Executive Bios

Executive Bios


Dr. Cathleen Carr

carrcathleenCathleen V. Carr, JD, Msc.D,  is the founder and executive director of CertifiedCare.  Dr. Carr, an ordained minister, is a national leader in the fight against elder abuse and neglect and a recognized Geriatric Care Specialist and lawyer in the areas of wills, trusts, probate, elder law and elder caregiving. Her extensive background, with over 25 years of experience, covers many specialties including healthcare, law, business and non-profit social action. Her personal background and professional expertise helped to shape a certification program with the highest standards in the elder caregiving field.

Dr. Carr founded CertifiedCare in 2008 to offer caregivers a way to gain education and training in the area of elder caregiving in “at home” and assisted living institutional environments. She developed the first online curriculum and training program for assisted living companions that incorporate law, business, and alternative therapies, while complying with the American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines for elder caregiving. Since the inception of CertifiedCare, Dr. Carr has worked with over 1,000 caregivers from all over the United States and abroad.

Dr. Carr is a published author on various topics including four texts on eldercare, numerous articles on natural health and law. She is a contributing author to: Examiner.com, Radientlife, Suite101.com, Alternative Health Review, National Diet Institute, BestNaturalHealthDirectory.com, Natural Medicine Ink (former Editor) and eHealthScience. She also is an herbalist and naturopathic practitioner, where she specializes in therapeutic herbalism and restorative vibrational therapies.

Prior to CertifiedCare, Dr. Carr served as Executive Director for American Eastern Institute; served as Assistant Law Director/Assistant Prosecutor in the cities of Cleveland, East Cleveland and Brooklyn, Ohio; was appointed Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, was an Instructor of Law at Chancellor University; served as Attorney and Counsellor at Law in private practice; served as an Executive Board Member for the Ohio Historical Society; and worked as a Planning Engineer for the Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office.

Dr. Carr received her Masters Degree in Metaphysical Science-Sound Therapy and her ordination degree from the University of Metaphysics;  her Doctorate in Metaphysical Science-Vibrational Medicine from the University of Sedona. In addition, Dr. Carr holds a Bachelors degree (magna cum laude) from Howard University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Sydney Carr Russell

Sydney Russell is the Administrative Director at CertifiedCare. Russell earned her Bachelors of Science from Purdue University. Her diverse international business background with specialties in marketing, public relations and customer service help CertifiedCare reach and listen to their target markets. Russell’s personable and business minded personality is the driving force behind her success.

Russell’s passion and knowledge made her a perfect addition to the CertifiedCare team. Looking towards the future for CertifiedCare, Russell’s international knowledge and experience will be a welcomed addition to the global goals of the business.

Prior to her involvement with CertifiedCare, Russell held internships in China at the Jinling Hotel in Nanjing and in the UK for the Langham Hotel in London. She was also an office assistant at Purdue University Residence Halls, an event planning intern with Leppert Mortuary and Crematorium and a host/anchorwoman on the Morning Show on The Learning Network in North Carolina.  She gets her health care administration experience from her ongoing work at Heights Health Care.

Russell is an active member of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta where she held the positions of recording secretary and image chair. She was a managerial accounting tutor at Purdue University, the finance chair for the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and a mentor for the University Residences Peer Mentor Program.

Brandon Chestnut

Brandon Chestnut handles the marketing of CertifiedCare. Chestnut earned his Bachelors of Science in Sales and Marketing from Purdue University. He is currently a candidate for M.B.A. at Cleveland State University, Monte Ahuja College of Business. His concentration is in International Business and Marketing. 

Prior to his involvement with CertifiedCare, Chestnut handled the marketing for Oddjobz.co. He established the brand and increased the awareness and knowledge of the company as well as maximized the companies social media and search engine optimization. He is an active member of the community as a Science Bound Education Program Mentor and active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 


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