Changing lives, one brain at a time.
Eric Collett, Principal & CEO of A Mind For All Seasons®, LLC, is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant and dementia expert, a licensed ALF administrator, and teaches about dementia at the college level.
Eric Collett, Principal & CEO of A Mind For All Seasons, LLC, is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant and dementia expert, a licensed ALF administrator, and teaches about dementia at the college level. Eric passionately believes that lifelong learning is a key to finding powerful new solutions to significant challenges and has worked since 2000 to change lives through innovative dementia care techniques and leadership strategies. Prior to starting A Mind For All Seasons, Eric worked in traditional assisted living as a program director and executive director for 9 years, then spent almost seven years as the Executive Director of a memory care community where he developed innovative approaches to person-centered care that made a significant difference in how persons living with dementia experience the world. Eric has served on the board of the Idaho Healthcare Association and currently chairs the education committee. He previously served as a board member and chairman of Alzheimer’s Idaho, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
As a public speaker and trainer, Eric has taught thousands of students, nurses, social workers, CNAs, administrators, families, and many others how to understand and interact with persons living with dementia. Eric currently teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University and as an instructor at the College of Western Idaho. He has also presented to groups large and small on diverse topics like leadership, activity programming, customer service, team building, emotional intelligence, music history, poetry and astronomy.
Eric graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in interpersonal communication and a minor in psychology. His training and experience make him uniquely suited to study the complex behavioral patterns of persons living with dementia and help others understand those patterns. Eric also has extensive training in music and frequently uses music in his work.
Randy Vawdrey, NP-C, Principal & CMO
Randy Vawdrey, NP-C, Principal & CMO, is a nurse practitioner with extensive experience in hospital, skilled nursing, psychiatric care and primary care settings. He joined A Mind For All Seasons, LLC in 2017 to collaborate on the production, training and delivery of assessment tools and treatment protocols that improve the lives and functional capacity of those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia. Randy’s endeavors have formed the bulk of The Enhance Protocol®, A Mind For All Seasons’ signature product. Much of his work has been influenced by the research of Dale Bredesen, MD, a pioneering neurologist and Alzheimer’s researcher from whom Randy has received training in techniques to improve cognitive functioning.
In addition to his duties with A Mind For All Seasons, Randy runs a busy clinical practice in family medicine and mental health three days a week in Pocatello, Idaho. His practice affords him many opportunities to help people improve cognitive functioning while also managing common health challenges like diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel disorders, COPD and other chronic conditions. Randy also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Physician’s Optimal Health and Physicians Immediate Care Center.
Randy graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT with a bachelor’s degree in nursing science. Following work in the medical/surgical, intensive care unit at a hospital in Salt Lake City, UT and clinical nursing experience in home health, rehabilitation and administrative nursing, Randy relocated to southeastern Idaho in 2001 and commenced graduate school at Idaho State University. While completing his graduate studies, Randy worked as a nursing consultant in long-term care, an interim program director, and the director of nursing services for an inpatient psychiatric hospital. His love of learning, broad healthcare experience, clinical skill and drive to innovate make him a powerful resource for families and professionals alike.
Christine Bubb, Chief Memory Coach
Christine Bubb, Chief Memory Coach, has extensive experience working with people living with dementia, their care partners and professionals in the home health and long-term care fields. Christine served as the Program Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Idaho Chapter for over five years coordinating care, increasing community education, facilitating caregiver support groups and managing resources throughout the urban and rural areas of Idaho. Previously, Christine was the Director of Marketing for the Elks Rehab System (now St. Luke’s Rehabilitation) for ten years. Prior to that, as an Ombudsman for CIGNA Health care, she counseled nationwide providers and beneficiaries about their ever-changing Medicare benefits and healthcare concerns. Christine has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing for several media outlets, including local affiliates KTVB, the Idaho Statesman and Spokane’s Spokesman-Review.
Christine graduated from Boise State University, magna cum laude, with a degree in Elementary Education. She pursued her master’s in teaching at Gonzaga University and earned a French Language Certification from the Alliance Française in Paris.
More than any qualifications on a resume or degrees from university can express, Christine has a passion and love for people. She derives satisfaction from counseling, coaching, building up and supporting families on this journey with dementia. Most importantly, she believes that a day will come when Alzheimer’s disease will be a thing of the past…and she can retire in the mountains.
Gar Malcom, VP of Operations
Gar Malcom comes to A Mind For All Seasons as a seasoned IT professional with deep project management and leadership experience. Prior to joining the AMFAS team, Gar spent 28 years at Micron Technology, most recently as the Global Sales and B2B Service Manager. In that opportunity, she honed the project management, client relations and process improvement skills that now allow her to develop creative ways to improve the client experience at A Mind For All Seasons, manage client flow, and enhance our capacity to positively change as many lives as possible.
In addition to her work at Micron Technology, Gar has volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association as the Walk Chair for the Greater Idaho Chapter, the Marine Raider Challenge, Mission 43, K12 Educators-Micron STEM Program, United Way and the Idaho Foodbank.
Erin Westfall, M.S. CCC-SLP, CDP
VP of Business Development
Erin is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 13 years’ experience working with children and adults in the areas of speech and language, voice, social communication, dysphagia, and cognition. Erin has extensive experience working with the senior population through her time as an SLP in skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, and as a home health therapist. Due to her passion and substantial background in working with people with dementia, Erin was nominated to become the company Memory Care Mentor at Encompass Home Health in 2018. In 2019, Erin became a Certified Dementia Practitioner to ensure that she is providing the most beneficial and up-to-date education and clinical services to her clients. In 2020 Erin joined A Mind for All Seasons after exploring what the company provides and how her strong therapeutic background could round out A Mind for All Seasons’ multimodal approach to addressing cognitive dysfunction.
Erin has a B.A. in Theatrical Arts from Central Washington University and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University. In addition, Erin holds certifications in Interactive Metronome, Myofascial Release for the head and neck, Dementia Capable Care (Allen Cognitive Levels), VitalStim, AmpCare, Lee Silverman LOUD voice program for Parkinson’s, and is a Certified Lingraphica Technology Specialist for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices.
When Erin isn’t saving brains, she volunteers with the Idaho Trail Association providing trail maintenance to the hundreds of public trails around Idaho, is an avid long-distance hiker (completing the Camino de Santiago in 2016 and the Kumano Kodo in 2017), teaches dance classes locally as well as nationally, and continues to be involved in the theater and film communities around the valley.
Matt Fisher, Chief Clinical Officer
Matt Fisher, RN Cognitive Specialist likes to describe himself as, “A lifelong science geek”. His first degree was in electronics and at one point he worked for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Technician. He worked for 14 years as a Psychiatric RN in hospitals and medical facilities, and in 2016 he shifted his focus and began work as a Home Health RN Cognitive Specialist assisting clients with various forms of dementia. During this time Matt learned that the medications that are typically prescribed for Alzheimer’s Disease do not slow the progression of the illness, and in many cases the side-effects may decrease quality of life. With guidance and support from forward-thinking physicians, Matt assisted hundreds of his patients to reduce medications and eliminate unnecessary medications, often with transformative results.
Matt hosts Alzheimer’s support groups and Parkinson’s support groups at various Assisted Living Facilities in Boise. He enjoys teaching and continues to volunteer his time presenting to staff at Memory Care Units with the goal of helping caregivers have a deeper understanding of dementia and psychiatric symptoms. An avid rock climber since 1984, Matt also enjoys mountain biking and river sports, and his favorite activity is camping in Idaho with his wife and son.
Stephen Beacham, Chief Technology Officer
Stephen Beacham, Chief Technology Officer, joined A Mind For All Seasons in late 2021. A talented professional, Stephen brings a rich career history that has grown out of a childhood fascination with how things work. By the age of ten, he had built his own computer, and his relentless pursuit of knowledge continues to inspire him both professionally and personally.
Stephen has founded multiple companies and enjoys modeling different scenarios in the business world in a quest to improve processes. His first company, Maura Software, gave him an opportunity to develop an extensive technological skillset- one that helps him bring innovative new ideas to AMFAS and our online and digital services. Prior to joining the team at AMFAS, Stephen worked with Amazon as an FC Associate, where he was responsible for cross training multiple departments and using creative problem solving to identify and mitigate technological issues.
Stephen also enjoys helping others and bringing out the goodness in humanity. He founded The Enoch Initiative, a humanitarian organization dedicated to stimulating economic growth, promoting self-reliance, and fostering unity among communities.
Stephen is extremely excited to be a part of such an amazing team that is committed to helping others lead a happier, more fulfilling, and active life.
Albina (Abby) Beshirova, Chief Therapy Coordinator
Abby Beshirova, Therapy Technician, came to A Mind For All Seasons in 2021 with 14 years of extensive experience in memory care. Prior to joining the AMFAS team, she was the Director of Memory Care at Willow Park Assisted Living (now Truewood) and enjoyed supporting residents and their loved ones in personalized ways. As a manager, she was responsible for hiring and training team members to support residents living with dementia. Having witnessed the struggle those with cognitive decline and their families experience firsthand, Abby is driven to make sure clients at A Mind For All Seasons have the highest level of support so they can improve brain health and reduce the risk of ever needing memory care.
Abby was born and educated in Russia and moved to the United States in 2006. She is fluent in three languages and spends most of her time outside of work enjoying the company of her three children.