Being Grateful When Times Are Tough

Feeling grateful is a core piece of a brain healthy life. There is much written about it, and many suggestions of how to do it properly. And even though we understand the importance of gratitude, there are times when life has kicked you down and refuses to let you up.

Can we fake it until we make it?

VBHC Leadership Team Members

Founder & Creative Director

Dr. Krystal L. Culler, DBH, M.A.

Dr. Culler is the Founder of the Virtual Brain Health Center powered by Your Brain Health Matters, LLC. She has spent nearly 5 years in Executive-level positions with health non-profit organizations. Under her leadership, the centers have received 4 international and national awards from leading organizations in the aging care sector for innovation in brain health programming and community impact. Additionally, she has been recognized through the receipt of 4 personal leadership awards for her contributions to the field including Crain’s Cleveland Business 40 Under Forty (2017) and the Greater Cleveland YWCA Distinguished Young Woman Award (2018). She is a featured expert in over 25+ mainstream media features including USA Today, New York Times, AARP, Thrive Global, Reader’s Digest, and many more! She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications at professional conferences and she has educated thousands of adults and professionals on a variety of topics related to aging, brain health, and memory care. She is a National Board of Director Member of Wellness Wishes and a member of the American Society on Aging.

Director of Brain Wellness

Patricia Faust, MGS, CAt

Patricia Faust has a Masters in Gerontological Studies from Miami University in Oxford Ohio; is certified in clinical aromatherapy, brain health coaching, and neuroscience and wellness. Her depth of knowledge of the aging brain, brain health and brain function are reflected in numerous speaking engagements, coaching, and consulting for both corporations and individuals. Patricia’s speaking experience spans local and regional meetings for financial advisors on the topic of Diminished Capacity and the challenge of frauds and scams being a threat to their clients. Nationally she has been a featured speaker at meetings of global talent managers interested in Neuroscience and Talent Management. She was honored to be the Scholar on Campus at Menorah Park, Beachwood Ohio in Spring 2017. Her library of presentations looking at all aspects of brain aging, brain health, and function have been enthusiastically received at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Cincinnati, as well as, numerous other venues throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. As a certified clinical aromatherapist, Patricia has had the opportunity of working at the TriHealth Integrative Center seeing private clients, as well as, setting up aromatherapy programs at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Hospice of Cincinnati locations. Over the years she has been active within the long-term care arena implementing essential oils as a modality to diffuse agitation and aggressive behavior of residents with dementia. Patricia’s blog – My Boomer Brain – has international followers. She is also a featured writer for Luminous Wisdom: Sophia, an international online magazine for women. She has had local media exposure: repeated interviews on Cincy Lifestyle with Clyde Gray and Mona Morrow. Numerous interviews on many aspects of the aging brain and brain function with Anne Fredrickson of WMKV radio. Patricia is the brain health expert for Kuel Life, an online site focusing on issues of mid-life women. She was featured on a Kuel Life podcast with Jacqueline Perez, founder of Kuel Life, as well as, Hanh Brown of boomerliving.tv. Her articles on brain health have appeared locally in the Cincinnati Enquirer, as well as, nationally and internationally through online media sources. Read her highly informative blog at www.myboomerbrain.com

Director of Lifelong Learning

LeAnne Stuver, M.Ed., BSN

Mind: LeAnne has a master’s degree in education with a focus on health education. She has over twenty years of experience in planning and implementing educational programs for adult learners. She is also a registered nurse with 10 years of hospital experience. She has first-hand caregiver experience with her live-in aging parents, helping them to maintain their quality of life despite complex health care needs. She is passionate about educating the community in practical ways they can learn to support their brain health and wellness. Body: LeAnne walks three miles every morning with a friend. She is also trying to develop a consistent yoga and meditation practice – but this is a work in progress! Heart: LeAnne loves to read (several different genres) and binge-watch television series online (medical, law, or family dramas). She and her husband Ron are avid soccer fans, having followed their two adult sons through all levels of youth, high school, and college soccer. Her older son is a local high school assistant soccer coach and her younger son is a professional soccer player – so the journey continues.