FRANCES J. MORRIS, PhD.
Frances J. Morris, Ph.D. has long worked in human cognition beginning in the 1970s in her years as an associate professor with the University of Kentucky Community College System, “bucking the system” for changes in the staunch Associate Degree Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) curriculum.
Fran found that her students in the mountains of Harlan County Kentucky who had ACT Composite Scores of 4 and were forced to follow the traditionally “sanctioned” curriculum of the University were not able to pass the nationally normed certification examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Without this credential, her graduates could not be employed as MLTs. She convinced the University to allow her to revamp the curriculum at her campus and completely revised the curriculum allowing for individualized prescriptive learning based on cognitive/learning style mapping. Her previous year’s zero pass rate became a 100 % pass rate!
Coming full circle, now forty (40) years later, Dr. Morris in her work as a senior advocate became interested in Neurobics and how these brain “exercises” could improve memory. She pulled together Joe Hill’s Learning Styles Inventory as the conduit for “making Memories” which is really what we do when we are learning and Neurobics as the method of reawakening those same areas to bring forth those old memories. Thus she began her work on Patchwork Memory Bridges in 2014!! Her doctorate in Studies in Higher Education is the Science of Education and since when we learn we are making memories, you might say her doctorate is in the Science of making memories!! As part of the PhD requirements, Dr. Morris was required to have a minor in statistics, thus she is qualified to perform statistical analysis functions for this project.
Her Experiential Background ranges from Community College Associate Professor working with Medical Laboratory Technologists at the associate degree level to University Full Professor guiding doctoral students through their health related studies. She has also served as Vice Chancellor Academics, & Campus President with a for profit college.
As a Medical Technologist, Fran worked ten years primarily as a Microbiologist in medical facilities located in Birmingham Alabama, Harlan Kentucky, Tainan, Taiwan &KhoenKaen, Thailand.
She owned her own nationwide executive recruiting firm specializing in mid and upper management positions in the for-profit education sector for eighteen years.
She now leads the cutting edge company, Mind Your Memories, bringing a new facet to the Wellness Movement which has taken the country by storm. Dr. Fran has added the facet that has been missing, that of your brain, your mind, your intellect! This area, too, must be kept healthy if the rest of your body is to function at peak performance! The brain is your “head” quarters & directs all of your physical activities. Your brain must be at peak performance also if you want your body to perform at its best!
Dr. Morris’ Educational Background is appropriate to her research, primarily in Education and the Education Sciences as well as seven (7) years of Medical/Health Education coursework.
Ph.D. Studies in Higher Education, University of Kentucky
Master Public Administration, Higher Education Concentration, University of Kentucky
Master Education (Healthcare Education) Central Michigan University
Certificate Medical Technology, St. Vincent Hospital, Birmingham, AL (MT-ASCP)
B.S. Pre Medical Technology, University of Alabama
I have over 30 years of group fitness experience and 15 years of personal training experience with accreditation through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
I have taught senior group fitness for 12 years through the Silver Sneaker organization.
Also certified in yoga through AFAA and Pilates through NETA, I am currently teaching Yo-chi to seniors to increase mobility, stability, flexibility and strength.
I keep my CPR/AED certification current.
“Senior Scholars” program instructor for the Rath Senior Connextions and Education Center
Master Food and Nutrition Program Volunteer
Guest Speaker at “Healthy Brain, Healthy You” Oct 2014 Winter Haven Hospital’s Center for Behavioral Health
Retired Director of Educational Programs, Comfort Keepers
Retired Coordinator for Comfort Keeper’s “Nourish Senior Life” project
Coordinator of annual food drive to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE)
SALLY ANN GOLDIE, MEIP-C
Sally Ann is a Certified Memory Enhancement Intervention Specialist who is also holds the essentiALZ
Certification from the Alzheimer’s Association. She is the consummate people person who thoroughly enjoys leading some of our group sessions for Brain Fitness!
EVIE MCCORMICK, RN, MEIP-C
Evie’s real passion besides helping all people, evidenced by her many years as an RN working in hospitals, clinics is hospice. Being a very compassionate person, this is the perfect milieu for Evie.
Because of this passion, Evie is a great fit for leading our Last Journey Companion program as she leads people through the process of taking the last journey of a loved one, step by step, side by side until the last step of crossing over to the other side.
In addition to her RN degree, Evie is also a Certified Memory Enhancement Intervention Specialist and leads some of our Group Brain Fitness sessions from time to time.
RITA YENNEY, MEIP-C
Rita brings to Mind Your Memories a deep love of people and giving of herself to others at their time of need. She is a Certified Memory Enhancement Intervention Specialist and leads some of our Group Brain
Fitness sessions. Rita also completed the essentiALZ certification course of the Alzheimer’s Association.