Meet the NCCAP Board

Peter J. Illig, CEO and General Counsel. Strategic nonprofit leader with a unique mix of management, legal and communication skills. He restructures mission-driven organizations for long-term sustainability. Previously served as General Counsel and Head of External Affairs for World Scouting, Executive Director of the Foundation of the Fortune 100 med-tech leader Stryker, and Human Rights Lawyer in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Illig graduated from SUNY Buffalo Law School, has an LLM in International Law from Notre Dame's London Law Program and is a member of the NY Bar. Based in the DC area, he is a consultant to the UN and WHO, serves as US Representative for ARTDO International and is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.


Dawn Worsley, ADC, CDP. NCCAP President. Owner of Dawn on the Horizon, LLC in Baltimore, MD. Dawn serves on a variety of boards including and is an Activity Director Certified (ADC), Certified Eden Alternative Associate, Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and NCCAP MEPAP Instructor. Serves as an Activity Director, Consultant for Corporate Program Development, Admissions & Marketing, Director of Alzheimer's and Gero-psych Units and Regional Clinical Specialist. She is a pioneer and expert in long-term care specializing in regulatory compliance, resident rights and culture change. A National Speaker on topics for Health Care Workers, she is published in both print and video working in collaboration with the University of Maryland Video Press.


Linda Redhead, MS, ACC, EDU. Special Projects Committee Chair.  Linda Redhead, MS, ACC/EDU is the Owner & Consultant of Activity Advisor. She graduated from the ‘School of Visual Arts’ with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Art Therapy. Linda is also a ‘College of New Rochelle’ graduate with a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy.


Linda has worked with many different populations, but eventually found her passion working with the elderly. She became an NCCAP Certified Activity Consultant with a Specialization in Education and has over 33 years of activity experience in long-term care. She has worked in several long-term care facilities and is currently a director of Activities in Fishkill, NY. 


As an Instructor for the ‘Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals’, she was awarded the Mepap Instructor of the Year for 2013 and was a founding member of the 'Activity Professionals of the Hudson Valley Association'. For many years she has volunteered for the ‘National Certification Council for Activity Professionals' in the capacity of past New York State Representative, past Board Member for Special Projects, Chairperson for Special Projects, and currently NCCAP Vice President.



Debbie Hommel, BA, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS. NCCAP Immediate Past President. The Executive Director of DH Special Services, Debbie is a Certified Activity Consultant with specializations in Memory Care and Education through NCCAP and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. For over 30 years Debbie has provided direct care and consultation to long-term care, medical day care, assisted living, and ICF/MR facilities throughout NJ, NY, MD and PA. She is a MEPAP Instructor,  experienced trainer and workshop presenter, conducting seminars throughout the Tri-State area as well as KS, MN, WV, VA, NY, SD, and LA for the Activity Professional, administrator, and allied health care professionals.

Debbie Hommel is an active member of Activity Professional Associations on State and National levels. She is a founding member of the New Jersey Activity Professionals’ Association, serving terms as Vice President and President. She received the Weidner Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the Monmouth & Ocean County Activity Professionals Life Achievement Award in 1999. Debbie has served 2 terms on the Executive Board of NCCAP and is the recipient of the National Certification Council’s 2009 MEPAP Instructor of the Year award.

Penny Cook, MSW, President and CEO of the Pioneer Network. NCCAP Secretary. Given the complementary missions of NCCAP and Pioneer Network, we are pleased to have Penny Cook serve as our Secretary. Penny’s commitment to changing the culture of aging and long-term care began early in her professional career as a social worker in Rochester, New York and continued as she moved to Colorado. She strongly believes that the care we provide to elders is directly related to the way we, as a society, view aging.  She is passionate about spreading the message that we are in the midst of a revolution about how we age and where we do it. Penny comments that “no matter whether people live, in nursing homes, assisted living communities or in their family home, we all deserve and should expect respectful and dignified care and support that is centered, directed and tailored to us as individuals.”

Penny previously served as the Manager of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in the Denver metropolitan region and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Culture Change Coalition. There she expanded the Coalition’s reach to look beyond nursing homes and brought the message of culture change to assisted living communities and home care organizations. Most recently she was the Director of Long Term Services and Supports for Colorado Access where she managed a state Medicaid contract to connect individuals to long-term services and supports. Penny received her Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Binghamton University. 



Thomas R. Trexler. NCCAP Treasurer. Tom brings more than 35 years of experience in financial compliance and planning as the President of Corporate Finance, Inc. in Maryland. He has worked extensively providing financial advice and counsel to start-up and small cap ventures, including valuation, structuring, liquidity and business development. He has served as CFO for a number of high tech companies including the process of going public on NASDAQ.