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The Better Caregiver Bureau - CertifiedCare.Org

CertifiedCare education and certifications meet LTC-HCI basic orientation training requirements for all states and California (AB 1217)
requirements and complies with Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act.

Dr. Cathleen Carr

carrcathleenCathleen V. Carr, JD, Msc.D, is the founder and Executive Director of CertifiedCare.  With over 25 years of experience, her extensive background covers many specialties including healthcare, law, education and non-profit social action. Her personal background and professional expertise has shaped a series of caregiver, now called, Personal Care Aide, certification programs with the highest standards in the elder caregiving field.

Dr. Carr founded CertifiedCare in 2008 to offer informal and professional caregivers a way to gain education and credentials for the growing and complex field of caregiving. She developed the first online curriculum and training program for assisted living companions that incorporate law, business, and alternative therapies, which also comply with the American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines for elder caregiving.  She has written the first comprehensive Senior Care Auditing Certification program which is the foundation of an entirely new career in the field of eldercare.  Since the inception of CertifiedCare, Dr. Carr has worked with over 2,000 caregivers from all over the United States and abroad.

Prior to CertifiedCare, Dr. Carr created PremierPropertyAds and served as Founder of one of the first alternative therapies spas in Ohio. In her capacity as an Attorney, she 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 Counselor at Law in private practice; served as an Executive Board Member for the Ohio Historical Society and Cuyahoga County Mental Health Board.  Dr. Carr, an experienced primary caregiver and ordained minister, is a national leader in the fight against elder abuse and neglect, a recognized Geriatric Care Specialist, and a lawyer in the areas of wills, trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning.

Dr. Carr holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Howard University, a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, a Masters Degree and her Ordination degree from the University of Metaphysics, and her Doctorate in Metaphysical Science-Vibrational Medicine from the University of Sedona.

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 served as managerial accounting tutor at Purdue University, Finance Chair for the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and a former 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 holds an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, Monte Ahuja College of Business in International Business and Marketing. 

Prior to his involvement with CertifiedCare, Chestnut handled the marketing for 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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