Chris Rothenberger holds a degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northeastern University. Her “ministry” in social work found her when she moved to Florida in 1991 and joined a Central Florida Continuing Care Retirement Community as Director of Social Services. As a member of the interdisciplinary team, she provided discharge planning, advocacy, support, counseling, and grief/bereavement support to older adults and families of individuals living in independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing. Her duties also included education, community workshop leadership, training events, and caregiver support group facilitation.
Before that, Chris worked in hospital settings and with non-traditional students at a junior college. She was certified in bereavement counseling in 2003 to support her work in end-of-life care. Chris’ passion is supporting clients during the long-term care journey, and helping them cope lovingly and effectively as they manage the health care maze. Currently, she is facilitating a caregiver support group in her church community.
She still considers Boston her home. When Chris is not working, she can be found making jewelry, preparing for book club, visiting the beach, or acting as a cheerleader for her four grandchildren’s activities. She enjoys traveling and negotiating projects with her husband of 46 years.
Past professional activities have included membership in the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Florida Health Care Social Work Association, Team Captain for her community’s annual memory walk team for the Alzheimer’s Association, participation in the Pioneer Movement for Cultural Change in Nursing Facilities, and acting as a field supervisor for students from the University of Central Florida School of Social Work.