Elder Advisory Group is a team of specialized geriatric care professionals who have been helping Houston families with quality long term care solutions since 1997. What sets us apart is the depth and breadth of our experience in managing every aspect of an aging adult’s care, including medical, legal, financial, emotional and socialization needs. Our passion for helping families is evident in the outstanding results we are able to achieve for our clients.
Janet has been helping families with long-term care solutions since 1997.
Janet founded Elder Advisory Group in 2010 after a long history in elder care. She is a Houston native and her experience in connecting seniors to the services they need is simply unparalleled. Our clients consistently tell us that what makes Janet special is her compassion for those she serves.
Prior to becoming a care manager, Janet had over 13 years of human resource experience in both the public and private sectors. Following her mother-in-law’s stroke she fully appreciated the need for professional guidance in navigating the elder care maze.
She has her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston, her Master’s degree in psychology from Texas Christian University, and has completed gerontology concentration courses as the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work. She is certified as a Care Manager by the National Association of Care and Case Managers.
Janet founded Jackson Care Management, LLC a full-service care management and consulting firm, and Eldershare Care Partners, a private duty caregiving company. These companies were acquired by LivHOME in 2007. Subsequently, Janet served as Executive Director and Director of Professional Services of the Houston LivHOME branch for three years. After devoting several years caring for her aging mother, Janet formed Elder Advisory Group to help elders navigate the unique challenges – and opportunities – of aging.
In addition to her own companies, Janet has served two terms as President of the South Central Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers – South Central Chapter and multiple terms on the Board of Directors. Janet served six years on the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter Board of Directors as Patient/Family Services Committee Chairman. Janet is a member of the River Oakes Women’s Business Breakfast Club where she served two terms as Treasurer.
Sharona Jacobs, LCSW, CMC
Geriatric Care Manager
Sharona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in mental health, education, administration, and care management. Most recently, she was the director of a home care agency with a geriatric care management division. This motivated Sharona to join Elder Advisory Group and focus on working directly with clients in care management. Additionally, Sharona’s strong social work and caring background support her in advocating effectively for older adults and their families that face aging challenges.
Originally from New York City, Sharona graduated from City University of New York with a bachelors degree in Psychology and earned her Masters of Social Work at Adelphi University in 2003. She then supervised a day program for adults with chronic mental illness. Upon moving to Houston in 2008, Sharona was the Associate Director of Field Education at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work and connected with many local agencies prior to transitioning to senior living. In 2011, she began working with seniors in an assisted living and a few years later transitioned to home care where she further solidified her passion for care management and working with older adults. In 2016, Sharona received her care management certification from the Aging Life Care Association.
Tracy Chiari, MSW, LCSW, C-ASWCM
Geriatric Care Manager
Tracy is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience assisting individuals and families in-need. She has worked in various healthcare settings including acute hospitals, hospice, home care, and an outpatient mental health practice. She has been a geriatric care manager since 2005 and envisions herself as a strong advocate for her clients. Her goal is to help empower her clients to live their lives to their fullest potential focusing on health and wellness, social support and remaining as independent as possible.
A native Houstonian, Tracy graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work with a concentration in gerontology. She brings exceptional experience and training in geriatrics, dementia care and family therapy to Elder Advisory Group. In her free time Tracy enjoys relaxing in the hill country and spending time with her adult children.
Margaret Goodrich MSW, LCSW, ACM
Geriatric Care Manager
Margaret developed strong relationships with community and medical resources through her extensive experience as a Medical Social Worker at Houston Methodist Hospital in Medical Oncology and Stroke, the Emergency Department and General Medicine and Teaching Service. Recognized as an empathetic, self starting professional, Margaret effectively gains the trust and respect of clients and families. Her professional credentials include accreditation through the American Case Management Association (ACMA,) and as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), she is experienced in psychosocial and levels-of-care assessments, end-of-life and hospice care, as well as counseling and crisis intervention.
Margaret obtained from the University of Houston both her BS in Psychology, and Masters of Social Work with a certificate emphasis in Gerontology. She has a vast background in local philanthropic service including the Special Olympics of Texas, Firefighters Helping Firefighters, Samaritan Ministries at Holy Ghose Catholic Church, and Sheltering Arms Alzheimer’s Day Center.
She is an active member of the Houston Area Medical Social Workers Association and University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work Alumni Association. She is also active in both the national and local chapters of the National Association of Social Workers, as well the American Case Management Association.
Janice Foster-Hunter, RN
Geriatric Care Manager
As an experienced registered nurse, Janice brings to Elder Advisory Group a wealth of both clinical and community health experience to benefit our clients and families. After obtaining her BA degree in English and Sociology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA Janice worked as a medical social worker and senior public health educator for City of Houston Health Dept. Following that experience, Janice’s desire to expand her knowledge base led to an RN degree and subsequent professional experience in nursing and case management. Her more recent roles included RN case management, palliative care, home health, medical/surgical and observation nursing.
Perhaps most significantly for the Elder Advisory team, Janice is a natural educator and enjoys helping clients, families and colleagues work through complex medical and emotional issues to find better outcomes. She helps explain the key facts of disease management and facilitates the process of making informed decisions. As a native Houstonian who speaks conversational Spanish, she is a natural at navigating the city – and the medical community.
Mehrnaz Gill, MSG, BS
Geriatric Care Manager
Mehrnaz Gill has an uncanny ability to connect with people. She has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from Baylor University and has devoted her life both professionally and personally to causes that relate to the elderly and their well-being. Her interest in aging issues stems from her personal experience with her maternal grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. She worked at Baylor College of Medicine’s Huffington Center on Aging (HCOA) and the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers for 23 years.
Volunteering and helping people in the Houston community have always been an important part of Mehrnaz’ life. She has been involved with numerous deserving organizations including Amazing Place, Junior League of Houston, The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, UNICEF, Barbara Bush Houston Foundation Ladies for Literacy Guild, and the Alzheimer’s Association. Currently she serves on the Huffington Center on Aging Development Board as well as the Park Plaza Hospital Governing Board of Directors.
Her expertise in the field of Gerontology gives her the ability to speak on topics related to healthy aging. She has appeared on Great Day Houston Show with Deborah Duncan and has served as a presenter at local and national meetings including the American Society on Aging conference and the Governors Conference on Aging.
Sally S. Davis, RN, MSN
Geriatric Care Manager
For the past four years, Sally has served as the Health Services Director for Amazing Place. In this role, she provides health assessments for the participants, medication administration, health education for both Amazing Place staff and participants, and caregiver consultations. Her favorite activity is having morning coffee with the participants discussing current events and reviewing the day’s programs.
Prior to joining Amazing Place, Sally worked as a research nurse at the UT Health School of Nursing Center on Aging. She served as a Nurse Interventionist on an in-home stroke study for stroke survivors and their spousal caregivers. Sally has performed numerous presentations on a wide variety of older adult topics for both nursing professionals and community caregivers. Sally received her BSN from DePauw University in Indiana and her Master’s in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Barbara has been an elder advocate for over 10 years in a variety of roles. Her keen sense of empathy and business savvy make her an effective care coordinator – with the ability to open doors and get people to listen and take action regarding her clients’ needs.
Serving as Elder Care Coordinator, Barbara brings to the firm extensive background within the elder care industry, including elder law. She has worked with long term care facilities and home health agencies, and offers broad community service, marketing and customer service experience. For over seven years she coordinated public benefits, paralegal services and care coordination within a fast-paced elder law office.
Spangenberg graduated from Denison University with a BA in Economics and International Relations. She is a certified Ombudsman in the Harris County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and serves on the boards of the Houston Gerontological Society and Amazing Place, and is a past board member and treasurer of the Houston Area Continuity of Care. She has completed the University of Florida’s Certificate Program in “Life Care Planning for Elder Care Coordinators.”
Katheryn Glidewell, HIM
Elder Care Coordinator
With well over 8 years of healthcare experience, Katheryn strengthens the Elder Care team with her strong administrative skills, marketing analysis, and extensive case management experience in a busy guardianship practice. She is passionate about working with older adults and their families.
As a graduate from Middle Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Health Information Management, Katheryn has always been an avid health care advocate. Her broad life experience includes social work and admissions as well as geriatric care management. Katheryn’s well rounded personality will allow her to assist EAG in serving the greatest generation of our aging adults.