About

OMA was founded by Dr. Elizabeth “Like” Lokon in 2007 and is grounded in person-centered care principles. It is headquartered at Scripps Gerontology Center, an Ohio Center of Excellence at Miami University. People with dementia (artists) are paired with volunteers (students, families, caregivers) who are trained to rely on imagination instead of memory and focus on remaining strengths instead of lost skills. OMA enables people with dementia to assume new roles as artists and teachers and leave a legacy of beautiful artwork. OMA has been widely replicated.

OMA TEAM

  • Elizabeth “Like” Lokon

    MGS, Ph.D. Founder and Director

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    Meet Like
  • Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, BBA

    Assistant Director

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    Meet Beth
  • Brad Simcock, PHD

    Program Manager

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    Meet Brad
  • Irene Friedman, MA

    Lead Artist

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    Meet Irene
  • Joan Fopma-Loy, RN, Ph.D.

    Program Manager

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    Meet Joan
  • Debbie Jones, AART

    OMA Events Coordinator

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    Meet Debbie