clinical and financial operations. Her knowledge and expertise has helped develop programs of excellent quality outcomes and sound financial stewardship.

She recently earned QAPI (Quality Assurance Performance Improvement) Accreditation for excellent quality care and outcomes. She holds memberships in the Association of Rehabilitation Nursing, The Center for Health Affairs Hospital Preparedness Program, and is a member of Heather Hill Care Communities Board of Directors. In her role as the Business Development Officer she engages healthcare affiliates in strategic planning initiatives and partnerships. She has been involved in many public speaking events with such organizations as The Alzheimer's Association, Collins Learning, colleges and universities, hospital executives and medical practitioners.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her very active family running and competing in race events, traveling, hiking, and reading. Lisa and her family reside in the heart of wine country in northeast Ohio.

Chad McCabe, RN

Chad McCabe


Chad is currently an Executive Director of an Assisted Living Facility in Ohio. He has been a Registered Nurse specializing in helping the older adult since 1996. During that time he has had extensive geriatric experience in Nursing Homes/ Rehabilitation Centers, Transitional Care, Home Care and Assisted Living. He’s held positions as Charge Nurse, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Rehab Coordinator, MDS Nurse, Director of Nursing, Sales and Executive Director.

Chad’s goal is to assist staff in Long Term Care to understand that there is a purpose in life by helping others as they age. Helping our older adults is not (and should not be) just a job; when done with respect, compassion and humor, the personal rewards are immeasurable. He enjoys teaching others not only the technical skills required to help others, but the intrapersonal skills to enjoy the relationships along the way.

When Chad isn’t helping the older adults or staff, you can find him trying to help his wife take care of their 4 children. You can find him on LinkedIn

Phil Panno, Administrator

Phil Panno


Phil was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University, and has over thirty years experience as a nursing home administrator. He has managed a variety of facilities, including a large 220-bed skilled nursing facility, a small 50-bed skilled nursing facility with an Alzheimer’s unit, and a few other facilities in between. Phil is currently working as the Executive Director of an assisted living facility in Youngstown, Ohio. He lives in Boardman, Ohio with his wife of thirty-two years, Mia, and two children, Phillipp and Angelina

James Logston, P.T.

James Logston


James Logston graduated from West Liberty State College in 1987 and from Cleveland State University, School of Physical Therapy in 1989. Over Jim's 20 plus years of experience he has worked in all areas of physical therapy, as well as being a professional witness and job site evaluator. As a physical therapist, Jim has provided training in body mechanics, ergonomics and transfer techniques in a variety of job and work sites. In the last 10 years Jim has focused on working in long-term care and providing services for the homebound, including home safety assessments and wheelchair evaluations.

Chris Fankhauser, P.T.

Chris Fankhauser


Chris is a physical therapist that knew from early on she wanted to enter the field of physical therapy where she could help people recover from their injuries. She chose to attend Walsh University due to the fact that it had a physical therapy program and would make the transition from undergraduate school to graduate school easier by not having to transfer between universities. She was fortunate enough to have all her undergraduate expenses covered through her academic and athletic scholarships for both volleyball and track. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Chris worked at a local nursing facility and fell in love with the geriatric population. Following completion of Chris' undergraduate studies in 2000, she entered graduate school at Walsh and graduated with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002. During those years, she also was the assistant volleyball coach for the university. After obtaining her license, Chris entered the field working in skilled nursing facilities and has remained there since. Once Walsh University made the transition from a Masters of Science to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, she returned for another year of school to obtain her DPT in 2009. Throughout her career in treating patients with all diagnoses, Chris has also spent several years in management roles in addition to being the Clinical Education Director, where she provides education to all clinical staff throughout 10 skilled nursing facilities. Chris is married and has two children.

Jo Donovan, RN, BSN

Jo Donovan


Jo has devoted a majority of her professional life to serving and caring for individuals in the long term care community. As a previous Director of Nursing in multiple facilities, she successfully implemented a staff mentorship program as well as instituted a professional development pathway for nurse managers.

Most recently, Jo was responsible for coordinating all professional and non-professional educational activities for the internal and external long term care customers of a long term care pharmacy. She created and delivered over 100 educational programs and awarded over 6,000 professional contact hours.

Additionally, Jo served as client resource for long term care regulatory questions and compliance for both nursing home and residential care environments, best practice information for geriatric care, and policy and procedure development. In conjunction with those activities, she also assisted facilities with quality initiatives such as mock surveys and performance improvement projects.

Currently, Jo provides on-site RN consulting and educational services to the long term care community.

Maryann Bryant, RN, DON

Maryann Bryant


Maryann has been a Registered Nurse since 1996. She worked in Pediatric Medical Surgical, Pediatric Oncology, and Pediatric ICU after obtaining her RN license. Since 2003, Maryann has provided nursing services in senior care, holding different positions. Her experience with the geriatric population includes working as an MDS Coordinator in a SNF and a Director of Nursing in both SNF & Assisted Living.

Jim Smith - Executive Chef

Jim Smith

Executive Chef

Chef Jim Smith’s educational background includes Lorain County JVS Culinary Academy and he attended Sullivan Collage, National Center of Hospitalities and Culinary arts. Jim had over 14 years of health care experience prior to joining Sprenger Health Care Systems in 2006. Jim Served as Sous Chef for Kendal of Oberlin, Director of Dining Services/Executive Chef at Slovene Home for the Aged, Director of Dining Services/Executive Chef at Oak Hills Health Care, and Director of Dining Services at Westlake Village Retirement Community.

As Director of Dining Services, Jim oversees the dining program for Towne Center Community Campus which includes Commons Independent Living, Avenue Assisted Living and Main Street Care Center.

Greg Truhan

Greg Truhan

Secret Service (Retired)

Gregory Truhan, MS, worked seven years as a Police Officer in Youngstown, Ohio, and 22 years as a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, retiring in 2008. He was the lead protective intelligence coordinator and threat assessment investigator for the Secret Service in the Cleveland, Ohio Field Office. He was a member of the Cuyahoga County Ohio Mental Health Court Initiative Committee that developed the Mental Health Court Docket Model presented at the state’s Eighth District Judicial Conference in 2002. Greg is a certified crisis intervention instructor for the Ohio Basic Police Academy (2007-present), and a police in-service Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training instructor and consultant for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County (2012-present). He is a member of the ADAMHS team working with the Cleveland Police Department pursuant to the federal Department of Justice investigation in 2014, and consent decree settlement agreement in 2015. Greg was hired to provide security protection services at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In 2007, he co-authored a protective survey and risk assessment for Cleveland City Hall, which was used by the City to obtain $3 million in federal grants to implement the recommendations. After the terrorist attacks on 09/11/2001, he was assigned to the World Trade Center Recovery Task Force, working at Ground Zero in New York City. In 2002, he worked in Afghanistan as a member of the Security Advance Team for the visit of U.S. Secretary of Treasury Paul O’Neill. Greg received the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award at Lakeland Community College (nominated by students/evaluated by peers). He is co-author of the book, K-PhD School and Campus Shootings Awareness, Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4652-6754-2. Contact:

Donald Ticel - Team Leader, Lake County Ohio SWAT Team

Donald Ticel

Team Leader, Lake County Ohio SWAT Team

Detective Ticel is currently employed as a Painesville Police Officer currently assigned to the Painesville City Police Detective Bureau. In 1998, he attended the Tri-C Community College Basic Police Academy where he received his Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate. Later in 1999, he was hired as a part-time officer for the City of Painesville Police Department.

In July 2001, Detective Ticel was appointed to full-time position as a patrol officer with the City of Painesville Police Department. Shortly afterwards, in 2004, he was appointed as a Field Training Officer for the City of Painesville Police Department.

In January of 2005, he was appointed to the entry element of the Lake County SWAT Team. In spring of 2012, he was selected to teach for the Lakeland Community College Basic Police Academy and in November of 2012, he was promoted to Detective at the Painesville Police Department Detective Bureau. In November of 2014, Detective Tidel was appointed to “Team Leader” for the Lake County SWAT Team.

In addition, he is a certified OPOTA firearms instructor in several disciplines and an “Active Shooter” instructor. During his tenure, he attended numerous tactical training schools and seminars related to tactical movements, the resolution of barricaded subjects, barricaded suspects, hostage rescue tactics and active shooter resolution.

Lee Silvi

Lee Silvi

Fire Chief (Retired)

Lee Silvi received a B.S. (Dyke College / Meyers University) now known as Chancellor University and an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.

He spent 14 years at the Fairport Harbor Fire Department and was Fairport Harbor Fire Chief for five and a half years. Prior to that he was at the Mentor Fire Department for 26 years.

Lee is Program Director and a Professor for both the Fire Science Technology and the Emergency Management Planning and Administration programs at Lakeland Community College. He often also teaches one section of POLS 2100 State and Local Government.

Jessica Yehl

Jessica Yehl


Jessica is a graduate of both Chardon High School and Lakeland Community College and will be attending Cleveland State University for a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She plans to use her degree to help in the implementation of accessible and sustainable clean energy. Jessica is the second oldest of five kids and spends most of her rare free days reading or hanging with friends. Jessica was in her junior year at Chardon High School when a student came into the school and killed three of her classmates and wounded three more. Her participation in this video has derived solely from her desire to help people better prepare for these situations and hopefully help save the lives of the residents involved.

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