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Why Gloria’s Way?

Caring for someone with dementia can be a daunting experience.  Fulfilling personal responsibilities and maintaining your daily routine of everyday life can become a struggle.  Despite ample dementia care information available to caregivers and families, digging through can be time consuming and impractical. You need comprehensive answers and practical solutions now, and Gloria’s Way, a registered 501(c)3 organization was founded to help make caring for someone with dementia easier.
Caregivers use Gloriasway.org to discover quality local dementia support services, social activities, educational resources  Our website is easy to use and helps you to find the information you need, at the time you need it!

MISSION

Our mission is to simplify the lives of dementia caregivers in Northeast Ohio by offering manageable, time efficient and user-friendly tools and support for every phase of the dementia care journey. 

VISION

To serve as a dementia caregiver support and resource center, offering trusted information and valued services to everyone who needs it.

 

CORE VALUES

COMPASSION: Provide services with sensitivity, empathy, and acceptance of cultural and socio-economic diversity.
TEAMWORK: Network with local service providers and caregivers to properly vet and collect peer-based reviews for dementia support services.
RESPECT: Promote compassionate, stigma-free environment where every person is valued. 
INSPIRATION: Inspire hope by easing the burden placed on caregivers and cultivating a supportive community.

About the founder

Tonia Porras’s mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015.   Tonia was faced with the difficult decision to move from New York back to her home state of Ohio and become a caregiver for her mother.
Apart from the physical and emotional difficulties, she quickly learned that finding support was its own struggle. The Internet is rife with information about dementia, but sorting through it all was overwhelming and impractical while caring for her mother and supporting her father.
Tonia began to dream about developing a resource to help families and businesses more effectively address their dementia care needs. She envisioned a platform that would be peer-reviewed, easily navigable, time efficient, and provide unified access to information.
Enter: Gloria’s Way. What began as an organization – named in honor of her mother – aimed at facilitating socialization programs for caregivers, quickly turned into a resource and referral program, creating a community of interconnected supportive and supported caregivers

About Gloria

Gloria was a mom, a wife, a friend, and so much more. She was also my mother.  She was a fierce supporter of doing the right thing and having a lot of fun while doing it!  She taught not only myself, but my brothers, our friends, PTA moms and so many others the importance of being compassionate, meeting people where they are, and doing your part in helping others to find the joy in life that everyone deserves….Gloria’s Way

About the team

Who better than to bring Gloria’s Way to life than our incredible Board Members and Advisors, many of whom have been caregivers themselves !?  They are the glue that keeps everything together and the light at the end of our tunnel.   We can’t thank them enough for signing up for a vision to help build an organization built on respect for the caregivers and families we serve. 

Dr. Amanda Lathia is the Medical Director, Foley Elder Health Center, Staff in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine, University Hospitals Medical Group. .

Ken Fanger MBA, has years of experience working with nonprofits, both economic and social minded. He has support Jumpstart Inc., TeamNEO, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lorain, Medina, and Stark Counties, and countless other organizations in helping the community. In addition, he has worked with Cleveland City council, Cleveland Water, Cleveland Airport, and Cleveland Utilities. He is an active board member of the Tri-C alumni and 10KSB. He is the current president of On Technology Partners, a 25 year old cyber security company based in Cleveland Ohio.

Tom Bonda is an attorney and marketing professional, is Program Manager of LaunchNET at John Carroll University and an Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship. Tom has been at John Carroll for seven years and was the 2017 recipient of the Curtis W. Miles Faculty Community Service Award.

Tom was co-founder of Salls/Bonda, a full service marketing and advertising agency that was one of the pioneers of special event marketing. Tom’s other business interests include: being on the board and management team of North Coast Cable, Cleveland’s cable franchise; being president of King Cola, Inc., an international soft drink company; and, working with the Cleveland Cavaliers to help launch the Lake Erie Monsters, their AHL franchise.

Heather White, a native Clevelander, has spent over 20 years in the education and non-profit field. She began her career as a classroom teacher in Denver, CO and quickly moved into various leadership roles within the schools where she worked. In 2013, Heather began working for an education non-profit organization called Expeditionary Learning. There, she worked with several schools throughout the Midwest, expertly guiding them to improve their leadership and instructional practices. After 8 years with EL, Heather made the switch to an education non-profit startup located in Cleveland. She has been helping the Korda Institute for Teaching fine tune their professional learning experiences for teachers since June 2021. When she’s not working on trying to improve the U.S. education system, Heather spends time with her two teenage kids, dabbles in photography and enjoys being active in the many Cleveland cultural events and metroparks/green spaces.

Pedro Sostre runs the early stage accelerator at The LAB Miami, is a Serial Entrepreneur, Consultant, Speaker & Author — Pedro Sostre is data-driven, tech-savvy, and passionate. He is the author of “Web Analytics for Dummies,” and over the course of his career has worked with a multitude of organizations including the NFL, Cadillac, University of Alabama, Sonoma County, The Everglades Foundation, Black Helmet and others. Pedro is a man of many, many talents!

Maxine Landers is an experienced healthcare executive with over 35 years of successful leadership and operations management in the areas of hospital, health system and outpatient/ambulatory services. Ms. Landers has served as a senior leader at major academic health institutions in Cleveland, Ohio, including University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. Currently, she is an independent healthcare consultant with focus on special project and operations management, strategic planning and grant writing/preparation.
Recent projects have included team facilitation using action registers to ensure successful outcomes in billing system conversion, primary care practice integration, revenue growth and utilization of electronic medical record system. Ms. Landers has also prepared business plans for patient transportation system and grant applications for diverse program development opportunities. Ms. Landers contributes her professional knowledge and expertise to community organizations through service on Board of Directors for Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center and East Cleveland Neighborhood Center.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Neufeld is an experienced strategist with a demonstrated history of operations, program development, community engagement, strategic marketing and communications.

Lizzy found her love of the cause-industry at the ripe age of 10, when she and a few friends started an organization called “Caring About Kids Everywhere” (CAKE). She has always sought to tell other people’s stories and to better understand their worldview. She set out with the intention of being a journalist and documentarian, but fell equally in love with entrepreneurship, strategic marketing, and business strategy. With this as her foundation, she developed Strat Labs to support change agents in every corner of the globe by telling and marketing their story.

Lizzy has worked with nonprofits, corporations, foundations, and national associations. She has succeeded in crafting well-communicated visions; moving organizations through successful strategies; driving impact through active community engagement; and helping leaders and board members reach aggressive revenue goals.

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