2017 NCCDP Certified Dementia Practitioner CDP Of The Year.


Cameo Rogers

Cameo Rogers 2017 CDP of the YearThe CDP of the Year program has provided individual recognition of those whose outstanding efforts have enabled the nominee to meet the challenging standards of dementia care. Rogers was selected by her peers who provided numerous examples of her dedication, passion, and transcendent delivery of the NCCDP Alzheimer's Disease Dementia Care (ADDC) curriculum. "Cameo is an amazing teacher," says Mindy Zuhairi, DON for Sumner Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lincoln, NE. "She is an empathetic leader" who "motivates others."

Rogers received her Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Corporate Wellness from Northwest Missouri State University and is currently working on her thesis for her Master’s Degree in Social Gerontology from the University of Nebraska. Cameo Rogers began her career at Brookestone Village, in Omaha, NE in 2007. She was promoted to life enrichment coordinator for Vetter Health Services in Elkhorn, NE in 2009. Cameo Rogers is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer (CADDCT), and a Certified Dementia Care Manager (CDCM). She has served as vice president of the Activity Professionals Association of Omaha in 2012 and was elected president of the Association in 2013.

Sandra Stimson and Lynn Gordon presents Cameo Rogers CDP of YearExemplary credentials aside, Cameo Rogers is - more importantly - a beloved caregiver with an esteemed reputation. Cindy Sorensen, SSD for Cloverlodge Care Center in St. Edward, NE, tells us that Cameo Rogers' keen perception enabled her to help a resident who was a serious "elopement risk." "One of the things that became very clear as a result of Cameo’s help," says Sorensen, is that the resident was mimicking the actions of the staff when they were leaving work for the evening. Thanks to Cameo Rogers' observation, they were able to avert this elopement risk. She also found out that this resident loved to dance and "was able to encourage" the resident and "one of her sons to dance," she notes. This resident's "family still gets teary-eyed when they talk about the experience."

Cameo Rogers's work with the Nebraska Health Care Association (NHCA) has made an impact. Pamela Truscott, vice president of professional development for the NHCA, tells us that "professionals from other states have driven to the workshops after hearing about Cameo's presentations." Since 2013, over "275 individuals who work in Nebraska nursing and assisted living facilities" have attended these seminars.

Currently, Cameo Rogers has helped implement the Buddies Forever program that seeks to better the long term living environment for residents through an individualized approach. Larry P. Van Hunnik, the administrator of Sumner Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, tells us that "Sumner Place has had an amazing transformation in both our memory care and long term care staff." 75% of this transformation has come from Rogers' "wise counsel."

Cameo Rogers' excellence in dementia care has undoubtedly inspired colleagues and residents alike. We are proud to recognize her stellar achievement. Keep up the good work!

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Cameo Rogers CDP of Year and supporters
Cameo Rogers CDP of Year and supporters
Cameo Rogers CDP of Year and supporters
Cameo Rogers CDP of Year and supporters


Vetter Health Services

Karl Bieber,  Montez Williford, Dan Schock, Ed Remm, Denise White, Michael Brandt, Aaron Dunlap, Seth Grasz, John Sohl, Joel Wichmann, Ron Seipold, Jeanine Coogle, Marla Gernstein, Shirley Winkler, Christine O'Reilly, Jack York, Amy Johnson, Brian Stuhr, Glenn VanEkeren,  Mae Doty, Jesse Anderson, Julie Masters, DaNita Naimoli, Matt Marquardt, Sandy O'Connor, Jodi Nelson, Susan Pokorny, Rhonda Schmeits, Shari Owen, Revonna White, Corie Sass, Shari Terry, Chay Indra, Mary Ann Thurman, Terri Ernesti, Pam Carlson, Amy Pink, Nianna Wescom, Erin Young, Ed Rowswell, Jason Rogers, Jack Vetter, Christine Laughlin, B.A. Fisser, Joe Sturgeon  Front Rows - left to right - Julie Boron (and her beautiful newborn daughter), Christopher Kelly, Michelle Wallace, Chris Pokorny, Rhonda Flanigan, Pam Hiemer, Janie Templeman, Carole Engleman, Gayle Resh, Pamela Truscott, Todd Vetter, Jason Rogers, Cameo Rogers, Bailey Rogers, Mikalya Rogers, Gabriella Rogers, Lynn Biot-Gordon, Sandra Stimson

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Glenn Van Ekeren
Vetter Health Services & Vetter Senior Living


Life Enrichment Coordinator
Vetter Health Services

Jack Vetter
Founder, CEO
Vetter Health Services & Vetter Senior Living