WU_Sept 30, 2021_Speaker Series_Panelist Bios

Resilient Women: Intergenerational Caregiving Panelist Bios

Lisa Von Lehmden Zidek, President, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio

Lisa Von Lehmden Zidek is the President of Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Ohio as of August 1, 2019.  She is tasked with the development and execution of the operational policies and procedures and the supervision of the day-to-day operation including patient admissions, accreditation and quality standards, and team and culture management.

Lisa began her career in 2004 as a Community Liaison for a privately owned home healthcare agency serving patients on the Westside of Cleveland.  In 2012, she was offered a position with Ideal Home Health/Tridea Hospice as the Vice President of Business Development.  In 2014,  she purchased the portion of the corporation specific to home healthcare in Northeast Ohio.  Lisa became the CEO and owner of the Westlake-based Ideal Home Healthcare, overseeing a staff of 20 employees and a 114-patient census.  Under her leadership, the organization had grown to over 130 employees and nearly 800 home healthcare patient census.  In August of 2019, she sold her organization to the VNAHG, assisted in the merger of the two organizations and accepted the position of president of VNAO.

With a commitment to change care delivery in the community, Lisa has built a large active network in the healthcare community and serves on the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice where she is the Board Chair for the Home Care committee and is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Viva City LLC, an upcoming sober and recovery home for women ages 18-34 in Northeast Ohio.  She has most recently advocated and testified at the Health and Finance Committee Hearings for an increase in Medicaid reimbursement for community based care under HB 110.

In her personal life, Lisa is the proud mother of her son, Bradley, wife to Chris and daughter to her mother Mary who lives in Avon with the family.  In the spirit of intergenerational care, Lisa and her family and team have provided in home care to several family members under both homecare and hospice all while being and mother and a motivator.


Ethan A. Welch, Attorney at Law, Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A

Ethan’s main area of focus is elder law, Medicaid planning and special needs planning. Additionally, he focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration and probate. His extensive knowledge of elder law and special needs planning ensures his clients’ rights are protected, securing their future. Ethan’s compassion and understanding brings his clients peace of mind, and his experience guides them in finding unique solutions as they successfully plan for the years ahead.

Ethan, his wife and two daughters live in Brecksville, OH.


Bruce Wilson, Owner, Senior Safeguard

Bruce Wilson is a long time resident of Lake County. A graduate of Mentor High School and The Ohio State University, he has worked for Diamond Shamrock, Ricerca and Avery Dennison here in Lake County. For most of his career he worked in Engineering and Operations Management, along with some assignments in Marketing and Customer Service. After retiring from a 35 year Corporate career, he started his own ventures, including Senior SafeGuard and SafeGuard Home Watch. Senior SafeGuard was formed to assist Seniors who choose to “Age In Place”, while remaining in their own homes, with home maintenance needs and home safety improvements. SafeGuard Home Watch provides vacant home checks for Snowbirds and other frequent travelers who spend longer time periods away from their home.


Amy Sabath, Intergenerational Caregiver
Director for Government Affairs, Director for Non-Profit & Public Service Center, and Executive Assistant to the President, Lakeland Community College

Amy Sabath serves as the Director for Government Affairs, Director for the Non-Profit & Public Service Center and Executive Assistant to the President at Lakeland Community College located in Kirtland, Ohio.  She has been with Lakeland since February of 2017.  Prior to joining Lakeland, Amy worked for The Fine Arts Association. as the Director of Development. Along with her responsibilities as a Director, she was responsible for raising $3.5 million for their expansion and renovation capital campaign. Amy was President of Sabath Consulting for nearly twenty years focusing on political fundraising, strategy, campaign management and nonprofit fundraising. Some of her past clients have included: Attorney General Mike DeWine, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Congressman Jim Renacci, Congressman Steven LaTourette, Congressman Paul Ryan, Governor Mitt Romney Delegate Committee, Justice Sharon Kennedy, State Senator Matt Dolan and Commissioner Jerry Cirino. A few past non-profits have included Hands Together, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, and Shoulder to Shoulder.

Throughout her career, Amy has always found time to share her knowledge and experience by instructing and lecturing at regional campaign schools, community organizations and classes.  She serves on the Non-Profit Board of Directors of the Lake County Visitors Bureau (Board President), the Salvation Army (Painesville Citadel), Lake/Geauga Habitat for Humanity, Dare 2 Care, and the Advisory Board of Birthright Lake, Inc.  Amy is also a Willoughby Rotarian and a member of the Western Reserve Junior Service League. She is active at St. Gabriel Parish as a past Council member and currently serves as a Eucharistic Minister. Amy is also an instructor for the Lifeworks Ohio’s Choose Life Program for middle school students. 

Amy was the Recipient of the Millie Teuscher “Woman of the Year” Award in 2014 for serving the citizens of Lake County and making an impact on the quality of Life in Lake County.

Amy is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Lake County and a 2010 graduate of the JoAnn Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute. She holds a BS in Communications and Media Production and a minor in journalism from Kent State University.

While Amy enjoys work and public service, her world revolves around her five-year-old daughter, Stella, who is the light of her life.