Daphne Johnston, lovingly known as boss for her passionate and energetic personality, is the powerful voice behind Respite for All, sharing the foundation’s message online, in-person, and wherever she goes. Not only is Daphne a published author, but she has spoken at a number of conferences and various organizations, both as a keynote and a guest presenter, across the world. Her inspiration and message are known to spark individuals from all walks of life to take action and act as champions in serving their community and helping neighbors in need who are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
If you’re interested in having Daphne present or speak, she is ready to help your audience punch holes of light in the darkness of dementia that is impacting millions of individuals and families worldwide.
“After each event, every presentation, and every conversation where I have a chance to explain the volunteer model of care, I come back more excited than ever – and more convinced than ever that Respite is world-changing.”
Daphne’s Previous Presentations Presenting Respite for All Include:
- The International Spirituality and Dementia Conference in Australia
- National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC)
- American Society on Aging
- Keynote for the Council of Bishops Conference for the United Methodist Southeast Jurisdiction
- Florida Conference on Aging
- Giving Voice National Gathering in Minnesota
- Caregivers Conference in Georgia
- DeWolf Family Innovation Center for Aging & Dementia
- BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving
- North Carolina Association on Aging
About Daphne Johnston
After 15 years of working as an executive director in senior living administration, Daphne Johnston stepped into the non-profit world of the faith community in 2012 when her senior pastor, Dr. Lawson Bryan, asked her to develop a volunteer model to provide support for families living with dementia in Montgomery, Alabama. Together, the two quickly learned a volunteer ministry could galvanize a community and change the culture of how we all live among our friends with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It quickly became Daphne’s personal mission to help families, clergy, and professionals better understand that trained volunteers are the immediate answer for combatting the isolation of Alzheimer’s disease.
The success of the first local Respite Ministry in Montgomery inspired her to lead a national response to dementia through the faith community. In 2018, Daphne teamed up with care partner Warren Barrow to establish the Respite for All Foundation. Their goal was to scale the successful model of care for families living with dementia-related diseases across the U.S.