Nora Gravois, LMSW-IPR
#15214, DCP, CALM
Joy Hinkelman is the Executive Director for the Wellness Center for Older Adults. Joy has been with the Wellness Center for five years. Joy holds a degree in Organizational Development with a focus on Nonprofit Management. Being an avid learner, Joy also holds certifications in areas such as Nonprofit Management, Marketing, and Development. During her 21-year career in the nonprofit sector, Joy has held leadership roles in fields primarily revolving around mental health. Joy’s lifelong affinity to our elder population makes her position at the Wellness Center a perfect fit.
Joy and her husband, a retired USAF MSgt, have two adult children; Samantha an Army soldier, and Spenser a Marine. Joy’s greatest source of happiness is her 2-year old granddaughter, Olivia. In her free time, Joy enjoys gardening, quilting, blacksmithing with her husband, and simply spending time with her family. Joy and her family have always been active volunteers within the community so it is not surprising that her newest venture is Rotary. She was recently inducted into the Plano West Rotary Club and is eager to learn and serve the community with her follow Rotarians.
Nora Gravois is a licensed master’s level social worker with Independent Practitioner recognition and certified as a Dementia Care Provider and Assisted Living Manager. She has practiced in clinical and non-clinical settings since 1987, working with individuals and families to provide supports with birth to end of life needs. Nora’s early career was working in foster care and adoption; however, she has spent the last 15 years supporting patients and families in Hospice, Home Health, Intensive Outpatient Psychotherapy for older adults, Memory Care, and Hospital case-management. Nora has spent the last 8 years as a geriatric social worker with a specialty in Dementia care and caregiver supports, helping older persons and their families with case-management support in the community, their home, and in facilities.
Nora has been married to Mike since 1988, they have one adult daughter and chosen sons (now adults) by way of fostered relationships. She enjoys meeting people, traveling, reading, gardening, and working outdoors; her favorite moments are spent laughing with friends. Nora and her husband have shared a passion for serving others in the community, and in church ministry since 1996. She looks forward to adding her passion for helping and serving others to the mission of the Wellness Center for Older Adults.
Lee Stark, MA, LBSW
Lee Stark is a Texas Licensed Social Worker and is also a HI-CAP certified Benefits Counselor. Mr. Stark has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked with older adults for over 20 years. Settings he has worked in include: skilled nursing, hospice, out-patient rehabilitation, and non-profit.
His professional interests include caring for individuals with dementia, benefits counseling, hoarding interventions, and preventing homelessness. His personal hobbies include reading science fiction and historical biographies, fossil collecting and Boy Scout activities with his two sons.
Lee was recently awarded a 2018 Prism Award given by the Mental Health America of Greater Dallas for his long time service to seniors in our community.
Audrey Werner, B.S.N, RN, M.A
Audrey Werner RN, B.S.N., M.A. - nurse with 20 years experience (including Emergency Room and Public Health Nursing), National Speaker, Professor for an on-line college, wife, mom of four, mother in law to one, and grandma to one (so far).
Susan Barclay, B.S.N, RN
Susan Barclay, BSN, RN graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1982.
Following graduation, she moved to Dallas, TX to complete a year-long nursing internship in Critical Care and Trauma at Parkland Memorial Hospital followed by a year as a Staff RN in the Parkland Burn ICU. Susan returned Augusta, Georgia and spent the next few years working at the Medical College in the Trauma and Burn Units but Texas was now in her DNA. She made it back to the DFW area in 1990 and now calls Texas home.
As Susan grew older, both chronologically and in her career, her interest in the physical and emotional healthcare needs of our senior population began to develop. She began to understand on a first hand basis some of the difficulties our senior population face on a regular basis. The mission of the Wellness Center, “to assist older adults in achieving their highest levels of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being” directly corresponds to Susan's professional and personal goals.
Having a background and Associates degree in graphic design, Michelle was once a business owner of a custom cake bakery that she pursues in her free time. One of her interests has always been the geriatric field, and she used to volunteer at several nursing homes doing crafts or manicures for the residents. Her position as the Office Manager combines those interests within the Wellness Center. She can keep schedules maintained and design marketing collateral in the same day.
Michelle loves the mission of the Wellness Center, her coworkers and the clients she gets to see regularly. Her passions include her four beloved bulldogs, raising monarch butterflies and gardening. She's also involved in another nonprofit group that services McKinney, Texas where she lives.
Andrew Denham is a certified health coach. Graduate from Texas A&M Commerce with a degree in Health Promotion and minor in Social Work. He enjoys doing activities such as working out, playing basketball with friends, spending time with family, or hiking with his fiancé. He is a family man with a passion for helping people.
Andrew is Program Coordinator for the Project Independence and Beyond Blue transportation programs, the Buried In Treasures class and support group, and
Teri Givens, LBSW
Teri holds a BS in Psychology and brings over 20 years of social work/case management experience including community, hospital, skilled nursing, and geriatric relocation services. Geriatric relocation services led her to obtaining a Texas Real Estate License in 2018.
She is the proud mother of three grown children and has been married to husband Scott for over 25 years. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, most dogs, movies and almost anything housing related.
"I learned by the time I was 30 that I really enjoyed working with the older adult population and that has remained my focus for the better part of my career; I love their stories, humor but most of all I love that they are usually extremely grateful for any provided assistance."