Ms. Dickinsen joined Lutheran Homes of South Carolina in 2004 and serves as the Vice President of Planned Growth & Development. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with emphasis on aging and special needs populations from Whitworth University, and a Certificate in the Study of Aging from the University of Washington. Starting as a nursing facility volunteer in 1972, Denise’s career roles include certified nursing assistant, recreation/respite director; hospital discharge planner, national director for Alzheimer’s and specialty program development and vice president of program and partner development. She has devoted her career to support successful aging, specializing in operations, employee education, marketing, wellness and program development for non-profit and for-profit service providers, ranging from single sites to national corporations. Denise is known for her practical training insights for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and has authored several training programs and policy and procedure manuals for long-term care caregivers. Denise chairs the Professional Development Committee for LeadingAge SC.
Denise makes her home in Columbia and enjoys gardening, cooking, cultural arts and traveling.
“Older adults are a complex group with many differing needs. I enjoy the challenge of applying both art and science to make their corner of the world better – through hands-on personalized care or developing larger scale innovative programs.”