Our Board

Our Board

Dr. Tim Bruster

Dr. Bruster currently serves as senior pastor of the 6,000-member First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Centenary College in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion. In 1985 he graduated Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University with a Master of Divinity and went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching and worship in 1991, also from Perkins. Beyond the local church, Dr. Bruster serves on several boards and councils.

He and his wife, Susan, live in Fort Worth and have three grown daughters: Sarah, who is married to Stephen Pepper, Katie, married to Alex Segreti, and Emily who is married to Chris Wahler. They are also the proud grandparents of Alice and Andrew Pepper and Luca and Milo Segreti. He is a licensed pilot and his primary hobby is aviation. He also enjoys family outings, reading, travel and music.

Linda Abel

Linda and her husband Jim have been married for 50 years. Linda worked as an RN in Assisted Living communities for 20 years of her career. She also served alongside her husband, Jim who is a United Methodist Minister. She and Jim have 2 grown sons, who have families of their own. They especially enjoy spending time with the granddaughters. Linda officially retired in 2016, however many would say she doesn’t really understand what retirement is about. Since retirement she has served the Texas Assisted Living Association as a trainer for Assisted Living Mangers all over the state of Texas.

Linda’s vision to lead Dementia Friendly Fort Worth grew out of her nursing profession and her desire to serve the older population of First United Methodist Fort Worth. Linda’s aspirations include a vision to see nursing professionals graduate with an awareness and training for nurses on better care for those with dementia until there is a cure!

Carolyn Grieser

Carolyn Grieser studied Home Economics at the University of Illinois and moved to Texas in 1970. She and her husband Gerry have two children and five grandchildren. Carolyn and Gerry volunteer with the Hurst Police Department Citizens on Patrol and the Hurst Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

Through the years she worked as a substitute teacher, microwave oven demonstrator, cooking school instructor, assistant buyer of linens at Stripling and Co. and rental property owner/manager. Her favorite job was being a book seller for seven years at Walden’s Bookstore. Her love of books translated well to the volunteer work in at the FUMCFW church library where she serves as the Library Director.

She traveled the Alzheimer’s journey with her mother and mother-in-law and tells people that she wants them to know what she didn’t know when they began the journey. Carolyn has been actively involved in the work of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth since its inception and volunteers in various capacities as the need arises.

Pam Brandon

Board Member
Pam Brandon is President and Founder of AGE-u-cate® Training Institute, a Tarrant County based company that develops and delivers aging and dementia training for professional and family caregivers. Pam spearheaded the development of Dementia Live®, Flashback® and Compassionate Touch®- innovative dementia training programs being implemented by care providers, hospitals, universities and others across the US, Canada and Australia.

Pam’s passion for aging and dementia education was grounded in her 15 -year caregiving journey for her own parents who lived with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Since 2007, she has educated and trained thousands of family and professional caregivers and worked with hundreds of organizations in helping to create positive change for older adults and those who serve them. Pam and her husband John have lived in Colleyville for 28 years and have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

Shelley Young

Board Member
Shelly Young is the Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter where she has served for ten years. Ms. Young has a Master of Science in Gerontology from Abilene Christian University and has worked with seniors for over 20 years. Much of her employment has been in the senior care industry including assisted living, nursing facilities and home care. During this time, she has had the privilege of working with many senior adults and their families as they tried to find appropriate services and make the difficult choices that families often face.

Ms. Young’s mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years. Her mother passed away after living a nursing facility for three years. Ms. Young’s father suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia and lived in a care facility for over six years.

John Howard

Board Member
John Howard was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1973 with a BA in History and English. He worked in the college textbook industry for 25 years in sales and sales management and later worked in the promotional product business for 17 years. John has been married to the beautiful, talented and intelligent Liz Howard for 44 years. They have 3 brilliant and wonderful children all with great spouses and 5 even more brilliant grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 7. He has been a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth for 29 years and has served as the Executive Director of Clergy and Staff since the fall of 2017 and has enjoying every minute.

John has been active in the Dementia Friendly Fort Worth Movement since Linda Abel first came to the church with her proposal for the church to get involved. I was so impressed with her energy and vision that I felt compelled to join in the effort and feel committed to helping her to make a difference.

Cheryl Mart, MSN, RN

Board Member
Cheryl Mart, MSN, RN currently serves as the Faith Community Nurse Program Coordinator for Texas Health Resources. She is Board Certified in Faith Community Nursing and draws on her 14 years’ of experience in acute care and community nursing to develop health promotion programs that assist faith communities to maintain mental, physical and spiritual health.

She also co-facilitates a support group at her church for children of aging parents. Dementia Friendly Fort Worth fits with her personal mission to provide compassionate and culturally competent health information to the community by promoting wellness through health education and advocacy.

Beth Noah

Board Member
Beth Noah earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Texas and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas in Arlington. She is licensed with the state of Texas. Beth worked with family and children for 15 years through Big Brothers and Sisters and Communities in Schools. For the past 9 years she has served as the Coordinator for The Aging and Disability Resource Center in Tarrant County (ADRC). She has also been involved in various committees and networking groups in order to help connect seniors and people with disabilities with the resources they need.

Beth’s great aunt suffered with Alzheimer’s and at that time not much was known about how to recognize it in the early stage or treat it. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, card making, going to Ranger games, and traveling.

Ellen Munstermann

Board Member
Ellen Munsterman is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and certified Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and currently functions as the Gerontology Program Coordinator for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Ellen grew up in Colorado and moved to Texas to attend Texas Christian University. She has remained in the DFW area ever since. Caring for individuals living with dementia and their families became an interest of Ellen’s through her nursing experience in the hospital setting, and continues to drive her passion for the Dementia Friendly Fort Worth initiative.

Chris Lokey

Board Member
Chris Lokey is the former President of Lokey Metals in Fort Worth. He studied at the UT Austin and married his wife, Judith in 1993. He serves on the Vice Chair on Board for the Alzheimer’s Association, the currently serves as Chair of the Board for Directors for the Fort Worth YMCA and is an active member of First United Methodist Church Fort Worth. He has served in numerous volunteer roles at FUMCFW during his 26 years of membership.

His wife, Judith lost her battle with Alzheimer’s in July of 2015. During her battle Chris said that his highest priority was her care. Lokey stated, the second priority “is the future of our two daughters. Their grandmother died from Alzheimer’s, their aunt has the disease too. They are worried that if a cure isn’t found, their fate will be the same as their mother’s. Finding a cure or at least a means to control the disease is so very important to them and to me.”

“Watching someone you love slowly fade away is a very helpless feeling,” he says. To combat this feeling of helplessness, Chris has taken an active role with the Alzheimer’s Association and has now joined the efforts of Dementia Friendly Fort Worth.
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