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Melanie Bunn is founder of Bunn Consulting; Dementia Training Specialist for Alzheimers North Carolina, trainer with Positive Approach to Care and faculty/consultant/clinician on four Duke School of Nursing federally grants. She is a skilled and experienced nurse, having provided care for older people in a variety of settings; including, retirement homes, nursing and assisted living facilities, hospitals and in-home as a gerontological nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and staff nurse. Ms. Bunn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Science degree in Family Health Nursing at Clemson University and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at Duke University. She gives over 200 engaging and interactive presentations annually to health professionals, community organizations, law enforcement officers, families and other groups interested in addressing issues of the care and needs of people living with dementia and their families. She believes that the best way to improve lives of people with dementia, their families and other caregivers is through the combination of education and support for everyone in our communities. She has volunteered as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator for over 25 years. In 2014, she was awarded the Dr. Ewald W. Busse Award by the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services Department of Health and Human Services. In 2012, she received the Potter’s Hand award. In 2001, she was named Educator of the Year by the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The North Carolina Nurses Association named her Gerontological Nurse of the Year in 1995.