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Senior & Elder Care Planning

Local experts discuss how the senior living and elder care industries are changing in our region.

Nov. 17, 2022



Ann Marie Cook
Teresa Galbier
Annika Kazembe
Rick Marchese
Ann Marie Cook
Teresa Galbier
Chapter Executive,
Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter
Annika Kazembe
President & Founder,
Tender Loving Family Care
Richard A. Marchese
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

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Ann Marie Cook:

Ann Marie Cook is president/CEO for Lifespan of Greater Rochester. Before her current position, she was the Chief Operating Officer at Lifespan. She has been at Lifespan for over 22 years.

Cook is the chair of the Monroe County Council for Elders and serves as co-chair of the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse. She represents the Council of Agency Executives on the Rochester/Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) and is the co-chair of the RMAPI service provider group. She also serves on the Systems Integration committee, which is working to connect human services, health care and education to better meet the needs of people in our community.

Cook is the former chair of the New York State Coalition on Aging. She was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. She also serves on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Working Group on the Aging and is part of a consortium of agencies working on a Livable Communities designation for our region.

In 2018, she was an Athena Award nominee and was a receipient of the Edward Mott Moore Award from the Monroe County Medical Society. In 2012, she received the State Society on Aging’s Presidents Award for providing leadership in the field of aging.

Cook holds a MPA degree from SUNY Brockport.

Annika Kazembe:

Annika Kazembe (formerly known as Annika D’Andrea), MBA, LPN, CSNI, CADDCT, CDP is a health care and business executive with more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. Kazembe has a distinguished history of working in hospitals, assisted living facilities and healthcare administrations. For the past 13 years, she has led multiple organizations as CEO. A proven health care leader, Kazembe has extensive experience in operations management, strategic leadership, planning, and business development.

Kazembe is the president and founder of Tender Loving Family Inc., a home health care organization; TLFC Child Care and Learning Centers; and TLC Virtual Academy Inc. She is also president & co-founder of TLC Virtual Resiliency, an employee mental wellness organization. In her role, she has led all aspects of the organizations’ strategy, growth, expansion, day-to-day management and development. Additionally, Kazembe is a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, providing training and conducting seminars on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care throughout the United States for health care professionals to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

Beginning her health care career as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Kazembe worked hard and hone her skills in becoming the transformational, progressive and innovative leader that she is today – always thinking of innovative ways to bring valuable services to consumers. She received her undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and completed her master’s degree in Business Administration from Capella University.

Kazembe is a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and a Certified Super Noggin® Brain Fitness Instructor. She is also a Professional Certified American Red Cross trainer for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic Life Support. She is a member of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), American Senior Fitness Association, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly (GRAPE) and the National Notary Association (NNA).

Kazembe is a passionate health care and business leader who always wants to help others and is constantly looking for new ways in which she can positively impact someone’s life.

Richard A. Marchese:

Richard A. Marchese is a partner in the firm’s Elder Law and Health Care Practice Group responsible for handling all elder law and health care issues. He concentrates his practice in Medicaid and estate planning, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and recovery matters, asset protection, issues of spousal support, and the use of trusts in Medicaid planning. Marchese also provides counsel to health care providers in matters of compliance with federal and state regulations, defense of government audits and investigations, voluntary self-disclosures, corporate compliance and professional licensure issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Marchese served for over fifteen years as chief counsel to the Monroe County, New York, Department of Social Services, advising the Chronic Care, Home Care and Adult Protective units at that agency. Marchese actively pursues appeals of Medicare denials of coverage, denials or discontinuances of Medicaid, and denials of coverage claims from insurance providers, including appeals of long-term disability claims. He was counsel for the Monroe County Provider Fund, Waste and Abuse Demonstration Project, and he now represents Medicaid providers in matters of compliance with government regulations and defense against government audits.