In the early ‘90s Louis Tenenbaum was one of the first contractors to focus his remodeling business on aging in place. Curious why, if home modifications is such a good idea, no one does it, Louis wrote the visionary white paper, Aging in Place 2.0: Rethinking Solutions to the Home Care Challenge published by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, cementing his role as a leading authority on Aging in Place.
Uniquely straddling the building, aging and policy worlds, in 2016 Louis was named a Next Avenue “Influencer in Aging” and won a HIVE (Housing, Innovation, Vision and Economics) award from the building industry.
Louis founded HomesRenewed recognizing that good messages, subsidies and incentives are critical to market development.
Susan comes to HomesRenewed with the passion and insights of a 60-something Baby Boomer and with the experience and education from her careers in architecture and law.
Her architectural experience ranged from residential remodeling and condo conversions to large institutional work with hospitals and penitentiaries. After returning to school for her JD, she worked at the Federal Communications Commission in several bureaus, most recently as the Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Office. Her experience with residential construction, new technologies such as remote monitoring and telemedicine, rule-makings and standard-setting are extremely relevant to the work of HomesRenewed.
She is excited to be a member of a team to share her background with other subject matter experts.
Kristin Amerling is a policy consultant and attorney with substantial senior-level experience in the executive and legislative branches. Her previous positions include Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chief Investigative Counsel and Director of Oversight for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Transportation. Other experience includes service as State of Maine Press Secretary to Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and she spent several years as an associate at the law firm Steptoe and Johnson. Amerling is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Amerling has a longstanding interest in and commitment to advancing initiatives key to the well-being of older adults. Her work in the legislative branch included investigating skyrocketing prescription drug prices for older adults and phone billing scams targeting seniors, and developing legislation to improve support for seniors in their homes and other community-based settings.
Amber Elise Bullock, Allied ASID, is an residential interior designer and principal/owner of AElise Designs, LLC. Amber is a passionate supporter for universal design and space planning to benefit all ages in their home environments which she calls “thriving in place”.
In addition to her design expertise, Ms. Bullock brings extensive policy advocacy experience to HomesRenewed as a result of her career accomplishments in public health. With roots in community health education, she most recently served as Executive Vice President at the American Legacy Foundation, a national non-profit tobacco control organization with oversight responsibilities for program development.
Amber looks forward to working with HomesRenewed and its very talented multi-disciplinary team and stakeholders.
Vicki brings 30+ years experience launching consumer products to HomesRenewed’s kickoff. A communications strategist, she was on the management teams that launched XM Satellite Radio and several of Discovery Communications’ business units.
She works in diverse arenas, including consumer electronics, radio and cable TV, cyber security, nonprofits, and environmental advocacy. She brings insights from each sector to the challenges and opportunities of the others. Most recently, Vicki was named co-lead of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Patient- and Family-Centered Care Clinical Community steering committee.
Passionate about improving healthcare, she believes that a well-planned home is core to living a happy and healthy life.
Dr. Jill M. Bjerke
Dr. Jill Bjerke has been working with seniors and their families for over 40 years. Her background in law and health care set the stage for the creation of her company Home Transition Solutions Group, LLC, which encompasses Cut the Clutter™ Company and Silver Spaces™.
She is an internationally recognized aging in place (aka thriving in place), downsizing, senior safety expert, author and consultant and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). Her company, Cut the Clutter, provides home transition, relocating, decluttering and reorganizing services and assistance. She created the senior home check and home safety evaluation iTunes mobile app Silver Spaces to assist both professionals and others in guiding them through the aging in place decision-making process of retrofitting, remodeling and modifications.
She has a team of over 20 professionals who provide services from eBay reselling, photo preservation, mobile pet grooming, remodeling and home modifications to financial planning for home safety improvements.
Her company’s goals are to assist seniors in remaining in their homes as they age and her passion is providing safe and secure environments for seniors to ensure the highest quality of life for them.